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Wilson College Announces 18th Annual Performing Arts Series

Posted: August 20, 2010

8/20/2010 From Celtic harp music and Shakespeare to ballet and a biographical play, the Wilson College Performing Arts Series will bring a variety of professional entertainment to the Chambersburg area for the 18th consecutive year.
DATE: Aug. 20, 2010
CONTACT: Kathy Lehman, Director of Conferences and Special Events
Phone: 717-262-2003

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – From Celtic harp music and Shakespeare to ballet and a biographical play, the Wilson College Performing Arts Series will bring a variety of professional entertainment to the Chambersburg area for the 18th consecutive year. For more information about tickets for any of the performances or workshops, or to be placed on the mailing list for brochures, call 717-262-2003 or email Order tickets online at by clicking on Events and Conferences, and then Performing Arts Series.

Friday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Laird Hall

“Noel Coward” performed by Will Stutts

Will Stutts brings English sophisticate and playwright Noel Coward back to life in his hit, one-man show filled with Coward’s droll observations about life and work, sarcastic asides about his famous friends, and scintillating patter and songs. The show features piano accompaniment by Kevin Arruda. Stutts, second cousin of legendary actress Tallulah Bankhead, has worked longer and more in the genre of the one-person play than any other actor in the world, with the exception of Hal Holbrook. He attended Yale University’s School of Drama and has appeared in seven Broadway shows and a number of off-Broadway productions.

Friday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Laird Hall

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by the National Players

The magical, mystical confusion of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” have made it one of the Bard’s most beloved comedies. Four young lovers, a band of actors, the king and queen of fairies engage in a lover’s quarrel of titanic proportions. Audiences will witness mistaken love, dark nights and dubious tricks in this classic comedy-turned-electric farce performed by America’s longest-running classical theater touring company.

Saturday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumnae Chapel, Thomson Hall

Brandywine Celtic Harp Orchestra

Organized in 2000 by Janet Witman, this orchestra consists of 17 celtic harpists. Its programs feature or display the many talents of its members, including choreographed dancing, solo and choral singing, poetry, percussion, storytelling and original compositions. In April 2009, the Brandywine Celtic Harp Orchestra made its European debut and became the first American harp orchestra in 29 years to perform at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival.

Saturday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Laird Hall

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

Since 1955, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) – with studios in Carlisle and Harrisburg – has grown from a small, local dance studio to an internationally renowned classical ballet school and performing company. Under the guidance of artistic director Marcia Dale Weary, CPYB provides exceptional dance training for beginning to pre-professional dancers in central Pennsylvania and enhances the cultural climate of the region through ballet performances. CPYB’s program will include a world premiere, a Balanchine work and Act III of “Swan Lake.”

Since 1992, Wilson’s Performing Arts Series has brought jazz and big-band ensembles, national theater and dance companies, and other highly acclaimed entertainers to Wilson College and the Chambersburg community, giving residents the opportunity to see some of the most talented performers in the world. The series is supported by Pennsylvania Partner in the Arts, whose programs in this region are administered by Chambersburg’s Council for the Arts.

Special Performing Arts Series season ticket prices are:

Seasonal subscription – $50 ($45 for seniors)

Patron subscription – $65

Sponsor subscription – $120

Regular ticket prices are:

General admission – $15

Senior citizens – $12

Children in grades K-12 – FREE

Full-time Wilson CFW and CCE students – FREE

Non-Wilson students – $7.50


Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and a master’s degree in education. The college’s 2009-10 enrollment in both the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 838 and includes students from 20 states and 18 foreign countries.

Wilson College Mission Statement

Wilson is an independent college with a proud history of educating women since 1869 through rigorous study of the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Wilson’s mission also includes women and men enrolled in adult degree and graduate programs. Guided by the Honor Principle and distinguished by its commitment to transformative student growth, Wilson College prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions, ethical leadership, and humane stewardship of our communities and our world.

Last Updated: June 30, 2011