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Actors Circle sings Broadway tunes of ‘Then & Now’ at Providence Playhouse in Scranton June 30-July 2

Actors Circle sings Broadway tunes of ‘Then & Now’ at Providence Playhouse in Scranton June 30-July 2
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From a press release:

After closing its 35th season earlier this month, community theatre group Actors Circle will perform a musical review called “Sound and Song: Then & Now” at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton on Friday, June 30 through Sunday, July 2.

Directed by Rebekah Conrad, “Sound and Song: Then & Now” will feature Broadway songs from the Golden Age straight through some of today’s most popular tunes. Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Donations will be accepted at the door.

For reservations, call the Providence Playhouse (1256 Providence Rd., Scranton) at 570-342-9707 or e-mail

Actors Circle was formed in 1982. A group of actors was sitting in a circle on the floor of the University of Scranton auditorium and decided on the name for their organization before performing their first production, “The Crucible.” Originally, the group was known as the Jefferson Hall Players, but the University asked them to change the name because there was already a small theater group at the University with that same name.

Over the years, Actors Circle has also performed at other venues, such as the Scranton Cultural Center, the Century Club, the Jewish Community Center, Nay Aug Park, the Everhart Museum, the Lackawanna Children’s Library, the Lackawanna County Courthouse, and the Tripp House.

In 1984, Providence Playhouse became home to Actors Circle. In this small intimate theater, productions such as comedies, dramas, classics, musicals, plays from well-known authors, and obscure, but important playwrights have been performed. Actors Circle has also commissioned original works, such as the adaptation of “Frankenstein” by Scranton native Ted LoRusso and an original play by John McInerney. Other theatrical organizations have also been welcomed to perform in the home of Actors Circle, such as DGM Productions, Inc.

The founders’ mission was to keep live theatre accessible to the general public, as well as to educate and enlighten not only audiences, but actors, directors, technical crew, and stage managers as well. Actors Circle continues to strive to fulfill this goal by providing the community with laughter and thought-provoking performances.