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Cherry Poppin’ Daddies Christmas Canteen
Thursday, December 14, 2023 | 7:30pm
Appell Center for the Performing Arts

Strand Theatre
Thursday, December 14, 2023 | 7:30pm


Cherry Poppin’ Daddies Christmas Canteen



Meet the Artists


In the past few years Cherry Poppin’ Daddies have become the kind of band that you would want to book if you were throwing a soiree at the Gatsby mansion. Penning elegant, lush, pitch perfect arrangements of much of the great American songbook, from Cole Porter to Frank Sinatra, the Daddies have surprised many- likely familiar with them from the early ’90s—whose limited exposure to the band undoubtedly consists of an image of spray painted vans careening across the US as an iconoclastic, misfit part of an already marginalized punk/ska scene.

In fact the Daddies have of late put together a number of excellent swing/ jazz sit down theatre type shows, each tailored to a different era of swing music: a “Jazz Age Lawn Party” consisting of roaring ’20’s and Cotton Club Era material, a swanky “Live at the Sands” type tribute to the Rat Pack, and a World War 2 “Christmas Canteen” show that is part Tiki, part Benny Goodman and comes across like a radio broadcast from Guadalcanal circa 1942. The sheer craftsmanship and professional attention to detail of these performances have shed new light on this criminally underestimated band.

On top of being a show band nonpareil, the Daddies have an “oh by the way” double platinum ability to pen original material that, while influenced by a history of American popular music, is wholly modern lyrically, and itself stands up as classic. The 1997 release of "Zoot Suit Riot" set the bar for the neo-swing movement of the era in terms of originality, lyrical depth and flat out musical sales.

When you see the Daddies perform their original material you are struck by the poetry and audacity of artistic vision. Whole stirring narratives are laid down in swinging couplets that evince dual meaning and social critique. Consider "Master and Slave" from 1990…

  • “Friends and Romans I’m your brother
  • I’m scratchin’ to hang on
  • The pursuit of happiness is just a carpetbaggers con
  • When a can of pork and beans could change my attitude
  • You wont give it up, but I could’ve been you
  • While the masters and the slaves scratch for pieces of the dream
  • For purple mountains majesty whatever the hell that means
  • They give up on each other and that’s the way they get ahead
  • But I can still see the stars
  • Through these red, white and blue prison bars”

…ok, this is not Cole Porter clever, but it’s not trying to be, it’s something striving to be new, to be challenging, courageous, and truthful. It’s not art simply designed to match the couch. What kind of band takes these kind of chances, both musically and thematically? The Daddies, that’s who. 

Singer songwriter/ bandleader Steve Perry puts it this way: “Lately, by laying our hands on the great American songbook, we have been trying to fill in for audiences the historical back story of what inspires our original brand of Americana, because in essence that is what I consider us to be, an Americana band. But instead of taking mostly from a delta blues tradition- like many of the bands labeled “Americana”- we adhere mostly to a pre-rock, pre-mid ’50s, hot jazz and essentially Tin Pan Alley tradition. Then we attempt to deconstruct and détourne those set of tropes to fit modern themes, be that something like child abuse or say the opioid crisis. It’s unfortunate, but I believe it comforts modern audiences to see that we are able to play, in an orthodox fashion, material that is in the tradition, before they allow us to reach out for something unfamiliar, multifaceted, or god forbid anti-bourgeois in point of view like many of our originals are.”

The band performed a bit closer to home prior to Covid, in order that Perry could care for his wife, business partner and video muse, Yvette “Cherry” Perry, who was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer. “This setback for our family brought us closer to our fans, who have been so giving of their best wishes and helping with small donations to Yvette’s cancer care. We pledge to continue our advocacy work nationally toward earlier colorectal screening protocols and baseline cancer research so that this scourge that has been loosed on so many families like ours can be wiped out sooner rather than later.”

Proximity to home allowed the Eugene, Oregon band to finish Bigger Life in late 2018. Perry says, “Bigger Life is 14 songs that  touches base with our punk/ska audience. We will continue to play the all swing, classy theater type shows that are our bread and butter, but in addition, crank it up and play only ska punk, hopefully joining forces with some of the bands that befriended us as we were all coming up in this business. This record turned out really special and we are excited for people to get their ears on it.”

Welcome from the CEO

Welcome back for another exhilarating season in our historic theatres, filled with the sounds, sights and excitement of the live performing arts. We have so much planned so far this season, and we are continuing to add even more stellar events – rock, pop, folk/Americana, Broadway, jazz, comedy, films, variety shows, family programs and more! I hope you will spend some time in our digital playbill and discover all we have going on at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts.

Exciting Improvements

At the start of 2022, we launched our Centennial Campaign to help fund much needed improvements to our facility, which will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2025. The summer of 2023 saw the completion of many of those improvements, and we are proud to welcome you through our new ADA compliant doors and into the Strand Theatre lobby where we have new and improved concessions areas that will allow for more efficient service during performances. In addition, we have replaced the HVAC system throughout the facility roof-top units, interior air management devices and system controls, which improves the efficiency and comfort of the building, reduces energy costs and provides cleaner and healthier air. Thank you to all those who have supported these projects, whether financially or with their expertise and assistance.

Something for Everyone

On October 2nd we will be announcing a dozen or so additional events to our season roster... mark your calendar! As always, the best way to get the best available seats for these new shows is to become a Member!

We will continue to announce new amazing performers coming to our stages in the coming months. Simply tap into our Season At A Glance in the menu for the full calendar of shows in our 2023-24 season.

Community Focus

In addition to the shows on our stages, the Appell Center is committed to recognizing and celebrating the talent and knowledge found in our community. Our team is involving our community partners and residents to broaden our focus and ensure that everyone has access and is welcome to experience the arts and create art as well. Tap into the menu and read all about it in our Learning & Engagement story. Then think about how you can become involved or have an impact on this work.

Thank You

A very big THANK YOU to our Appell Center Members, a crucial component of our sustainability. It is Membership support that makes it possible for us to foster and inspire the artists of tomorrow, unite friends and loved ones in shared experiences, and cultivate a bustling downtown, as well as attract the hottest concerts and theatrical productions for your enjoyment, expand our education programs and community outreach, boost York city tourism and nightlife and preserve our historic facilities. If you are not currently a Member, please consider how you can help keep the Appell Center the vibrant cultural hub it is today.

Again, welcome to the Appell Center and enjoy the show!

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Todd Fogdall
President & CEO

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Curtains up!
Read more about these season highlights… more shows are being added every week!!

The Strand and Capitol Theatres at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts continue to feature the very best artists and stories from around the region and across the country. We are excited to welcome you to experience the joy and inspiration that can only come from the live performing arts! And this Spring we have something for everyone!

Here are some highlights… with more being added!

Tickets and Appell Center Memberships can be purchased online at appellcenter.org, in person at 50 N. George Street, York, or by calling the Box Office at 717-846-1111.

2023-24 Season highlights include:

Come From Away - The Glatfelter Insurance Broadway Series continues with Broadway’s Best Musical Winner COME FROM AWAY. This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Ledisi – Grammy Award-winning artist Ledisi brings her signature R&B and jazz vibe to the Strand Theatre for the very first time on March 6 as she launches “The Good Life Tour” right here in York! This acclaimed recording artist, songwriter, music producer, author and actress is a powerhouse vocalist with a career spanning almost two decades who has truly earned a place in the shrine of the greatest singers of her generation. Be here for what is sure to be a memorable concert event! VIP package is available.

Samantha Fish with special guest JD Simo – One of the most dynamic forces in the blues world today, Samantha Fish has made her name as a multi-award-winning festival headliner who captivates crowds with her explosive yet elegant guitar work, delivering an unbridled form of blues-rock that defies all genre boundaries. Don’t miss her Strand Theatre debut! Chicago-born singer/songwriter and roots guitarist JD Simo will open the show in grand style. 

Step Afrika – The first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping returns to the Appell Center for the first time since 2017, blending percussive dance styles, traditional African dances and contemporary dance and art forms into a powerful artistic experience. Much more than a dance show, Step Afrika also integrates songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation.

Glenn Miller Orchestra – Don’t miss the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, formed in 1956, is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time.

Plena Libre – Thrilling audiences around the world for nearly three decades, these masters of traditional Puerto Rican plena and bomba styles fuse mesmerizing hand drumming, stellar horns and soaring vocal harmonies with modern Afro-Caribbean sounds, putting an electrifying spin on this already exhilarating music.

President & CEO, Todd Fogdall says: “We are thrilled to announce the first shows in our 2023-24 season, with a list that touches a wide range of musical genres, plus comedy, celebrities, our first podcast-based show and some huge Broadway titles -- The Book of Mormon, Come From Away  and The Cher Show. Tickets are going to move fast and we encourage our guests to become a Member so they can assure their tickets to the many shows that are yet to come.”


CapFilm continues to provide unique opportunities for moviegoers of all ages and styles... 

Don't miss First Friday FREE Family Films, sponsored by UPMC, each and every First Friday. Mark your calendars for films coming soon...

On Friday, March 1 your favorite super-spies are back! From the creators of MADAGASCAR comes the hilarious movie that proves global espionage is for the birds! In DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with the elite North Wind team to save the world. It’s a side-splitting, globe-trotting adventure the whole family will love! Sponsored by UPMC.

Click HERE for a host of film screenings scheduled this year, including our Black History Month Film Series, presented to the community for FREE through the generosity of the York County Community Foundation Racial Equity Fund, our brand new Art House Film Series, Oscar nominated features and more!

These are just the HIGHLIGHTS of our schedule! New events are being added to the calendar all the time, so visit appellcenter.org for the most updated schedule of events… and be sure you are on our email list for announcements.

While we are no longer requiring COVID safety precautions, unless required by artists or rising conditions, our audiences can have confidence that their Appell Center experience will be healthy and safe. We continue to encourage guests to wear masks should they choose. Our facilities are sanitized before and after all performances, deep cleaning practices are in place, and our HVAC systems feature MERV 13 filtration and maximum fresh air circulation. Up-to-date health and safety information is always available at appellcenter.org.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you through our doors often in the coming months.

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Season at a Glance
Season at a Glance


Sat Feb 17 @ 6:30PM
York County Student Music Festival

Sat Feb 17 @ 7:30PM
The Machine Performs Pink Floyd

Tue Feb 20 @ 7:30PM
CapLive: Drew & Ellie Holcomb

Sat Feb 24 @ 7:30PM
CapLive Comedy Presentation: Josh Blue

Sun Feb 25 @ 3PM
Image, Sound & Silence: An Art House Film Series
Where is the Friend's House

Wed Mar 6 @ 7:30PM
An Evening with Ledisi

Sun Mar 10 @ 3PM
Image, Sound & Silence: An Art House Film Series
Late Spring

Fri Mar 15 @ 7:00PM
Live Nation presents
An Evening with Jon Stewart

Fri Mar 15 @ 7:30PM
CapLive: Tartan Terrors

Sun Mar 17 @ 7:30PM
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

Thu, Mar 21 @ 7:30PM
Samantha Fish
The Bulletproof Tour
with special guest JD Simo

Fri Mar 22 @ 7:30PM
CapLive: Turn To Stone: A Tribute to ELO

Sat Mar 23 @ 10AM
Family Series: The Boy Who Grew Flowers

Sat Mar 23 @ 7:30PM
CapLive: Dopapod

Sat Mar 30 @ 7:30PM
Lyfe Jennings & J Holiday

Sat Apr 6 @ 7:30PM
The Psychology of Serial Killers and why They Captivate Us

Fri Apr 12 @ 7:30PM
Step Afrika

Sun Apr 14 @ 3PM
Image, Sound & Silence: An Art House Film Series
Cleo From 5 to 7

Thu Apr 18 @ 7:30PM
Come From Away
Part of the Glatfelter Insurance Broadway Series

Fri Apr 19 @ 7PM
Dance Lab: Plena y Bomba

Sat Apr 27 @ 7:30PM
Glenn Miller Orchestra

Tue Apr 30 @ 7:30PM
Wed May 1 @ 7:30PM
The Book of Mormon 
Part of the Glatfelter Insurance Broadway Series

Sat May 4 @ 7:30PM
Plena Libre

Sun May 5 @ 3PM
Image, Sound & Silence: An Art House Film Series
In the Mood for Love

Sun Jun 9 @ 3PM
Image, Sound & Silence: An Art House Film Series
Bicycle Thieves

Sun Jun 23 @ 3PM
Image, Sound & Silence: An Art House Film Series
The Passion of Joan of Arc

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Community Outreach Program
Community ConnecTix

The Appell Center is committed to making the performing arts available to everyone in York County. Our Community ConnectTix program expands access to free and discounted ticket to those for whom the price of a ticket is a barrier.

Nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for blocks of tickets (up to 20) for select events so the groups they serve can experience the wonder and thrill of live performance. 

Welcome to our Community ConnecTix partner organizations! 

18 South Youth Center

Bell Socialization Services, Inc.

Children's Home of York - Angel Center

Community Options

Crispus Attucks York

Employers Education Foundation c/o Manufacturers' Association

Latinos Unidos of York

Life's New Beginning

Manufacturers' Association

Mightly Mehal Foundation

NAMI York-Adams Counties PA

Northeast Neighborhood Association

Not One More-York Chapter's Family Connections Program

Penn-Mar Human Services

Rising STARS Crispus Attucks 

Salvation Army

South Central Senior Center

Spring Grove Regional Parks and Rec Center

The Program, It's About Change

Theatre Arts for Everyone (TAFE)

Typical Life Corporation

Valley Youth House

White Rose Senior Center

York County Food Bank-Online Pantry Program

York County Hispanic Coalition

Youth Development Center


Click HERE for more information on how to apply and become part of Community ConnecTix!

Mudhook Brewing
Thank you to our Sponsors


glatfelter insurance The Graham Group
Kinsley M&T Bank
New Standard corp


CGA Law Firm Jack Giambalvo



12th Ward Dem party Menchey Music
Peoples Bank PNC
Production express Traditions Bank
York Endontics



Barley Snyder
Fulton Bank Priodontal Implant Center



Barley Snyder
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Leadership, Staff & Volunteers

Executive Committee

Chair Kira Wagner

Vice Chair/DEIA Chair Elaine Bonneau

Immediate Past Chair/Governance Chair Gene Draganosky

Treasurer/Finance Chair Victoria Connor

Facilities Chair Kyle Jones

Partnership Chair Natalee Gunderson


Mary Beth Ching

Martin Fedorko

Re. Dr. Mark Kearse

Jenette Lloyd-Jones

Daniel Meckley

Thomas O’Shea 

Dr. Kurt Thomas

Dr. Paul Tolerico

Larissa Tosch

Elizabeth Zifferer


Louis Appell, Jr. 1978-81 

Anne C. Hoover 1981-84 

Leroy A. King, Jr. 1984-85 

William B. Zimmerman 1985-86 

Fran E. Ports 1986-87 

Terence J. Kearney 1987-88 

William R. Hartman 1988-89 

Richard C. Hogentogler 1989-90 

Benjamin A. Hoover, II 1990-91 

Erda G. Erdos 1991-92 

John G. Yates 1992-93 

Delaine A. Toerper 1993-94 

Louis J. Appell, Jr. 1993-95 (Foundation) 

Michael H. Hady, III 1994-95 

Shawn A. Stine 1995-96 

Benjamin A. Hoover, II 1995-97 (Foundation) 

Judy Simpson 1996-97 

Jeffrey W. Byers 1997-98 

John C. Schmidt 1997-99 (Foundation) 

William J. Scott, III 1998-2000 

Morton F. Zifferer, Jr. 1999-2001 

Anne W. Kinsley 2000-01 (Foundation) 

Timothy P. Ruth 2001-02 

Leroy A. King, Jr. 2001-02 (Foundation) 

Benjamin A. Hoover, II 2002-04 

Leroy A King, Jr. 2004-06 

Michael Heine 2006-08 

Charles Wise 2008-2010 

Anthony Campisi 2010-2012 

Joel Menchey 2012-2014 

Loren Kroh 2014-2016 

Eric Menzer 2016-2018 

Krista Gardner 2018-2020

Gene Draganosky 2020-2022



President & CEO Todd Fogdall

Director of Finance Trevor Alford

Administrative Assistant Carol Potter

Box Office

Senior Box Office Agent Julie Lavetan

Box Office Agent Bea Campbell

Box Office Agent Mimi Dietsche


Director of Development Mindi Haines

Development Manager Kimberly Soderberg

Development & Education Assistant Dan Crowell


Director of Marketing Debra L. Volz

Marketing Content Manager Dave Hoffheins


Director of Education & Community Engagement AJ Myers 


Director of Operations Amanda Spalla

Operations Assistant Jeremy Kilgore

House Manager Stephanie Becker

House Manager Shaye Holmes

House Manager Tina Meckley

House Manager Megan Miller

House Manager Daniel Poole

House Manager Jeffrey Tierno

House Manager Jay Yeaple

House Manager Bridget Young

Production Staff

Production Express Steve Shelley, Owner

Head Tech Jamie Heath


Bob Albright

Sandy Aldinger

Janet Alibrandis

Henrietta Alicea

Mary Alpaugh

Maliik Anderson

Yul Baker

Linda Baugher

Cliff Beck

Janene Beck

Sally Beck

Steve Beck

Stephanie Becker

Claudia Besecker

Joan Book

Margaret Bowen

Cindy Brown

Joann Byrne

Ron Byrne

Lin Carlson

Amy Cathell

Carol Cottingham

Carol Cousins

Isabella Cousins

Arthur Curtis

Cathy Dalton

Janet Deamer

Katherine Delauder

Melvin Doyle

Bob Ehlenbeck

Ellen Ehlenbeck

Susan Epley

Cheryl Everhart

Iris Ferber

Cherie Flaherty

Bradley Flinchbaugh

Rick Fonda

Arnie Fritzius

Dennis Fry

Linda Fry

Regina Giuffrida

Evelyn Godsey

Pauline Gross

Peach Hamm

Duane Herbert

Brian Hershner

Linda Hershner

Cindy Hoehn

Beth Holt

Stephen Holt

Betsy Holtzman

Brian Honeychuck

Bill Houghton

Rhonda Jones

Debra Kemper

Brenda Kiger

Shirley Klinedinst

Robert Kluk

Laura Koebnick

Bennett Leas

Tamara Leas

Diane Leib

Rina Leo

Gabby Linnell

Kelly Linnell

Jim Loehwing

Kim Lombardo

Jonathan Lopes

Bonnie Martin

Annie Massin

Pam McIntosh

Suzanne Mescan

Sheri Mickley

Kathy Mierzwa

Connie Miklusek

Sally Miller

Greg Mitchell

Lucinda Morrisson

Anne Nichol

Paul Nichol

Dave Norris

Jean Norris

Rosha Parker

Pat Parks

Linda Paules

Darwin Peiffer

Phyllis Peiffer

Clay Pinckney

Joyce Porteus

Carla Purdy

Syd Purdy

Kathy Raio

Tim Raio

Santos Ramos

Meg Rea

Adele Rossiter

Russ Sarich

Ginny Schucht

Sam Schucht

Terri Scott

Moninne Seitz

Peggy Selway

Sarah Shaver

Tamar Smallwood

Janet Smith

Sheryl Smith

Roy Snoke

Joan Snyder

Christine Staats

Tracy Stabler

Darrell Steckler

Benjamin Stein

Cindy Stoltzfus

Stephanie Stough

Doris Sullivan

Marty Tassia

Lori Topper

Steven Tracy

Jen Trout

Tess Trueheart

Ana Tuali

Custer Ugbome

Mike Vernon

Sue Wallick

Teddie Waltermyer

Rev. Joshua Wargo

Lisa Welch

Paul Welch

Sharon Whitmore

Anita Wiedenhaefer

Jason Wolf

Carolyn Woods

Mary Yeaple

Scott Yingling

Jeanette Zeiders

Marian Zeiler

Mark Zortman

Nancy-Ann Zortman

A Standing Ovation to our Volunteers!

For almost 100 years, many of the biggest names in entertainment have been featured on the historic stages in front of you. Each show takes the skills and talent of our staff and crew to happen, but we simply cannot forget the very special members of our Appell Center family, without whom none of this would have been possible…

Our Appell Center volunteers and ushers—and there have been hundreds of them over the years—have made this place work for decades.

You meet them first when you first approach the theatre and then as you walk in our doors. Their warmth and friendliness, professionalism and courtesy, inform everyone’s first impression of the Appell Center experience, especially our newer guests.

We often hear from patrons about their experiences while visiting for a live show, learning workshop or film screening, detailing how wonderful our ushers are... how kind and helpful in whatever situation they find themselves in. Often times, this is followed up with a question of how others can join our Volunteer corps!

Looking for something fun, rewarding and community-building? We are always looking for new volunteers to serve as ushers, lobby greeters, bartenders, and more! 

For more information on becoming a volunteer, please click HERE.

Our Supporters
Bravo Members!

Look around. Here you are, seated in this beautiful, historic theatre about to enjoy a professional, live show right here in York’s downtown! What could be more exciting? This would not be possible without the support of our members.

We are humbled by the generosity of individuals across the county who make it all happen, Appell Center membership support allows us to make a significant impact in York. Members are the reason we have been able to continue entertaining the community for nearly 100 years and maintain these two historic theatres. Their support has allowed us to provide free uplifting experiences to our neighbors for whom the price of a ticket is a barrier and provide free educational programming for a generation of children in school districts throughout York County.

Members have helped us stay the course. Because of them, we remain focused on our mission and are able to throw our doors open for another season full of inspiring entertainment for you!

Our members are passionate about the performing arts. Aren’t you? Make a lasting impact right now by becoming a member of the Appell Center for the Performing Arts

For information on the levels and benefits of membership, visit appellcenter.org or contact Kimberly Soderberg, Development Manager, at 717-825-2236 or ksoderberg@appellcenter.org

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Cultural Alliance

Centennial Capital Campaign

In August 2022, the Appell Center wrapped up its Centennial Capital Campaign, raising over $7,500,000 to support vital infrastructure improvements and establish a Facility Endowment Fund for much needed improvements to our facility, which will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2025. The summer of 2023 saw the completion of many of these improvements.

Today we are proud to welcome you through our new ADA compliant doors and into the Strand Theatre lobby where we have new and improved concessions areas that will allow for more efficient service during performances. In addition, we have replaced the HVAC system throughout the facility roof-top units, interior air management devices and system controls, which improves the efficiency and comfort of the building, reduces energy costs and provides cleaner and healthier air. 

We would like to recognize the many loyal and generous community members, foundations and businesses that helped us reach our goal and invested in the future of the performing arts in York County. They deserve a standing ovation!

Centennial Capital Campaign Donors
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Powder Mill Foundation
  • Anonymous
  • J. William Warehime Foundation
  • W. Dale Brougher Foundation
  • Kinsley Foundation
  • Helen Appell
  • Chandra & Lou Appell
  • Arthur J. & Lee R. Glatfelter Foundation
  • Glatfelter Insurance Group
  • Giambalvo Family Foundation
  • The Graham Foundation
  • Shipley Family Foundation

  • Stephen & Jenn Tansey
  • Meg & Peter Brubaker
  • New Standard Corporation
  • PeoplesBank Charitable Foundation
  • Jolene & Julian Tolbert
  • Carl & Brenda Vizzi
  • Dr. Vincent & Kathryn A. Butera
  • Tony & Stef Campisi
  • Jane G. Davis
  • Hodges Family Foundation
  • Dr. Benjamin & Anne Hoover
  • Elizabeth M. Imboden MD
  • Loren & Faye Kroh
  • Lee Fence & Outdoor
  • Menchey Music Service, Inc.
  • Susanne Motter & Edward Motter
  • Ruby & Mark Schmidt
  • Bill & Sue Scott
  • M&T Bank
  • Traditions Bank
  • The York Water Company

  • Mr. & Mrs. Fred C. Fay
  • Kenneth E. Hickman
  • Wellspan York Hospital Medical Staff
  • Collin Holder
  • Kendall & Eric Menzer
  • Judith V. Blakey
  • Robert A. Bowen
  • John & Cappy Bush
  • Erda Erdos
  • John & Denise Gilliland
  • William R. Hartman
  • James D. Isett, DMD, MS
  • John Schmidt Foundation
  • Fran Polk
  • Bob & Donna Pullo
  • Vance & Suzanne McConkey
  • Kris & Tom O'Shea
  • Todd & Elaine Fogdall
  • Tony & Amy Doll
  • Eugene J. Draganosky
  • Michael & Melanie Hady
  • Sean Gormley
  • Debbie Simon & Tim Grumbacher
  • Mike & Vicky Kochenour
  • Stan & Jane Lebouitz
  • Judy Simpson
  • Shawn & Chrysta Stine
  • Kurt & Barb Thomas
  • Todd & Delaine Toerper
  • Kira & Jan Wagner
  • William & Kimberly Yanavitch II
  • Jack Kay
  • Joe & Susan Wagman
  • RKL
  • Doug & Kristin Berman
  • Elliot & Krista Gardner
  • Rob & Becky Gratalo
  • John & Jan Klinedinst
  • Erin McGlaughlin
  • Katie & Rob Berkebile
  • Nate & Sandra Sterner
  • The Tolerico Family
  • Graham & Elizabeth Zifferer
  • Z. D. Bauer
  • Don & Jane Dellinger
  • Reed & Natalee Gunderson
  • Duane & Kristin Moyer
  • David & Linda Davidson
  • Charles & Holly Wise
  • Robert Gantz
  • Betsy Keefer
  • Stephanie Kessler
  • Miodrag Kukrika
  • John & Wendy Lakatosh
  • Hunter & Emily Mink
  • Mike & Jackie Summers
  • Jerry Caslow & Dr. Jane S. Sutton
  • Robert Godfrey
  • Dennis R. Kohler
  • Joan & David Stauffer
  • Krista & Mike Darr
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Learning & Engagement
Spotlight on Learning & Engagement

This season, the Appell Center continues its focus on bringing the very best entertainment to diverse audiences of all ages… but wait, there’s more!

In addition to planning the shows on our stages, we are committed as an organization to recognize and celebrate the artistic talent of our community in many ways. 

Learning Workshops for All Ages

Acting... dance... singing... storytelling... jazz... improvisation... even circus arts! These are just a few of the focus areas that are available for students age 3 and up to explore. PLUS, we have added Tot Rock, an early learning program for our youngest friends age 0-2! Most workshops are "pick your price," with a suggested $15 per student, in order to increase access to arts learning for all!

Here are a few photo highlights...



SONGWRITING 101 with Amanda D'Archangelis

WHAP-AMA-PHONE Instrument Building at Keystone Kidspace

This fall, we launched "Third Saturday Worshops" - all with a "pick your price" model in order to increase access to arts learning for all. Each third Saturday features a workshop for our young ones and their families, and another for our pre-teens (age 8-13). 

In mid-September, Angel Nuñez led two fun, interactive workshops for students in puppet making (age 4-7) and set design (age 8-13).

In October, Jasmine “PAN” Taylor introduced students to the world of poetry with and "Stories That Rhyme" for our young ones, and "Spoken Word: Writing and Performing" for our 8- to 13-year-olds.

In November Krystal Younglove, an award winning artist and circus sweetheart based here in York, led a unique Circus Arts experience building hula hoops and learn introductory skills in the art of hula hooping. 


Third Saturday Workshops continue in 2024 - reserve your spot for these amazing learning opportunities!

January 20

10AM - Relative Laughter Hour - Family Workshop
The family that plays together, stays together! Bring your tots, teens and Great-Aunt Maggie to participate in a playful hour chock full of light-hearted improv games and big ole belly laughs! Families will learn and play games that theater actors use to get their creativity flowing.

1PM - Intro to Improv Comedy (ages 8-13)
Improvisational activities sharpen listening skills, encourage mindfulness, develop resourcefulness and build self-confidence… and are loads of fun! In this workshop, kids will have a hoot playing improv games, building stories and creating characters, both individually and with others. Oh, yes, there will be laughter – and lots of it!

February 17

10AM - Ballet for Everyone - Family Workshop
1PM - Ballet for Everyone - Ages 8-13
Athletes have used ballet as a way to stay in shape and improve their performance for years. Families will join REACH! Founder and Juilliard graduate Jason Reed for an opportunity to learn about the benefits of dancing for everyone, and your chance to try it out. A great chance for anyone who has been thinking about starting dance classes to get their feet wet!

March 16

10AM - Music Composition and Improvisation - Family Workshop
1PM - Music Composition and Improvisation - Ages 8-13
Making music is fun – making music together even more so! Come join local pianist and composer Matt Monticchio and see how making music spontaneously can lead to writing entire songs! No prior music experience necessary – just come ready to learn.


Audition season is coming up! Whether you’re preparing for school musicals, District Band or college auditions, the ability to prepare yourself mentally, arrive in the right headspace, and reaching a state of flow is invaluable. On January 20, Peter Matthew Smith will lead a masterclass in musical theater, where aspiring performers can learn the ins and outs of preparing a song, nailing an audition, and life as part of some of Broadway’s biggest hit shows. Most recently King George in the Angelica Touring Company of Hamilton, Peter Matthew Smith’s career on Broadway includes roles in the original productions of RENT, Mamma Mia, Hairspray and the revival of Fiddler on the Roof. 


Our Teaching Artists and Staff did not stop there... 

In spring 2023, Appell Center Teaching Artists visited 55 classrooms across nine elementary school, working in different art forms with over 1,000 students to reinforce themes from April's Stage the Page performance of The Gruffalo. Additionally, the Appell Center partnered with York City School District’s 21st Century After School Program to provide an arts enrichment program throughout the month of May. This program has expanded to six schools in the district for the 2023-24 school year.


Community Engagement 

In July 2022 the Appell Center began a collaboration with Creative Generation, a group committed to pioneering projects in the arts and cultural, education and social change fields to support those organizations driving systemic change in their communities. This work produced an actionable plan elevating knowledge within our community to help inform a set of tools to create a societal hub for arts and cultural education in York County, PA. Listening sessions with key partners and their constituents were conducted, and information gathered from those sessions has helped inform the next steps of our strategic plan in this area.

At the completion of the active phase of this collaboration, the following statement was crafted and made public on our website:

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts seeks to be a cultural hub for the community in York.

We play a vital role in the local ecosystem, collaborating with educational, civic and other cultural organizations, informal networks, and individual artists to create experiences as outlets for healthy, creative expression.

Together, we believe in connecting the arts with education, personal wellbeing and family life.

We seek to build meaningful pathways in arts, cultural and creative learning for the York community through consistent, reliable opportunities which provide

  • engagement with a diversity of artistic and cultural forms;
  • multi-generational creative participation; and
  • transformative experiences for creative youth.

We strive to be a relationship-builder, convener and host.


There are many ways to join us in partnership, but here are some common starting points:

Click HERE to learn more about our Discovery Sessions and Community Engagement initiatives, and how you might work with us in partnership to bring one of your ideas to the community at large!

More to Know
Services & Policies

Covid-19 policy

For current policies and updates, please visit appellcenter.org.

The Appell Center will continually monitor Covid-19 data with guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. All are encouraged to regularly visit our website or call the Box Office for up-to-date information, a list of Frequently Asked Questions and any specific instructions for your scheduled performance.

Bag check

It is recommended that you do not bring any bags with you in order to expedite entry. Bag checks are mandatory and conducted by our security team. Metal (or wooden) rods will be used to search each bag. Guests will be asked to open and hold their own bags while they are being searched for any items not permitted in the building.


Concessions are available at both the Capitol and Strand Theatres. All alcoholic beverages are sold in reusable cups which must be purchased with your first drink. Guests are encouraged to bring their cups back to our concessions stands during future visits to purchase drinks at the refill price. Non-Appell Center cups will not be eligible for refills.


Restrooms are located on both levels of the Strand Theatre and on the first floor of the Capitol Theatre. Accessible restrooms are available in both theatres.

Accessible Services

ADA-compliant seating is offered in several locations. Assistive-listening devices are available for all Strand Theatre shows and select films. These devices can be requested from a member of our Front of House staff when you arrive or by calling the Box Office in advance at 717-846-1111. We also offer audio description and closed captioning for some films. Sign language interpretation may be available when requested at least two weeks in advance. Notify the Box Office of any needs when purchasing tickets. We’re happy to arrange the perfect seats and services for you.


The Appell Center is a non-smoking facility, including e-cigarettes and vape pens.

Child booster seats

Complimentary booster seats are only available in the Strand Theatre on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see one of our Ushers when you arrive for assistance. 

Electronic devices

We appreciate your cooperation in silencing all electronic devices before the performance begins.

Photo/recording policy

For most events, photography/recording of any type is prohibited. However, for some events, non-professional, non-flash, photography is permitted. Any adjusted policy will be advertised on signs at the entrance to the venue. The Appell Center reserves the right to confiscate any photo or recording device if policies are ignored. Patrons found possessing professional equipment not expressly authorized will be asked to leave their cameras in their vehicles or will otherwise be escorted from the venue.

Click HERE to learn more about our policies.

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