Auditions for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Cresson Lake Playhouse is pleased to announce audition dates for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Based on the 1988 film with Michael Caine and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity.  Nominated for a staggering eleven Tony Awards, it’s a bawdy, gaudy, guilty pleasure with a delightfully jazzy score.  This uproarious musical is sophisticated and suave with a good dash of mischief.

At the center of the story are two con men.  Lawrence is an older gentleman, seasoned, experienced, an expert at taking women’s money and leaving them poorer but smiling. Enter Freddy, a young American who’s looking to make a bigger score.  Upon meeting, the two rogues attempt to work together, only to find that this little French town isn’t big enough for both of them.  They agree on a settlement.  The first one to extract $50,000 from a certain heiress wins, and the other must leave town. A riotous battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing and guessing to the very end. Please note: includes adult content and language

Auditions will be held on August 20th and 21st at the Lantzy Rehearsal Hall at 427 S Center St in Ebensburg at 6:30 pm.

Roles include:
Lawrence Jameson:An experienced British con artist who is sophisticated, suave, and elegant. Gender: male Age: 45 to 60

Freddy Benson: A young, clever, aspiring American con artist. He is a sloppy, yet attractive womanizer. Gender: male Age: 25 to 35

Christine Colgate:A seemingly good-natured American heiress vacationing on the French Riviera, who is revealed to be a notorious con artist. Naive and clueless at first, she becomes cunning and mischievous.Gender: female Age: 35 to 45

Andre Thibault: Lawrence’s French assistant. Official and mostly serious, he has a light-hearted nature and a quirky sense of humor.Gender: male Age: 45 to 55

Muriel Eubanks: A wealthy and attractive American socialite from Nebraska, she one of Lawrence’s victims and Andre’s subsequent love interest.Gender: female Age: 50 to 60

Jolene: An American heiress from Oklahoma and the “Princess of Petroleum,” she is very eager, optimistic, and energetic.Gender: female Age: 25 to 35

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All auditioning actors will be taught a brief selection of a song from the show that will be sung as part of the audition. Auditionees may also prepare a musical selection (16-32 measures) of any selection of their choosing.  If they are interested in a specific role, auditionees are encouraged to choose one of the signature songs performed by that character during the show. All actors will also have to do a cold reading from the show.

All auditionees are asked to please bring their calendars. They will be asked to list all rehearsal conflicts ahead of time at auditions. It is vital in casting that the director know of any work conflicts or vacations in advance, so that he can work around them.  There will be occasional weekend rehearsals. Resume and headshots are optional.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels performances will run at the Cresson Lake Playhouse barn theatre October 5 through the 14. Show days are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets for these performances will be $12, $16 or $20 each and can be reserved online or by calling Cresson Lake Playhouse at 814-472-4333.

Comedy Night 2017: Adults Only, Leave the Kids at Home

btickCresson Lake Playhouse will be presenting a night that is sure to tickle the funny bone. The evening is our second Comedy Night: Adults Only, Leave the Kids at Home.comedy night

Guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser, the evening’s entertainment is made up of a one act skit entitled  Parallel Lives. A one-hour, two-woman comedy starring Karen Volpe and Kate Wolf.  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!  (Grown-ups only!)

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 comedy night will be September 16th 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.



Announcing a Drawing for Two Tickets to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Update: Congratulations to Jennifer Plank for winning the two tickets for the July 29 performance  You can pick your tickets up at the box office between 6:30 and 7:30 pm

We have been able to procure two tickets for Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 pm. The waiting list is very long and since these will most likely be the only tickets available for the rest of the show, we wanted everyone to have a chance at getting these tickets.

If you make a $20 donation using this link:… you will be entered into a drawing to win both tickets. The winner of the drawing will be announced Saturday, July 29 at 12:00 pm here on our website and on our Facebook page. Thanks for entering and showing your support of Cresson Lake Playhouse. Good luck!

Prize Winners from Belle of the Ball Tea Party

We wish to thank everyone who participated in Mrs. Pott’s Belle of the Ball Tea Party on Saturday, July 22. It was a wonderful day with great food, fun and fellowship. We would also like to thank the following prize winners from the tea party:

Hannah Thomas – Belle Crocheted Blanket
Brielle Facciani – American Girl Basket
Ashley Lockard – Bakery Stand
Brooke Holby – Mini American Girl Doll, accessories and doll outfit

All winners have been notified and pickup arrangements have been made. Please join us again in 2018 when we host our next tea party!

Auditions for “Cheat Sheets”

cheat-sheets-squareCresson Lake Playhouse is pleased to announce audition dates for Cheat Sheets.  In this hilarious farce, college professor Willa is having the worst day of her life.  She caught a student cheating, her daughter is dating a punk band singer, and she may be losing her job.  Then her best friend, Louwana, shows up to help her save the day.  Their crazy plan dissolves into mistaken identities, slamming doors, cross-dressing, and three matching laundry bags – only one of which contains laundry.

Cheat Sheets author, FJ Hartland, will also be directing the play.  FJ is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced in New York, Miami, Columbus, Wheeling, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.  Some of his greatest successes have been at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival where he has received seven nominations for Best Play winning four times.

Roles will include:

DR. ARTHUR SNELL, assistant professor of English, 40’s
WILLA DRAKE, also an assistant professor of English, 40’s
ELMER (better known as SCAB), college student. Late teens
DEAN ALOYSIUS ROSWELL, college administrator, 50’s
OPHELIA, WILLA’s daughter, a college freshman
LUWANNA YORK, WILLA’s best friend, 40’s

Auditions for Cresson Lake Playhouse’s upcoming production of Cheat Sheets will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, July 18 and 19 at 6:30 p.m. (please note: this is a change from the original audition dates previously published) at the Eleanor Lantzy Rehearsal Hall, 429 S. Center Street in Ebensburg across from Agway.  (At the back of the former Sun Seekers building.)

Each auditionee will be asked to read scenes from the script. Also auditionees are asked to please bring their calendars. They will need 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.

Cheat Sheets performances will run at the Cresson Lake Playhouse August 31 – September 9. Show days are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets for these performances will be $12, $16 or $20 each and can be reserved online here or by calling Cresson Lake Playhouse at 814-472-4333.

CLP Unplugged 2017

Click Here to Buy Tickets to CLP Unplugged July 31
Click Here to Buy Tickets to CLP Unplugged September 11

By popular demand, CLP Unplugged is back for its 3rd Unplugged logoseason!

The past two years of CLP Unplugged were very, very popular.  Our audiences were impressed by the level of talent on display.

On Monday, June 26, July 31 and September 11 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.  Musical selections range from jazz to country to the blues to both early and late rock and roll. Both the line-up and the talent are always impressive.

Tickets are only $12 (including fees) and go fast for these one-night-only performances. Tickets for all three shows can also be purchased at a bargain price of $30 by clicking this link.

Don’t forget to purchase early to save your seat for these one-night only popular performances!

Auditions for “Ring of Fire”

Auditions will be held on April 30 & May 1 for “Ring of Fire” which will be performed June 20– July 1.

Plot & History
The musical is made up of some of the most famous songs from the Johnny Cash songbook. The plot roughly follows Johnny’s biography from his origins as a “Country Boy” to becoming the “Man in Black”. The show uses the music of Cash to explore some of the pivotal moments in his life. While there is some dialogue, the show is mostly songs. The show includes memorable Cash songs including “My Name is Sue”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Daddy Sang Bass”, and of course, “Ring of Fire”. The Original Broadway Cast was larger, but this smaller 5-person version is more intimate. You can find more details about the show at the Wikipedia page. Continue reading