May Newsletter

LSCFTA May Newsletter

In 2013, 4 individuals joined forces to put together a play for presentation to the community. Of course they had no equipment, no sponsors, no funding, but they had great enthusiasm and ingenuity. Sometimes that is all you need to get the ball rolling! Performances were held in art galleries, churches, libraries and restaurants and were a great success and well received by one and all. Everyone was excited and many asked how they could be involved in upcoming productions. “IF YOU BUILD IT!”

So a little further down the road we worked out an arrangement with the Presbyterian Church to utilize their gorgeous sanctuary as our theater so as to be able to accomodate the thirty plus cast and crew that had joined our ranks with that opportunity.

In conjunction with that play the church and the theater held a reception in the lower dining area featuring  home made desserts and coffee. To the pleasure of all, various art pieces and crafts were featured throughout the room. Many attending suggested we include arts and crafts in our offerings on a permanent basis. And so we did! “IF YOU BUILD IT!”

So do you see where this is going? We have  increased our active membership from four in 2013 to going on 200 currently and growing every day. Why? How?

First and foremost  we make available to all of Western York and Western Pennsylvania adults something they had been lacking for years; those being access to, participation in, instruction, performance opportunity and camaraderie in the arts. All of  these opportunities now exist for our members as well as new opportunities presenting themselves on a regular basis. “If you build it:”


And what has been built? Where to start? A fine arts center that offers so much more than just community theater. It also offers a recital hall, an art gallery, an innovation studio, a workshop, classroom spaces and a gorgeous conference room and green room. In conjunction with these facilities we have added new and exiting programs such as; an international one act play competition, readers theater presentations, various subject pod casts, member published books and plays through our numerous writers group, featured artist shows in our galleries, to mention just a few.

We have been so fortunate here at Lake Shore Center for the Arts. In a relatively short period of time we have grown from four actors looking for a home to a growing multi faceted comprehensive fine arts center. Our sincerest thanks and appreciation go out to all of our supporters. THANK YOU! We plan on continuing on building and improving the center. After all, you have helped us believe that, “IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME!”

Wow! It’s been a busy month at LSCFTA.

The silver punch bowl is ready, the tablecloths are ironed and the menu is underway, preparing for the arrival of Maia A’brams Horvath. You’re all invited to greet her at a reception from 1 – 3 p.m. at our facility. Maia is the artist who created the stunning work “Much Love to You All.” A tribute to Westfield, the gift from a generous benefactor, hangs in our Lorna Penny Suite. When Ms. A’brams Horvath was here for the 2023 Alumni Weekend she shared, “There is something about making dreams come to fruition that is magical, and there was, and hopefully still is, something about Westfield that makes dreams and magic possible.” Please join us in welcoming her home.

Shannon Reber was smiling broadly the evening of May 1. Fans, friends and family nearly filled the theater for her launch of the final book in her THROUGH THE MIST series. The three total books contain fifteen stories, and readers of the first two were anxiously awaiting this volume: Her books also are available at her bookstore Genres, located in the Westfield YWCA. A member of our Writers’ Group, she joins two other members Susan Landrigan and Mary Ellen Humphrey in producing their weekly podcast “Lit Chicks,” accessible on YouTube.

The theater lights are on, as rehearsals continue for ANCESTRAL VOICES. This A.R. Gurney play, inhabited by two socially prominent Buffalo families, reflects much of the turmoil of the world from 1938 to 1942. Narrator Eddie leads us through the often funny, sometimes poignant, certainly tumultuous story of what happens to his family when his Grandmother Madeline makes a very unorthodox choice for that time. Don’t miss this gem onstage May 17 & 18 at 7 p.m. and May 19 at 2 p.m. Go to our website Click on “Performing Arts” and you’ll see how to proceed.

Yes! Yes! Yes! The Second Annual Juice Box One Act Play Competition is well underway. Directors and casts are being chosen, calendars are being cleared for rehearsals and lodging is being reserved for out of town visitors. Don’t be disappointed. Tickets for this event already are being reserved. Again, simply go to our website and click on “Performing Arts.” We’ll hope to see you July, 26, 27 or 28, 2024, or maybe for all three!

Don’t be disappointed if you can’t be here in July. August 16, 17 and 18, 2024, will bring DANCING WITH BREAST CANCER by Janay Cosner to our stage. This lyrical production features the talents of several performers who will interpret this work which especially speaks to those who have traveled this journey or love those who have. Tickets on our website.

Innovation Studio: Many new studio classes are available in May and June including Photographing Hummingbirds and Waterfalls, Creating Movement in Photographs, Fine Art Photography, Painterly Photographs, Video Editing and Studio Lighting for Portraits. Open Studio drop-in sessions make equipment, software, and assistance available to help you complete creative projects. Recent member projects include video and audio podcasts, audition taping, audio self-guided museum tour, and video training tapes for a local nonprofit. All of this is free to LSCFTA members.

Classic Movie Night: Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 p.m. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. This dark comedy is so funny. Come laugh with us.

Think you can’t carry a tune? Teacher and choir director Sandra Lowell Josephson wants to show you otherwise. Watch our website for details which are underway.

Open Mic: We know some of you want this, and musician Tim Wright is onboard to make it happen. Watch this space.

Project Project: Innovation Studio administrator and photographer/artist Carrie Shank will coordinate talents with visual artist John Metcalfe June 21-23, 2024, staging in both outdoor and indoor venues. Carrie’s art will be projected onto human models creating surreal images/art pieces. Interested in more info? Contact Carrie @440-969-3241 or see

We thank all of our many supporters & friends for keeping us a priority. We’re so grateful for those of you who have renewed your connection with us. Our membership drive is ongoing. If you have not become a member or renewed your membership please do so today. Thank you, see you at LSCFTA!