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Coming Soon at the the Courtyard Theatre

“We have taken on quite a challenge by choosing this Stephen Sondheim musical as our first production”, says Art Lieberman the Producer and Theater Manager
Selinsgrove, PA – Work is progressing on the final stages of construction at the Courtyard Theater, located just outside J.C. Penney’s at the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Selinsgrove. The theater, slated to open on October 11th with a lively production of the Tony Award winning musical “Sweeney Todd” has just received the final permits in order to build the stage, office, and lighting booth at the new facility. The show will run on three successive weekends in October with Friday and Saturday shows at 7 PM and Sunday matinees at 2 PM.

Tickets for the production are available at www.thecourtyardtheater.com, the theater’s website, beginning on Tuesday, September 3rd. Tickets will also be available at the box office or by phone.
“There seems to be a great deal of excitement about our theater”, says Artistic Director Bob Taylor, who is also the designer of the décor of the venue. “Passersby stop, peek in and ask many questions about the theater, the production, and even ask if there will be more auditions for Sweeney or future productions. I tell them we STILL are looking for male singers, including one lead role for Sweeney, even though we are only six weeks from opening night.” Rehearsals have been taking place for about a month since the initial casting call. “People seem surprised when they find out that tickets for the live production are only $15.”
“We have taken on quite a challenge by choosing this Stephen Sondheim musical as our first production”, says Art Lieberman the Producer and Theater Manager. “Sweeney is 80% music and the score underlies the entire show. The music is frenetic and haunting and the choral work is often discordant and intense. Most knowledgeable theater-goers consider Sweeney Sondheim’s masterwork.”
After the construction of the stage and backstage area are completed, new carpeting will be installed and the 240 moveable white padded acrylic chairs will be placed in the facility. The dressing room, with its 24 feet of lit makeup table space is already in place.
The concession stand in the front of the theater will provided theater-goers with drinks, candy, popcorn, pretzels and other intermission snacks. Souvenirs of the theater will also be available for purchase.
The final steps for the construction will be the installation of the lighting and placement of the speakers and other sound equipment.
Many local businesses are also participating in the theater’s productions by coordinating their businesses activities with the production. Management at Garfield Restaurant at the Mall is involved in discussions with the theater’s directors to cross-promote the businesses. Garfield is planning to hold “dinner and a show” evenings, to have drawings for free tickets, and even to host events, such as a cast “meet and greet” before the official opening of the theater on October 11th. Several other local businesses are also anxious to participate in promoting the theater.
The Mall’s Marketing Director Sharon Leonard is also set to schedule some promotional events that will take place in the common area at the front of the Mall in late September.
A souvenir program will be given out to every attendee for plays presented at the Courtyard Theater, all in full color. The Printed Page, located in Lewisburg, will be publishing the programs which will contain full information about the production, the cast and, of course, advertising by local businesses. Dennis Evans, President of The Printed Page will also be supplying other promotional materials such as flyers and posters.

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