Bingo to Benefit Hanover Chorus Program
October 8, 2015 — 11:29

A Coach and Cash Bingo to benefit the choral programs in the Hanover Public School District will take place on Sunday, November 8 at the St. Vincent de Paul Gymnasium, 220 Third Street Rear, Hanover.

Tickets are $20 for 21 games. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. with games beginning at 2 p.m. Raffles, door prizes and food will also be available.

Proceeds will benefit the Parents Association Supporting Theatre Arts (PASTA), a parent-run organization which supports the drama and choral arts programs at Hanover Middle and High schools.

To order tickets, contact Kathi at 717-632-8470 or Idonia at 717-476-2149.

Hanover HS Presents ‘Father of the Bride’
October 7, 2015 — 16:13

FOTB PosterWedding bells will ring at Hanover High School in the fall production of Father of the Bride. The comedy will have three performances with a pair of shows on Saturday, Oct. 17 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) followed by a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Written by Caroline Francke, the play provided the inspiration for a pair of successful films of the same name, including the 1991 Steve Martin comedy. When Mr. Banks unexpectedly gets the news that his daughter Kay is engaged to her boyfriend Buckley, the wedding plans come together fast and furious – and so do the laughs.

Rene Staub will direct a cast of nearly two dozen HHS students. Tickets for the show will be $7 for adults and $5 for students and are available by calling Hanover High School at 637-9000 or stopping by the school office during the school day.

Improv Night
September 30, 2015 — 15:02

Come See “9 out of 10 Dentists,” the improv troupe from Hanover High and Middle schools perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Hanover Middle School. Tickets are $5 and include dessert. The students will perform improv games similar to “Whose Line Is It Anyway.” Come watch these talented students put on a show that has never been performed before and will never be performed again.



Hanover HS Play Will Resurrect Old Hollywood
March 23, 2015 — 14:45

Hanover High School will bring old Hollywood to the stage with the production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Sunset Boulevard April 10-12. The spring musical will take the audience on a roller coaster of emotion during a visit 1949 Hollywood.

sunset_posterDirector Rene Staub and a talented group of Hanover students will tell the story of Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era. Based on the 1950 Billy Wilder movie of the same name, Sunset Boulevard won seven Tony Awards in 1995 including Best Musical and Best Leading Actress for Glenn Close’s performance as Desmond.

The Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 shows begin at 7 p.m. The Sunday, April 12 matinee is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and $8 for adults in advance or $9 for students and $10 for adults at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Hanover High School office from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All shows take place in the Hanover High School auditorium.

Amalea Williams leads the cast in the role of Desmond. Isaac Silver will play struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis while Bailey Kenworthy will play Desmond’s loyal butler and chauffeur Max. Madison Maloney plays Joe’s girlfriend Betty and Garrett Reichart rounds out the leading cast as famous director Cecil B. Demille.

More than two dozen students will fill ensemble roles in the lavish production. Deb Smith is the Music Director, Jessica Staub is Assistant Director and Dave Markle is Technical Director. Sarah Flynn is Choreographer, and Charles Sunday and Ben Warfield are Lighting Designers.

Living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street, Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of “talkies.” Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, she sees in him the opportunity to make her comeback to the big screen. Their relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion.

The show features the beautiful songs “With One Look” and “As If We Never Said Goodbye.” The music is by Andrew Lloyd Webber with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton. The book and music also won Tony Awards in 1995.

Coach & Cash Bingo
September 28, 2014 — 15:35


PASTA announces new officers, expanded mission
July 28, 2014 — 14:41

The Parents Association Supporting Theatre Arts recently elected new officers for the 2014-15 academic year. The group, founded in 2012, has also expanded its focus to support more students in the Hanover Public School District.

Kathi Martin is the new president and Stacey Zitto was elected vice president. Maureen Edelin is secretary and Idonia Klunk is treasurer.

PASTA was originally designed to raise funds to supplement drama staff positions not covered by the district budget. However, the school board and administration have returned those positions to the budget, giving PASTA more freedom to focus its efforts.

Beginning this fall, PASTA will also lend support to the district’s choral arts programs.

PASTA meets at 2 p.m. the third Sunday of each month in the Hanover High School choral room. For more information, email

Piano Bar and Silent Auction fundraiser to benefit PASTA
February 25, 2014 — 18:11

debBig Mama Smith will headline PASTA’s Piano Bar and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 29, from 6 to 10 p.m.  Deb Smith will play all your sing-along favorites on the grand piano in the Conservatory of the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, 195 Stock St., Hanover. Appetizers, desserts and punch will be served. The BYOB event is for ages 21 and over.

The Silent Auction will include goods and services from S.E. Hagarman Designs, Thirty-One Gifts, R/C Theatres, Hanover Little Theatre, Hanover Bowling Center, K-2 Water Works, York Revolution, Just Jewelry, Signature HomeStyles and many more. Proceeds will benefit the drama programs at the middle school and high school as well as the Instrumental Music Parents Club.

Tickets are $15 each. Seating in the Conservatory is limited and only 60 tickets will be sold. To reserve tickets contact Kathi Martin at 521-7348 or

‘Dracula’ in a Special Setting
October 25, 2013 — 13:59

Hanover High School will present an up close and personal theatre experience for its fall play “Dracula,” scheduled for Oct. 26 and 27 and Nov. 2.

draculaThanks to an extension of the auditorium stage, the audience will sit on stage with the actors for a theatre-in-the-round style experience. Because of the special configuration, tickets will be limited for each of the three performances.

All seats are $7 and can be purchased at the Hanover High School office. Show times are 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 27. The play is intended for high school age students and up.

Hanover students will perform a Willian McNulty adaptation of the well-known tale where Professor Van Helsing (Finn Johnson) and his brave comrades must hunt down and destroy the profoundly evil Count Dracula (Garrett Reichart). But the Count is exceedingly resourceful, employing superhuman strength, psychic powers, and shape-changing to confound and frustrate his antagonists.

Culminating in a wild and shocking confrontation between the King of Vampires and those who would rid the world of him, this adaptation is an action-packed, macabre retelling of Bram Stoker’s classic tale of horror.

The show is sponsored by Kenworthy Funeral Home, Inc.

Take a Bow Drama Camp
June 3, 2013 — 13:20

Students from all area schools are invited to the Take a Bow drama camp at Hanover Middle School. The camp, directed by Hanover music teacher Deb Smith, will run from June 10-14. The cost is $50 per camper.

There will be a session for students grades 1-4 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and another for students in grades 5-7 from noon to 3 p.m. Students will learn acting techniques, participate in theatre games and get the chance to sing and dance. The final class will include a performance for family and friends.

The camp is open to students from any area school.  All campers will receive a t-shirt and snacks. Proceeds from the camp will benefit the Parents Association Supporting Theatre Arts (PASTA) to fund drama productions at Hanover Middle and High schools.

For more information, please contact Deb Smith at 717-637-9000 or

‘Phantom of the Opera’ Comes to Hanover High School
March 28, 2013 — 17:24

Shelby Barnes (Christine) and Clay Reichart (Opera Ghost) will star in Hanover High School's production of "Phantom of the Opera"

Shelby Barnes (Christine) and Clay Reichart (Opera Ghost) will star in Hanover High School’s production of “Phantom of the Opera”

One of Broadway’s most famous musicals makes its way to Hanover April 12-14 as Hanover High School presents “The Phantom of the Opera.”Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on April 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. on April 14. Advance tickets are now available at the high school office. Adults tickets are $8 and student admission is $7 in advance. Tickets at the door will be $10 for adults and $9 for students.

On Saturday, April 13, Parents Association Supporting Theatre Arts (PASTA) will hold a Masquerade Pasta Feast prior to the show at the high school. Dinner tickets are $12 and feature a meal catered by La Cucina beginning at 5 p.m. A string quartet from the high school music program will provide dinner entertainment. Dinner tickets are also available at the high school and proceeds will go to benefit the theatre program at the middle and high schools.

Additionally, a lobby display will showcase costumes and architecture of the Paris Opera House as well as memorabilia from Hanover’s former Opera House located on West Chestnut Street.

Based on a novel by Gaston Leroux, “Phantom” tells the story of a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera House and falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine. The show recently celebrated its 25th anniversary on Broadway.

Shelby Barnes plays Christine, the chorus girl secretly trained vocally by the Opera Ghost, played by Clay Reichart. The phantom does everything he can to make Christine the star of the opera until he ultimately takes her to his lair for her to become his eternal bride. Rene Staub is director of the production.

The haunting theme “Phantom of the Opera” highlights the score along with favorites such as “Think Of Me,” “Angel Of Music,” “Music Of The Night,” “Prima Donna,” “All I Ask Of You,” “Masquerade” and “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again.”

The lavish set will feature a locally-made chandelier sponsored by Diane and Sal Capolla. Other distinctive set pieces include a full-size elephant and handpainted drops made by the drama team, students and parents.