April 7, 2005
Good job or bad job, we all have a story to tell. That's why audience members will relate easily to characters in the upcoming musical production of "Working," presented by students and staff from the Lebanon Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College.

Based on the book of the same name by Studs Terkel, the revue style musical will be offered on Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Multi Purpose Room on the Lebanon Campus of HACC, 735 Cumberland Street. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for non-students. For the Saturday matinee performance, all tickets are for $10, and $5 for children under 16.

The show's storyline revolves around a cast of characters who share their funny and often thought-provoking insights about the work they do to make a living. Intertwined with the dialogue is the music of well-known composers such as James Taylor, Stephen Schwartz, Michi Grant, Mary Rodgers, Craig Camelia and Susan Birkenhead.

"The themes touched on in the show are very universal and apply to almost any adult," explained Deborah Bybee, coordinator for disability services and the show's director, "from those who really enjoy what they do to those who find their work filled with drudgery."

The musical production is a first for the Lebanon Campus and a great way to unify the campus and surrounding community, according to Bybee.

"Not only do we have the opportunity to bring more performance theatre into Lebanon County with this production, but also we are providing a great experience for a wide variety of students and staff," she said.

That experience also includes a Chinese auction, held during intermission on opening night. Prizes will include items such as gift baskets, gift certificates, specialty pastries and items related to characters in the show. Anyone who purchases tickets in advance of the Friday performance will automatically receive 10 tickets for the auction.

Additionally, any patron who purchases tickets in advance for the 7 p.m. Saturday night performance will receive admission to a pre-performance cast reception, hosted by members of the Lebanon Campus student advisory council and campus ambassadors. Held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the event will give patrons the opportunity to meet members of the cast.

To purchase tickets for the Lebanon HACC production of "Working," contact the Veteran Affairs office at the Lebanon Campus by calling (717) 270-6346.

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