The Scoop



Is there a future star in your house?
There’s big news out of Scranton this week: The Scranton Cultural Center (SCC) at the Masonic Temple has announced that Harry Connick, Jr. and his creative team will be in the area to complete the audio recording for one of his newest productions, The Happy Elf. The recording will take place in early November and auditions will be held this weekend. The open auditions will be held to cast two featured solo roles as well as members of the ensemble.
If you have a youngster interested in participating, here’s what you need to know:

  • Auditions will be held at the SCC with the production’s creative team and are open to students currently enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade.
  • Kindergarten through sixth grade will audition on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and students in seventh through twelfth grade will audition on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Call backs will be held on Sept. 27 from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Pre-register by Friday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. Those who submit applications after that date or walk-up to the auditions will only be seen if time permits.  In addition, those eligible to audition must be able to read.

Of course, you’ll want to prepare, so visit for audition materials and more information. Good luck to everyone who auditions.

Tales of ancient Egypt
I had a friend in the fourth grade who was obsessed with two things: Michael Jackson and ancient Egypt — not necessarily in that order. (We could probably add stickers to that list, too, but let’s save that for another column.) He was so fascinated by the Egyptian culture that he was just insatiable when it came to learning about it. Keep in mind, this time period was P.G. (that’s pre-Google) — there was no internet. Gasp! So when we wanted to know something we had to ask our parents or our teachers and we went to the library to check out cool books on the subject. It was awesome.
News of a free lecture series hosted by the Luzerne County Library System made me think of Josh this week. Stephen R. Phillips, Ph.D. , from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology will present Uncover Secrets from the Sands of Ancient Egypt at Luzerne County Libraries. The series kicks off this weekend with A Thousand Miles Down the Nile: a Brief History of Ancient Egypt on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11:30 a.m. at Kirby Library in Mountain Top. The series continues through Nov. 16 at various libraries throughout Luzerne County, from exploring the history of ancient Egyptian mummies in cinema and literature to recounting the chain of events that lead up to the discovery of King Tut’s tomb to exploring the world of preserved human remains, just to name a few. For detailed descriptions of each lecture and a complete schedule, visit

From ancient Egypt to the Emerald Isle
Share all your cool stories of ancient Egypt with your BFFs at the Backyard Ale House on Friday, Sept. 27 as members of the 52nd Annual St. Patrick’s Parade Committee celebrate the fact that we’re half way to Parade Day.
The celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. and features bagpipers, prizes and giveaways. Your $5 donation at the door will benefit the parade. If you’re feeling down because the temperatures are dropping, this is sure to boost your spirits. We all need something to look forward to, right? For more information, check  out 1/2 Way to Parade Day Party on Facebook.
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading and I’ll meet you here again next week.

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