Graduate Musical Night
Launched by Class of 2003 Musical Theater students Heather Lubay Broderick, Joe Nickel, Nicolette Chilton-Spudic, Lacy Brooks and Tiffany Murdy Sozynski, Penn Hills Musical alumni have come together since 2018 to celebrate and enjoy a longstanding Penn Hills tradition. spring musical.
In 2019, they added a fundraising mission to their efforts to give back to the cast and crew. This year, they’re looking to continue the tradition of supporting the current cast by attending the show and providing a scholarship to students as they prepare for life after high school. To date, a total of five scholarships have gone to graduating students involved in musicals and could be used to further their educational pursuits, whether theater-related or not.
“We had all volunteered with the musical and wanted to find a way to bring together a small portion of the hundreds of people who had spent time on the Penn Hills stage over the 60+ years that Penn Hills has put on musicals and theatrical productions,” Chilton-Spudic said. “We created a Facebook group to connect with other former musicians and as a way to communicate. The band also hosts an annual event where we encourage all former musicians to attend the show on the same night.
Alumni meet on stage before the show, take a backstage tour, and have a chance to warm up with the cast.
Now, with over 370 members on their Facebook page, they come together every year to raise money through donations for students participating in the musical. The band even had the opportunity to offer two scholarships in 2020, despite the show being canceled.
This year, the group will reunite and attend the spring production of “Little Women” on April 30 and enthusiastically encourage all former musicians to join in at 6:45 p.m. for a meet and greet on stage.
For more information, visit phhsmusical.com.
Freemasonry History Program
A lecture on the history of Freemasonry and the profound influence it has had on local places, names and customs, from the French and Indian War to the present day – including Penn Hills – will take place at 7 p.m. May 6 at Penn Hills Masonic Center on Saltsburg Road. After the conference, participants are invited to visit the lodge room.
Attendance is free, but please RSVP by calling or texting 412-708-6644.