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14 August 2007

Rose Lehrman Arts Center announces new seats and new 2007-2008 season

Come take your NEW seat at the Rose Lehrman Arts Center located on the Harrisburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College and enjoy a new season of exceptional shows.

“We are thrilled to welcome our patrons to our new season with brand new theatre seats that are more comfortable and more spacious,” said Teri Guerrisi, director of HACC's Performing Artist Series. “We closed the theatre in May and the space has had a bit of a makeover. With all the renovations the theatre has a more upscale appeal.

"We proudly continue our presentations of live professional theatre, music and family shows with a focus on distinctive world-class dance events. Now our patrons and even our artists will be hosted in new comfort and style."

The new season at the Rose Lehrman Arts Center features four (4) professional major dance events including a two-night engagement with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

"We are excited to be a part of the Pennsylvania Paul Taylor Tour. The company will be touring to 26 different Pennsylvania arts centers and performing 20 different works from late March to late April 2008," said Guerrisi.

Funding for this unique statewide tour comes from "American Masterpieces" in Pennsylvania, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, with support of the NEA and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

The Performing Artist Series at the Rose Lehrman Arts Center continues its partnership with the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York to offer a second year of the Susquehanna Valley Dance Series. Patrons can purchase a package of dance events at both venues and receive special discounts. The Series is only for sale through the Strand-Capitol box office at (717) 846-1111.

Additionally, the new season features the gospel and a cappella sounds of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Ballet Hispanico, the stories and dancing in Irish Times to name a few.

The Rose Lehrman Arts Center is honored and proud to be selected by Susquehanna Style Magazine as one of their Top 20 Favorite Things in the region. This honor came in their July/Aug 2007 issue.

The Rose Lehrman Arts Center Performing Artist Series schedule includes:

Hot Taps 'N Cool Jazz
The Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers with the live jazz music of David Leonhardt Jazz Group.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 4
Sponsor: Buchanan Ingersoll
Media Partner: Central Penn Parent

Ballet Hispanico
A fiery fusion of Latin dance with classical and contemporary movement.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 23
Sponsor: Arthur Murray Dance Studios – Lemoyne/York
Media Partner: Susquehanna Style

Lazer Vaudeville
High-tech laser magic with juggling, black light illusion, acrobatics, comedy and audience participation.
4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, November 3
Media Partners: Central Penn Parent and PennLive.com

Sweet Honey in the Rock
Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble.
8 p.m. Friday, November 30
Sponsor: Lois Lehrman Grass Foundation
Media Partner: Urban Connection

Philadanco
The Philadelphia Dance Company – powerful, dazzling contemporary dance.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 24
Sponsor: Hershey Trust
Media Partner: Clipper Magazine

Irish Times
An intimate evening of Celtic music, step dancing, stories, and song.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 21
Sponsor: HACC Foundation
Media Partner: WITF FM and Clipper Magazine

Forbidden Hollywood
See Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Gene Kelly and even Elvis spoofed on stage.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13
Sponsor: Hollywood Casino
Media Partner: Central PA Magazine

Theatreworks USA
Junie B. Jones A colorful, funny musical about new friends, new glasses and first grade angst.
2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29
Sponsor: American Literacy Corporation
Media Partners: Central Penn Parent and WITF TV

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Two evenings of contemporary dance from the best choreographer in the world.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12
Sponsors: HACC Alumni Association and PA Council on the Arts
Media Partner: WITF TV

Patrons are encouraged to join the Friends of the Rose Lehrman Arts Center membership program and receive a number of benefits, including center section seating, the Note to Our Friends newsletter, and invitations to special events.

The Performing Artist Series is supported by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. The series also receives support from the Franklin H. and Ruth L. Wells Foundation.

Ticket sales for the season begin on September 10. Patrons can view the season schedule and buy tickets to events online by clicking on the Website below. For more information or a season brochure, call (717) 231-ROSE (7673).

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