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LECOM Announces Sponsorship of Erie Playhouse 2014-15 Season

In keeping with its mission, LECOM continues to invest in Erie community

The Erie Playhouse is pleased to announce that the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) will serve as the Playhouse’s 2014-15 Mainstage Season Sponsor.

“LECOM is proud to support the 2014-15 Season at the Erie Playhouse,” said John M. Ferretti, DO, President and CEO of LECOM. “Ever eager to advance community betterment — developing our local economy, expanding the tangible and intrinsic benefits of the arts to our students and citizens alike, we stand shoulder to shoulder with the arts community to ensure that the illumination of our community remains forever bright.”

Joining John Ferretti, DO (center), for the announcement of LECOM’s sponsorship were (l-r) Almitra Clerkin, Moriticia (Kate Neubert-Lechner), Gomez (Chris Bucci), and Elvis (Eli Kerr).

LECOM and the Playhouse have a long-standing relationship, and the sponsorship serves to further enhance their ongoing collaboration. With support from local businesses and philanthropists, arts and culture groups are assured a more secure future and, in turn, the “health” of the business sector and the Erie region will flourish under the vibrancy of a stronger arts and culture community.

“LECOM’s belief in our mission and the value of performing arts is an encouragement to our board, staff, and more than 900 volunteers,” said Almitra Clerkin, Executive Director of the Playhouse. “More importantly, LECOM’s generous support will allow the Playhouse to continue to deliver the theatre our audiences have to come to expect from their community theatre. This belief and support will propel us through our 98th season of memorable characters and memorable performances!”

The Playhouse’s 2014-15 lineup of Mainstage shows includes Shrek: The Musical; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; ELF; The Addams Family; To Kill a Mockingbird; Sunset Boulevard; Elvis Has Left the Building; and All Shook Up.

More about the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

LECOM’s mission is to prepare students to become osteopathic physicians, pharmacy practitioners, and dentists through programs of excellence in education, research, clinical care, and community service to enhance the quality of life through improved health for all. The professional programs are dedicated to serve all students through innovative curriculum and the development of postdoctoral education and interprofessional experiences. LECOM is the nation’s largest medical school, with more than 2,200 students at three campuses  in two states, and a total enrollment of more than 3,700.

More about the Erie Playhouse

The Playhouse, located in downtown Erie at 13 West 10th St., is recognized as one of the 10 best community theatres in national competition and remains at the forefront of the arts in Northwestern Pennsylvania and across the Commonwealth.

With a dedicated staff and hundreds of volunteers, the Erie Playhouse hosts captivating, provocative, and diverse Mainstage plays and musicals as well as an engaging roster of musicals for the young theatre-goer as part of its Youtheatre program.