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Thursday, February 23, 2017

“The Music Man” Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 23, 2017

CONTACT: Sara Stell Managing Director sstell@ccs.us – 610-903-1300

“The Music Man” marches on stage in Exton, PA at Collegium Charter School!

Exton, PA – The Music Man, an All-American musical classic, opens March 16, 2017 and runs through March 19, 2017 at the Collegium Center Stage Theatre in Exton, PA located at 515 James Hance Court Exton, PA 19341.

A sparkling homage to a bygone era, The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef! His plans are foiled when he falls for spirited Marian (the librarian), who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. With beloved songs, such as “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Till There Was You,” and “(Ya Got) Trouble,” this award-winning classic boasts a brilliant, score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets, and sentimental ballads that have earned a place among musical theater’s most cherished standards. It’s a must-see musical for the whole family!

Director Vicki Whisler helms the production and will be supported by Music Director Daniel Grayberg and Choreographer Heather Grayberg. Featuring an All-Star cast of Collegium Charter School students ranging in grades from 7-12.

Performances are March 16, 17, & 18, – at 7 p.m. w/Matinees on Saturday & Sunday at 1 p.m. Advance Tickets: $12

Buy tickets online at http://www.collegiumtheatre.org

VENUE AND ADDRESS: 515 James Hance Court Exton, PA 19341

The Mission of Collegium Center Stage Theatre is to provide all 7th-12th grade students with an opportunity to develop their acting, singing, dancing, musical and technical theatre skills in a rigorous, comprehensive program. Students will participate in an inclusive, supportive family-like atmosphere where they are collaborating with each other and the artistic team throughout the rehearsal and production process.

Prepared by David James, CCST Marketing Director



Just recently I was planning a photography session with a local family. We were going to utilize some local area farms for our scenery. Chester County, PA has so many beautiful places to choose from for photo shoots. From horse farms to rolling pastures, this area has so much to offer photographers. Well, at the last minute I got a call from the clients. They wanted to change the location to a local sunflower field. I thought it was a great idea. I knew the bright yellow colors of the sunflowers would match the energy of my family I was photographing.

We scheduled the photography shoot for a later time in the day. I was hoping to maximize the “magic hour”. On the day of the photo shoot. I arrived at the sunflower field a little early. As I steered my Jeep down the road, I rounded a corner and saw the majesty of the yellow fields off in the distance. I noted the time, calculated the light and fading sunset then thought to myself. “This is going to be a great shoot!”

As I approached the field and found nearby parking. Something caught my eye. The sunflowers were askew. They were not upright and beautiful. They were . . . well . . . dyeing. I jumped out of my Jeep and walked briskly towards the sunflower field. I was trying to figure out what was going on with the field. Then it hit me. “Duh!”, I said to myself. They are called sunflowers for a reason! “The sun is going down so the sunflowers are going to bed for the night!” I felt like a doofus. I knew I should have paid more attention in biology class.

In spite of it all. I was able to get some good shots of our family. The Canon T4i I was testing was an excellent resource to utilize for this shoot. Its versatility afforded me many creative options. The subjects, our young ladies below, were spunky and full of energy! I made a point to Photograph them a little lower, so I could capture the face of the snoozing sunflower. It worked out quite well, for the most part. When you first look at the photograph below. I think your eye goes straight to the subjects faces. They have great smiles and a warm energy that translates well on a photograph. In fact you can see why we are using these pictures on-air we took with the Canon T4i to show the caliber of the camera. This is their top of the line in the Rebel series!

Let’s analyze the picture, go ahead and look past the girls and focus on the sunflowers. First glance you just noticed the color, the second glance they look like groggy teenagers on a Sunday morning. So I am hoping the first look at the photograph allows you to enjoy the beauty of the girls along with the landscape. Do your best to not let your eyes focus on one sunflower at a time. It just might make you sleepy!

Lesson of the week? – The “magic hour” is not so magical when it comes to photographing sunflowers.