• 5-6-7-8

    The shy little girl who went away to L.A. for the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) summer intensive came back a confident, outgoing dancer. A’Zariyah Boyd is back from her four-week long learning experience at DADA and like a performer waiting to go on stage, is ready to take the next steps in her dancing career.

    A’Zariyah stopped dancing long enough to sit down with her grandmother and guardian Annette Moore and family friend Tabatha McCree Strother and relate her experiences to The N&R.

  • MLK music festival promotes "Brotherhood and the Blues"

    The Martin Luther King Jr. Blues Festival, organized every year by Dave Claytor, the guiding light (or the lead guitar, you might say) of the 2nd Thursday Blues organization, promotes the twin ideas of “Brotherhood” and “the Blues.” Both of those concepts are important to the idea of the festival, says Dave Claytor.

  • "Chief(s') Architect
  • CLT sends Chester some "Love Letters"

    The Chester Little Theatre wants to send the community that bears its name some “Love Letters” and hopes that they’ll accept them.

    On their Facebook page, the Chester Little Theatre (CLT for short) states they are returning to presenting a production after a long hiatus (‘We think too long’ the post states). The vehicle they have chosen to begin their revitalization is A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, which will take place on Dec. 29 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

  • Katz brings the blues to Chester

    Even if he’s playing jazz, ragtime, soul music or rock and roll, Bruce Katz is playing the blues.

    “There is always blues in there somewhere,” he said.

    Katz, a legendary Hammond B-3 organist and keyboardist who has toured with the likes of Gregg Allman and Delbert McClinton, is bringing his band to town for a show at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church as part of a 10-city tour.

  • Dancing with the star

    Tonight, for once, Sean Michael Gore won't be front and center on stage, but given the circumstances, that's OK with him.
    Gore, a member of The Gore Boys (or TGB), will be sharing the stage in Greensboro, N.C. with pop superstar Justin Bieber, who is currently in the midst of his Purpose World Tour.
    Gore's father, Dr. Herman Gore, said that Bieber has been running a contest in a number of cities that gives people the chance to win a spot as one of his dancers for a night.

  • The Peter principle

    Chester might be an unusual place to find a protagonist of a novel dealing with Peter Pan, but even more unusual, it’s also the place where you’ll find the author of the same novel.
    The protagonist is Margaret Aldaine, the main character of Panned, and the author of the book, which is currently in e-book form on www.swoonreads.com, is 19-year-old Moriah Chavis.
    Chavis, the daughter of Chester County teacher Denise Chavis, is a student at USC-Lancaster and has lived in Chester for two years.

  • For Minor, life's a stage

    Emily Minor's first performances took place as a child on her family's brick fireplace hearth. She's working slightly bigger stages now.
    Minor, an American Idol alum who has toured the country, will be in Lancaster for a show this weekend.
    Minor didn't necessarily grow up in a musical family, other than her dad's ability to "pick a little on the guitar." While they didn't make much music, the family did listen to a lot of music.

  • Sheila Culp's drama to begin rehearsal

    For Sheila Culp, spreading the Christian message is best done from some sort of stage. Culp is the playwright who created the popular Christian drama Time Out, seen in Chester at different venues in years past.
    She has just completed casting the parts for a sequel to the play, called Time Out/Word In.
    Her plans are to tour the new production in several area churches and she'd like to present it in a venue like the Little Theater at Chester Park Elementary.

  • FLCC plans first theater production

    Members of the Fort Lawn and surrounding communities are invited to audition for the first play ever produced at the Fort Lawn Community Center.
    The Fort Lawn Community Center announced this week that it will be home to the community’s newest community theater:  The Fort Lawn Community Playhouse.  The premiere season kicks off June 13th with a production of Moliere’s comic masterpiece,  The Miser.