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CAC receives grant from PPL Foundation

PHOTO PROVIDED Tracie Witter, Regional Affairs Director representing PPL Electric Utilities, is shown above with CAC “Newsies” Director C. Austin Hill and “Newsies” Music Director Tim Latsha, presenting a $15,000 grant from PPL Foundation to the entire cast of the upcoming Student Summer Stock “Newsies “cast. The grant will help support the Student Summer Stock program and CAC Educational Series throughout 2019-20. These programs reach over 10,000 students each year.

WILLIAMSPORT – Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, is pleased to announce it has received a $15,000 grant from the PPL Foundation.

These funds will support the CAC Educations Series and the Student Summer Stock program. The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process.

Each year CAC Educational Series gives public school students the opportunity to experience professional live music, dance and theatrical performances in its landmark building at no cost to the students or their home schools. The PPL foundation will play a big part in continuing that “beyond the classroom” experience for thousands of students. CAC welcomes up to 10,000 students annually, facilitates, and funds dozens of buses for transportation to each performance.

“We often fill every seat in our 2,100 seat theatre for these performances,” explains CAC Executive Director Sharon Mack. “The true inspiration is the awe in the student’s faces when they enter the theater for the first time and interact with the performers on stage. This is sometimes the only chance they will ever see this caliber of live performance. It greatly enhances and encourages their own creative expression.”

The CAC Student Summer Stock program offers professional mentorship and instruction to talented theatre students from the regional area. In collaboration with Lycoming College Music and Theatre Departments, auditioned students are guided through eight weeks of rigorous daily rehearsals on a selected production and then present their talents in three performances at the end of July.

This year, Student Summer Stock will present Disney’s “Newsies” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 and a matinee performance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 27.

Tickets for “Newsies” are available online at www.caclive.com or by calling the CAC Box Office 570-326-2424.

“Newsies is a very popular production and an exciting performance for all ages,” adds Mack. “Guided by professional set designers, costume artists, choreographers and stage directors, the Student Summer Stock students (grades 7-12, from Lycoming and surrounding counties) leave this unique program at the end of each summer with a more refined understanding of the demands and rewards of exceptional theater experiences.”

CAC is grateful for the support of the PPL Foundation. Through strategic partnerships, the PPL Foundation supports organizations that are working to create vibrant, sustainable communities and empowering each citizen to fulfill her or his potential.

The PPL Foundation contributes more than $3 million annually to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.pplcares.com.

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For more information about programs at and a complete schedule of performances offered by the Community Arts Center, visit www.caclive.com.