Taking the Fear Out of Auditions

Last summer I had the privilege of music directing Little Shop of Horrors at CLP.  During the run of the show I had many conversations with patrons who expressed interest in auditioning for a show.  Some had done theater in the past but had fallen away from it and others had never tried it before.  I asked them what was holding them back and the answers were interesting and illuminating.  Many people questioned their talents and abilities while others were afraid of the audition, saying things like, “I don’t know what I would sing or what scene I would read.”

This is understandable.  Auditions CAN be intimidating, but they don’t have to be.  We have changed the format of our auditions at CLP so that they are less frightening and more “user friendly”.

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2016 Season Opener Announced: Comedy Night – Adults Only, Leave the Kids at Home

comedy night Cresson Lake Playhouse is starting off the 2016 season with a night that is sure to tickle the funny bone. CLP will open the barn with an evening entitled Comedy Night: Adults Only, Leave the Kids at Home.

Guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser, the evening’s entertainment is made up of songs and sketches that are not exactly G rated including musical numbers from A Chorus Line, The Full Monty, Chicago, and Avenue Q. The performers include returning CLP alumni, Jonathan O’HarrowJoe Caroff, Davey Beyer, and the Volpe sisters – Rachel, Emily, and Gina – among others. The final number in Act 1 will be Anne Crusan returning to CLP after 30 years to perform “When You’re Good to Mama” from Chicago. Jonathan O’Harrow, last season’s director of Smokey Joe’s Café and Altoona Community Theatre’s very own Shrek, will host the evening as Master of Ceremonies.

The second act will feature Altoona’s premiere comedy improvisation group, Rail City Improv. A phenomenally funny group, they’ve opened for well known comedians including Last Comic Standing finalist Rocky LaPorte, Mark Eddie, Aaron Kleiber, and Drew Lynch, the stuttering comedian, of America’s Got Talent.  The talented and creative group creates comedy on the spot based on suggestions from the audience.

The one-time only performance will be held May 14th at 7:30 pm at the Barn theatre located at 279 Shapiro Road in Loretto. Tickets are $14 (including all fees) and can be purchased by calling 472-4333 or online 24/7.

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Auditions for “My Way: A Salute to Frank Sinatra”

My Way audition logo from SamHelp us spread the word! Audition and character details below!

Auditions – May 2 & 3, 6:30 p.m.
Change of location – Auditions for “My Way” will be held at Ebensburg’s First United Methodist Church at 100 E. Highland Avenue, Ebensburg.
Performances – June 21 through July 2
Director – Sam Wagner
Music Director – Mariah Seymour
Choreographer – Emily Volpe

Frank Sinatra is the voice for all generations. His showmanship and artistry have remained unmatched since the 1930’s. Today, he continues to gain popularity for his classic sound and signature style. It’s only fitting that we join the global celebration in honor of his 100th birthday. Continue reading

2nd Annual Mother/Daughter American Girl Doll and Friends Tea Party

Cresson Lake Playhouse is thrilled to announce the date for the 2nd Annual Mother/Daughter American Girl Doll and Friends Tea Party. The popular tea party event will be held on May 14, 2016 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.

“Meet the Directors” on March 13

On Sunday afternoon, March 13 at 1:00 p.m., CLP is hosting “Meet the Directors” at the newly remodeled Lantzy Rehearsal Hall at 427 S. Center Street in Ebensburg (across from Agway).  All of our directors will be in attendance to talk about their productions and what they’re looking for in a cast.

Our music directors, stage managers, and choreographer will be there too.  There will be time to talk with them one-on-one.

We’ll also demonstrate some auditions do’s and don’ts.

The Season

We have some great plays and directors lined up for 2016. Claire Houser is directing our Youth Theatre production of “Dr. Dolittle Jr.” in early May.  Next up is “The Spitfire Grill” directed by Steve Guice.  Sam Wagner will be directing “My Way” to be presented in June.  Paul Seymour is slated to direct “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in July.  Eric Wolf is directing “Doubt” which goes up in September.  Our October production, “Zombie Prom,” will be directed by Holly Smith.  You can find more information on these plays by clicking the links on the left.

Audition dates are already scheduled for the entire season and are listed on our website.

Audition Invitation

Hello. As Cresson Lake Playhouse Artistic Director, I want to invite you to audition this season.

The Season

We have some great plays and directors lined up for 2016. Claire Houser is directing our Youth Theatre production of “Dr. Dolittle Jr.” in early May.  Next up is “The Spitfire Grill” directed by Steve Guice.  Sam Wagner will be directing “My Way” to be presented in June.  I’m slated to direct “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in July.  Eric Wolf is directing “Doubt” which goes up in September.  Our October production, “Zombie Prom,” will be directed by Holly Smith.  You can find more information on these plays by clicking the links on the left.

Time Commitment

Everyone is very busy these days. So I wanted to give you a little background on the time commitment for a CLP production. Continue reading

2016 Season

Dear Theatre-goer,

I hope you got out to CLP in 2015 to see some of our shows.  We received very positive audience feedback for You’re a Good Man, Charlie BrownSmokey Joe’s Café; Little Shop of Horrors; The Nerd; and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Our audiences also like our added attractions like CLP Unplugged.

10978663_937280192957546_1404223077508698022_nWe have another great selection of shows coming up for 2016 – The Spitfire Grill (a new musical), My Way (a musical tribute to Frank Sinatra), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (a family favorite), and Doubt (an amazing drama).  You can read more about them by clicking the links on the left.

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The Resinski Green Room

barn drawingIn conjunction with Bonnie Resinski’s revival of “Silhouettes” in September 2015, Cresson Lake Playhouse is undertaking 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.  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