Appell Center for the Performing Arts Celebrates Renaming with Free Community Day

Apr 13, 2017

The soon-to-be Appell Center for the Performing Arts will open its doors to the public with a free Community Day on Saturday, May 6, from 10 AM to 2 PM. The Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center announced in December its plans to rename the organization in honor of the Appell family’s long-standing commitment to the performing arts and to mark this momentous occasion in history with a weekend-long celebration of events.

Over the past 100+ years, the Appell family, along with generations of other supporters, rallied behind a collective vision for the Strand and Capitol Theatres — a home for the performing arts in downtown York, accessible to all.

In that spirit, the Community Day Celebration will feature live performances, interactive workshops, and backstage tours free to everyone. The lineup of events includes activities for all ages and spans the entire complex at 50 N. George St., York, PA. The day will also include an exciting sweepstakes where event attendees can enter to win prizes valued up to $300!


Strand Theatre

York Junior Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble and Octet: 10 AM – 10:45 AM

Greater York Dance Demonstration: 12 PM – 12:45 PM

Hip Hop Workshop (Presented by: Ebony Mudd & Flight Crew): 1 PM – 2 PM

Strand Theatre Lobby

Free Breakfast (the band): 10 AM – 1 PM

Arts & Crafts (Presented by: Creative York): 10 AM – 2 PM

Balloon Drums (Presented by: Cultural Alliance): 10 AM – 2 PM

Recycled Percussion Demonstration (Presented by: Jeff Stabley): 1 PM – 2 PM

Capitol Theatre

Willy P Dragon Show (Presented by: Bob Miller): 10 AM – 10:45 AM

Silent Film & Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Demonstration (Presented by: Susquehanna Valley Theatre Organ Society): 11 AM – 11:45 AM

Improv Workshop (Presented by: The Oxymorons): 12 PM – 12:45 PM

Appell Center Story Slam (Presented by: JJ Sheffer): 1 PM – 2 PM

The Studio

The Rossums: 12 PM – 12:45 PM

Kayla Kroh: 1 PM – 1:45 PM

Dressing Rooms

Stage Makeup Tutorials……………………………………10 AM – 10:45 AM, 11 AM – 11:45 AM

Presented by: Lauren Burke

Multi-Purpose Room

Instrument Petting Zoo (Presented by: Menchey Music): 11 AM – 12 PM

Photo Booth: 10 AM – 2 PM

Guided Backstage Tours: 10:45 AM, 11:45 AM, 12:45 PM

Self-guided Backstage Facility Tours: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Enter to win great prizes!

All Community Day Celebration event attendees can enter for a chance to win exciting prizes, such as: a $300 Appell Center Gift Certificate, two tickets for a show, or a season pass to attend all CapFilm offerings for 12 months.*

*All entries must be dropped off on May 6th between 10AM and 1PM. The winners will be drawn and announced at 1:30PM. You do not need to be present to win. No purchase necessary.

Other events during the Appell Center for the Performing Arts Celebration Weekend include:


The Studio

Jazz in the City: 5:00 PM

Capitol Theatre

CapFilm: Sing: 7:00 PM FREE First Friday Family Film, Sponsored by OSS Health

Strand Theatre

Tony Bennett in Concert (SOLD OUT): 7:30 PM


Capitol Theatre

CapFilm: Sound of Music Sing-a-Long: 7:00 PM


Capitol Theatre

CapLive: XPN Welcomes: Old 97’s (SOLD OUT): 7:30 PM Sponsored by: Production Express

For more information, call the Box Office at 717-846-1111.

Appell Center for the Performing Arts Celebration Weekend sponsors: Glatfelter Insurance, Kinsley Construction, M&T Bank, Glatfelter Pape, Menchey Music, WARM 103.3, 96.1 SOX and NEWSTALK 93.9 & 910 WSBA