Hanover dances off with big prize at Encore

Junior Gonzalez
  • Hundreds of students across the district showed up to a capacity audience at the Encore showcase.
  • Held at Central York High School, students from around the county performed musical numbers from their respective musicals.
  • Hanover Area High School's production of 'Les Miserables' won best overall at the ceremony.

York County students celebrated the diversity of the arts during Encore, an annual musical showcase held Sunday at Central York High School.

Students from around the county perform "There's No Business Like Show Business" at the 2017 Encore Musical Showcase at Central York High School.

Several hundred students from 19 schools performed numbers from their high schools' musicals during the showcase, which included individual acting awards and academic scholarships.

Lyn Bergdoll, executive director for The Belmont Theatre and an organizer of Encore, said it was a storybook night.

“It went absolutely great,” Bergdoll said. “It was very smooth (and) inspirational.”

The show started with a musical number from Bryan Tate, Encore emcee and vice president and chief development officer of the York County Community Foundation, and Bergdoll said it was something akin to a Broadway musical.

Tate sang his way down the aisles of the auditorium with a rendition of “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and once the music stopped and Tate introduced himself, the capacity audience quickly leaped to its feet, according to Bergdoll.

“That’s the kind of audience it was,” she said.

Awards were handed out in nine categories, not including director's awards given to a student from each school. Bergdoll said the director’s award is an especially gratifying moment for the student receiving it, as it could be given to the lead star or “a student in the back working on production.”

The award for best overall performance went to Hanover Area High School for the school’s performance of "Les Misérables." This is the second year in a row Hanover won the award, and Bergdoll said Hanover, the smallest district in the county, has “built that program into just a tremendous department.”

Four students from each school perform "There's No Business Like Show Business" at the annual 2017 Encore Musical Showcase at Central York High School

Bergdoll said a large amount of the department’s success is because of Rene Staub, director for the school’s musicals for the past seven years.

“He’s been able to completely resurrect that program,” she said.

Staub said he was pleased at the success of the show and made the ambitious leap to a high-caliber musical after noticing many students would graduate this year.

“We knew we had some good talent,” he said.

One of the school’s seniors, Isaac Silver, won the $2,000 top scholarship prize during the ceremony. Staub said Silver will be attending the Boston Conservatory for musical theater in the fall.

Staub said Encore is great for local school drama departments because it keeps students active past their schools' performances.

“It’s always a great way to end the season,” Staub said.

Here's a full list of winners for the 2017 Encore Musical Showcase:

Outstanding Female Performers:

  • Lilly Gorski, from Dallastown Area High School, singing "The Bride’s Lament," from "The Drowsy Chaperone."

  • Julia Wecker, from Kennard-Dale Area High School, singing "Anything Goes," from "Anything Goes."

  • Cierra Wecker, from Kennard-Dale Area High School, singing "Goodbye Little Dream Goodbye," from "Anything Goes."

  • Katie Gallagher, from Spring Grove Area High School, singing "People Will Say We’re in Love," from "Oklahoma!"

Outstanding Male Performers:

  • Carter Anstine, from Dallastown Area High School, singing "Aldolpho," from "The Drowsy Chaperone."

  • Isaac Silver, from Hanover High School, singing "One Day More," from "Les Misérables."

  • Jared Korb, from Eastern York High School, singing "The Addams Family," from "The Addams Family."

  • Jax Kelly, from Dallastown Area High School, singing "The Bride's Lament," from "The Drowsy Chaperone."

Ensemble Awards:

  • Outstanding Small Ensemble: William Penn High School for "Memphis."

  • Award for Excellence: Central York High School for "Sister Act."

  • Outstanding Dance: Kennard-Dale High School for "Anything Goes."

  • Outstanding Vocal: Spring Grove Area High School for "Oklahoma!"

  • Most Creative or Original: Eastern York High School for "The Addams Family."

  • Outstanding Production Number: Dallastown Area High School for "The Drowsy Chaperone."

  • Best Overall Performance: Hanover Area High School for "Les Misérables."


  • $1,000: Carter Anstine, Dallastown; Madison Conaway, Dallastown; Noah Schmitt, West York; Rebecca Smith-Kingston, West York.
  • The Rozella Olp Anstine Scholarship, $2,000, Isaac Silver, Hanover.