Tales of Elizabethtown: Masonic Village Bell Choir

Live Theater Without the Price Tag

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Servant Stage Company’s Little Women.

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“It’s so unique, once you walk in the door, you just know something is different.”

It’s a different door and a different stage every night. “I like to say we bring the theater to the people rather than people coming to the theater,” Servant Stage Company’s Artistic Director Wally Calderon said.

Servant Stage Company shows travel to nursing homes, parks, and church across Lancaster County, with one mission in mind. “We strive to inspire, to educate, and just to reach anybody, reach everybody and to make family friendly entertainment available,” Calderon said.

The company’s most recent show was the Broadway musical Little Women, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. “A book that everyone has read at some point or another,” Calderon said.

“I think the show itself is so special,” said Heather Reed, who plays Beth March in the show. “It is such a good representation of what the novel is originally. They take the characters and they are real, and they have so much honesty and life in them, which they still do in the musical.”

“If you think seeing a live performance is too extravagant, the performers here say, pay what you want.”

“So truly anyone can come see the show who wants to, a family of ten can come see the show and if they’re not able to provide financially, that’s fine with us,” Calderon said.

“It’s gotten to the point that you can’t go to a baseball game unless you’re wealth, you can’t go to a theater with a full family unless you’re wealthy. Servant stage is doing something in their small way to change that,” Jon Rider said, who plays Mr. Laurence.

But even though they have this pay what you want policy, the cast members are still professional actors. “I can like promise with servant stage it will be just as good if not better for what you would be paying somewhere else,” Reed said.

And with each new show, both the cast and crew stick to the company’s mission of service.”

“That is to bring the best entertainment that we can to those who really can’t afford it or can’t get out to see it,” Rider said. “I mean the pay is the smiles.”

In Lancaster Irene Snyder, Wetown.org.


Refugee Life in President Trump’s Administration

The Osire Refugee Camp in Namibia
The Osire Refugee Camp in Namibia

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“We left our property, land, house, everything as it was, and we just ran for our life.” 18 years waiting for freedom. 18 years, looking for a new chance in life.

“We had no hopes, no dream, no nothing, our dream was to be alive the next day.” When Milan Neopaney was just one year old, he and his family were forced to leave their homeland of Bhutan. They fled to India and were then sent to Nepal. It was there that Milan grew up–in a refugee camp.

“Thirty to 50 people were dying everyday from diarrhea, dissenttaria, vomiting, malaria.” Like all other refugees, Milan and his family had to go through a five stage vetting process before they could enter the United States. Regional Director of Bethany Christian Services, Mark Unger said “you have homeland security, you have FBI, you have CIA, you have retina scans and blood tests. And so all kinds of background checks to make sure there is no relation between you and any terrorist.”

In 2010 they finally made it to the U.S. Milan now works at Bethany Christian Services in Lancaster, where he helps other refugees who are trying to start a new life here. “I don’t charge them anything, I just volunteer here.”

The organization just started its Lancaster refugee program last May. But with President Donald Trump’s Executive Order, there will have to be some changes.

“if this 120 day halt takes place, many people don’t realize that’s a four month hault in our programs.”

“Bethany Christian services had originally planned on resettling about 180 refugees this year from around the world, but with the executive order that number will be more than cut in half.”

“Yes, I understand the need for us to keep our borders strong and to not let illegal immigrants come in this country especially those who are bent on violence and harming people. We don’t want that in our country we need to protect our people, but refugees aren’t the people who are doing those things.”

After those 18 years in a refugee camp and five years in the U.S., Milan just got his U.S. Citizenship. He says he will definitely be voting in the next election. In Lancaster, Irene Snyder, Wetown.org.

Mad Cow: First Performance 2017

Elizabethtown College’s popular improvisational theatre troupe Mad Cow held their “Leffler” show at 8 p.m. on Friday at Leffler Chapel and Performance Center.

The 14-member group consists of students across a diverse range of class standing and academic backgrounds, two of which function as “techies,” responsible for the technical aspects of the show. The other 12 members act out various games that require them to create scenes, dialogue, stories, actions, and characters on the spot, without script.

Mad Cow performs one show every month, with some of the shows taking on different themes, locations, or content. This month’s show (January) was held at Leffler Chapel which provides a very different setting than the usual Gibble Auditorium in Esbenshade, an academic building on Elizabethtown’s campus reserved primarily for engineering, mathematics, and occupational therapy students. While normally maintaining a strict “family-friendly” atmosphere, one of Mad Cow’s spring shows, the ‘After Dark Show,’ relaxes this rule and allows for more10714319_820452111319522_4169874599509782575_o adult themes to be present in games.

The group’s current president, senior student Kevin Hughes thought the show went well. “The audience seemed to have a good time, and I’m entirely satisfied with the group’s performance, he said.” Senior student, Samantha Eisdorfer was recorded as having enjoyed the show as an audience member, despite selling merchandise for the event. “I’m always a big fan of Mad Cow, and I especially enjoyed some of the later games this show.”

Mad Cow’s February show, the ‘Vote-In’ show, where the audience votes for the games played, will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 in Gibble Auditorium.

Super Bowl Ads

Allison Hauser, Cat Papili, Sam Jarvis, Carly Thompson

Some people tune into the Super Bowl for the game, but many more tune in to watch the commercials that air throughout the broadcast.

On Sunday, Feb. 5, the 2017 Super Bowl aired at 6:30 p.m. on Fox with the Atlanta Falcons facing the New England Patriots

There were many different types of commercials throughout the broadcast, ranging from heartfelt to comical, and everyone seemed to have one or two favorites.

The “Super Bowl Babies” commercial was mentioned by many, including Jerica Shuck and Melissa Spencer, as being a favorite. Shuck explained that she found the images of the babies with mustaches and cowboy hats incredibly adorable.

Another commonly mentioned commercial was the Skittles commercial, which was the favorite of two separate Elizabethtown College students. Other mentioned commercials were the Tide commercial with Terry Bradshaw, the 84 Lumber commercial, the Coca-Cola commercial, and the Bai Antioxidant Infusions commercial.

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania Citizen Journalism