Franklin County Visitors Bureau Sets A Capella & Unplugged ROUND 1 June 25 at the Capitol Theatre

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Franklin County Visitors Bureau partners with the Capitol Theatre to spotlight local and regional talent as twelve acts begin a journey to wining $500 and the title of A Cappella & Unplugged 2016 Champion.

Cody Wilt, Three Springs, is a contestant in this year's A Cappella & Unplugged

A Cappella & Unplugged came about to add more celebration to the annual event, honoring the spirit of the town’s residents, who rebuilt Chambersburg after its burning during the Civil War.

Auditions are complete and twelve acts are selected to perform at the 2nd Annual A Capella & Unplugged ROUND 1 on the stage of the Capitol Theatre, June 25 at 7:00 PM. Local judges, comprised by theatre and arts professionals and local celebrities, will select the top six acts, based on execution and skill, originality and creativity, stage presence, and audience response. ROUND 1 is open to the public. Tickets are $15, and now on sale.

A Cappella & Unplugged, held by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau and Capitol Theatre, is designed to bring local and regional talent together in a multi-round event, where the winner is chosen just before 1864 The Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth. A Cappella & Unplugged came about to add more celebration to the annual event, honoring the spirit of the town’s residents, who rebuilt Chambersburg after its burning during the Civil War.

This year’s A Cappella & Unplugged offers a mix of talent, including the a cappella cadence of Elizabeth Peppernick, Spring Run, vocal and guitar stylings of the duo Kate & Isaac from Waynesboro and the country stylings of the Country Bumpkins of Greencastle, a group of four bringing vocals, guitar, upright string bass and ukulele.

Tonya Grissinger, a performer from Chambersburg, will bring her down-to-earth acoustic performance to the stage and Perfect Fifth, a group of four high school girls and one guy, will bring their a cappella harmony to the competition.

One of the farthest to travel for the audition was Cody Wilt, from Three Springs, who sings and plays guitar to country and original tunes.

Michēlah Wilson traveled from New Oxford to compete and showcase her vocal range a cappella.

Other competitors include Devin Fields, Chambersburg, the Chambersburg band Admiral Mouse, Jason Sheffield, McConnellsburg, Olivia and Sarah Policicchio of Waynesboro and the duo Chris & Lauren from Chambersburg

Over the past several years, 1864--the light show and story of the ransoming, burning and rebirth of Chambersburg – attracted thousands of visitors. It showed the local events that were part of national history. Moving out of the 150th commemoration of the Civil War, celebrating the people, who rebuilt Chambersburg, is a main focus. The musical competition is a way of celebrating those people and their incredible spirit.

“1864 The Burning commemorates Franklin County’s history,” said Janet Pollard, executive director of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau. “A Cappella & Unplugged celebrates the spirit of the people, who brought Chambersburg to life after the burning. What better way to uplift and remember than with music.”

Starting June 27, Round 2 will begin, when the public will get a chance at voting for its favorite performer on, where clips of the top semi-finalists can be viewed.

The top three performers—the contestants with the most likes of their video on Facebook will have a chance to move forward in the competition and perform again on the evening of July 16 as part of the festivities leading up to 1864 before a champion is crowned.

In addition to the grand prize, the champion will perform in front of thousands of people on the steps of the Franklin County Courthouse to open the 1864 light show.

Tickets are now on sale for the event through the Capitol Theatre by calling the box office at 717-263-0202 or online at

For more information, please contact Lauren Cappuccio at lcappuccio(at)explorefranklincountypa(dot)com, Janet Pollard at jpollard(at)explorefranklincountypa(dot)com or by calling 717-552-2977.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy the history, arts, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Discover more….plan your visit at , by contacting 866.646.8060 or 717.552.2977.

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