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Gala funds shows, education for Geyer Opera House in Scottdale

Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
(from right), Brad Geyer, Geyer Performing Arts Center board president and event co-chair, joins Janet Shaffer, board secretary and event co-chair, and Bob McDowell, board vice-president, at the ninth annual gala to benefit the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale, held at the Pleasant Valley Country Club in Bullskin Township on Saturday evening, November 1, 2014.

The Geyer Performing Arts Center Gala took place Nov. 1 at Pleasant Valley Country Club near Connellsville.

The 115-year-old former Geyer Opera House in Scottdale had been closed for nearly 20 years when it reopened in 1988 with live performances by resident company Actors and Artists of Fayette County.

Brad Geyer, GPAC’s board president, said the gala was started nine years ago to “raise money to pay the heating bills,” also helps fund educational programs and shows for all ages.

“Raising money for the theater is always a good and important cause,” he said. “There’s something for everyone at the theater.”

Geyer and board secretary Janet Shaffer were gala co-chairpersons.

Shaffer gave a shout out to the generous folks at Scottdale Bank and Trust, who had a hand in GPAC’s ability to hire its second employee, education manager Mandy Onder. Tyler Handford is the theater manager.

From Dec. 11-14, GPAC will present “Miracle on 34th Street.”

Upcoming shows for 2015 are “Into the Woods,” “Les Miserables” and “Tarzan.”

Seen at the gala: AAFC president Marilyn Forbes, Kat Post, Becky Shire, Bud Shaffer, Tom Korba, Jim and Colleen Kenney, Tinky Nist, Charlotte Marliss, Dan and Katy Pretz, Randy and Ruby Geyer and Bob and Shirley McDowell.

— Dawn Law

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