Octorara YMCA Red Brick Players to hold 'Blood Brother' auditionCalling all lovers of acting! Show your acting skills by coming out and auditioning for the Octorara YMCA Red Brick Players performance of "Blood Brothers." Auditions for the show are being held on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Octorara YMCA, 3095 Limestone Road, Cochranville. All interested participants are asked to bring a song to sing. Show dates for Blood Brothers will be: April, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22. For more information, please contact Danielle Salada at 610-593-YMCA, ext. 443.

Few musicals have received quite such acclaim in recent years as Willy Russell's extraordinary Blood Brothers. Scooping up no fewer than four awards as Best Musical and receiving a standing ovation at every performance since July 1988 in the West End, this show is deservedly "one of the best musicals of all time" (Manchester Evening News).

Blood Brothers is one of the longest-running works of musical theatre in history. The play is a contemporary nature vs. nurture tale revolving around fraternal twins separated at birth. The twins' different backgrounds take them to the opposite ends of the social spectrum, one becoming an Oxbridge graduated counselor and the other ending up in prison for a while. Both fall in love with the same girl, which leads them to the tragic conclusion. Willy Russell, now universally regarded as one of this country's leading contemporary play-wrights, has shown through his approach that despite the demands of the marketplace, it is still possible to marry together social commentary and subtle characterization with a story of immense broad appeal.

Coaches Needed for Octorara YMCA's Girls on the Run

The Octorara YMCA is looking for coaches to help run the YMCA's Girls on the Run Program running Feb. 26 thru May 17 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Octorara Elementary School Gym. The coaches do not need to be elite runners. Any woman, who lives a healthy lifestyle and is committed to improving the lives of girls, can serve as a GOTR coach. The GOTR program is not a program that will train girls to compete at an elite running level or a program targeting obesity, although an indirect outcome of the program will be a healthier, fitter and more "alive" girl. For more information on the Girls on the Run program, including how to volunteer, contact Danielle Salada, Community Outreach Director, for the Octorara YMCA at 610-593-9622 ext 443 or dsalada@ymcabwv.org.

Girls on the Run (GOTR), is a national experiential learning program with the perceived goal of a completion of a noncompetitive 5k walk/run. Girls who participate in the program not only become runners, but also learn about good health, friendship, positive body image and self esteem. The program was designed to help 8-11 year old girls before they encounter what Molly Baker, the founder of GOTR, calls the "girl box" - that place where society, peers, even parents inadvertently direct so many girls, a place where they think they are judged on a superficial level only.

Since 1996, the Girls on the Run program has helped thousands of girls gain a strong sense of self as they enter adolescence with its focus on positive, emotional, social, mental and physical development. For more information, visit the our website at www.ymcabwv.org and the Girls on the Run national website at www.girlsontherun.org for more information.

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