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“Superstar” sets box office record for Center Theatre Players

More than 1,000 people attended last week’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” breaking box office records for the Center Theatre Players (CTP) who presented the musical in honor of their thirtieth anniversary of performances for the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center.

The show was held July 26, 27, and 28 in the auditorium of the campus Student Union Building and was directed by CTP founder Sandy Reigel, a Beaver campus alumna and graduate of Penn State University Park.

“I was amazed but so happy to see that we sold out the house every night of the show this summer,” Reigel said. “We’ve done many, many musicals for the Cultural Center over the years, but this one really seemed to reach out to people. I’ve done “Superstar” twice before for the Cultural Center but, for whatever reason, this “Superstar” gained momentum early, and people came out to support us in record numbers.”

“Sometimes a certain show just sparks with the public,” said Amy M. Krebs, director of Beaver campus and community relations and the Brodhead Cultural Center. “This musical is more than 40 years old, but it speaks to so many different generations through its powerful music, lyrics, and, of course, its theme.”

More than sixty cast, crew, and orchestra members were involved in the production which featured professional and amateur performers ranging in age from 9 through 60.

This summer marks the Cultural Center’s 36th season of programming. Co-sponsors for this year’s series include The Times, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Inc., and the Beaver Valley Musicians Union Local 82-545.

For information about the CTP or the Cultural Center, contact Krebs at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3610.

Penn State Beaver elects SGA officers, THON chair

Officers for the Penn State Beaver Student Government Association (SGA) and the chair of the THON Committee for the 2012-2013 academic year have been announced.

Je Qa Powe is president, Dora Tweneboah is vice president, Angelique Matthews is secretary, and Jon Lach is treasurer. Erica DeLuca was elected chair of the THON Committee which oversees fundraising and campus activities in support of the annual Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) for pediatric cancer patients and their families.

Powe is a freshman engineering major from Pittsburgh, and Tweneboah is a sophomore health and human development major from Alexandria, Va. Matthews, from Cypress, Ca., is a freshman in the Division of Undergraduate Studies, and Lach is a sophomore business major from Conway. DeLuca, from Phoenix, Az., is a sophomore major in liberal arts.

For information about the SGA, contact student activities and residence life coordinator Robin Schreck, ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Free concerts continue at Brodhead Cultural Center

Free concerts continue at the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center in August. On Tuesday, July 31, the Monaca Cornet Band will present a concert, and on Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be in concert. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the show will move into the campus auditorium.

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell concessions prior to and during the show. In addition, the group will sell Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream in cups from 6-7:30 p.m. prior to the concert. Proceeds from concession and ice cream sales benefit the Alumni Chapter’s scholarships for Beaver campus students.

For information, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center at 724-773-3610 or br-bcc@psu.edu, call the Events Hotline at 724-773-3600, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu/Brodhead.
Admissions Office will host Spend a Summer Evening program

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Spend a Summer Evening program, 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14, in the Student Union Building. Participants will receive information about the admissions process, financial aid, academic programs, and living on campus. In addition, they will meet with campus faculty, staff, and students to find out more about the Penn State Beaver experience. Visitors will also be treated to Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream at the end of the evening.

For more information or to register for an event, contact the Beaver campus Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu, 1-877-JOIN-PSU, or visit the online scheduling system. Visit the campus website at http://www.beaver.psu.edu.