Entertainment

Phoenixville Area High School presents ‘Hairspray’ this weekend |Mar 27, 2015

The Phoenixville Area High School Theatre Guild presents “Hairspray” this weekend at the District Auditorium at Phoenixville Area Middle School, 1330 Main St. The production opened Thursday night and will also play Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7 p.

Phoenixville native hopes his ‘Hunger Games’ speaking part inspires local youth |Mar 25, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville native Charles Kronmuller, a pilot by trade, recently found his way into the blockbuster franchise “The Hunger Games,” playing a pilot on the big screen.

Spring-Ford artists bring home awards from two shows |Mar 25, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Three talented Spring-Ford Area High School art students recently placed in top spots in two local art shows.

Urinus College Theater presents ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ to close out March |Mar 18, 2015

What happens when the greatest tenor of a generation is invited to perform in Cleveland? Audiences enjoy a laugh-fest.

Ursinus to host ‘Hamlet’ as told with puppetry and slapstick |Mar 18, 2015

Austin Texas’ Hidden Room Theater brings to campus “Der Bestrafte Brudermord,” a new translation of a version of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” The free event is on March 25 at 8 p.

Spring City antique shop aids ghost hunters seeking “trigger items” |Mar 16, 2015

SPRING CITY >> Halloween may be long over but the ghost hunt has just begun.

PVMS West to perform ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ |Mar 12, 2015

ZIEGLERVILLE >> Perkiomen Valley Middle School West will present the musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” from March 13 to 15 in the school auditorium.

PHOTOS: Phoenixville Area Middle School performs ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ |Mar 11, 2015

Phoenixville Area Middle School students sang familiar tunes and transported audiences to a magical kingdom straight out of a Disney film last weekend when they performed “Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Methacton Community Theatre presents ‘Mother Truckers’ |Mar 5, 2015

Breaker One Nine. Breaker One Nine. This is “Mother Truckers” comin’ atcha on Friday, March 6 at the Center Square Golf Club in Worcester. This entertaining original comedy by local playwrights, Judith Sapperstein and Gary Murway, is presented by Methacton Community Theater in partnership with the Center Square Golf Club in their continuing efforts to bring the dining plus live performance experience to the Montgomery County area.

Phoenixville Area Middle School students prepare to present ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ |Feb 27, 2015

Phoenixville Area Middle School students are getting into their roles in preparation for their production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” March 5-7 at 7 p.m.

‘The Art of Science’ exhibit opens at Franklin Commons |Feb 27, 2015

The Art Gallery at Franklin Commons will hold a unique exhibition themed “The Art of Science,” beginning with an opening reception on Saturday, March 7, from 1 to 4 p.m., which will run until April 10.

Chesco Pops presents ‘Requiem’ Sunday in Phoenixville |Feb 26, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> The Chester County Pops Orchestra will take the stage Sunday to perform one of the most beloved pieces of choral music written in the past 30 years.

St. John’s to present Susquehanna University Choir concert in Phoenixville |Feb 26, 2015

Beloved composers Bach and Mendelssohn will be complimented by music of composers that are actively writing today when the Susquehanna University Choir comes to Phoenixville March 8.

PHOTOS: PVMS East students perform high-flying stunts in ‘Mary Poppins’ |Feb 26, 2015

PERKIOMEN >> Perk Valley Middle School East’s high-flying production of the musical “Mary Poppins” is set to open Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The students practiced performing with the flying equipment provided by theater stunt equipment company Flying by Foy this week during dress rehearsals.

PVMS East to present ‘Mary Poppins’ with help of flying theater company |Feb 18, 2015

After soaring their way through “Peter Pan” two years ago, Perkiomen Valley Middle School East students are again ready to take flight, this time with a musical production of “Mary Poppins” that will feature upside-down tap-dancing and singing, much like the beloved Disney movie.

The Forge Theatre brightens winter with Neil Simon’s ‘Barefoot in the Park’ |Feb 16, 2015

The Forge Theatre, 241 First Ave. in Phoenixville, offers up a little bit of springtime with their next production, Neil Simon’s “Barefoot In The Park.”

Chester County Choral Society announces vocal performance contest winners |Feb 16, 2015

Four high school seniors won Chester County Choral Society’s 23rd Excellence in Vocal Performance Competition, held on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli.

Community Cinema brings special presentation of ‘American Denial’ to Colonial |Feb 4, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Community Cinema, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Independent Lens, and WHYY, is offering an advance screening of “American Denial,” a film by Llewellyn Smith, Christine Herbes-Sommers and Kelly Thomson.

Perkiomen Valley HS freshman to perform with HONOR Jan. 31 in Spring City |Jan 28, 2015

For Emma Cullen, music is about the act of creating and performing. It’s about the camaraderie with her fellow musicians. It’s not a competition.

Family-friendly musical duo Two of a Kind to celebrate 25 years at Colonial |Jan 20, 2015

Two of a Kind, the award-winning husband-wife duo, presents concerts for families and children of all ages, including songs, puppets, movement and stories — all with an emphasis on interaction and participation.

Chester County Choral Society announces annual vocal performance contest |Jan 14, 2015

For the past 20 years, the CCCS has hosted an excellence in vocal performance competition, open to any high school senior who resides, attends high school or studies music in Chester County. All winners are encouraged to perform the audition piece of their choice at the Choral Society’s Spring Concert on May 3 at 4 p.

Forge Theatre greets the New Year with ‘The Cemetery Club’ |Dec 30, 2014

The Forge Theatre continues its very successful season with a production of “The Cemetery Club” by Ivan Menchell.

The sounds of Sondheim fill the air as Facetime tackles the classic ‘Company’ |Dec 30, 2014

To marry or not to marry: that is the question Robert contemplates in the musical “Company.” He spends an evening with 10 of his close friends — five couples — observing their relationships to help him figure out if marriage is for him.

Go Commando kicks off the New Year at The Loft |Dec 25, 2014

LIMERICK >> The Loft at Landis Creek (formerly The Loft at Limerick Golf Club) will host a gala dinner party on Wednesday, Dec. 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The festivities include a six-hour open bar, a surf and turf dinner and a sweets table.

Pa. Philharmonic to bring ‘Disney Fantasia Live’ to PASD’s new auditorium |Dec 18, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville Area School District is getting set to host a special performance of “Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert” when the Pennsylvania Philharmonic comes to town on Jan.

Chaplin’s to host ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ short film fest |Dec 13, 2014

SPRING CITY >> Chaplin’s Music Café is hosting an event that will feature short films that have a horror/thriller twist on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge to host Caroling at the Carillon |Dec 11, 2014

Washington Memorial National Carillon at Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge will host Caroling at the Carillon, a Community Christmas Carol Sing-Along, on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. Sing your favorite Christmas carols accompanied by Doug Gefvert playing the 58-bell carillon.

Casino revives Valley Forge Music Fair |Dec 11, 2014

UPPER MERION >> So you thought you said farewell to the fair nearly 20 years ago?

Couple with Phoenxville ties featured in new film |Dec 6, 2014

Director Matthew Bonifacio and his wife Julianna Gelinas Bonifacio discovered the hard way that simultaneously planning a wedding and shooting a movie can be a demanding proposition.

Hallelujah! Ursinus performs Handel’s ‘Messiah’ for the 77th year |Dec 5, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE >> For many people, the holidays mean celebrating traditions. At Ursinus College, that means performing Handel’s “Messiah” in its entirety. The school has produced a concert featuring this famous classical piece for the past 76 years.

International Ballet Theatre brings ‘The Nutcracker’ to Ursinus |Nov 26, 2014

It’s that magical time of the year again and IBT’s Clara, Nutcracker, Mouse King and Sugar Plum Fairy return on stage on Dec. 6.

Providence Chamber Orchestra presents ‘London for the Holidays’ |Nov 10, 2014

The 35-member Providence Chamber Orchestra presents its first concert of the 2014-2015 season at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 355 St. John’s Circle, Phoenixville.

Main Line Symphony Orchestra to open 69th season at Valley Forge Middle School |Nov 3, 2014

The first concert of the 69th season of the Main Line Symphony Orchestra will take place on Friday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. at the Valley Forge Middle School on Walker Road and Route 252 in Wayne. Samuel Singer has said “…The Main Line Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble that any mid-sized American city would be glad to claim for its own…”

‘Good Neighbors’ coming to the Berman Museum at Ursinus College |Oct 6, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — “Good Neighbors,” opening at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art Oct. 14, finds its starting point in the many possible notions of home and community, such as memories of a particular place or object, gatherings of like-minded individuals, or the unexpected juxtapositions that come from living in close proximity.

‘Fall in Love with Facetime’ and win tickets to SNL or Fallon |Sep 25, 2014

Facetime Theatre is planning its fourth annual fundraiser for Oct. 10 at the Spring Hollow Golf Club in Spring City, and it’s kicking it off with a fantastic raffle of VIP tickets to see “Saturday Night Live” or “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in New York City.

Phoenixville cellist with musical legacy set to release folk rock collaboration |Sep 19, 2014

Phoenixville’s arts and music scene continues to thrive as native Michael Ronstadt, along with his musical partner Aaron Nathans, get ready to release their new album, “Crooked Fiddle,” on Oct. 10. The duo will embark on an East Coast tour to promote their first collaborative effort.

Harpeth Rising to finally make local debut |Sep 12, 2014

Harpeth Rising was scheduled to make their debut at Chaplin’s on Feb. 13. But a snowstorm that dumped a foot of snow throughout the area resulted in the oft-touring band’s first snow-related cancellation in its five-year history.

VIDEO: Lancaster filmmaker releases documentary short on Firebird Festival |Sep 11, 2014

Firebird Festival, the popular community celebration honoring Phoenixville each December, is the subject of a new short film by Lancaster-based filmmaker Josh Hankins.

Wet weather fails to wash out Phoenixville’s fifth annual Blues Fest |Sep 10, 2014

Music fans from throughout the area came to Reeves Park on Saturday, Sept. 6, for Phoenixville’s fifth annual Blues Festival. Despite scattered showers throughout the day, more than 5,000 people enjoyed the all-day jam featuring dozens of musicians.

Phoenixville prepares for fifth annual Blues Fest |Sep 2, 2014

Phoenixville is getting ready to groove to the blues in Reeves Park on Sept. 6 with their fifth annual Blues Festival. The all day jam, which features a wide variety of blues bands and musicians, begins at 12 p.

Fifty-third Philadelphia Folk Festival winds down |Aug 18, 2014

UPPER SALFORD — Philadelphia Folk Festival security volunteer Vic Martinson eloquently summed it up.

VIDEO: Irish Thunder performs at Valley Forge |Aug 14, 2014

UPPER MERION — The thunder heard at Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge National Historical Park Wednesday night surprisingly meant beautiful weather and a song-filled evening.

Celebrate Can-It-Forward Day at the Phoenixville Farmers’ Market |Aug 14, 2014

The Phoenixville Farmers’ Market will celebrate International Can-It-Forward Day with a free canning demonstration on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m.

Metalwork art and historical exhibit opens in Phoenixville |Aug 8, 2014

On August’s First Friday, the Historical Society of Phoenixville celebrated opening night of its new art exhibit, “Blasting Heavy Metal!” The evening was a special fusion of honoring the legacy of the Phoenix Iron Company with the future, by featuring local blacksmith artists.

Annual Goschenhoppen Folk Festival set for this weekend |Aug 8, 2014

The Goschenhoppen Folk Festival revisits the area’s agrarian and Pennsylvania German roots noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 8 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Goschenhoppen Historians’ Henry Antes Plantation, 318 Colonial Road (off Route 73/Big Road), Upper Frederick.

Facetime Theatre presents ‘Tarzan the Stage Musical’ |Jul 31, 2014

Facetime Theatre’s Summer Stage II program will be the first in the area to present “Tarzan the Stage Musical” on Aug. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. in the beautiful Lenfest Theatre in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center at Ursinus College.

Metalwork exhibit to bring past, present together in Phoenixville |Jul 29, 2014

The public will have the chance to learn about Phoenixville’s history as a steel town and see artwork produced in a modern iron forge when the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area’s newest exhibit opens Friday.

US Army Field Band to play free concert at Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge |Jul 24, 2014

The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge is celebrating its 65th anniversary in grand style.

On stage this summer in the Phoenixville area |Jul 16, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Methacton Community Theatre will present its summer musical “Oliver!,” July 18 through July 26 in Collegeville. The popular show, with book, music, and lyrics by Lionel Bart, is based on the classic Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist.

Colonial Theatre to host Jewish short film series |Jul 16, 2014

Retreat from the summer heat and delight in the Summer Shorts Film Series presented by The Kehillah of Chester County at the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville. The series, which will feature the screenings of contemporary Jewish short films from around the world followed by lively discussions, will be presented on consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7:30 to 9 p.