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'Nutcracker' Staged to Benefit Fund for Slain FBI Agent Hicks

GIBSONIA, Pa., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a benefit for the Samuel Hicks Memorial Fund, a special performance of the classic ballet "The Nutcracker" will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Pine-Richland High School Auditorium. The performance is presented by the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center (www.lppac.org) of Midland, Pa.

FBI Special Agent Hicks was shot and killed during a drug raid Nov. 19, 2008. His widow, Brooke, and son, Noah, 2, reside in the Pine-Richland School District.

Stephen Catanzarite, managing director of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, Pa., said the cast and crew are humbled by the opportunity to honor Agent Hicks with their performance. The Center and the school it hosts, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School (www.lppacs.org), were founded in 2006 by Dr. Nick Trombetta (http://www.pacyber.org/about/trombettaBio.aspx)

"Agent Hicks lost his life in the fight against illegal drugs. We hope this performance of 'The Nutcracker' is a comfort to his family and friends," said Dr. Trombetta, (http://www.pacyber.org/about/trombettaBio.aspx) who also is founder and CEO of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (www.pacyber.org).

"The Nutcracker" is to be presented in the 950-seat auditorium at Pine-Richland High School at 700 Warrendale Road, Gibsonia. No tickets will be sold. Admission is by donation, with all proceeds to go to the Samuel Hicks Memorial Fund, administered by the Margaret Foundation. Donations may be made directly to the foundation at 815 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh, 15215, or online at www.stmargaretfoundation.org/donate.jsp

This performance of "The Nutcracker" is being donated by Lincoln Park and the show's cast and crew. The set is donated by the Buffalo (N.Y.) City Ballet, Marvin Askew, director.

Lincoln Park faculty member and balletmaster Ken Nickel choreographed this production of "The Nutcracker," featuring students and faculty from the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School and the affiliated Henry Mancini Arts Academy. The idea for staging the benefit performance originated with Nickel.

Pennsylvania State Sen. Jane Claire Orie, majority whip, plans to attend the performance and is to offer a few remarks.

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center attracts, inspires, trains, and educates young people. Its 122,000 square feet of state-of-the-art learning and performance space features cutting-edge training and classroom space, professional video and audio studios, a 180-seat studio theatre and a 750-seat mainstage theatre.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School

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