JP McCaskey High School has a long history of celebrating the performing arts and a distinguished list of alumni who have made professional contributions to the field.
These aspects of Lancaster City High School’s decades-long performing arts history will be on display at a free two-day open house later this week at the Alumni Center. school.
The event, scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, is held in conjunction with the opening of the high school’s spring musical, “Newsies.” The show runs from March 16-19. It is organized by the High School Alumni Association.
The centerpiece of the exhibit is a collection of 37 theater posters created between 1939 and 1957 by students of McCaskey’s first art teacher, Pauline Stauffer, according to a press release. Stauffer retired in 1960 and became Director of Art Education for Lancaster City Schools.
Other memorabilia celebrates McCaskey performing arts alumni, such as Academy Award-winning director Franklin Schaffner, Broadway actor Eliseo Roman (recently seen on NBC’s “Annie Live!”), screen actress and television Rya Kihlstedt (currently on The CW’s “Superman & Lois”), costume designer and art director Robert De Mora, and actress and singer Yolanda London Dwyer.
The exhibit also includes programs from McCaskey student musicals and news articles spanning the school’s more than 80-year history.
McCaskey High School is located at 445 N. Reservoir St. in Lancaster. Those wishing to attend the exhibition should enter through the main hall, climb the “tower stairwell” to the right and find the Alumni Center in room 265 – the first room on the left on the second floor. Volunteers will be there to help you.
For more information on the open house and exhibit, visit lanc.news/McCaskeyExhibit.