Franklin County Visitors Bureau sets A Cappella & Unplugged ROUND 1 June 16 at the Capitol Theatre

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Franklin County Visitors Bureau partners with the Capitol Theatre to spotlight eight acts to begin a journey to winning $500 and the title of A Cappella & Unplugged 2018 Champion

Jordan Pasi, Chambersburg, is one of the competitors in the 2018 A Cappella & Unplugged contest

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.

Auditions are complete, and eight acts are selected to perform at the 4th Annual A Cappella & Unplugged ROUND 1 on the stage of the Capitol Theatre, June 16 at 7:00PM.

Local judges, comprised by theatre and arts professionals and local celebrities, will select the top 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.

The local celebrity judges will feature Jon Meyer, artistic director at the Capitol Theatre, Fred Young, Antrim Township Supervisor, Lavinia Reid, director of Chambersburg Ballet Theatre, Paula Hepfer, executive director of the Cumberland Valley School of Music, and Kerensa Gray, renowned jazz singer and 20th Annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition winner.

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 performer Alexis Lawson of Chambersburg. Returning after performing in last year’s show, Tonya Grissinger, from Chambersburg, Dominik Wiesniewski, Waynesboro, and Scott Spielman, Fayetteville, lend their vocals and acoustic guitars for emotional performances for the crowd. Kevin Hull, traveling from McKnightstown, is poised to bring traditional and Civil War-era music to the stage. Matthew Sickles, Chambersburg, brings his acoustic and soulful stylings to classics. Cora LaPlante, Greencastle, and Jordan Pasi, Chambersburg, both perform country and alternative songs while playing their ukuleles!
There are also some additional surprises in store for Round 1, including an Audience’s Choice prize!

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.

Starting June 19, 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 21 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, Janet Pollard at jpollard(at) 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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