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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre and the Marvel Madness movie marathon

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre and the Marvel Madness movie marathon
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Professionally recorded on Mondays at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on on Tuesdays, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics.

Each week, the unedited and uncensored podcast features Rich Howells, NEPA Scene founder and editor; Mark Dennebaum, president and owner of TwentyFiveEight Studios; and Lauren Quirolgico, commercial and content strategist at Lavelle Strategy Group and editor at TwentyFiveEight. Every episode streams on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and

In Episode 55, we sit down with Maureen Hozempa and Tom Franko of the Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, one of the oldest continuously running community theatres in the United States, to talk about their live productions and the Marvel Madness movie marathon on Saturday, April 30, which will raise money to keep the theater going and fund repairs to the building. We discuss the history of the theater; how both of them got involved in acting, directing, and choreography; what brought them to the Little Theatre and what keeps them there; the productions they’ve worked on, including their latest, “Young Frankenstein;” funny behind-the-scene stories of improvisations of stage; how they draw people in to support live theater and the competition they face; why they started showing movies; and how Marvel Madness, which leads up to the release of “Captain America: Civil War” on May 6, came about.

And, of course, we geek out for a while on Marvel movies, the history of the Captain America character, the differences and similarities between the comic books and the movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe versus DC’s movies like “Batman v Superman,” enjoying different types of sci-fi and fantasy, how collecting has changed over the years, and expectations for “Civil War.”

Tickets for Marvel Madness at the Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre (537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre) are $25 to see “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Avengers,” “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on the big screen, along with a ticket to see “Captain America: Civil War” at R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14 upon its release. There will also be a costume contest, trivia contest, and food and drink (including a cash bar for those 21+) throughout the day, including dinner from the What the Fork food truck. Order tickets online now via Eventbrite.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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