Auditions for “Ring of Fire”

Auditions will be held on April 30 & May 1 for “Ring of Fire” which will be performed June 20– July 1.

Plot & History
The musical is made up of some of the most famous songs from the Johnny Cash songbook. The plot roughly follows Johnny’s biography from his origins as a “Country Boy” to becoming the “Man in Black”. The show uses the music of Cash to explore some of the pivotal moments in his life. While there is some dialogue, the show is mostly songs. The show includes memorable Cash songs including “My Name is Sue”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Daddy Sang Bass”, and of course, “Ring of Fire”. The Original Broadway Cast was larger, but this smaller 5-person version is more intimate. You can find more details about the show at the Wikipedia page.

The Cast
We are looking to cast 5 individuals. Every role will be heavily featured in both song and dance. Additionally, we are looking for actors who can also play instruments. In particular, we are looking for guitar, fiddle, and bass. Ideally we are looking for 1-2 Women and 3-4 Men ranging in age and range.

Auditions are April 30 and May 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lantzy Rehearsal Hall in Ebensburg across from Agway. Ring of Fire auditions will consist of singing, dancing and cold reading from the script. We would like 16-32 bars of a prepared song in a country style. We are also looking for actors who can play guitar, fiddle, or bass. If you can play, please come prepared to play a selection. Finally, there will be a cold read from the script. We are looking for honesty, warmth, and soul in everything you do. Please bring your schedules with any conflicts through July 2nd.

Rehearsals will most likely run Sunday-Thursday nights but will be dependent on the conflicts of our particular cast.

We will have a read/sing through shortly after we cast, and rehearsals will begin the week of May 15th. Tech rehearsals will be June 16-19th. Performances run June 20-July 1 with Strike on July 2nd.

3rd Annual Mother/Daughter American Girl Doll & Friends Tea Party

Tea-PartyCresson Lake Playhouse is pleased to announce the date for the 3rd Annual Mother/Daughter American Girl Doll and Friends Tea Party. The popular tea party event will be held on May 13, 2017 at the Noon-Collins Inn at 114 East High Street in Ebensburg. The tea party will once again be held in two sessions: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served, musical entertainment will perform, door prizes will be raffled off and participants will complete a craft. Door prize raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the tea party. Doll clothing/accessory vendors as well as jewelry vendors will also be present. Children are encouraged to bring their American Girl doll or favorite stuffed animal or doll to the tea party. Hair stylists will be available to style their doll’s hair.

Space is very limited. Reservations can be made by calling Cresson Lake Playhouse at 814-472-4333. Payment must be made at the time of the reservation and all sales are final. Costs are $30 for a mother and daughter and $15 for each additional child or adult. All proceeds benefit Cresson Lake Playhouse. All sales are final.


Auditions for “Crimes of the Heart”

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Auditions will be held on April 9 & 10 for “Crimes of the Heart” which will be performed May 25 – June 3.

Plot & History

This touching and hilarious comedy/drama takes place in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to deal with multiple family emergencies.  Lenny, the oldest sister is a “spinster” whose looming birthday reminds her of diminishing marital prospects.  Meg, the middle sister who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast.  Meanwhile Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after being accused of having shot her husband in the stomach.  A memorable movie of this play was made starring Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek.

Here is some Wikipedia info on the play, the playwright, and their many awards.

The Cast (Ages are approximate.)

Lenny Magrath, 30-40, the oldest sister – maternal, frazzled, stressed
Meg Magrath, 27-37, the middle sister – tries to be tough, sultry,  “wild child”
Babe Magrath Botrelle, 24-34, the youngest sister – girly, sweet, ditzy
Chick Boyle, 27-40, the sisters’ first cousin – bossy, snooty, full of her own importance
Doc Porter, 30-40 Meg’s former boyfriend – laid back, charming, friend to all 3 sisters
Barnette Lloyd, 25-30, Babe’s lawyer – eager to help, smart, driven, new at his job


Auditions are April 9 and 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lantzy Rehearsal Hall in Ebensburg across from Agway. We will be reading scenes from the script for auditions.  You can find them below listed by character.

Audition scenes:
Lenny, Meg, Babe, Chick
Babe & Barnett
Meg & Doc


I generally like to rehearse Sunday through Thursday nights, but the calendar will be developed once we know the cast’s conflicts. Although the play is very funny, I see it as a very warm, intimate and real story.  The relationships of the characters are very important – we need to see them and feel them throughout the story. The rehearsal process will support building those relationships as well as the comedy.

Read-through will be soon after casting and most rehearsals will start the week of April 16.  Tech rehearsals will be May 21-24. Performances run May 25-June 3. Strike is June 4.


Cresson Lake Playhouse Announces 2017 Season

Graphic only lowCresson Lake Playhouse is pleased to announce the 2017 season. From drama to comedy to a farce, the season promises to be a crowd pleaser with something for everyone.

The season will open with the junior theatre production of Disney’s Mulan, Jr. Based on Disney’s Oscar-nominated film, the Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous dragon sidekick, Mushu, to save the Emperor! This delightful musical will run from May 4-7.

The first production of the main season is the touching comedy/drama, Crimes of the Heart. The three Magrath sisters have gathered to deal with multiple family emergencies.  Lenny, the oldest sister is unmarried and facing diminishing marital prospects.  Meg, the middle sister quickly outgrew her hometown, but is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast.  Meanwhile Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after being accused of having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles are grave and yet somehow hilarious.  Performances run from May 25 to June 3.

Ring of Fire will explore the barriers broken by Johnny Cash as well as his unmatched legacy with roots in folk, gospel, rock, and country. Ring of Fire gives the music the spotlight as a group of talented actor/musicians celebrate the songs that are such a long-lasting part of the American experience. Performances run from June 20 to July 1.

Sure to enchant the entire family, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, will run from July 25 to August 5. A spoiled prince turned into a beast must find true love if he is ever to return to his human form. Will he be able to find love in time? Will Belle, the beautiful, intelligent girl who found her way to his castle learn to love him?

In the hilarious farce, Cheat Sheets, college professor Willa is having the worst day of her life.  She caught a student cheating, her daughter is dating a punk band singer, and she may be losing her job.  Then her best friend, Louwana, appears to help her save the day.  Their crazy plan dissolves into mistaken identities, slamming doors, cross-dressing, and three matching laundry bags – only one of which contains laundry. Performances run from July 25 to July 30.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, running from October 5 to 14, takes the audience to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity. Nominated for a staggering eleven Tony Awards, it’s a bawdy, gaudy, guilty pleasure with a delightfully jazzy score. This uproarious musical is sophisticated and suave with a good dash of mischief.

Lastly, throughout the season many special events will be occurring from CLP Unplugged events to Comedy Night to a special drama combined with an art show. All details can be found throughout the season at Season subscriptions are on sale now until April 30. Individual tickets go on sale April 10. Subscriptions and tickets can be purchased by calling 814-472-4333 or online at  All sales are final and non-transferable.

Online Theatre Marathon

Hamilton profile picCresson Lake Playhouse is planning a 24-hour online Theatre Marathon March 24-25 to raise money for their upcoming season.


The event will take place through Facebook Live and will kick off with two sessions of Hamiltunes, the latest craze sweeping the nation where participants vie to perform musical numbers from Broadway’s smash hit, “Hamilton.”  Each of the two sessions will play the entire score through beginning to end.

Here are some highlights from Hamiltunes in LA.

Singing slots for Hamiltunes can be reserved for a $5 donation for each slot.  Slots are limited.  First come, first served.

For a singing slot for the All Ages Hamiltunes (Friday, March 24 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.), click here.

For a singing slot for the 21 and over Hamiltunes (Friday, March 24 from 9:00 -12:00 p.m.), click here.

Join in on other activities too

Come on over to participate in a Broadway singalong, play readings from the upcoming season, a stage combat demonstration, theatre games, an acting workshop, and an audition workshop.  The marathon will take place at CLP’s Lantzy Rehearsal Hall in Ebensburg.  Click the Theatre Marathon downloadable schedule link below.

We’ll also post an inside look at a rehearsal for CLP’s Youth Theatre production of “Mulan, Jr.,”

The complete schedule for the Theatre Marathon is below as a downloadable PDF.

Participants will be “tagged” on Facebook and will encourage followers to donate to CLP online. To watch the fun, “Like” Cresson Lake Playhouse on Facebook and tune in anytime from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 26.

Theatre Marathon pdf

CLP Junior: Actor’s Training Workshop

Give the gift of confidence to your child, grandchild, niece or nephew!Audition workshop - boy

Cresson Lake Playhouse is pleased to offer a new youth theatre experience for children and teens called “CLP Junior: Actor’s Training Workshop”. The workshop will focus on all performing aspects of a theatre program: acting, singing, dancing, costuming and performance readiness skills. Professional teaching artists will work with the participants in each session to help them gain confidence in their performing skills and to understand the workings of the theatre process. Participants will then be audition ready for CLP’s youth theatre production, Mulan, Jr. which will be presented to schools May 2 – May 5 at the barn theatre and to the public May 4 – 8 in the same location.  (Participation in this workshop will also decrease the participation fee for Mulan, Jr. from $50 to $25.) Workshops will be held:

  • Saturday, January 21, 2017 
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017
  • Saturday, February 4, 2017
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017

Students currently in grades 3—6 will attend from 10 am—12 pm.

Students currently in grades 7—12 will attend from 1 pm—3 pm.

 Workshop held at Cresson Lake Playhouse’s new rehearsal hall at 427 S. Center St (bottom of Sun Seekers building).

 The workshop fee is $75 per student for all 4 sessions if the reservation is made before January 7, 2017.  $85 per student if the reservation is made after January 7, 2017.

Please reserve early, class sizes are limited.

Call 814-472-4333 for more information and to make reservations.



The Resinski Green Room

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Last chance to donate to the Resinski Green Room!

In conjunction with Bonnie Resinski’s revival of “Silhouettes” in September 2015, Cresson Lake Playhouse is wrapping up a special appeal fund drive to renovate the Green Room at the barn.  All proceeds from “Silhouettes” and from the special appeal campaign will support the renovation project.  Work is now underway and when the project is complete, we will dedicate the “Resinski Green Room” to honor Kenny and Bonnie Resinski for their role in the early success of Cresson Lake Playhouse.

Donations to the Resinski Green Room project are still being accepted and can be made here.

Over the years, CLP has made improvements to the Green Room and Dressing Rooms in the lower level of the barn theatre.  Continue reading

A Cresson Lake Playhouse Christmas

web_clp_xmas_cabaretDecember  2–3  |  Cambria County Courthouse, Ebensburg

As part of Ebensburg’s “Dickens of a Christmas” celebration, CLP will present a program of entertainment guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.  There’s even a carol sing-along with the entire audience.

Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. in a  beautifully restored, historic courtroom at the Cambria County Courthouse.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or by calling 814-472-4333. Leave a message and your call will be returned.

For more information about “Dickens of a Christmas,” click here.



Special Appeal Campaign for Lights & Sound

10978663_937280192957546_1404223077508698022_nWe need your help to raise $10,000 to match a grant from Penelec!  We’re more than halfway to our goal.  Please read the details below and donate.

Sound System

As you probably know, we’ve been having issues with sound at the barn for years. The source of our sound issues has been the microphones which are not only old but also worn out. Last season, we were fortunate enough to borrow some microphones which made a big difference. Unfortunately, that was a one-time-only deal. To fix the problem permanently, we need to purchase new ones. Twenty quality microphones along with their matching transmitters and receivers will cost about $500 each and will provide our audiences with a better experience for years to come.

Lighting System

Many of our lighting instruments are 30+ years old and are in need of replacement for both technical and safety reasons. New LED lighting instruments ($500 each) will be safer and much more energy efficient, reducing our electric bill by as much as $2,500/year. In addition, they will reduce our A/C usage in the summer because LED’s run much cooler than older lighting units. Continue reading