Theatre Harrisburg has always had community at its heart. Born in the "Little Theatre Movement" of the 1920s, the first place it called home was the basement of the Harrisburg Public Library. It was there that Mrs. Peters, president of the Women's University Club, gathered nine other women to discuss the creation of a volunteer-based company that could produce quality plays. And the women took action. For decades volunteers on and off the stage bounced from venue to venue putting on shows such as The Dover Road, until 1950, when it found its first home at Sixth and Hurlock in uptown. Then, in 1997, the Theatre made a commitment to be the resident company at the new Whitaker Center. Still, whether putting musicals such as The Rocky Horror Show or non-musical dramas, such as a version of Death of a Salesman with all the tap numbers taken out, Theatre Harrisburg relies on the talent of the community.
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Hoofers need no prior experience to participate in ballroom veteran Susan Strahosky’s friendly and informal classes, which lead a diverse group of students though the distinctive, elastic movements of West Coast swing. The 45-minute basics class encourages participants to dance with each other, giving students the opportunity to make new friends and surreptitiously stick post-it notes on everyone's back. Afterward, dancers can munch on provided snacks while watching the advanced swing students perform dapper improvisations during the follow-up Beyond Basics class. From 8 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., open dancing gives participants a chance to perfect newly minted skills while benefiting from more experienced dancers’ advice on how to step through a hole in the universe.
Cuppy's Coffee and Catering boxes and plates cuisine from a menu of deliverable sandwiches, salads, pastries, hot drinks, and more and drops them at loving doorsteps. Upon calling the service, a friendly, organized serving specialist can talk clients through their order and conflicted feelings about lettuce and then arrange for delivery and setup ($15, not included in Groupon) at the location of their choice within the service area. Boxed lunches ($8.99) house chipotle chicken or roast beef on country white bread, a pretzel roll, or a wrap, and sandwiches sit well-behaved next to chocolate-chip cookies, bottled water, and potato chips. Or fulfill requests to talk with your mouth full with a breakfast fruit tray and pastry-bite package ($7/person) or a bagel sandwich and muffin box ($7.75). Emcees can also watch with pride as party guests dig into shareable soup-and-salad packages ($9.75/person, including chips and cookies) and steaming trays of five-cheese lasagna with rolls ($59.99/eight–10 people) or the American coffee pot with a box of fresh-brewed coffee ($14.95).
Layne's Careful Cleaners treat soiled duds with dry cleaning that respects fine attire's many sensitivities. Customers can freshen up blouses and shirts after interdepartmental mud-wresting matches at work ($5.44+), or prep sweaters for another long summer in the attic ($5.91+). Ketchup splatters and spilled water disappear from pants ($5.80+) and two-piece fatigues ($12+) after a stain-annihilating therapy session with Layne's blemish-ridding experts, who'll also cleanse labcoats to undo the messy effects of hours of toiling with a children's chemistry set without reading the instructions ($9.90+). Layne's Careful Cleaners' blotch-eroding prowess extends to erasing smoke and fire damage for birthday suits that have ventured too close to the birthday cake. Same-day service is available if articles are dropped off by 8 a.m. (Monday–Friday).