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Photo: Kristine Allen, WPSU

An American and a Russian vie for the World Chess Championship on stage as FUSE Productions presents the musical, "Chess," Thursday through Saturday, September 13-15,  at Penn State's Schwab Auditorium. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports the story blends intrigue, romance, a score that incorporates several musical genres, and of course, chess.

The cast of "Results Will Vary*" during a summer preview performance in Eisenhower Auditorium.
Patrick Mansell / Penn State

Penn State students are back at the University Park campus. Last week, nearly 300 freshmen attended “Results Will Vary*,” a theatre performance that put a new spin on student orientation. The show explored issues students might face and resources the university has to support them.

Glenn Davis (courtesy of Altoona Community Theatre) / 7th Ave Photo, Altoona

For the first time ever, Altoona Community Theatre is presenting a Shakespeare play.  AS WPSU’s Kristine Allen reports this weekend's production of "Romeo and Juliet," which opens Thursday, will focus on  keeping the performance real and relevant, with modern costumes and music by the Talking Heads. 

photo courtesy of Tony Lentz

Retired Penn State professor Tony Lentz is well known in the State College area for his annual one-man performances of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. But after 40 years of performances, he’s finally calling it quits. As WPSU’s Kristine Allen reports, he’s finally ‘giving up the ghosts.’

(Listen to the story below.)

Lentz's final performances in State College are:

photo courtesy of Altoona Community Theatre

"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee has been in the news lately.  The author released a sequel to the novel last year, and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is currently working on a new stage adaptation for Broadway.  As WPSU's Kristine Allen reports, Altoona Community Theatre presents an earlier stage version of the story this week.  A special matinee for schools was held on Wednesday, and local teachers brought their students in droves.

courtesy of Altoona Community Theatre

Altoona Community Theatre  presents GHOST TOURS of the Mishler Theatre in Altoona Wednesday, October 29 and Friday, October 31.  While the tours features actors as  "live" ghosts, rumor has it that the Mishler is also haunted.

(NOTE: Be sure to listen to FRIGHT NIGHT, Friday, October 31 from 8:00 to midnight, to hear more extended stories from those who've experienced spooky, unexplained events at the Mishler Theatre)

King Lear Actors
Nittany Valley Shakespeare Company

The Nittany Valley Shakespeare Company in State College presents two different productions of "King Lear" this summer: the full version of the play, starring Charles Dumas and a cast of local and professional actors, August 21-24 at the State Theatre; and a kids' version, dubbed "Little Lear", starring 13-year-old Ryan Babb, performed outdoors in Orchard Park August 23 & 24.  

For more information, visit:

http://nittanyvalleyshakespearecompany.com/