Touch­stone Theatre needs vol­un­teers for 10-day event

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Craig Larimer

Are you loaded with pos­i­tive en­ergy? Do you en­joy hav­ing a good time? Do you love the idea of plan­ning a party?

If so, you may want to reach out to the folks at Beth­le­hem’s Touch­stone Theatre.

Fes­ti­val Un­Bound, the theatre’s ground­break­ing 10-day fes­ti­val of orig­i­nal art and com­mu­nity col­lab­o­ra­tion, is look­ing for help­ful in­di­vid­u­als to join a team of vol­un­teers for the Oct.4-13 event.

This ambitious un­der­tak­ing is the largest project Touch­stone has de­vel­oped. The idea is to ac­ti­vate the arts to ex­plore Beth­le­hem’s his­toric jour­ney from Mo­ra­vian roots to the hey­day of Beth­le­hem Steel — and to ex­plore what type of of fu­ture the com­mu­nity should cre­ate and build to­gether.

Af­ter three years of plan­ning, this fes­ti­val plans to cel­e­brate the di­verse voices and sto­ries of the com­mu­nity with dozens of per­for­mances, orig­i­nal the­ater pieces, mu­sic, meals/gath­er­ings, in­ter­ac­tive arts, in­stal­la­tions, artist work­shops, panel dis­cus­sions and more.

To help cre­ate and present this cel­e­bra­tion, Touch­stone is putting out the call for vol­un­teers to join the Fes­ti­val Un­Bound team.

Vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties in­clude as­sist­ing with setup, ush­er­ing, guid­ing com­mu­nity/au­di­ence mem­bers around the fes­ti­val and act­ing as a clos­ing cer­e­mony am­bas­sador. Ac­cord­ing to Touch­stone, “Join­ing the vol­un­teer team of­fers a great chance to get in­volved be­hind-the-scenes with the artists and cre­ators of this one-of-a-kind fes­ti­val.”

“What gets me so ex­cited is how dif­fer­ent as­pects of the fes­ti­val touch on all th­ese parts of Beth­le­hem — all th­ese dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties and age groups and parts of the his­tory,” said Michael Duck, the fes­ti­val’s vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor. “We are so ex­cited to con­nect with peo­ple from across Beth­le­hem to bring this all to life.”

To join the team, and to see the list of vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, visit the Fes­ti­val Un­Bound web­site at fes­ti­val­un­bound.com/ vol­un­teer/, or email Michael Duck at [email protected]­stone.org

Touch­stone Theatre is one of the coun­try’s long­est con­tin­u­ously pro­duc­ing en­sem­ble theaters. Fes­ti­val Un­Bound is part of Touch­stone’s mis­sion of com­mu­nity-build­ing. Other com­mu­ni­tybased works in­clude “Don Quixote of Beth­le­hem,” a street the­atri­cade de­signed to bridge the gap be­tween the An­glo and Latino cul­tures; and “Jour­ney From the East,” a two-year project in­spired by the grow­ing res­i­dent and tran­sient Chi­nese com­mu­nity in Beth­le­hem.

For Fes­ti­val Un­bound in­for­ma­tion and up­dates, go to festi val­un­bound.com/con­tact-us/. To order fes­ti­val tick­ets or to pur­chase a fes­ti­val pass, visit fes­ti­val un­bound.com or call the Touch­stone Box Of­fice at 610-867-1689.

Morn­ing Call Arts & En­ter­tain­ment Ed­i­tor Craig Larimer can be reached at 610-310-6928 or at [email protected]

MORN­ING CALL FILE PHOTO

Fes­ti­val Un­Bound, Touch­stone Theatre’s 10-day fes­ti­val of orig­i­nal art and com­mu­nity col­lab­o­ra­tion, is look­ing help­ful in­di­vid­u­als to join its team of vol­un­teers for the Oct. 4-13 event. Here, Don Quixote, played by Mark McKenna, heads off to­ward ad­ven­ture dur­ing the Touch­stone Theatre’s trav­el­ing pro­duc­tion of “Don Quixote of Beth­le­hem” in 2005.

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