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CAC’s Educational Series delights young eyes, enriches minds

The Community Arts Center annually hosts an Educational Series for school-aged children from Lycoming and Sullivan counties, four morning performances that give them the opportunity to see a professional stage show at no cost. Performances weren’t offered during 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the 220 W. Fourth St. showpiece – a wholly owned subsidiary of Pennsylvania College of Technology – is again entertaining and illuminating young visitors, some of whom have never experienced live theater.

“We partner with a coalition of school districts to coordinate transportation, and the shows tend to be very well-attended,” said James R. Dougherty III, executive director, who said about 1,000 turned out for a recent “Pete the Cat” production and even more were on hand for “Secrets of Space” (pictured below) on May 6. The Educational Series at the CAC is sponsored and underwritten by a host of area organizations: Penn College, Lycoming College, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, the Lycoming County Visitor’s Bureau, the County of Lycoming, the City of Williamsport, Hudock Capital Group, the Woodcock Foundation for Appreciation for the Arts, UPMC, Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, C&N Bank, Riverview Bank, PPL Electric Utilities, Woodlands Bank, First Citizens Community Bank, Truist, Williamsport Kiwanis, Junior League of Williamsport, and the Williamsport and Newberry Lions Clubs.

– Photos by Larry D. Kauffman, digital publishing specialist/photographer

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