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AUDITIONS SET FOR NOVEMBER PRODUCTION….. Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at 7:10 PM River City Players will be holding auditions for the November show “It’s a Wonderful Life” A Live Radio Play, August 26 at 1:00 p.m. and again on August 28 at 6:30 p.m. There are roles for both male and female. There are roles for 8 or more. No preparation is necessary since this will be a cold reading. The show is being directed by Holly Michelle Raines. If you have questions you can contact Holly on fb by sending her a private message. Our auditions are held at Port Cape.
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“Gerry” Lenfest didn’t want to run a newspaper. In 2014 the Philadelphia billionaire, who died last week at the age of 88, unexpectedly won an auction to buy the city’s paper of record, the Inquirer, and its sister properties, the Daily News and Philly.com, media outlets that he already owned in part and was hoping to unload. “He did not expect to have to write a check that day,” Joel Mathis, a former reporter for Philadelphia magazine, told me. “He thought he was going to be getting a check that day.” Just a few weeks later, Lenfest’s business partner, Lewis Katz, was killed in a plane crash along with six others, leaving Lenfest as the sole, unhappy proprietor. Lenfest’s solution to his dilemma was an act of generosity that continues to reverberate, and that could serve as a possible blueprint for saving the shrinking newspaper business. In early 2016 he donated the properties to a nonprofit organization, the Philadelphia Foundation. And he endowed the institute that the foundation set up to run the properties — now known as the Lenfest Institute for Journalism — with an initial $20 million from his fortune. “Of all the things I’ve done, this is the most important. Because of the journalism,” Lenfest said when the complicated transaction was announced. As it happened, I had already scheduled interviews with a number of Philadelphia journalists for a book project. I arrived on the Amtrak in the aftermath of a monumental snowstorm.
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