Auditions for “Doubt”

Doubt webAuditions for the Pulitzer-prize winning play, “Doubt,” will be held for one-night-only on Sunday, July 17, 6:30 p.m. at Cresson Lake Playhouse’s Lantzy Rehearsal Hall at 427 S. Center Street in Ebensburg (across from Agway).  Watch for the CLP sign.  (If you are absolutely unavailable on July 17, please call CLP at 472-4333 and leave a message.  We will try to work something out with you.)

Background for the play and a plot synopsis can be found through this Wikipedia link.  While the 2004 play is somewhat different from the 2008 film, it is worth noting that all four actors in the movie version – Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Viola Davis, and Amy Adams – were nominated for Oscars.  These are great roles for actors.

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Unplugged 2016

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By popular demand, CLP Unplugged is back!

Last year’s CLP Unplugged was very, very popular.  Our audiences were impressed by the level of talent on display.

On Monday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m., we will host another evening of entertainment for area music lovers at the barn theatre at 279 Shapiro Road in Loretto.  As you can see below, we have a line-up of talented musicians from across the region.  Musical selections range from Frank Sinatra to Umphrey’s McGee to Prince.

Soloists will include Joe Caroff, James Parker, Davey Beyer, Rich Volpe, Sam Caplea, Claire Houser, Brynne Nagy, Scott Getz, and John Charney.  Duets, trios, and more include Jordan Miller & Jake Herbster; Mike Hale & Gabe Seymour; Joe Caroff, Davey Beyer, and Sam Caplea; Megan & Cody Jones; Mikayla Hazy & Brynne Nagy; Stephanie Reese & Company.

Tickets are only $12 (including fees) and are going fast for this one-night-only performance.  We strongly suggest that you click the link to “Buy Tickets Now” online 24/7 and print your tickets at home to avoid waiting in line at the box office that night.  Of course, you can also call CLP at (814) 472-4333 to order tickets.

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My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra!

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June 21 – July 2  | Featuring more than fifty Frank Sinatra songs, this musical revue will take you from his early beginnings as a crooner in 1940’s New York, to the bright lights of 1960’s Las Vegas with the Rat Pack, to his final performances in the 1990’s as the “Chairman of the Board.”

We’ve got four amazing singers to perform for you from Frank’s songbook.  Pictured below are Tony Malvoisin and Julie Hanlon (front row), Kelly Devitt and Rick Herbster (back row).

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Unlike many homage musicals that attempt to recreate the life of a person, this revue features two dynamic couples in a classy tribute to Frank’s style and to some of the most beautiful songs of the 20th century. “My Way” is a celebration just as Ol’ Blue Eyes would have wanted it – a few stories, a few drinks, and plenty of knockout tunes.

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“The Spitfire Grill”


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Cresson Lake Playhouse is pleased to announce the opening of The Spitfire Grill.  In this wonspitfire percy cookingderfully uplifting musical, a feisty parolee named Percy Talbott, follows her dreams based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin. There she finds a place for herself working at crusty Hannah Ferguson’s Spitfire Grill. It’s for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why they want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full, the town is turned upside down and things are definitely cooking at the Spitfire Grill.

The Spitfire Grill is directed by Steven Michael Guice and music directed by Paul Seymour. The cast includes Gabbi Lechak as Percy Talbott, Cspitfire ad with hannayLP Alum Wendy Stewart as crusty Hannah Ferguson, Altoona native Jordan Miller as Sheriff Joe Sutter, CLP’s Artistic Manager, Claire Houser, as busybody Effy Krayneck, and Scott Getz and Megan Jones as Caleb and Shelby Thorpe. Enjoy these strong performers as they bring to life this highly acclaimed, soul satisfying musical.

Performances for the general public will be held May 26-28, May 31 and June 1-4 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 29 at 2:00 pm. Tickets for these performances will be $12, $16 or $20 each (including all fees) and can be purchased online or by calling Cresson Lake Playhouse at 814-472-4333.

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Auditions for “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

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Regular Auditions: June 5 & 6 @ 6:30 pm to be held at Cambria Dance Academy (427 S. Center Street, Ebensburg, PA 15931, below and behind Sunseekers – across the parking lot from the CLP Lantzy Rehearsal Hall: USE THE PINK DOOR)

Children’s Chorus Auditions: We are having separate auditions for the Children’s Chorus.  Click this link for more info.

Performances – July 26 – August 6
Director – Paul Seymour
Music Director – Paul Seymour (Tom Nagy will be music directing our Youth Choir)
Choreographer – Emily Volpe
Stage Manager – Claire Houser

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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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CLP Comedy Night – Grownups Only, Leave the Kids at Home

comedy night Cresson Lake Playhouse is kicking off the 2016 season with a night that is sure to tickle your funny bone – Comedy Night: Grownups 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 LineChicago, 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.

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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

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