Laurel Arts Center
And the Tom Ridge Pavilion
Is Currently Closed
The Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing
Arts is a multi-venue cultural arts facility located on 675 wooded acres.
It features world-renowned performances in classical and contemporary
music, dance and Broadway theatre.
The Mountain Laurel Center will afford
visitors the opportunity to enjoy multiple events in the same day at
The Centers many venues. The existing facilities include the Theatre,
renovated with seating for 1,200 patrons, the Boathouse, home to cabaret
performances with seating for 500 and the 50,000 square foot Cultural
Arts Center and Benefactors Building which houses art galleries, dining
facilities an administrative offices.
Performances will be varied and include classical, pops, country, folk
and jazz musical programs as well as ballet, modern and ethnic dance
performances. The Center will also reach the community in many other
ways. Educational opportunities will include school-age programs, summer
camp programs and adult education series and lectures. The Center will
also be seeking the input of local arts leaders and organizations with
plans to form an arts advisory council.
Mountain Laurel Center Continues its Arts-in-Education
From Cowboy Music to Jazz to Dance, Local Students Will Experience Five
Outstanding Programs by Nationally Acclaimed Performers Including the
Kennedy Center Touring Production of Alice by Whoopi Goldberg
Bushkill, PA - Elementary, intermediate and high school students
from throughout the Pocono Mountains will have the opportunity to experience
outstanding performances by nationally recognized artists as the Mountain
Laurel Center for the Performing Arts continues its 2007 Arts-in-Education
program that began last month with two performances by The Acting Company
of William Shakespeares most poignant love scenes.
MLCPA President & CEO Richard T. Bryant announced that the upcoming
education lineup will range from choral music to cowboy music, to jazz,
contemporary dance and theater. Most performances will be offered at
assembly halls and classrooms in Pike and Monroe Counties. A special
daytime opening of the Tom Ridge Pavilion on May 23 will feature The
Kennedy Center touring production of Alice by Whoopi Goldberg.
We are delighted to offer this vital programming to the young
people of this region, said Bryant. The experience of seeing
and hearing the performing arts can affect and even transform young
lives in a uniquely positive way. Groundbreaking research has proved
that the arts have a profound impact upon enhancing student achievement
in all aspects of the classroom, but especially in their effect upon
creative thinking. We believe that each of the artists on our 2007 Arts-in-Education
roster has this transformative power to communicate, to teach
and to inspire.
Thursday, April 26: Renowned cowboy ensemble Riders in the Sky gallops
in to offer two performances at local elementary schools, teaching the
downright clean and honest Cowboy Way, the history of the
Old West and the culture of the singing cowboy. The Riders Ranger
Doug (The Idol of American Youth), Woody Paul (King
of the Cowboy Fiddlers), Too Slim (A Righteous Tater),
and Joey (The CowPolka King) are two-time Grammy
Award winners for Best Childrens Musical Album for their contributions
to the soundtracks of the animated classics Toy Story 2 (1999) and Monsters
Wednesday, May 2: Wandring Minstrels, the touring outreach company
of New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, will conduct a unique program
led by its artistic director Albert Bergeret, at a high school to be
announced. Over a 30-day period, Mr. Bergeret will visit the school
several times to conduct master classes for choral students who will
later join the New York-based professional singers in an all-school
performance of some of Gilbert and Sullivans most popular music.
Wednesday, May 23: A modern-day Alice in Wonderland is the focus of
Alice by Whoopi Goldberg, based on the beloved actresss
best-selling childrens book. Presented for elementary and intermediate
classes at MLCPAs Tom Ridge Pavilion, this light-hearted story
follows the adventures of a young girl who thinks that being rich will
bring her a giant house, fun times and lots of friends. When she wins
a mysterious sweepstakes and tumbles into an adventure in a topsy-turvy
world with a cast of colorful characters, Alice finds out the best jackpot
in life isnt money, after all.
September 25-28: Internationally regarded jazz saxophonist and Delaware
Water Gap musician Dave Liebman will present a week of master classes
for high school musicians. The programs, which will include jazz appreciation
and composition, are open to players of all instruments.
October 15-16: Ailey II the touring outreach company of the
famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will give two performances
of their high-energy choreography for intermediate and high school students.
The groups distinctive repertory has included works by Alvin Ailey,
Talley Beatty, Judith Jamison and Donald Byrd, among many others. The
in-school performances will include a lecture, plus a demonstration
period that allows students to ask questions and watch the company demonstrate
their celebrated Ailey technique. Ailey II will also teach master classes
to interested students.
Richard Bryant initiated MLCPAs Arts-in-Education program upon
arrival here in 2004 by re-opening the Tom Ridge Pavilion for East Stroudsburg
High School Norths graduation. In 2005-06 MLCPA launched a series
of in-school tours and master classes including songwriting workshops
led by composer Jim Papoulis; dance workshops by Paul Taylor II and
Pilobolus II; and a full-week residency by Jazz at Lincoln Centers
Afro-Latin Jazz ensemble that culminated in a performance at the Tom
Ridge Pavilion that also featured the top jazz musicians from Pocono
Mountain High School West, East Stroudsburg North and South High Schools,
and Delaware Valley High School.
Other schools participating in MLCPAs Arts-in-Education programs
have included Delaware Valley Elementary School, Pocono Mountain Charter
School, Pocono Mountain High School East, Wallenpaupack Area High School,
Lehman Intermediate School, Bushkill Elementary, and East Stroudsburg
Advising on the roll-out of the 2007 Arts-in-Education program have
been MLCPA Education Advisory Task Force members Dr. Kenneth Koberlein,
Director of Education at the Shawnee Academy and Beacon School; Annelle
Prefontaine, Director of Federal Programs and Grants for the East Stroudsburg
Area School District; Dr. Angelo Senese, Education Consultant and Professor
at East Stroudsburg University; and Sandy Stalter, artistic entrepreneur,
vocalist and director.
MLCPAs Education Manager is Steve Lastra.
Special thanks to Dr. Rachael Heath and Assistant Superintendent Gregory
Naudascher of East Stroudsburg Area School District for their unwavering
encouragement and support and to the leadership faculty and staff of
the East Stroudsburg High School North.
Mountain Laurel Centers Arts-in-Education programs are made possible,
in part, by the Pocono Mountain Vacation Bureau, The Wolfington Companies,
Pocono Produce Company Inc., and the ongoing participation and support
of the centers patrons and friends.
About MLCPAs Education Programs:
Mountain Laurel Center provides comprehensive, interactive educational
programs that are deeply integrated into the regions schools.
Through direct collaboration at all grade levels, MLCPA aspires to help
the many school districts meet core curriculum standards for the performing
arts, while introducing students to a wide range of artistic offerings
from numerous cultures and disciplines.
To book MLCPA Arts-in-Education events for your school or for additional
information, please call Steve Lastra, MLCPA Education Manager, 570.426.2090,
or visit mountainlaurelcenter.com.
About Mountain Laurel Center:
Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts (MLCPA) is a nonprofit
performing arts center located in Bushkill, PA, serving the beautiful
Pocono Mountains and beyond. Its principal venue, the Tom Ridge Pavilion,
offers 2,500 covered seats and room under the stars for up to 3,000
more on its comfortable lawn. MLCPA is dedicated to serving the region
by providing world-class artists and entertainers through an ongoing
series of performances and educational programming. Planning for the
2007 season is underway and will be announced later this spring. For
additional information about the Mountain Laurel Center, please call
570-426-2084 or visit mountainlaurelcenter.com.