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Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest goes virtual

PHOTO PROVIDED Participants in the Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest perform at a previous festival.

BELLEFONTE — The Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest goes virtual as they celebrate Arts for Everyone, June 19 through 21.

The three day festival isn’t all the organization is offering. There will be a week’s-long series of events leading up to the festival involving over 30 companies, artists and organizations.

There will be performances, workshops, and panel discussions with: 3 Dots; Allied Motion; Art Alliance; Shannon Bishop; Black Cat Belly Dance; Central PA Dance Workshop; Central PA Playwriting Festival; Central PA Sings Broadway; Centre Dance; Creative Spirit Fusion; Michele Dunleavy; FUSE Productions; Charlene Gross; Happy Valley Improv; Aimee McKay; Randy Maggiore; MindBodyArt School of Dance; Dmitry Myers; Open Door Players; Poetry in Performance; Penn State Centre Stage; State College Live; State of the Story; The State Theatre; StoryBook Theatre; Adam Swartz Puppets; Tempest Productions; Ann Van Kuren; Wordstock; Woskob Gallery; Bruce Young and more.

You can perform with these groups too. Watch a performance, take a class, attend a lecture or a panel discussion, or do it all! Be a part of the Central PA Performing Arts in the 2020 virtual festival all from the comfort and safety of your home.

Experience virtual appearances by guest artists from New York City, Chicago, L.A., New Orleans, Atlanta, and many other places. And experience resident performing arts companies, Allied Motion, Black Cat Belly Dance, Dmitry Myers, FUSE, Tempest Productions, and VanDance in their virtual performances and workshops.

You can also go backstage and join th Central PA Playwriting Festival with readings of New Plays and the 2020 Awards. Follow-up with the playwrights, actors, and audience in discussion forums and visit upcoming exhibition of costume, set, and lighting design samples. Tune in to watch a vital part of the performance process as they take a look at what happens backstage.

Next, join these festival activities from your own home including: Texas 2-Step, Line Dance, and Latin Dance; Virtual Geocache and Scavenger Hunts; Mask Making, Shakespearean props, and other crafts; Singing/Reading/Dancing in our Community Performances; Drumming Circles, Poetry Readings, Storytelling, Having Tea with Alice in her Wonderland Tea Party and so much more!

Follow the Central PA Theatre on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and visit their website well as our website Centralpatheatre.com

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest, produced by the 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre company Tempest Productions, Inc., kicked off its inaugural year in 2018 thanks to support from the Central PA Convention & Visitors Bureau, now The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau. Tempest Productions works closely with The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau, the Borough of State College, Centre Region Parks & Recreation, The Downtown State College Improvement District, the PA Council on the Arts/Galaxy, and other non-profits and community organizations to produce the festival.

Tempest Productions has been providing theatre and theatre-in-education programming to communities since 1996 through access to quality theatre. Its community-based programs, The Journey Series, StoryBook Theatre, and the Shakespeare Festival Series have reached over 100,000 with family-oriented, experiential programs chock full of reading, writing, and arts activities. These programs enhance literacy learning, integrate practices of making and appreciating the theatre arts, and embrace experiential learning in theatre, song, dance, and movement. And now, the Festival becomes the latest addition to its community programs thanks to the 20 Legacy Companies.

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