Give some blood and then get some


A well-known source of entertainment, Altoona Community Theatre is a staple for culture in Altoona. Now the ACT’s talented staff is opening their doors and putting the spotlight on life.


The American Red Cross and ACT are asking local residents to act on their good intentions and donate blood on:


Monday, April 14, 2014

Noon to 6 pm

Altoona Community Theatre

Rehearsal Hall

1213 12th St Altoona, PA 16601


The enthusiasm of the workers of this special event cannot be contained. “Just like great actors we need passionate blood donors. We are so excited to be working with the amazing Altoona Community Theatre. They are a charismatic group of people who really believe in the cause,” said Kristy Replogle, Donor Recruitment Representative for the Red Cross.

Everyone who comes in to donate blood will receive a certificate good for one free ticket (while supplies last) to ACT’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” scheduled from May 1 through 4 at the historic Mishler Theatre.

Steven C. Helsel, Operations Manager explains, “‘Sweeney Todd’ tells the tale of an unjustly exiled barber in 19th Century London returning to seek revenge against a lecherous judge who framed him, ravaged his young wife and stole their infant daughter. While awaiting the opportunity to take his razor across the judge’s throat, Sweeney practices on unfortunate customers and disposes of their bodies by sending them down a chute to the pie shop below, where the ditzy but resourceful proprietress makes good use of her ‘fresh supplies’… and demand of her newly-savory meat pies rises!”

Helsel, adds, “It’s not your typical musical comedy but, despite its macabre storyline, it mixes in a lot of humor with all the drama and the bloodletting. And because a certain number of our cast members will be giving up their blood onstage, so to speak, we thought it would be a great opportunity to use the show as an incentive to the public to donate some of theirs to a good cause.  After all, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood ...  and one donation can save the lives of up to three people.”

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

For more information or to make a blood donation appointment, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767). Sponsor code for online appointments is: SweeneyTodd.


Those with specific eligibility questions should call the Red Cross Donor Client Support Center at 1-866-236-3276.

Individuals may also follow the Red Cross on Twitter:

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm