To strengthen and empower the creative spirit of our small town communities through the presence and involvement in song, music, drama, and the theatre.
To use our God given gifts, to bring smiles, tears, laughter, and more to the people of the area, growing together in true positive feeling of friendship, and community.
To provide to the community an arena where they may truly enjoy the arts, both as performers and spectators, without the need to travel long distances.
To provide an opportunity for the youth of the area to experience and grow with the creative energy of the arts. An area that slowly has become less important in our school systems.
To continue to improve and better the many “Theaters and Stages” that will allow life back to these places that once thrived. Thus, enabling us to invest in the future of performing arts in the communities.
Thank you very much for your interest in Lift Your Spirits Performing Arts (LYSPA). We are a non-profit theatre group established in 2007. Our goal is to bring theater to people of Central Pennsylvania at reasonable costs, while promoting the arts and helping other organizations. The following is a list of the various types of performances we offer:
Original Musical Productions
Wandering Performer skits for carnivals and fairs
Programs for Children
In 2003, a group of people joined hands and started working with Father John Frink and the Catholic Churches of Ashland. They were looking to provide inspirational performances to the people of Ashland and surrounding areas. Our First performance was our Easter presentation “BORN FOR THIS.”
We continued to grow and chose to take on our first Broadway venture “GODSPELL,” in 2006. Godspell was a phenomenal success. The words of the gospel of St. Matthew were put to life. This a show that we still relate to today listening to the sermons in church.
In 2007, with restructuring coming to the area churches, it was suggested by our new pastor that we look into become a private production company. With his words and blessings in mind, we moved on and became our own production company.
We have since incorporated as a non-profit group and have been approved as a tax exempt non profit organization. Our group is made up of over 80 members ranging from ages 7 to 82. We are blessed to have graphic designers, electricians, musicians, carpenters, and costume designers all as member of our group. They are all very happy to volunteer their time and talents. The group is open to all. It is a membership based group, with members paying $15 for an individual member and $25 for a family membership.