Montage – The Play’s the Thing

The Drama Club adviser, identified only as "J. Taylor" and seated front row-center, is surrounded by her cast and crew as they rehearse a 1981 production of "Barefoot in the Park."

Charles Simcox directed a series of one-act plays ...

... that were presented in the WACC Rec Center in 1971.

Dylan T. Lackey (left) and Thomas G. Degan electrified audiences in 2008, when "tick, tick …BOOM!” cemented the renaissance of live theater at Penn College.

As a troupe of Penn College student-actors prepares for its spring presentation of “Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.,” a stroll through the institutional archives confirms theater’s traditional foothold as a diversion from academic pursuits. While recent years have seen a resurgence of in-house stage productions, photos from 1971 and 1981 editions of Montage – the yearbook of Williamsport Area Community College – indicate that an active Drama Club is a mainstay among campus organizations. Be it comedy, musical or serious fare, students schooled in hands-on majors have long proved their prowess in less-taxing endeavors.

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