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CapFilm: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
Friday, December 15, 2023
Appell Center for the Performing Arts

Capitol Theatre
Friday, December 15, 2023 | 7pm


Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas



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

Just a few weeks ago we announced the first shows in our new 2024-25 season roster... these shows are on sale now! Mark your calendar, or better yet, click HERE and get your tickets today! As always, the best way to get first access to the best available seats our show announcements 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 at any time for the full calendar of shows in our 2024-25 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!
Season Highlights… and more!!

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! 

The 2024-25 season is here! We know you will have an amazing experience at this performance, and welcome you to click through all the pages to see all that we have coming this season... You won't want to miss it!

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.


AOIFE O’DONOVAN & HAWKTAIL (7/13) come together for a night of joyous music. Hawktail opens the evening with their signature songs and cosmopolitan sound. Aoife O’Donovan will then take the stage with Hawktail as her band, performing songs from the Grammy-award winning musician’s 4th studio album, All My Friends (released on March 22, 2024).

OLD GODS OF APPALACHIA (7/24) is an eldritch horror fiction podcast set in an Alternate Appalachia, a world where these mountains were never meant to be inhabited. This world feels eerily similar to the hills and hollers we’ve grown up with, but there are some tell-tale differences. Names of towns and counties may be altered. Historical events slide forward or backward in time. And then, of course, there are the monsters. This live show includes a staged storytelling performance similar to an old time radio play, featuring show creators Steve Shell and Cam Collins, a rotating cast of professional actors, and live musical performances.


We are excited to continue presenting BROADWAY'S BEST for your enjoyment in the 2024-25 season with the Glatfelter Insurance Broadway Series! Whether you have seen these shows before or if they are new titles to you, we welcome you to experience them all here in the glorious Strand Theatre.

CHICAGO THE MUSICAL (11/27) Still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake, this classic American musical tells the universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, with one showstopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. After 27 years and more than 10,000 performances, it is hotter than ever!

TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL (1/27) An uplifting comeback story like no other, the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll is set to the pulse-pounding soundtrack of Tina Turner's most beloved hits. This electrifying sensation will send you soaring to the rafters. 

DEAR EVAN HANSEN (3/26) The TONY and GRAMMY-winning Best Musical Sensation DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the first musical to take a groundbreaking look at our complex, interconnected and social media-filled lives. It’s a powerful story about how we can find each other—and ourselves—along the way, with some of the most iconic musical theatre songs from the last decade: “You Will Be Found,” “Waving Through a Window” and more. 

Ordering all three shows now provides you with a host of exclusive subcriber benefits...

  • The same seats for all 3 Glatfelter Insurance Broadway Series shows* in advance of public single ticket sales
  • Discounts on select performances (and even more savings as an Appell Center Member)
  • Ticket exchange benefits, beginning September 3 (Appell Center Members may exchange when placing their subscription order)
  • Payment plans available to pay over time
  • Immediate access to additional single tickets for all three shows within this series!

* When purchasing a subscription online, “Best Available” seating is the only option. If you prefer to choose your own seats, please call the Box Office at (717) 846-1111 and a representative will assist you.

Don't miss your chance to experience these amazing shows in the best available seats at an amazing price... and in the region's premier venue—the historic Strand Theatre!

For even greater savings and more perks for the entire household, become an Appell Center Member, starting at just $75 for a full year of benefits!

QUESTIONS? Call our Box Office at (717) 846-1111 or email boxoffice@appellcenter.org and a representative will be happy to help you.


CROCE PLAYS CROCE - 50th Anniversary (9/11) Backed by legendary band members Gary Mallaber (Van Morrison/Steve Miller Band), bassist/singer David Barard (Dr. John), and guitarist/violinist James Pennebaker (Delbert McClinton), and accompanied by singers Jackie Wilson and Katrice Donaldson, gifted multi-instrumentalist A.J. Croce presents a moving, multi-media experience featuring original songs and tracks from his beloved father's mega-successful albums included in THE DEFINITIVE CROCE, which is being released this year for what would have been Jim’s 80th birthday before his untimely passing.

THE MUSIC OF BILLY JOEL & ELTON JOHN STARRING MICHAEL CAVANAUGH (9/12) features the greatest hits of these two great rock piano legends. Songs include “Piano Man,” “Rocket Man,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Movin’ Out,” “I’m Still Standing,” “My Life” and many more. Ranked in the Top 50 touring shows in the last two years, it has been called “Amazing” (The New York Times) and “Brilliant” (Variety). Michael Cavanaugh, who was handpicked by Billy Joel to star in the hit Broadway musical Movin’ Out, receiving both Tony and Grammy nominations in the lead role, stars in this production. 

GARRISON KEILLOR TONIGHT (9/19) An evening of stand-up, storytelling, audience song, and poetry. One man, one microphone. There are sung sonnets, limericks and musical jokes, and the thread that runs through it is the beauty of growing old. PLUS, the latest News from Lake Wobegon!

... there are simply too many shows to list, including TODD RUNDGREN, THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE!, STOMP, BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN, THE ULTIMATE QUEEN CELEBRATION, CHARLIE BERENS, PUDDLES PITY PARTY, BEN FOLDS and so much more. Join our email list and get all the news as it happens!


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


We are excited to once again welcome families and young movie fans to our FREE SUMMER FILM SERIES on Wednesday mornings at 10am in the historic Capitol Theatre. For 5 weeks beginning on July 10 we will be featuring the initial films of your favorite animated franchises - How to Train Your Dragon, The Land Before Time, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and Despicable Me! Come inside and cool off... and bring the whole family!


Experience the world of anime with our STUDIO GHIBLI FIM SERIES on the big screen in the Capitol Theatre every Saturday night in September, and explore some of the most beloved and celebrated films in animation history—NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND - 40th Anniversary (9/7) - one of the most breathtaking and exhilarating animated films of all time... and the foundation Studio Ghibli was built upon... PRINCESS MONONOKE (9/14) - an epic masterpiece that is possibly the most action-packed of all the Studio Ghibli films... SPIRITED AWAY (9/21) - another dazzling masterpiece and winner of the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature... THE BOY AND THE HERON (9/28) - legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s critically-acclaimed fantasy adventure and winner of the 2023 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, 
All films will be in Japanese with English subtitles. 

Click HERE for more CapFilms... new titles are being added all the time!

These are just the HIGHLIGHTS of our 2024-25 schedule! New events are being added to the calendar all the time, so visit appellcenter.org for the most updated schedule… 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 look 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 Jul 13 | 7:30PM
CapLive: XPN Welcomes

Thu Jul 25 | 7:30PM
A Live Podcast Storytelling Experience

Fri Aug 9 - Sun Aug 11
Concerts, Dance and Fun for the Whole Family

Sat Sep 7 | 7:00PM
Part of a Studio Ghibli Series

Wed Sep 11 | 7:30PM

Thu Sep 12 | 7:30PM

Sat Sep 14 | 7:00PM
Part of a Studio Ghibli Series

Thu Sep 19 | 7:30PM

Sat Sep 21 | 7:00PM
Part of a Studio Ghibli Series

Sat Sep 28 | 7:00PM
Part of a Studio Ghibli Series

Sat Sep 28 | 7:30PM

Fri Oct 11 | 7:30PM

Sun Oct 13 | 7:30PM

Tue Oct 15 | 7:30PM
Glatfelter Insurance Broadway Series:

Thu Oct 17 | 7:30PM

Thu Oct 24 | 7:30PM

Sat Oct 26 | 7:30PM

Thu Nov 7 | 7:30PM

Thu Nov 14 | 7:30PM
From the producers of The Psychology of Serial Killers

Fri Nov 15 | 7:30PM

Sat Nov 16 | 11:00AM
Menchey Music Family Series:

with Discovery Party free to all ticketholders

Sat Nov 16 | 7:30PM

Wed Nov 27 | 7:30PM
Glatfelter Insurance Broadway Series:

Wed Dec 4 | 8PM

Thu Dec 5 | 7:30PM

Sat Dec 7 | 7:30PM

Fri Dec 20 | 7:30PM

Mon Jan 27 | 7:30PM
Glatfelter Insurance Broadway Series:

Fri Feb 21 | 7:00PM

Thu Mar 20 | 7:30PM

Wed Mar 26 | 7:30PM
Glatfelter Insurance Broadway Series:

Sat Apr 5 | 11:00AM
Menchey Music Family Series:

with Discovery Party free to all ticketholders

Sat May 3 | 11:00AM
Menchey Music Family Series:

with Discovery Party free to all ticketholders

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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 insuranceThe Graham Group
KinsleyM&T Bank
New Standard corp


CGA Law FirmMenchey Music



Production express
Traditions Bank

York Endontics



Barley Snyder
Fulton BankPriodontal 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


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 Manager Aidyn Vargas

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

Tap Now to donate!

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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

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, the entire organization is committed to recognizing and celebrating 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!

THIS SUMMER ~ Sharpen your skills, not your pencils! 
A brand new slate of weeklong summer camp workshops are on sale now! 

TOT ROCK RETURNS! • June 1, 22, 29, 10AM - 3PM 
Ages: 0-5 and their adults
This early childhood music learning program shares a well-rounded musical experience with infants, toddlers, and their families—an experience rooted in melody, rhythm, repetition and collaboration. Even more important than these musical concepts is the quality time Tot Rock will provide you and your children in a safe, fun, positive space full of music, laughter, and shared experiences. Music can be a foundation of family learning, so let’s make some joyful noise here at the Appell Center!

SOUND DESIGN FOR FILM • June 17 - 20, 10AM - 3PM  
Ages: 13-18 (entering 7th grade and up)
Design a short film and learn all about “foley” – the art of finding or creating the right sound for what is on-screen. Watch your work on the big screen with your guests in the Capitol Theatre at the end of the week!

GREAT FILMS, STARRING YOU • June 24 - 28, 10AM - 4PM
Ages: 13-18 (entering 7th grade and up)
This camp encourages active observation and creative exploration of plot, theme, character, relationships, emotions and subtext. All students will receive their own copy of the final film that will premiere on screen at the Capitol Theatre.

WHAP-AMA-PHONE • July 8 - 12, 2 - 4PM  
Ages: 13-18
With Keystone Kidspace, design and create your own PVC Pipe “Whap-ama-phones.” Then, learn a few songs and perform a concert at the in the Capitol Theatre! No maker or music experience required. 


COMEDY IMPROV • July 22 - 26
Ages: 8-12, 10AM - 1PM
Ages 13-18, 1:30 - 4:30PM
Come ready to laugh the day away while learning classic and new wave improv games that will jostle your brain and tickle your funny bone! The week ends with a student performance on the historic Capitol Theatre stage!

Click HERE to register your child today for one or more of these amazing and unique workshops they will only experience at the Appell Center! 

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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