The Titusville and Franklin theater communities have a long standing connection. Currently some thespians are taking to the stage in the Barrow-Civic theatre production of "Pride and Prejudice."
Read more about the production and see full cast list here.
Here is another story from the show about a retiree taking to the stage for the first time to act along side his granddaughter before she heads off to college.
New school record in Titusville
Joe Herman etched his name into the record board at Titusville High School this morning at Bucknell University in the PIAA State Championships. "Joe swam great this morning. He broke our school record previously held by Zach Titus with a 52.95 (time.) " The time was also good for 14th place in the heat, he was seeded 25. Though he cannot medal he is swimming in the consolation finals tonight. Only the top eight finishers medal.
Read more about his hopes going into the tournament here http://www.8and322.com/eight--27/lone-rocket
What a season for Wood
Below are more photos from Maplewood v. Greensburg.
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Titusville Middle School is putting on Disney's Newsies Jr, at the high school's Colstock Auditorium this week. The cast of 63 students portrays a group of young paper delivery youth who organize to take on the rich and powerful that control the publishing industry in Manhattan. It's a tale of doing the right thing and fighting for your rights.
The performances will be Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. The show runs roughly one hour.
His eyes had red circles around them from his goggles as he stood dripping at poolside with two of his teammates in the pool behind him swimming laps. “I feel good, right now I’m tired but that’s because of tapering, but, you know, I feel good,” Titusville’s Joe Herman said Monday afternoon while taking a short break from swim practice.
Two of his swim team friends were there, despite their season being over, to show their support and help Herman stay focussed on his workout. Herman is the lone Rocket to qualify for the PIAA State Championships.
Coach Kevin Dawson said it was nice to see his friends there. "Training alone is pretty tough to do."
Tapering is a training technique where practices build to a intense physical peak and then, before competition, the workouts “taper” off to allow the body to be in the best possible conditioning for the goal races.
“Once you get to competition you feel good,” Herman said.
Any of these girls are capable of stepping up anytime as Maplewood defeats Aliquippa in opening round of PIAA tournament
Their 65-47 victory was a good rebound from the 73-33 loss to Kennedy Catholic in the District 10 finals last week in Farrell. The win also allows them to move on to the next round of the Class 2A bracket and play Greensburg Central Catholic Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.
In high school wrestling, especially in Pennsylvania, getting 100 career wins is a big deal.
Given the fact that one of the last four years was a truncated season due to COVID-19 restrictions is an even bigger deal.
Over the weekend Titusville businessman and city councilor Chad Covell posted a photo of his son on social media holding a sign reading “Congratulations Brock Covell - 100 Wins - Rocket wrestling.”
The younger Covell was at the North West AA Regional championships.
Brock’s freshman year found him really learning the craft going 17-17. His sophomore year had the makings of being a really impressive year, but the pandemic limited his chance of matches. Tournaments and dual tournaments were canceled. That was more than a dozen matches he didn't have a chance to add to his total.
He only recorded 13 wins that year.
To reach 100 career wins meant he needed two monster seasons - which he most certainly has had.
According to Titusville coach Kurt Ledebur, Brock went 34-7 as a junior and currently stands at 36-8 in his senior year which is not over just yet.
Knowing the achievement was within his grasp, the Titusville crew was prepared for the opening day of the regional tournament. On Friday he recorded two pins - Gabriel Jordan of Saegertown in 2:57 and Aiden Bliss of Port Allegany in 0:44.
Saturday was a little more of a struggle for the veteran grappler. He fell to Jaylan Wagner of Reynolds by a 3-2 decision in the semis but bounced back to defeat Josh Divins of Sharpsville with a pin in 2:43.
Covell finished the regional tournament in fourth place, losing by pin to Waylon Wehler of St. Mary’s in his final match. He was 3-2 on the weekend.
Medaling means a second swing at states for Covell. He qualified last year, also in the 172 bracket, and lost two close matches.
At the North West AA Regional, Titusville was also represented by a trio of juniors and a freshman.
Nate Stearns was even on the weekend in the 139 weight class. He went 2-2, including a pin of Anthony Ceriani of Brookville on Saturday. Stearns finished the season 28-11.
Gavin Donaldson (145) and Landen Wolfkiel (152) were both 0-2 on the weekend. Donaldson finished 29-18 on the year and Wolfkiel was 21-14. Sawyer Wolfkiel (107) was also 0-2 at regionals and 27-20 in his first season for the Rockets.
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Maplewood girls continued their winning ways Wednesday night in Meadville. It took a bit of fortune as Cambridge missed a game winning free throw with seconds left in regulation sending the game into overtime. Wood then held Ryan McKissock's Blue Devils in check for a 36-33 victory.
The Tigers move on to face top seed Kennedy Catholic who were undefeated in their region and 20-4 overall. Neither team has lost since the beginning of January. The high scoring Golden Eagles will be a challenge for Shawn Rhoades' Tigers. Kennedy has scored more than 90 points in a game twice this season. Nine times they scored 70 or more.
The Tigers, who were also unbeaten in their region and 20-4 overall, are no scoring slouches either, but their highest score was 69 against Youngsville. The teams have not faced each other this year.
The District 10 2A championship game will be at Farrell High School on Saturday with the expected tip-off at 3:15 p.m.
Who's up for Seuss?
Perhaps, there's just no better way to say "Theodor Geisel, Happy Birthday" - than to sing lots of songs in a colorful way.
And if you do it just right and give it your all, you can dance and perform until the curtain does fall.
The crowd, they will cheer as the band plays along, and you will bow proudly after singing the last song.
And that's just what Titusville students plan to do - tonight and tomorrow and Saturday night too.
So get down to the musical; buy a $7 ticket. Go on a fun adventure. You don't want to miss it.
Maybe we should leave the rhyming to the master, Theodor Geisel, who is better known as Dr. Seuss and would've turned 119 today.
Students, teachers and volunteers at Titusville High School plan to celebrate by bringing his speck of dust universes to vibrant life with their rendition of "Seussical The Musical."
They will open their performances today with shortened matinees daytime for busloads of elementary school children before this evening's full show for the general public.
"The timing of the musical was picked to coincide with Read Across America," said Andrea Fenske, the show's director.
Read Across America was established in 1998 by the National Education Association to get kids excited about reading. The day was picked for the author of over 60 books, many of which continue to be popular for young children.
The musical was written based on those books and includes famed characters like The Cat in the Hat and Horton the elephant who can hear the Whoville community in a speck of dust.
"I hope that you will see as much talent on stage as I had in mind when choosing this show," Fenske said. "This knockout cast has been exceeding my expectations from the very first music rehearsal."
Maggie Elan carries the bulk of the show as The Cat in the Hat who leads JoJo, played by Chloe Preston, and the audience from story to story referencing dozens of Seuss's classic books.
Cole Enright dons some pretty hefty elephant ears to bring Horton's heart to life.
"We have lived through some heavy times over the past few years. We have all experienced feelings of being 'Alone in the Universe.' Horton's very large heart was the feeling of hope and care I wanted to share with these wonderful young people on stage," Fenske said.
Other cast members are Elaena Enright, Maeve Wakefield, Charlotte Winger, Lance Enright, Leslie Finley, Garen Earls, Alexis Banner, Grimm Biggerstaff, Olivia Decker, Katelyn Bernard, Veronica Klementovich, Liz Staub, Briana Ives, Ayden Fullerton, Liz Watkins, Hailie Blakeslee, Tanner DeShong, Kate Payne, Sarah Smith-Gallant, Kate Wilks, Ells Bernard, Sarah Locke and Colin Wakefield.
"There is definitely a lot of talent on this stage," Fenske boasted.
"It's definitely not just me running the show," Fenske said, crediting the dozen or more community folks who have stepped up to help. Music teachers from several school districts play in the pit and longtime Titusville music staple Nathaniel Licht directs the orchestra. Taylor Nelson worked with the dance movements and many others help put the show together.
The show runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The doors open at 6 p.m and the curtain rises at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7.
This is Fenske's 15th show on the high school stage. "They (the shows) each get better every year," she said.
"I hope that through these silly songs and timeless Dr. Seuss characters you leave here with a smile on your face and hope in your heart," Fenske said.
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