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Selfies with Dinosaurs, Welcoming New Knights and a Yummy Summer Cookout, Oh My!

Discussing the many August activities and plethora of ways all of Central Penn’s students can plug in and be a part of the Knights family.

By Sherri Long, student reporter

The Knightly News Media Club welcomes Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman to their tenth podcast episode to highlight student activities at Central Penn College.

Thoman elaborates on several August happenings with host Prof. Paul Miller, co-adviser of Knightly News Media Club, and Sherri Long, student reporter.

Events included in the podcast are:  Fall course registration workshops, Fall Campus Preview day, the Knightly News summer cookout, “First Date” musical performance, and, of course, Thoman’s “Featured Three Events”.

Miller highlighted the Aug. 11 summer cookout, hosted by the Knightly News Media Club, which is a fundraiser for the club to offset costs for the purchase and setup of their new podcasting equipment, purchased in June.

Thoman, Miller and Long talk about ways in which all students, including online and evening students, can participate in the student activities, sometimes, including their families.

“There are several time options, including day, late afternoon, evening and weekend activity options that evening and online students could participate in, sometimes with family,” states Long.

Long is an online and evening student. She is also a single mom of two teenagers and works full-time as a freelance graphic designer.

Thoman recommends to contact her directly to find out the best ways to meet with a Central Penn group outing if a student does not take the shuttle from campus.

Thoman’s Featured Three Events for August are: “First Date” musical in the Capital BlueCross Theatre, final weekend of Aug. 5, 6 and 7; Central Penn’s first Mini Thon Friday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13; and Dino-Mite Scavenger Hunt and Ice Cream on Monday, Aug. 15.

As always, stay connected with the student activities on campus with their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/CentralPennActivities/  and be sure to check back for next month’s podcast featuring September’s activities.

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The Capital Blue Cross Theatre Surprise

‘First Date’ is Central Penn’s First Musical

By Yuliani Sutedjo

Media Club Reporter

The resident troupe and crew of the Capital BlueCross Theatre are working hard to present you with “First Date.”

And it is a first for Central Penn: “First Date” is a musical, the first to be produced in the theatre in the Underground.

The story is from a book by Austin Winsberg, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. “First Date” has played on Broadway.

The comedy will include a cast of mostly members of the off-campus community. Central Penn students and staff are also involved in the production.

Dustin LeBlanc, Executive Creative Director at the Carlisle Theatre Company, directs the play, and Central Penn’s Theatre Director Janet Bixler is the producer.

LeBlanc has much experience with musical theater. He has been in the theater world since he was 4 years old. Along the way, he was in charge of the former Pennsylvania Youth Music and Theatrics Theater for five years. LeBlanc also worked at the Carlisle Theater Co. for eight years, and has been directing plays since he was about 14.

Bixler has been involved in theater since she was 10 years old. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in educational theater. Since 1992, she has taught and created theater, and has operated a business as a theater consultant and drama specialist.

For the musical, the stage of the Capital BlueCross Theatre is transformed into a bar. In the show, you will meet Aaron and Casey, and some of their siblings and friends.

Aaron is a baker. He is timid, awkward and doesn’t know how to handle dating. Casey, who is the opposite of Aaron, has more experience dating and has had many blind dates – which is what unfolds in “First Date.”

“First Date” will run July 28-30 at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 7 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for Central Penn faculty and staff, and $12 general admission. The show will run for 90 minutes, with no intermission.

For more information on the production, see http://firstdatethemusical.com/about.

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