Rockfest to Broadway At the Courtyard Theatre

Selinsgrove, PA - Rock 'n Roll fans turned out at the Courtyard Theater last Saturday to watch and cheer as 4 local bands shook the Susquehanna Mall's live performance center in Selinsgrove. The groups, headlined by Red Halo were Condition Oakland, Somewhere Beyond Sunday and Kill Scheme. The show was simulcast on the Web and, at one period of time, had over 50,000 listeners tuned in. The theater had already constructed sets for their next play, but the decor of the stage hid any sign of the construction. Instead, the dramatic lighting and sounds easily masked the Broadway nature of the theater and created a Rock Palace look. The experience for the theater's founders Bob Taylor and Art Lieberman was one of nostalgia both having grown up in the rock era, while getting their professional experience in "legitimate theater". This rock experience is but a small prediction of their next musical production of "Rent", the rock musical, which opens March 7th, with the story of people living in "Alphabet City" in Manhattan, who struggle with Aids, poverty, and trouble paying the rent. The musical was the 9th longest running show on Broadway, and now, thanks to Lieberman, Taylor, and their incomparable band of theatrical junkies including a new cast for the theater, moves into the Central Susquehanna Valley.
But in the meantime, if the cold weather is giving you cabin fever, then the management of the theater suggests you watch George and Doris as they spend one weekend a year in a cabin in California? They agree to meet the "Same Time, Next Year" and their love affair is intense, passionate, and takes place over 24 years with us observing them every 5. George and Doris have one little problem however; both are married to other people and have 6 kids between them. Although they are in love, they still love their other families, but passion and even sharing their families’ stories keeps them meeting every year.
The extremely successful play was made into a movie that starred Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. It is an unforgettable romantic comedy as the pair deal with their conflict of emotions, torn between their own passion for each other and the love of their real families. But the Broadway version is even fresher, more alive, and at times, a laugh-out-loud excursion into illicit love.
It's a play not to be missed. George (Matt Fulkerson) and Doris (Claire Brassard) are already veterans of the stage at the Courtyard Theater. Both appeared in starring roles in "Sweeney Todd", the theaters opening play last year. "Same Time, Next Year" is rated PG-17 for its theme and language.
As usual, tickets are only $15 and all seats are reserved. Call 570-374-0060 or go to the theater's website at for tickets which can be purchased through Ticketleap. Tickets are also available at the theater box office on the days of performance.
Performance days are Friday the 7th and 14th of February, Saturday the 8th & 15th, both at 7:00PM and two Sunday matinees, the 9th and 16th at 2 PM.
Get warm in the glow of their love!

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