CACCC presents educational kids plays and performances
BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
This May, Community Arts Center of Cambria County (CACCC) is hosting two performing arts-related events.
On May 5, the non-profit arts venue’s Log Art Theatre Department will welcome Bright Star Touring Theatre into the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center gallery to present two children’s plays: “‘One Small Step ...’ The Real-Life Journey To Outer Space” and “The Velveteen Rabbit.” The first play is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m.
“Providing dynamic and educational programming to children is a true joy for the Community Arts Center, and part of its mission since its infancy in 1968,” said Angela Godin, CACCC executive director.
“‘One Small Step ...’ The Real-Life Journey To Outer Space” will share the tale of how humans reached the moon. Bright Star’s actors and actresses will teach children about the history of flight and space travel using a STEM-based script.
A few hours later, Bright Star’s cast will share the heartwarming story of “The Velveteen Rabbit,” and how a special gift inspired a young boy to open his heart and utilize his imagination. The script is based on Margery Williams Bianco’s original story, and the show examines what it means to love and to be “real.”
Godin said she is excited to welcome the cast of Bright Star Theatre to Johnstown for the first time. According to the Theatre’s official website, they are one of the largest professional touring theatre companies in the United States. This season marks their 16th, and they’ve grown so popular that they now tour internationally. Godin said that what attracted her most to this company is how their high-quality scripts educate children while they entertain them.
“Bright Star Touring Theatre makes education fun and entertaining,” Godin said, adding that she admires how both shows are also gender-neutral.
“When children have the opportunity to see live theatre, so many special moments can happen live, right in front of you, that are capable of turning into great memories down the road,” Godin said.
The “optimal” age for these plays is 3-years-old to 14-years-old.
To accommodate families who want to see both performances, Godin and her staff are offering an affordable “flex pass” for purchase.
Tickets for these performances (individual and flex) are available now.
Both “‘One Small Step ...’ The Real-Life Journey To Outer Space” and “The Velveteen Rabbit” are being made possible by the Laurel Foundation.
On May 18, Log Art Theatre Department will host “Hollywood Night” featuring Johnstown native Max Fedore, who is known for his singing, acting and directing skills.
“Hollywood Night” is being described by organizers as an “enchanting evening.” Fedore is to perform a wide variety of Hollywood’s most beloved songs.
“This is Max basically doing a one-man show, singing through the history of classic Hollywood,” Godin said. “Max is always so well-received in Johnstown and he has such wonderful stage presence. He always engages the audience, keeping everyone’s attention and truly getting them as engrossed in the music as he is. This is a premiere event for us, and the first time we’ve had Max do something solo at the arts center. We couldn’t be more excited.”
Fedore, a Richland High School graduate, won the competitive gold award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 44th annual Student Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, for “Opera of Cruelty.” This was his thesis film for New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts.
“I have known Max for a number of years,” Godin said. “His talents and skills keep growing and expanding in the performing arts.”
Fedore’s last performance at CACCC took place in October 2018, when he performed as part of the non-profit’s 50th Anniversary Gala.
“He did such an incredible job at the Community Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary Gala that I wanted to feature him in a special evening of vocal entertainment,” Godin said.
The Crow’s Nest (located on Tire Hill Road) is catering the event. The venue will be providing both dinner and dessert.
“Hollywood Night” is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. that evening. It is being made possible by corporate sponsor Law Office of Kaminsky, Thomas, Wharton, Lovette and Vigna.
WJAC-TV is serving as this year’s Log Art Theatre Corporate Media Sponsor.
Proceeds from the plays and “Hollywood Night” are to benefit CACCC, and both are to take place inside CACCC’s Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center gallery, located at 1217 Menoher Boulevard in Johnstown’s Westmont neighborhood.
For more information or to purchase tickets to one or more of these events, visit www.caccc.org online or call a CACCC staff member at 814-255-6515. Any remaining tickets for the children’s plays and for “Hollywood Night” can be purchased at the door.
Godin said she feels proud that CACCC has added such a dynamic offering of performing arts opportunities to community members over the past few years.
“One of the things that has been a personal mission of mine is that we are an all-encompassing arts center,” she said. “Performing arts is a huge part of my background, and I feel that we are constantly expanding this performing arts program to include so many fun and unique events for people of all ages.”