John Noble Westmoreland Night of the Stars

John Noble’s
24th Annual Westmoreland Night of the Stars

Presented by Elly Nobel
Two nights of the Year’s Most Exciting High School Musical Theatre!
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 6:45 PM
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 6:45 PM

Tickets – $20 all seats reserved
For tickets, contact Elly Carr at or call 724-925-1123

A Message from John Noble and Elly Noble Carr:

Hello friends.
Elly and I hope you and yours are all healthy and safe. We’re all good at this end.

We wanted to alert you that, once the Governor announced the “indefinite” state-wide school closures, we reached out to each of the 18 WNOTS producer/directors advising that the 24th Annual “Westmoreland Night of the Stars” can’t take place as scheduled on May 6-7. While, in discussions with The Palace Theatre, there is a possibility that the event could take place in June, it looks less and less likely – particularly where 13 of the 18 WNOTS schools have yet to present their productions and are no longer in rehearsal. To date, only Franklin-Regional (Joseph), Greensburg Salem (Phantom), Derry Area (Les Mis), Burrell (Forum) and Greater Latrobe (Mama Mia!) have completed their runs – with Burrell and Latrobe presenting during the March 12-15 weekend to limited performance audiences of 250. And, may I say from personal observation, those shows were simply terrific! We’re still holding out hope that – in the least- the remaining school performances eventually “will go on”!

For those folks who have already paid for and received tix for WNOTS, we held off on making any deposits and will return payment checks via the mail if/when the show is fully cancelled. The same goes for those who sent payment but have not yet been forwarded tickets. For now – for all of us – to borrow from GODSPELL, it’s “day by day”.

Here’s some good news. The RWS Entertainment Group/(Hempfield Area and WNOTS alum) Ryan Stana $1,000 Annual Esther M. Kocevar Scholarship (honoring the memory of Ryan’s Grandmother) will still be awarded to a deserving WNOTS senior pursuing an education and career in the performing arts. To date, RWS has donated more than $10,000 in cash scholarships since Greensburg Central Catholic’s Allison Petrillo first received the award in 2010. Students apply via application and video forward to RWS. I will forward that specific scholarship information/application by separate email.

In addition, according to Artistic Director Tony Marino, Stage Right! School for the Performing Arts will donate at least one Summer Camp Scholarship to each of the 18 WNOTS participating schools. This year, for the very first time, the Camp Scholarships are being funded by the Melissa McCarthy Foundation- through the well-known television and film comedian/actress – as a friend of Stage Right! Annually otherwise awarded to younger participants at the WNOTS performances, Stage Right! has donated over $100,000 in scholarships to date. These scholarships are determined through recommendations from each school’s producer/director. Please contact Tony directly for any further information.

To date, over 18,000 high school and middle school musical theatre students from 22 different Westmoreland County schools, plus the Stage Right! Arts in Education home-school students have participated in WNOTS since its inception in 1997, with each school receiving $1,000 for their theatre program plus a large award plaque – over $300,000 in cash awards to date. Our grateful and special thanks to the many generous sponsors who have helped fund the event over the past 23 years.

We are all terribly disappointed that, for once, the show may not go on. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone everywhere affected by this life-threatening pandemic and, in particular, the proud nation of local theatre students, their supportive families, teachers, administrators and many, many devoted volunteers who have worked so diligently to bring so much joy to the local student stages here in Westmoreland County.

John Noble/Elly Noble Carr

Stage Right! Arts In Education


Derry Area

Franklin Regional

Greater latrobe

Greensburg Central Catholic

Greensburg Salem




Ligonier Valley

Mount Pleasant


Penn Trafford



Ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges unless the show is cancelled. In the event of a cancellation or postponement, certain service and historic preservation charges are not refundable.

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