“Spelling Bee” auditions

spelling-bee (3)Auditions – August 23 & 25, 6:30 p.m.
Performances – October 8 – 17

Director – Kevin Bean
Music Director – Janelle Parker
Choreographer – Molly Riva

A hilarious, Tony Award-winning musical follows six over-achieving and awkward adolescents on their quest for the spelling championship of Putnam Valley Middle School.  Overseen by three equally quirky adults, the eccentric group of outsiders learns that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

This tuneful, clever and, heartwarming coming-of-age tale invites volunteers from the audience to participate in each performance ensuring new and unexpected comedy every night.  The Wall Street Journal raved “Putnam County is that rarity of rarities, a super smart show that is also a bona fide crowd-pleaser.”

For a detailed synopsis of the show and a list of roles, click here.

 Audition Info

 Auditions for Cresson Lake Playhouse’s upcoming production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be held Sunday and Tuesday, August 23 and 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Cambria Dance Academy, 427 S. Center Street in Ebensburg.  (Look for the pink door.)  Please note change of location.

Each auditionee will be asked to sing 16-32 bars (approximately 30 to 60 seconds) of a prepared song selection of their choosing.  Bring piano music for the accompanist. No a capella auditions, but karaoke/backing tracks are okay.

There will also be a dance audition along with reading scenes from the script.

PLEASE BRING YOUR CALENDAR! You will be asked to list all rehearsal conflicts ahead of time at auditions. It is vital in casting that we know of any work conflicts or vacations in advance, so that we can work around them.  Resume and headshots are optional.

Spelling Bee performances will run at the Cresson Lake Playhouse October 8 – 17. Show days are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Little Shop of Horrors

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Come join the fun at Cresson Lake Playhouse with Little Shop of Horrors. This affectionate spoof of 1950’s sci-fi movies blends doo-wop, rock, and Motown in a score by the songwriting team who penned Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.

Join this talented cast as an out of control plant, hungry for human blood goes from wowing the patrons of Mr. Mushnik’s florist shop to feeding on them! The cast includes Josh Duman as Seymour Krelborn, a down and out Skid Row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for blood; his boss, Mr. Mushnik played by Rich Volpe; his love interest, Audrey played by Mariah Seymour; street urchins, Chiffon, Crystal, Dixie, Ronette, Shirelle and Taffeta; the plant voice and plant puppeteer; and a small ensemble.


Little Shop of Horrors performances will run at the Cresson Lake Playhouse July 21-25 and July 28-August 1 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, July 26 at 2:00 pm. Tickets for these performances will be $10, $14 or $18 each and can be reserved online at www.cressonlake.com or by calling Cresson Lake Playhouse at 814-472-4333.


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Kidz Rule: CLP Talent Show

kidz ruleThe staff, administration and patrons of Cresson Lake Playhouse are continually amazed at the incredible talent shown by the young people in our local communities. We love to cultivate and highlight this talent as much as possible. To that end, CLP is offering a new performing opportunity to children ages 8-14 in the form of a talent show. Young actors, singers, instrumental musicians and dancers are invited to perform at this incredible evening of talent called Kidz Rule.

Kidz Rule will be broken up into two performances. Fifteen talented youth will perform a musical number, dance routine or acting monologue of their choice in each talent show. As a result, the two performances offers a performing opportunity to 30 talented children.

The first performance will be held August 13 at 7:00 pm with a rehearsal on August 12 at 6:00 pm. The second performance will be August 15 at 7:00 pm with a rehearsal on August 14 at 6:00 pm. Participants will be expected to sell 10 tickets to their scheduled performance.

Slots will fill quickly and performance opportunities will be given to the first 30 respondents. Call 814-472-4333 to register your child for this unique opportunity. Please be prepared to give their name, address, preference of performance date and type of talent to be performed when registering. Any inquiries can be directed to the CLP office at 814-472-4333 or the CLP e-mail at cressonlakeplayhouse@verizon.net.

The Resinski Green Room

barn drawingIn conjunction with Bonnie Resinski’s revival of “Silhouettes,” Cresson Lake Playhouse is undertaking a special appeal fund drive to renovate the Green Room at the barn.  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.

Tickets for “Silhouettes” on September 10 and 11 are available here.  Donations to the Resinski Green Room project 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

The New Cresson Lake Playhouse

February 1, 2015 | What’s new at The New Cresson Lake Playhouse?  That’s a good question.

The Season

According to Paul Seymour, Artistic Director, “We have great shows and great directors lined up for our 2015 season.  I am very excited because these are all experienced directors who will draw talented actors and musicians of all ages from across the region.”

Claire Houser is directing You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown in May.  Jonathan O’Harrow will direct Smokey Joe’s Café in June.  Kate Kale Wolf is directing Little Shop of Horrors (with Seymour as Music Director) in July.  Julie Fether is returning to CLP to direct The Nerd in August.  Devon Hayostek will direct The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in October.

10978663_937280192957546_1404223077508698022_nIn addition, CLP is starting off the 2015 season with a bang in April with a Kick-off Cabaret, a Broadway review for two nights only with great singers from across the area.  The children’s theatre production is Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. in April directed by Holly Smith.  Another special event is Continue reading