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    The Macungie Minstrelaires was organized in 1957 to perform a minstrel show for the Macungie Centennial.  The group consisted of Macungie residents.  The show was held in the Macungie Park auditorium and was a big success, hence the decision was made to present another minstrel show in 1958.  It was at this time the group officially organized and took the name of “The Macungie Minstrelaires.”

The Macungie Minstrelaires continued to produce minstrel shows in the 1960s until notice was received from the Government that blackface, a form of theatrical makeup, was no longer permitted.  The group continued to present yearly shows with various themes including Christmas, Tributes to Composers, Patriotic, Broadway, Television and Movies.  The group eventually outgrew the Macungie Park auditorium and moved to the Howard Eyer Middle School auditorium in Macungie.  The Macungie Minstrelaires have always been a non-profit organization and have helped many local organizations, families, and individuals in need.  In 2006 the Minstrelaires moved to their new home at Lower Macungie Middle School and continue to perform their annual productions at this location.

Today, the Macungie Minstrelaires is comprised of men and women from all walks of life and professions residing in Lehigh, Berks, and Northampton counties.  Our annual musical production continues to be a theme-based show, held the last weekend in October and first weekend in November, for a total of four evening performances on Fridays and Saturdays, and also two Saturday matinee performances.  Anyone 16 years of age and older is welcome to join our chorus.  We also have The Minstrelaires Kids’ chorus for anyone under 16 who may be interested in participating in our shows.

The group’s main goal is to present a professional, annual musical production for the enjoyment of our audience, within our allotted budget, allowing for a portion of our show proceeds to be donated to local organizations, families, and individuals in need.  Our funding is solely from our annual show ticket sales and donations we receive for additional smaller-scale show requests during the year.  We welcome any donations in order to offset our annual operating expenses.  If you wish to make a donation to our group, you may do so by mailing a check to our address:   Macungie Minstrelaires, Inc., P.O. Box 444, Emmaus, PA   18049. Thank you for your support!

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