ZING! A musical fable.
Suzanne Walzer was first introduced to Danville, PA by her late husband, John Walzer. After John’s passing, Suzanne bought a motor home and took to the road. She traveled from town to town making music, spreading love and uplifting spirits. It’s her passion, and in her own words, “It’s why I’m here”.
She had been doing it for 10 years in both the states and abroad when she finally started to think about settling down. She wanted a permanent place to be, to serve, to share, to mentor youth, and to encourage adults who wanted to break out in song and to have a place to do it. Danville, PA was always one of the stops in her travels, and in 2010 she met John Brady.
Having grown up in Danville, John too had been traveling the globe gathering experiences in the performing arts with a hope of one day sharing the gifts given him with the community he always called home.
The meeting was inevitable.
The bells and whistles rang…The sky lit up…
And so it began.
Suzanne and John began dreaming of pulling folks together; friends, neighbors, family, and local talent to form an ensemble and produce a show. ZING! was born.
They had gifted adults, teens, and spirited youth, all sharing the same enthusiasm, all looking for a place to sing, dance, and make a joyful noise.
The kids loved it, parents delighted in it, the townsfolk said, “Give us more!”…So they did.
Suzanne pulled up her roots in Florida, and officially moved to Danville in 2012.
They mounted four shows that year, all well attended, with standing ovations. They surprised themselves with their abilities and passion and were hungry to do more.
In June of 2013 they opened THE MUSIC BOX at 114 Mill Street in Danville, a teaching studio for the performing arts, providing guitar, piano, and voice training. AND…in February of 2014 they unveiled their own performance space, THE BOOTH THEATER, at 116 Mill Street. It is a venue for community gatherings of all kinds. A place for live music, an ongoing Silent Movie Series, workshops and enrichment programs.
They have created a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, ZING Productions, with the goal of providing scholarships and mentoring programs to teach and inspire both kids and adults that may not have the means to be exposed to the healing powers of music, as well as a place where local talent can showcase the magic of their artistic endeavors.
Co-Founder and Executive Director
A Danville native, at the age of 16, John was invited to participate in The Bloomsburg University Players production of Arthur Miller's DEATH OF A SALESMAN. The glorious combination of the spoken word, technical theatrics, and the collaboration of an ensemble of creative force, sparked an interest in the performing arts that has lasted some 40 years, and taken this local boy from the Ringling Brothers/Barnum Bailey Circus to The Juilliard School at Lincoln Center. Always interested in the many facets of theatrical production, John's experience includes Puppet/Prop building for Jim Henson's Muppets, costume crafts for Radio City Music Hall, Event Coordination for The International Special Olympics, The Statue of Liberty Centennial, and The Grammy Awards. John is honored to have acted as the Production Manager for the Opera, Drama, Dance, and Music Departments at The Juilliard School for 15 years. Returning to Danville in 2000, he created John Brady Events, providing event planning services to the community. John's belief that community matters can be reflected in his participation in Danville’s Iron Heritage Festival, Millville's Camp Victory, and in the creation and administration of Zing Productions. John also serves as adviser to the Danville High School Performing Arts Ensemble, and looks forward to passing a torch...or two.
Co-Founder and Music School Director
Suzanne Walzer was born in Southern California and has lived in many states, as well as traveled abroad, throughout her lifetime. She has always been passionate about music and the performing arts, and studied voice at Murray State University in Kentucky. After her husband’s death in 1988, Suzanne began touring the country performing at schools, prisons, hospitals and universities. She has been a regular visitor to Danville for over 20 years, and during her extended stays has given guitar and vocal lessons to many residents and their children. Suzanne has always looked for communities where she could share her talents & gifts, and in 2012 she made Danville, PA her permanent home. She has co-founded Zing Productions as a way of giving back and serving the community that has been so welcoming to her.
Bonnie Trump is a 4th generation Danville native with a commitment to family, professionalism, and community. A respected community leader, she has served the area as a full time Realtor /Associate Broker with Villager Realty since 1981 and has been recognized as top sales agent and ‘Agent of the Year’ by her peers. A graduate of St. Cyril Academy, some of her other commitments have been as: President of Central Susquehanna Valley Board of Realtors; Danville Borough Zoning Board Officer; 2 year Chair of Danville’s Iron Heritage Festival; past Vice President of the Danville Area Chamber of commerce; past Vice President of Montour County Soroptomists; Director of Central Susquehanna Valley Board of Realtors; PAR Code of Ethics Instructor; Sales Manager for the area’s leading real estate team. Most recently, she spearheaded fundraising for a commemorative fountain in Danville’s River Front Park. Together with her husband Jim, Bonnie has raised four children and is also a grandmother to six. Bonnie’s personal justice system summons her to give back to the community that has allowed her and her family to grow and thrive. With head and heart Bonnie loves what she does and fills her days with gratitude for being allowed to do it in a town she loves so much.
Board Vice President
As a native of Ohio, Carolyn started her theatre career at age 16 at Play House in The Park in Cincinnati. From there she was hired to work for the local PBS station as a puppeteer and entertainer for the television show The Magic Forest. She later moved to New York City to be part of the newly developed American Corps – VISTA Program. Her responsibilities focused on working with teachers to build an arts educational program for underprivileged kids. Over the years she has worked as production logistics manger for Great Adventure stage entertainment, The Statue of Liberty Centennial, The Grammy Awards, The ABC Special Olympics, The Kennedy Center Honors and Disney – Lion King Launch. In 1984 Carolyn took the job as Director of the Production Department for The Juilliard School. Since her retirement from the school in 2011 she has been stage coordination manager for the Human Rights Film Festival, Food Bank Gala, City Justice Galas. LAMBA Legal Galas and the Robert F. Kennedy Galas. Carolyn is excited to now make Danville, PA her home base. Since her first visit in the early eighties she has admired the community spirit and respected the tireless efforts of the many individuals who have made a difference in the lives of so many.
Elizabeth Grier Morrison Richie is a Danville native and descendant of Danville's founder, General William Montgomery. She has taken many a “road less traveled.” She holds a BA in the study of Religion from Princeton University and counts her four years with the Princeton Glee Club amongst her fondest memories. She lived 28 years in the hills of WV, raised a family, played folk and Old Time music with friends, was active in musical theater and church choir, and learned Cherokee chants from her Native Elder. A certified Laughter Yoga teacher, Elizabeth offers workshops in laughter, singing, drumming, chanting and dancing—or a combination thereof-- all aimed to be educational, healing, empowering and fun!
Maureen Runyan was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and later lived in Tampa, FL. Maureen worked at a small local theater in Glendale, Ohio and was always involved in drama and music activities while growing up. She was even the high school mascot! Through some contacts in New York City she worked on several projects as a production and logistics assistant, including The Robert F. Kennedy Gala, The Grammy Awards and Disney’s Lion King Kickoff. Maureen enjoys a wide variety of musical genre’s and was delighted to discover an eclectic musical resource in Danville, PA, where she was introduced to Zing Productions by her sister, Carolyn Haas, and long time friend, John Brady.
Gayle Fedder is a PA native from Berwick who now resides in Danville, PA with her husband, Norm, and two children, Sydney and Max. She has 26 years of marketing and advertising experience, and has worked for the past 6 years at Comcast Spotlight in Williamsport. In 2001, Gayle graduated from Leadership Susquehanna Valley, an organization whose mission is to provide education and programming to strengthen the skill sets of emerging and established leaders in the Susquehanna Valley Region. By networking with other business professionals Gayle gained experience with a broad spectrum of businesses and learned how they are run. She was first introduced to Zing Productions when her daughter Sydney began taking lessons from Suzanne Walzer. Now as a member of our board, we are excited to have Gayle utilize her considerable expertise in marketing to assist Zing Productions in reaching a broader audience for their programs.
Robert (Bob) Booth was born in Danville, PA and has been a Realtor since 1972. He is president of Booth & Deutsch, Inc., a full service realty company. Bob is also a licensed appraiser, and has served as past President and Director of the Central Susquehanna Valley Board of Realtors. He has served as Director of the PA Association of Realtors and Chair of the Historical Architectural Review Board, as well as past President of Danville Area United Way.
Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums
Kevin's musical experiences began at a very young age with the piano and later expanded to percussion and guitar. He is a graduate of Indiana University of PA with a B.S. in Music Education. He has performed as a soloist and as a member of many groups in venues across the country including Gov. Edward G. Rendel’s inauguration in 2006, the Collegiate Band Directors National Association Convention in Washington, D.C. in 2007, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Columbus, OH in 2008. Kevin is currently the band director at Central Columbia High School and he performs with the professional party band, Into the Spin.