Arts & Culture

Discover All Things Regional in Central PA’s art and culture scene. Join hosts Cary Burkett and Joe Ulrich as they make artistic discoveries throughout the midstate. From music and visual arts to theatre, museums, literature and more! Listen every Wednesday and Friday on witf 89.5 and 93.3 for features highlighting the best and brightest cultural happenings in the region.

  • Bare Bones Beowulf

    Written by Joe Ulrich, Arts & Culture Desk and witf Host

    Beowulf.jpgThe Gamut Classic Theater's Stage Door Series is working on a production of the epic poem Beowulf, but it's not your typical kind of performance. Instead of using large sets and elaborate props and costumes, it's the actors themselves that become things like a lake, trees or huge monsters. Director David Ramon Zayas says, "The concept we're using is that the poet character is sharing the story with the audience and the other actors are sort of the poet's tools."


    The Stage Door Series' performance of Beowulf will take place Septmeber 14th and 15th and the 21st and 22nd. For more information visit


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    Published in Arts & Culture

    Tagged under Beowulf, Gamut Classic Theater, Stage Door Series

    Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 08:23

  • Midstate Native on PBS's 'Broadway or Bust'

    Written by Joe Ulrich, Arts & Culture desk and witf Host

    Nick Wasileski of Camp Hill was one of 60 high school musical performers selected to be on the PBS reality musical reality show Broadway or Bust. At the Hershey Theater Apollo awards this year he won best actor for his role as the Baker in Camp Hill High School's performance of Into the Woods. From there he went on to the National High School Musical Theater Awards and onto PBS's Broadway or Bust. Find out how Nick and his fellow performers did each Sunday for the next three weeks starting this Sunday at 8 on WITF-TV.


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    See also: 'Broadway or Bust' goes behind scenes as nation's top high school musical theater stars compete on Broadway:

    Published in Arts & Culture

    Thursday, 6 Sep 2012 20:43

  • New Met Production of "Ring Cycle" Broadcast by PBS

    Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture desk and witf Host

    For the first time in over 20 years, the Metropolitan Opera offers a lavish new production of the “Ring Cycle” of operas by Richard Wagner. All four of the epic operas and a documentary film about the making of the cycle will be broadcast in a PBS special series, Great Performances at the Met.  Witf TV viewers can watch the series on consecutive weekday evenings, beginning on Monday, September 10 with the documentary, Wagner’s Dream.  All programs begin at 9 pm.

    Staging this cycle of four operas has always been considered the supreme challenge for any opera company. The new production by the Met attempts to meet that difficult challenge by employing state-of-the-art technology which includes high definition video projection.  

    The director of the new ring Cycle is Robert Lepage, who among his many credits has had experience staging live Cirque du Soleil spectaculars.  His quest was to use modern technology to bring to the stage visuals powerful enough to match the epic magnificence of Wagner’s music.

    Included in the cast are opera stars such as Bryn Terfel singing the role of Wotan and Deborah Voigt as the valkyrie Brunhilde.

    Below you can hear our feature on the Met’s new Ring Cycle production.



    Wagner's Dream

    09/10/2012 at 8:30 pm on witf TV

    A documentary giving a behind-the-scenes look at the ambitious attempt to stage opera's most monumental work.

    Das Rheingold 

    09/11/2012 at 9:00 pm on witf TV

     Learn how the theft of Rhine gold sets in motion a chain of misery and destruction.

    Die Walkurie

    09/12/2012 at 9:00 pm on witf TV

    Find out how Siegmund and Sieglinde's forbidden love causes Brünnhilde's downfall.


    09/13/2012 at 9:00 pm on witf TV

    Watch as the hero Siegfried slays a dragon and crosses through magic fire to awaken Brünnhilde.


    09/14/2012 at 9:00 pm on witf TV

    See how the curse of the ring leads to global cataclysm and the twilight of the gods.


    Published in Arts & Culture

    Tuesday, 4 Sep 2012 19:13