Cooking with the Calamari Sisters – Mangia Italiano! Everyone invited to Sept. 1 event
Aug. 18, 2011
HARRISBURG – Enjoy a taste of the Live at Rose Lehrman’s upcoming season at a garden party/open house from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Rose Garden Plaza on HACC’s Harrisburg Campus.
The community is invited to the free reception to kick off the first day of ticket sales for the 2011-12 season with raffles, free gifts, backstage tours, harp selections by Elizabeth Bashore of the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra. Free wine and beverages will be provided. Dafnos Italian Grille will provide hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats.
Attendees are asked to RSVP to Susan Kirchdoerfer at HACC by Thursday, Aug. 25, by calling 717-780-2545 or via email at
“Season 2011-12 continues our tradition of bringing you the best of live professional dance, theatre, music and family events,” said Teri Guerrisi, director of Live at Rose Lehrman. “We invite patrons to experience ‘More Than A Show,’ as nearly every performance in the upcoming season features fun, engaging and educational bonus activities.”
Performances open Oct. 6 with the comedic “Cooking with the Calamari Sisters,” featuring a free post-show pasta and cannoli party. The season includes four professional major dance events including the renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company, the 75th Anniversary Tour of Duquesne University’s Tamburitzans, the stunning and sacred Indian classical dance of Ragamala Dance, and the percussive, sensual Latin-influenced dance of Ballet Hispanico!
The whimsical sounds of Danú will lead into the holiday season with “A Christmas in Ireland.” Aquila Theatre’s “Macbeth” delves into world of Shakespeare, and Squonk Opera’s “Mayhem and Majesty” will project the audience into “a musical experience that’s colorful, chaotic, spiky, elegant, and surreal,” as noted by the Tribune Review.
Two family events on the schedule include the Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Company and the regional premier of the Off-Broadway family hit, “Angelina Ballerina – The Musical!”
Season 2011-12 also marks the 10th anniversary of the Friends of Live at Rose Lehrman membership program. Membership support from patrons helps to sustain excellent high-quality events that have made Live at Rose Lehrman the cultural and artistic pride of the mid-state.
Live at Rose Lehrman is supported by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour Program, and the Cultural Enrichment Fund. The series also receives support from the Franklin H. and Ruth L. Wells Foundation.
Ticket sales for the season begin Sept. 1. Patrons can view upcoming events and purchase tickets online at For more information or a season brochure, call 717- 231-ROSE (7673). Join on facebook:, or preview the season on YouTube at
The Live at Rose Lehrman 2011-12 season by date:
Cooking with the Calamari Sisters – Mangia Italiano!
Delphine and Carmela Calamari are always cooking up new family anecdotes, wacky dishes and crazy song-and-dance routines to favorite tunes from the Italian-American songbook and beyond. Everyone eats and laughs when they come to a Calamari Sister’s Show.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 
Sponsors: Gabriella Italian Ristorante; Ciao! Bakery; HACC Foundation
Media Sponsors:; Central Voice; abc27
Post-Show Pasta and Cannoli Party (Included with ticket purchase)
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Paul Taylor has continued to make the most cutting edge, purely romantic, astonishingly athletic, and downright funny dances put on stage. The evening program will include “Roses;” “Three Dubious Memories” (Taylor’s newest work), and “Brandenburgs.”
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19
Sponsors: Lois Lehrman Grass Foundation; Billy Wray Music Shop; Wildwood Conference Center; HACC Foundation
Media Sponsors: abc27; Susquehanna Style
Grant Support: Mid Atlantic Arts Association
Join us for a served Dinner & A Show package with dinner seating at 5:45 p.m. at the Wildwood Conference Center on the Harrisburg Campus. Seating is limited.
Fred Garbo Inflatables Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Company
As seen on Broadway and David Letterman’s Late Show, the duo of Fred Garbo and Daielma Santos has performed around the world with a fun-filled program that includes physical comedy, dance, juggling, and most importantly, their own creative inventions that inflate.
1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 
Sponsors: Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg; Atomic Bounce; U-GRO Learning Centres; HACC Foundation
Media Sponsors: abc27; Central Penn Parent; Lamar Outdoor Advertising
Stay late, or come early, for a free Inflatable Party. 2:30-4 p.m. (Included with ticket purchase)
Tamburitzans Duquesne University’s “Tamburitzans” – 75th Anniversary Tour
The Duquesne University Tamburitzans, America's longest-running multicultural song and dance company, is a unique ensemble of talented young folk artists dedicated to the performance and preservation of the music, songs, and dances of Eastern Europe and neighboring folk cultures.
3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20
Sponsors: Susquehanna Folk Music Society; HACC Foundation
Media Sponsors: abc27; The Patriot News
Grant Support: PennPAT - Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour
Take-in a Tamburitzans Weekend
2 Open Folkdance Classes: Taught by former Tamburitzans, co-presented with Susquehanna Folk Music Society.
Saturday, Nov. 19, at The Rose Lehrman Arts Center:
1 p.m. – Hungarian folk dance class taught by Richard Balazs, $10/per student (cash only at door)
2:30 p.m. – Serbian folk dance class taught by Srbo Cvetkovik, $10/per student (cash only at door)
4 p.m. – Free collaborative session for all dancers; observers welcome.
7:30 p.m. – Public dance and dinner at St. Lawrence Club, Steelton ( for tickets and information) featuring Sviraj
Danú Danú – A Christmas in Ireland
Celtic music lovers around the globe have been thrilled by the ensemble’s expert players on fiddle, flute, button accordion, percussion and the gorgeous voice of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1
Sponsors: Eastern PCM, LLC; Oxford Hall Irish and Celtic Imports, Tea Room; HACC Foundation
Media Sponsors: abc27; WITF 89.5
Pre-Show Irish Tea and Scones with holiday shopping (Included with ticket purchase)
Aquila Theatre - MacbethAquila Theatre – Macbeth
Macbeth … the chaotic world of Shakespeare, where nothing is as it seems and men combat their own madness and fates. Aquila breathes fresh life into this wickedly troubled work.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24
Sponsor: HACC Foundation
Media Sponsors: abc27;
Grant Support: Mid Atlantic Arts Association
Post-Show Talkback with Aquila cast
Angelina BallerinaAngelina Ballerina – The Musical!
The regional premier of the Off-Broadway family hit, Angelina and her friends at Camembert Academy will perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig and of course, ballet.
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28
Sponsors: HACC Foundation; American Literacy Corporation; PNC Bank
Media Sponsors: abc27; WITF-TV
Free pre-show performance with Super Reader at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Free ballerina, book and cookie party after each show. Bring your camera.
(Included with ticket purchase)
Ragamala Dance Ragamala Dance – Sacred Earth
 “Sacred Earth” transforms the stage into a sacred space and invokes a deep connection to the Earth. Ragamala Dance gives physical form to their spiritual expression.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15
Sponsor: Asian Indian Americans of Central Pennsylvania; Hershey Asian Affinity Group; HACC Foundation
Media Sponsor: abc27
Grant Support: New England Foundation for the Arts; Mid Atlantic Arts Association
Educational Partner: Greater Harrisburg Arts Council
Join for a “Taste of India” post-show reception (Included with ticket purchase)
Ballet Hispanico Ballet Hispanico – “Espiritu Vivo”
Ballet Hispanico engages audiences as today’s Latin voice in dance. The evening piece will combine traditional and modern movement set to percussive Caribbean rhythms, exploring grief after tragedy: the news, prayer, spring and new day.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13
Sponsors: HACC Alumni Association; HACC Foundation
Media Sponsor: abc27
Grant Support: New England Foundation for the Arts
Post-Show Talkback with the Ballet Hispanico dancers
Squonk Opera Squonk Opera – “Mayhem and Majesty”
As seen on “America’s Got Talent” this past summer, Squonk’s sonic hooligans explore the poetry of music making and the power of sound with camera jibs, projection puppets and kinetic machines. The Squonkers take the audience on a journey from the depths of moody minimalism to the heights of gypsy rock.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27
Sponsors: HACC Student Government Association; HACC Foundation
Media Sponsors: abc27;
Grant Support: PennPAT - Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour
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