July 27, 2008

Entertainment SPOTLIGHT: BCTV Wins Prestigious Telly Award for ‘Degas’ Video

By Reading Eagle, Pa.

Jul. 27--Berks Community Television has won a Telly Award for its video "Degas and the Art of Japan."

Produced in cooperation with the Reading Public Museum, the 45-minute video details the behind-thescenes story of the museum's major 2007 exhibit, from the initial idea for the exhibit, the discovery of the connections between Degas' art and Japanese wood-block prints to the hanging of the exhibit at the museum.

BCTV senior technician and Webmaster Joan Freeman served as videographer and editor; BCTV board president Michael C. Zielinski conducted the interviews; and BCTV executive director Ann Sheehan served as producer.

The Telly Awards are the premier awards honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs and video and fi lm productions.


The Civic Theatre of Allentown will hold auditions for its production of the Tony Award-winning musical "Beauty and the Beast."

Auditions will be held next Sunday at 1 p.m. in the rehearsal room of the theater, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. Callbacks will be held later that day. The production seeks men and women in high school and older of all ethnic backgrounds who have strong vocal and acting abilities.

The production will be directed by Civic Theatre artistic director William Sanders, with musical direction by Justin Brehm. Rehearsals begin in mid-August and performances run Oct. 17 through Nov. 2. For more information, call 610-433-8903 or e-mail [email protected] com.

The Ephrata Cloister Chorus will hold auditions for new chorus members on Aug. 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the visitors' center at the historic Ephrata Cloister, 632 W. Main St.

Interested applicants should contact the Ephrata Cloister at 717-733-6600 to schedule an individual audition with chorus director Daryl Hollinger.

The Ephrata Cloister Chorus was formed in 1959 by Russell Getz to bring to life the music that was composed by founder Conrad Beissel and the solitary brothers and sisters who lived at the cloister in the 18th century.

Performances are presented in October and March in the historic Saal at the Cloister. The chorus also sings at the popular "Christmas at the Cloister" programs held in December.


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