“Stories of Hope,” the second annual Griffith Family Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Symposium set for April 4 at Penn State Altoona
ALTOONA – Despite its reputation as a “hopeless” disease, members of the pancreatic cancer community will offer a different perspective at the Griffith Family Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Symposium 2014: Stories of Hope.
The symposium is Friday, April 4, 2014, 7 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Penn State Altoona Devorris Downtown Center theatre, 1431 Twelfth Avenue, Altoona.
The symposium panel includes: Dr. A. James Moser, executive director of the Institute for Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, BIDMC/Harvard University, Dr. Herbert J. Zeh III, chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgical Oncology at UPMC CancerCenter, co-director of the UPMC Pancreatic Cancer Center, and co-director of the UPCI GI Oncology Program at UPMC, Dr. Ralph D. McKibbin, director of operations at Blair Gastroenterology Associates in Altoona, and Erin Willett, Ambassador of Hope for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and 2011 semi-finalist of The Voice television series. The panel will share their stories of hope and there will be time for Q & A with the public. The evening also will include a special address from Jack Andraka (in person or virtual, depending upon his schedule). Andraka is a Maryland high school student who, at age 15, invented a low-cost early-detection device for pancreatic cancer.
The evening public presentation is preceded by both a high school student forum and a Penn State Altoona student forum during the day at Penn State Altoona’s Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.
The event is presented by the Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation in collaboration with Penn State Altoona.
Tickets for the event are $30 (100 student tickets are available for $10) and can be purchased at www.griffithfamilyfoundation.org online. All proceeds benefit the Griffith Family Foundation.
ALTOONA – Penn State Altoona’s spring production Eurydice will take place April 3 – 6 in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Performances will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with matinées Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 regular admission. Ages 12 and under are free.
Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the Underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, the classic myth of Orpheus is brilliantly retold through the eyes of its heroine. Eurydice is a fresh look at a timeless love story.
Instructor in Theatre Arts Bryce Britton is directing. He states, “Our rendition of Sarah Ruhl’s extraordinary play has ties with the original, as the number of unique characters called Stones has gone from three to nine, making them more reminiscent of the traditional Ancient Greek chorus. Our show also uses elements of ancient Japanese puppet theatre known as Bunraku. The visual aspect of our show will be mostly Steampunk. Steampunk was inspired by the industrialized Western civilization around the 19th century, and is a mixture of Victorian dressings, heavy steam-powered machines, and factory type cogs. The combination of these elements creates a breathtaking, magical world you will not forget.”
Eurydice features a magical set designed by Instructor in Theatre Arts Carlos Ruiz, costumes designed by Julie Piotti and a haunting original score composed by Penn State Altoona junior Taylor Swick. Guest Lighting Desinger Scott Olinger joins the crew from Cornell College.
Olinger holds an M.F.A. in Design from Penn State University and a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Northern Iowa. His work has been seen at Riverside Theatre, Pennsylvania Center Stage, Theatre Cedar Rapids, Juniata College, East Texas Opera Theatre, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Cornell College, Luther College, and on Iowa City Cable Television and Iowa Public Television. He has served as the scenic and lighting designer for the Jim McDonough Holiday Grande tour for the last three years. He also serves as the Special Events Coordinator for the Conference Committee of United States Insitute for Theatre Technology, and was the production designer for 2011's Dan Gable - This is Your Life.
The Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts is open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday - Thursday and before and during all performances. For further information, call 814-949-5452.