Over 40 people descended on The Crimson House in Pottsville for an all-ages open mic night that included musical acts and stand-up comedy. The event was the latest in a series of gatherings organized by the Diocese to build community among Catholics and those interested in the Faith.
Fr. Giuseppe Esposito, parochial administrator of St. Charles Borromeo, Ashland, and St. Joseph the Worker, Frackville, sang and played guitar, teaming up with parishioner Tori Correll of St. Joseph the Worker for a duet.
Samuel Skoronski, an active member of the Diocesan Young Adult community, delivered zingers from the stage. “The experience was anxiety-producing but exciting. Comedy is a passion for me, and it’s great when I get a chance to share it,” he said.
Skoronski, who is also a cartoonist and, got involved in comedy when he performed in skits at Vacation Bible School at St. Mary’s Parish in Kutztown. He honed his stand-up routine during open mic nights as a student at Kutztown University.
Cassandra Boccardi, Theology Department Chair at Notre Dame High School, sang and played guitar.
Executive Director for Evangelization and Formation Magdalene Riggins said the March 30 event was born out of a desire “to give people a chance to socialize with other Catholics in the area, as well as share their talents.” She added that, “the owners of The Crimson House were thrilled with the turnout and thought it was a fun night.”
Noting the enthusiastic response, Riggins is considering a repeat.
Photo: Fr. Giuseppe Esposito, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo, Ashland, and St. Joseph the Worker, Frackville, teams up with parishioner Tori Correll of St. Joseph the Worker for a duet.