Who is Encore?
Encore! began in 2001, by Debra Bell and friends, as a way to give homeschool students in Central PA the same type of theatrical opportunities available in conventional schools. We officially incorporated as Encore! Home School Productions in November of 2006 – the year we tackled our first musical. Since then we have staged an annual spring musical and provided ongoing acting workshops and dramatic arts opportunities to our cast members and their families. We have participated in the Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards since 2011, earning 28 nominations, seven honorable mentions and five Apollo awards. In 2016, 2017, and 2018, Encore! won the Apollo award for best dance. In 2019 Encore! won the Apollo award for outstanding male lead actor in a musical and also outstanding male supporting actor in a musical. 2019 was the last time the Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards were held due to Covid.
How is Encore set up?
We are a Christian organization and a Pennsylvania non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity. Our all-volunteer group is able to provide dramatic opportunities to our students through corporate sponsorships, actor’s dues, ticket sales, program ads, well-wishes and donations.
Board of Directors:
DanaRae Brouillette, president
Erin Patota, vice president
Christine Monroy, treasurer
Erin Sunday, secretary
What shows has Encore staged in the past?
2021 – Disney Goes Broadway Cabaret
2020 – Teens: What Are They Thinking?
2020 – Bye Bye Birdie
2019 – Newsies – Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards for Outstanding Male Lead (Chico Monroy) in a Musical and Outstanding Male Supporting Actor (Nolen Petrosky) in a Musical.
2018 – Fiddler on the Roof – Hershey Apollo Award for Outstanding Dance Number in a Musical!
2017 – Beauty and the Beast – Hershey Apollo Award for Outstanding Dance Number in a Musical!
2016 – Peter Pan! – Hershey Apollo Award for Outstanding Dance Number in a Musical!
2015 – The Music Man
2014 – The Wizard of Oz
2013 – Meet Me In St. Louis
2012 – Appointment with Death
2011 – First Impressions
2010 – Seussical
2009 – Beauty and the Beast
2008 – Annie
2007 – Fiddler on the Roof
2006 – Bye, Bye Birdie
2005 – Cheaper By the Dozen
2004 – Peter Pan
2003 – The Matchmaker
2002 – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
2001 – Shakespeare Unbound
Encore is previously known as Learning Center Players.
Encore! will again host a drama & dance camp August 12–23, 2019