Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

WEB_dirty_rotten_scoundrelsOctober 5-14 | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the 1988 film with Michael Caine and Steve Martin, 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.

Cheat Sheets

cheat-sheetsAugust 21 – September 9  |  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.

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast

web_beauty_and_the_beastJuly 25 – August 5  |  This “tale as old as time” is the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village.  When her father is imprisoned in a mysterious castle, Belle’s attempt to rescue him leads to her capture by the Beast, a fearsome monster who was long ago trapped in his gruesome form by an enchantress.  The only way for the Beast to become human once again is if he learns to love and be loved in return.  The Beast’s enchanted household — Lumiére, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip — watch anxiously as Belle and the Beast befriend one another.  Their feelings grow ever deeper.  But will they confess their love for one another before it is too late?

Songs include Mrs. Potts singing “Beauty & The Beast” and the entire cast performing “Be Our Guest.”

Ring of Fire

ring-of-fireJune 20 – July 1  |  Johnny Cash broke barriers and left an unmatched legacy with roots in folk, gospel, rock, and country.  From the opening chords of vintage country to Rockabilly and rock n’ roll, from searing ballads to gentle songs of love and deep faith, his music provides a rich fabric on which to lay down his story.  The great bio-pic film, Walk the Line, told the story of the events of Cash’s life and his incredible struggles and triumphs.  Taking a different tack, Ring of Fire gives the music the spotlight as a group of talented actor/musicians celebrate the songs that are such an enduring part of the American experience.

With more than 30 classic songs creating a rousing portrait of home and family, love and loss, faith and redemption, Ring of Fire lifts your heart and stirs your soul.

Crimes of the Heart

web_print_crimes_of_the_heartMay 25 – June 3  | This touching and uproarious comedy/drama takes place in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to deal with multiple family emergencies.  Lenny, the oldest sister is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects.  Meg, the middle sister who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast.  Meanwhile Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after being accused of having shot her husband in the stomach.

Their troubles are grave and yet somehow laughable.  In the end, the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future—but the telling is so touching and consistently comical that it will linger in your mind long after the show is over.

Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek played the three sisters in the hilarious 1986 movie.

Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek played the three sisters in the hilarious 1986 movie.

Disney’s Mulan Jr

web_mulan_jr May 2–7  |  Based on Disney’s Oscar-nominated film, Mulan Jr. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor, and the fighting spirit.

The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous dragon sidekick, Mushu, to save the Emperor!  Defying the village matchmaker, Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army.  As the great battle with the Huns approaches, Mulan must choose between revealing her true identity as a girl or saving all of China with her clever plan.

With hit songs and a story packed with action, humor, and heart, Disney’s Mulan Jr. brings ancient China to life with a modern sensibility.

The Resinski Green Room

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Last chance to donate to the Resinski Green Room!

In conjunction with Bonnie Resinski’s revival of “Silhouettes” in September 2015, Cresson Lake Playhouse is wrapping up a special appeal fund drive to renovate the Green Room at the barn.  All proceeds from “Silhouettes” and from the special appeal campaign will support the renovation project.  Work is now underway and 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.

Donations to the Resinski Green Room project are still being accepted and 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

A Cresson Lake Playhouse Christmas

web_clp_xmas_cabaretDecember  2–3  |  Cambria County Courthouse, Ebensburg

As part of Ebensburg’s “Dickens of a Christmas” celebration, CLP will present a program of entertainment guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.  There’s even a carol sing-along with the entire audience.

Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. in a  beautifully restored, historic courtroom at the Cambria County Courthouse.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or by calling 814-472-4333. Leave a message and your call will be returned.

For more information about “Dickens of a Christmas,” click here.

 

 

Special Appeal Campaign for Lights & Sound

10978663_937280192957546_1404223077508698022_nWe need your help to raise $10,000 to match a grant from Penelec!  We’re more than halfway to our goal.  Please read the details below and donate.

Sound System

As you probably know, we’ve been having issues with sound at the barn for years. The source of our sound issues has been the microphones which are not only old but also worn out. Last season, we were fortunate enough to borrow some microphones which made a big difference. Unfortunately, that was a one-time-only deal. To fix the problem permanently, we need to purchase new ones. Twenty quality microphones along with their matching transmitters and receivers will cost about $500 each and will provide our audiences with a better experience for years to come.

Lighting System

Many of our lighting instruments are 30+ years old and are in need of replacement for both technical and safety reasons. New LED lighting instruments ($500 each) will be safer and much more energy efficient, reducing our electric bill by as much as $2,500/year. In addition, they will reduce our A/C usage in the summer because LED’s run much cooler than older lighting units. Continue reading

Zombie Prom

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Zombie Prom webOctober 6-15  | This girl loves ghoul, rock and roll, Off Broadway musical is set in the atomic 1950’s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and Jonny charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee’s heart. He still wants to graduate, but most of all he wants to take Toffee to the prom. The principal orders Jonny to drop dead while a scandal reporter seizes on him as the freak du jour. History comes to the rescue while a tuneful selection of original songs in the style of hits from the 50’s keeps the action rocking across the stage.