Director Seminar

Hone your directing skills.

Expand your knowledge base.

Network with like-minded adults.

Who, What, When, Where, How Much

  • Facilitators – F.J. Hartland & Nathan Magee
  • Three Saturday sessions – February 21, March 7, 14
  • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • First Christian Church, 405 W. High Street, Ebensburg
  • Participation fee – $75
  • Call 814-472-4333 to reserve your slot.


  • Selecting & Analyzing a Play
  • Collaborating with Designers, Musicians, etc.
  • Auditions & Casting
  • Rehearsal Techniques – Coaching Your Actors
  • Blocking & Movement


  • Nathan Magee is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Mount Aloysius College. Nathan earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Emporia State University and his Master of Fine Arts Degree at Wayne State University.
  • F.J. Hartland is a Visiting Instructor of Theatre at Saint Francis University. He earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Playwriting at Carnegie-Mellon University.  F.J.’s plays have made a record-setting fourteen appearances in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, winning four times.

Putting It Together: An Audition Workshop for Children and Teens

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The Audition Workshops are sold out!  If you would like to be added to the waiting list, call 472-4333 and leave a message.

Cresson Lake Playhouse is offering an audition workshop for Children and Teens called “Putting It Together.”  The workshop will focus on acting, dancing, singing 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 and the audition process.  The teachers include Kate Wolf (acting), Emily Volpe (dance), Paul Seymour (singing), and Karen Volpe (auditioning).

girl (2)The workshop will be held on four consecutive Saturdays: January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 2015.  The morning workshop will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and will include grades 3-7.  The afternoon workshop will run from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and will include grades 8-12.  Both workshop sessions will be held at the Cresson Lake Playhouse Rehearsal Hall at 526 W. Ogle Street in Ebensburg.  Cost of the workshop will be $65 per student if reservations are made on or before January 7, 2015.  After January 7, the workshop fee will increase to $75.  Class sizes are limited so reserve your spot early.

Gift certificates are available to give the workshop as a Christmas or birthday gift.  Participation in “Putting It Together” would be a great way to give your child, grandchild, niece or nephew the Gift of Confidence.

It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play

December 5 & 6 | Back during the golden age of radio, families would gather around and listen to actors performing the latest books and movies relying only on their voices and a few sound effects tools to mesmerize listeners from coast to coast.  Step back in time to the 1940’s at the Cambria County Courthouse and become the live studio audience for a radio broadcast of this American holiday favorite performed by a small ensemble portraying more than a dozen characters.  True to Frank Capra’s cinema classic, everyman George Bailey must learn that “no man is a failure who has friends” (and a little divine intervention).

Performances – December 5 & 6 (Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m.) at the Cambria County Courthouse, 200 S. Center Street in Ebensburg.

No reservations necessary.  General admission tickets will be available at the door for $18 for adults and $12 for children under 18.  Arrive a little early for the best seats.

For more information, call (814) 472-4333.

The Addams Family

October 17-26 | “The Addams Family,” a musical based on the bizarre and beloved characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will be presented at Cresson Lake Playhouse October 17-26 just in time for Halloween.

Performances – October 17-26 (Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m.)
Ticket prices – $18 for adults and $12 for students under 18.
To purchase tickets, call the Cresson Lake Playhouse box office 814-472-4333.

The musical features all of the well-known characters from the TV series and the movies, but it’s an all-new story dramatizing every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and secretly fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Continue reading

2014 Hall Of Fame Inductees at Cresson Lake Playhouse


Jacqueline Barber

Rachel Volpe Wagner

The Cresson Lake Playhouse Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding individuals whose commitment and contribution to the arts positively impact the artistic culture of CLP. This year, we recognize Jacqueline Barber and Rachel Wagner, both of whom have devoted significant time, talent and energy to CLP productions and continue to make outstanding contributions to the success of CLP, thus exemplifying our mission to honor, preserve and promote the arts. Continue reading

I Remember Mama and More

August 28 – September 6 | Cresson Lake celebrates its 40th anniversary with I Remember Mama and More….40 Years at Cresson Lake Playhouse.  The musical review, created by new Artistic Director Paul Seymour, includes songs from many of the signature shows performed at the playhouse during the past 40 years.

CLP pays tribute to Founder Eleanor Lantzy’s vision to bring theatre to the central Pennsylvania region with I Remember Mama and More featuring a cast of 17 talented musicians from across the region.

Performance Dates: August 28, 29, 30, 31 September 4, 5, 6, 2014

West Side Story

July 24 – August 9 |  The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to New York City in the mid-1950’s as two idealistic young lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of its time.

Disney’s Camp Rock

June 19 – July 4 | This musical is the stage adaptation of the “Camp Rock” movies that premiered on the Disney Channel, featuring songs and characters from the 2008 and 2010 movies and a story based on “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.” Audience members will be transported to summer camp at Camp Rock – the ultimate camp for aspiring musicians.  “Family members of all ages will enjoy the feel-good, high energy, fast-paced Disney production that’s like a rock show!” says director Molly Riva of Altoona.  “There is a song every two minutes and the music is really contagious, so the audience is certain to have a great time.” There are over a dozen songs featured in the show including “This Is Me,” “Can’t Back Down,” “It’s On,” and “We Rock.”

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