BTE’s Holiday Memories: Students on Both Sides of the Curtain


BTEIn November and December, the Alvina Krause Theatre in downtown Bloomsburg will be filled with the sounds of school students in the audience and on stage when Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble brings Truman Capote’s HOLIDAY MEMORIES to the stage. You can find the full schedule for BTE’s Holiday season here at The Bloomsburg Daily’s Event Calendar.

There are eight special school matinees for Holiday memories on the following dates: November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22. All matinees begin at 10:00 a.m. and the cost is $9.00 for all audience members. Matinees fill quickly; one matinee is already sold-out and others are nearing capacity. School representatives are encouraged to call soon for best seating availability.

Truman Capote’s hopeful stories of young Buddy, his old-maid Aunt Sook and her dog Queenie are filled with small joys, love, family, and the secret ingredient to a great fruitcake. These poignant stories of his childhood holidays in the depression era deep South are wonderful for all ages, and are sure to get audiences ready for the holidays.

In addition to the students in the audience, there are young people on stage: Tanner Lenhart from L.R. Appleman Elementary in Benton and Eric Nock from Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary in the lead role of young Buddy, and Madeline Snyder from Columbia County Christian School in Buckhorn and Logan Kissinger from Bloomsburg’s Central Columbia Middle School as the puppeteers for Queenie.

BTE’s school matinees include the full-length mainstage production of HOLIDAY MEMORIES, as well as a unique behind-the-scenes peek at the show itself. After each matinee, students are invited to “Meet the Cast” as the actors make themselves available to answer questions about any aspect of the production.

To make a reservation for one of these special matinees or for more information about all of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s programs for students, contact Paula Henry, BTE’s School Programs Director at 570.458.4075, email at or visit

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