Ordinary Days Auditions

Audition Date

Sunday, April 29, 6:30 pm (If you cannot make this audition date, please contact director, Paul Seymour at paulseymourclp@yahoo.com to make other arrangements)

 Location: Lantzy Rehearsal Hall, Ebensburg, PA

  • You will need to be prepared to provide a list of all conflicts between Monday, April 30 through Sunday, July 1, including weekends.

How to Prepare for the Audition

  • Prepare the musical selection below for the character(s) you are interested in auditioning for

Cast of Characters – 


Claire is in her 30’s and is embarking on a new stage of her life with boyfriend Jason. The decision to share an apartment is the catalyst for Claire to face her past. Her cathartic “I’ll Be Here” provides the audience the final clue to her arc.

Required vocal range: Soprano


Jason is in his 30’s and is the boyfriend of Claire. A romantic at heart, he spends the bulk of the musical attempting to further his relationship, at first by moving in (“The Spaces Between”) and then by proposing. Claire consistently resists his attempts leading to the central conflict of their story arc (“Fine”).

Required vocal range: Tenor


In her mid twenties, Deb is a cynical and defensive grad student who is struggling to find focus in her life. She meets struggling artist Warren when he finds her thesis notes in the street.

Required vocal range: Mezzo


The cheerful and sometimes annoyingly optimistic Warren sees beauty in the simple things in life, delivering the musical’s message and final number (“Beautiful”).

Required vocal range: Tenor

  (Click on the song titles below to see at full size)

CLP Unplugged 2018

Back by popular demand…Cresson Lake Playhouse is pleased to announce CLP Unplugged 2018, an evening of musical entertainment to be offered for three nights only. CLP Unplugged is for the music lover who enjoys many different types of music. Talented area musicians will perform different genres of music which can include but are not limited to rock, classic rock, musicals, country, and jazz.  CLP Unplugged will be held at the Barn theatre at 279 Shapiro Road in Loretto on June 25, July 30 and September 10 at 7:30 pm. Each evening will feature different musical numbers and no performances will be repeated between the two evenings.


Summer Camp for Children: CLP Unplugged Jr.

Calling all children who like to sing!

Join us for an incredible summer camp opportunity at Cresson Lake Playhouse. Children going into grades 4 to 10 in the 2018-2019 school year will work with voice specialists, Josh and Mariah Duman, to explore and prepare vocal performance pieces. The 4-day workshop will culminate in an Unplugged Jr. concert for family and friends to attend and hear the participants perform the selections they prepared. Participants should bring a music selection they would like to work on and the instructors will also provide them with music to prepare.

The camp will run from Tuesday, June 12 to Friday, June 15. There will be two sessions:

Children going into grades 4-6 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Children going into grades 7-10 11:15 am to 1:15 pm

The camp will be held at the Cresson Lake Playhouse Lantzy Rehearsal Hall at 427 S. Center Street in Ebensburg (across from Agway) Tuesday—Thursday and at the Barn Theatre at 279 Shapiro Road in Loretto on Friday. The performance for each group will be held Friday evening on June 15. (Performance time will be given during the week of the camp.)

The material explored during the camp will include the following:

Tuesday—Meet the Teacher and Performance Basics
Wednesday—Music Selection and Vocal Technique
Thursday– Vocal Technique and Song Specific Work
Friday—Getting Performance Ready

The cost of the camp is $75 and registration can be made by calling the Cresson Lake Playhouse office at 814-472-4333.  Space is very limited so call soon to make your reservation. Reservation must be held with payment. All sales are final.

Comedy Night 2017: Adults Only

Friday, October 20  |  Cresson Lake Playhouse will be presenting a night that is sure to tickle the funny bone. The evening is our second Comedy Night: Adults Only.comedy night

Guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser, the first part of the evening’s entertainment is a one-act entitled Parallel Lives. A half-hour, two-woman comedy starring Gina Volpe and Kate Wolf, it was originally created by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney. The play is made up of vignettes poking fun at modern life and the characters we meet every day. Belly laughs are guaranteed!

The second act will feature the area’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. (ADULT THEMES: ADULT LANGUAGE)

Comedy Night will be October 20 at 7:30 pm at the Cresson Lake Barn Theatre at 279 Shapiro Road in Loretto, PA. Tickets are $14 (including all fees) and can be purchased by calling 472-4333 or online 24/7 using the link provided.

Please note: This evening includes adult language and content.


Taking the Fear Out of Auditions

Since becoming Artistic Director at CLP, I’ve had many conversations with people 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”.

In the past an auditionee would have to prepare 16-32 measures of a song and provide music for the accompanist.  This begs the question, “What do I sing?” That can be a tough choice and could send potential actors running for the hills.  Additionally, an auditionee often had to prepare a monologue for the acting portion of the audition.  This provided another very difficult challenge.

To accommodate the inexperienced actor OR a person that simply does not have time to prepare an audition, CLP has made changes.  Now, you can choose to come to an audition without anything prepared.  We will teach you a short part of a song at the beginning of auditions and provide you with a scene or monologue for the acting portion of the audition.  This takes away a lot of fear and misgivings. So, if you have always wanted to try your hand at theater or would like to return to theater after an absence, there is no time like the present.  If you want to try out for a starring role or be the 4th tree in the second act (both of which are equally important to the success of the show), give it a shot!

One of our directors said it very well, “When people come in to audition at CLP, we want them to do well.  We want them to succeed.  This is not a New York City cattle call with hundreds of auditioners where the director is looking to eliminate, eliminate, eliminate.  At Cresson Lake, we want to include, include, include.”

Being involved in theater productions is endlessly beneficial.  It broadens your social circle and helps you tap into the artist in all of us.  Remember, the CLP family wants and needs you to be involved and I promise you, it will change your life!

Paul Seymour
Artistic Director

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

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. If that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother about her “normal” boyfriend. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved Morticia. Everything changes for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s new boyfriend and his parents.

“The Addams Family” is under the direction of Holly Smith with music direction by Valerie Galczynski. Mathew Harris and Hilary Yahner will star as Gomez and Morticia in a cast that also includes Shane Sedlemyer as Uncle Fester, Lisa Lego as Grandma, Kiersten Szcar as Wednesday, Holly Smith as Pugsley, Ed Loscar as Lurch, Michael Shank as Mal Beineke, Kimberly Shank as Alice Beineke, and Ian Brumbaugh as Lucas Beineke. Portraying the ancestors and featured ensemble are Randy Datsko, Rhys Long, Myah Smith, Amanda Loscar, April Gergely, Carson Long, Mariah Myers, Frank and Clarise Noll, Olivia Swan, and Allison Bailey.

“The Addams Family” opened on Broadway in March 2010 starring Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia. It won more than a dozen honors that season including two Tony Awards. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune described the production as “classic, full-tilt, fast paced, old-fashioned musical comedy!” John Simon of Bloomberg News called it “uproarious! A glitzy-gloomy musical entirely worthy of the macabre drawings by Charles Addams.”

Celebrating 40 Years – 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

west-side-storyJuly 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.