Fall Play 2023 – “PUFFS – Or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic” by Matt Cox

This year’s fall play will be “PUFFS – or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic” by Matt Cox. A certain boy wizard went to a certain school and conquered evil – however, this is NOT his story. This is the story of the Puffs – who just happened to be there also. It is #2 on the Top 10 list of most-produced plays in high schools, and it is a play that was meant to have fun performing. We are looking for cast members, crew members who will be hands-on in all areas, and puppeteers. You and your parents are invited to attend an informational meeting on Wed, Sept 6th at 6:30 in the auditorium to learn more about getting involved. You can also contact Mrs. Mintzer in C205 or Dr. Lindstrom in C303.

A google classroom will be created for Penn Manor Theatre news for 2023-24. Students: Please email Mrs. Mintzer to be invited to join that classroom. Audition materials, crew registrations and other news throughout the year related to our theatre program will be posted here. PM credentials are required for access. Public information will be posted here on this blog on an ongoing basis for parents & community members.

Please know that we did the best we could to find a place for everyone – but there’s still a lot more to be determined.  You will be involved in as many scenes as we can accommodate – but we need more time to consider costume changes and other logistics.  We’ll figure that all out together.

Please look at everything posted here:
-The Cast List Flow Chart
-The List
-The google form that needs to be completely by Sunday evening to formally accept/decline your role(s). 

Every cast member is welcome at Monday & Tuesday’s read-through rehearsals, if your schedule permits.

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Crucible – Sign Up Genius links

We rely on the help of volunteers to serve as ushers and to sell items in the lobby during performances. If you are able to help, please use this link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F48A8AB2DA75-thecrucible

Parents: We are also hoping to provide meals for the cast and crew involved in our run-through dress rehearsals during tech week. In order to do this, we need donations of food items as well as some helping hands to set up and serve the meals. If you are able to contribute, please use this link to signup: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094FA9A72CAB9-crucible

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Fall Play: The Crucible – by Arthur Miller

The Crucible, widely regarded as one of the greatest American plays of all time, is set in the scorching context of the 17th-century Salem witch trials. The story includes timeless topics and a community dealing with fear, suspicion, revenge, intolerance, and the power of hysteria. The Crucible stands as a timely reminder to not always take everything at face value – centering around accusations of witchcraft, consuming Salem as the town waited, stunned, to find out who would be accused next.

Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play.

This play marks 20 years of directing for our beloved fall play director, Carole Shellenberger, who has announced that this will be her last production at PMHS. We invite theatre alumni to join us to celebrate her contributions to the PM theatre program.

The Crucible will be performed November 18-19 and is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday May 14th –   “Breakfast With the Stars”   – end of year theatre banquet

All students involved in CLUE and ADDAMS FAMILY are invited to attend – and your family members!
Director’s reflections
Thespian induction ceremony
Senior awards
Senior reflections/speeches

Please fill out the form below to RSVP and let us know of your plans to attend and participate in the various aspects of the ceremony/event.

Date: Saturday, May 14th
Time: Arrive 9-9:30. Breakfast/event begins at 9:30.
Location: Ascension Lutheran Church, 600 Penn Grant Rd, Willow Street
Cost: $3 per person. Senior students attend for free.
*Continental breakfast – including bagels, muffins, fruit, coffee, tea, milk, juice

There will be an official invitation in your theatre mailbox on Monday – so that you can take it home and put it on the fridge or wherever “important reminders” and paperwork goes in your house. We want your families to know that they are welcome to attend. We just need to have a headcount for food planning by 5/11.

Please bring in your registration payment (if needed) in an envelope with your name on it – and give it to Mrs. Mintzer in room C209 or ask the main office to put it in her mailbox.


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Addams Family – Rescheduled Performance

We will perform Addams Family on Monday, March 14th at 7:00 pm.

As stated previously, seating assignments for those with Saturday evening (blue) tickets will remain unchanged. Matinee (purple) ticketholders can select new seats at the box office in-person upon arrival.

We ask that anyone who has any Saturday evening tickets that will go unused, to please contact the PM box office to release those seats. You can do that by calling 717-872-9520 x1958 or by sending an email to: melissa.mintzer@pennmanor.net

It is important for us to keep track of the number of people in the audience – so that we can abide by codes and regulations, while ensuring seats for all those who have pre-purchased tickets. We will accept walk-in ticket purchases as those maximum capacities allow. We have approximately 700 tickets pre-sold (a combined total for anyone who would have attended either of Saturday’s performances) -which means that everyone will have a seat, and we could still accommodate another 200 people as walk-ins.

We are grateful that we have the opportunity to share this wonderful show with everyone one more time – and ask that you be patient with us and each other as we navigate the situation.

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Addams Family – Sat 7:30 evening show has been cancelled

More info to follow. Please hold questions until more details become available.

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2:00 Matinee Cancelled – Info for Ticketholders

Today’s 2:00 matinee performance of The Addams Family has been cancelled due to the weather.  If we are able to perform at 7:30 this evening, we will honor the ticket purchases and find new seats for matinee ticketholders. Evening seats will remain unchanged. 

If the show is on for this evening, all seating changes will be handled in person at the box office opening at 5:30.    We do have enough seats to honor all pre-ordered tickets at this point -but walk-in purchases may be limited.

We will not be able to respond to email/voicemail messages. Online ticket sales have been closed to allow us the opportunity to combine seating for both shows, if we can perform this evening.

Please arrive early and be patient as we do the best to manage this unique situation. Thank you for your support of our theatre program.

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SignUpGenius sites – Addams Family

Tech Week Meals (help to feed the teens!)


Show weekend – volunteer helpers & donations needed


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ADDAMS FAMILY – Ticket Sales & Raffle Items

Please come see our show on March 10-11-12. Tickets can be purchased online at https://pennmanor.seatyourself.biz or by filling out the ticket order form below.

If you qualify for free tickets from a sponsorship donation – you must use the order form to claim your free tickets. Indicate how many tickets are needed for which performance(s), and any seating preferences. We’ll reserve your seats and you can pick up your tickets at the box office on show nights.

Also – we are in need of “baskets” or any products/items to be included as prizes in our raffle that will be taking place in the lobby during Addams Family performances. If you have a talent and can make something that we can include – that would be great. If your employer or a local business is willing to donate items, we’d be very grateful for any products or gift cards. Maybe your family can put together something? All funds benefit PM theatre students and our program.

Email melissa.mintzer@pennmanor.net with any questions. You can also leave a voicemail for the PM Box Office: 717-872.9520 x1958

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ADDAMS FAMILY – Spring Musical 2022

Celebrating 50 Years of PM Musicals (1972- 2022)

Please consider being a sponsor for our theatre program – having your name/ shoutout message/ advertisement listed in our program. Various levels available – some with complimentary tickets and other perks.

For example, a $25 sponsorship provides necessary financial support for our production – but also includes 2 complimentary tickets (2 adults tickets – valued at $9 each = $18). Students in the cast/crew/pit also earn personal credit for sponsorships collected to help reduce out-of-pocket costs for show shirts, banquet attendance and other events.

Sponsorship forms are due by February 11th – using this form:

Ticket Sales open on February 1st and can be ordered online using the Seat Yourself platform. To claim complimentary tickets as per sponsorships, please send in this ticket order form or contact the PM Box Office directly:

For all sponsorship/ticket/accessibility needs – please contact Melissa Mintzer at the PM Box Office (717-872-9520 x1958) or via email – melissa.mintzer@pennmanor.net

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