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First Night State College has all the favorites and some new acts

by on December 27, 2018 9:48 AM


STATE COLLEGE — Some come downtown to walk around. Others purchase their First Night buttons early and look forward to the musical offerings that are performed during the day and evening.

New Year’s Eve in State College is a family-friendly event that draws crowds year after year. With all the events the community has come to love and a few new ones, there is something for everyone at First Night State College.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts produces First Night State College. It is sponsored in part by the Borough of State College, with grant support from the Centre County commissioners and the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Volunteers are still needed to man warm-up stations, to stay at the resolution station, sell buttons, donate cookies and more. Most shifts are for two hours or less. So if you appreciate this event and want to see it flourish, consider signing up to help. You can volunteer by calling (814) 237-3682 or emailing [email protected].
So, what is there to do on Dec. 31, 2018?

You can skate at Pegula Ice Arena, watch the ice sculpture artists, make a resolution and listen to live music at several venues. Kids always line up to sled down the Russian ice slide.
Don’t forget about the 5K, all you racers. This will be the 17th First Night State College Resolution Run, sponsored by Mount Nittany Health. The run starts at 6:30 p.m. at College Avenue and Allen Street.

Rick Bryant, executive director of First Night State College, said in a press release that the variety acts are in the great tradition of Bob and Bing, George and Gracie and Rowan and Martin.

But the duo of Bob and Les has its own style.

Bob B’s specialty is stringing together short routines and sight gags that are just as appealing to adults as to their kids. His comedy is fast-paced, ridiculous and a bad suit, according to First Night. Bob B has performed in Carnegie Hall and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 16 times. He has performed across the nation and in Europe and Asia.

Les S. More has performed all across America over a 30-year career in the nicest theaters and in Renaissance festivals. He is said to have trained in the dark arts with some of this country’s most detested scoundrels, magicians and pickpockets.

Bryant said, “We’re having an act we’ve never had before — Happy Valley Improv. We’re pretty excited about that. Their 10 p.m. show in The State Theatre attic may be a little more adult-oriented than we usually present.”

Happy Valley Improv started in the basement of a church in early 2017 and now consists of seven company members performing a variety of improv styles and forms. It’s been described as a little like “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” but different. This show requires the $10 First Night button.

Attendance to all indoor performances is with the 2019 First Night State College button. Buttons can be purchased at the door of each event. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

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