Encore gives York County theater students one more show

David Weissman
  • The 12th annual Encore showcase will be at 2:30 p.m. April 22 at Central York High School.
  • High school musicals that will featured include "The Little Mermaid," "Jekyll and Hyde" and "Shrek."

Fourteen York County high schools have completed showings of their spring musicals, but the students will have one more chance to show off their hard work later this month.

Hanover High School students will have one more chance to perform part of their spring musical, "Jekyll and Hyde," at the 12th annual Encore showcase on April 22 at Central York High School.

More than 500 students will perform on Sunday, April 24, at Central York High School in the 12th annual "Encore," a high school musical theater showcase.

Each school will have eight minutes to perform one or two musical numbers from their shows, which include "Fiddler on the Roof," "Shrek" and "Seussical," according to Lyn Bergdoll, executive director of York Little Theatre and an organizer for the event.

"It's a really exciting event and many of these students' favorite day of the year," Bergdoll said. "Anyone who loves theater should come out and enjoy this fantastic show."

Mark Zortman, director of Central York's musical, said the event requires a lot of coordination, but his department hosts a lot of events and doesn't expect any issues.

Ariel, played by Anneliese Reichart, sings "Part of Your World" during act one during a dress rehearsal of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" at Central York High School Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. The play will be presented Friday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday Feb. 27 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2:30 p.m. Saturday's 2:30 p.m. performance will be signed for the hearing impaired. Bil Bowden photo

Central York is one of three attending schools that will be performing numbers from "The Little Mermaid," which Central produced in February.

"It's been a little while since they've performed it, but we looked at it recently, and they'll be ready," Zortman said.

Hanover High School, meanwhile, just finished performing its production of "Jekyll and Hyde" last weekend.

Spring Grove High School students will have one more chance to perform part of their spring musical, "Seussical," at the 12th annual Encore showcase on April 22 at Central York High School.

Rene Staub, Hanover's musical director, said the existence of Encore helped soften the emotional blow for students finishing up their high school performing-arts career.

"A lot of students get emotional after their last performance, but knowing they have one more chance to perform makes it not as emotional," Staub said, adding that the musical required approximately three months of hard work.

The three-and-a-half-hour event, which begins at 2:30 p.m., will conclude with four students from each school coming together to perform "We Go Together" from "Grease," according to Bergdoll, who will choreograph the finale.

The students performing in the finale need to be "quick studies," Bergdoll said, because they get minimal rehearsal together before the show.

Students performing in 2015's Encore finale bask in the applause from the crowd at Central York High School.

This is the fourth year Encore will be hosted at Central, which has approximately 1,200 seats in its auditorium. Bergdoll said the show always sells out, but there are a few tickets that can still be purchased for $12 from or by calling (866) 967-8167.

The year will also be the third with scholarships, as six seniors will be awarded a total of $7,000 in college scholarships courtesy of Jack Giambalvo, Bill Anstein and Joan Stauffer, Bergdoll said.

Three judges will also hand out individual and group awards, including Most Creative or Original Performance and Best Overall Performance, based on each cast's performance during the show.

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