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.  Arrive early to hear Christmas carols in the courthouse rotunda.

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

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



Zombie Prom


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October 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.


Doubt webSeptember 1-10 | In this brilliant and powerful drama set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964, Sister Aloysius, a conservative and strict school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the progressive and well-liked Father Flynn of an improper relationship with one of the students.

This intense play raises questions about moral certainty but also includes surprising laughs in unexpected places. In the end, the audience must examine their own faith and their own doubts to decide what is true. We guarantee an interesting conversation for the drive home.

“Doubt” won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as the Tony Award for Best Play. A 2008 film version starred Meryl Streep, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Viola Davis, and Amy Adams, all four of whom were nominated for Oscars for their roles.

CLP’s version includes Steve Guice as Father Flynn, Kate Kale Wolf as Sister Aloysius, Megan Marcaurelle-Jones as Sister James, and Jara Dorsey-Lash as Mrs. Muller.

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph webJuly 26 – August 6  | One of the most enduring musicals of all time, “Joseph” is based on the Bible story of a boy blessed with prophetic dreams, his jealous brothers, famine, forgiveness, and reconciliation. This is the familiar tale of the favorite son of Jacob whose envious brothers sell him into slavery. Landing in prison in Egypt, Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams leads him to the right hand of the pharaoh. There he saves Egypt from famine and in the end saves his family as well.

The first collaboration of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice (Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar), this magical and beloved musical blends country-western, pop, calypso, and rock and roll in an uplifting, technicolored story of biblical proportions.

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My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra

My Way webJune 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.” Echoes of Sinatra’s music can be heard today in songs recorded by Michael Bublé, Jamie Cullum, Diana Krall, and Amy Winehouse.

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.

The Spitfire Grill

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May 26- June 4  | When a young girl with a past arrives in a small town with no future, everything changes in Gilead, Wisconsin. Looking for a fresh start, recently paroled Percy Talbott takes a job working at the Spitfire Grill, a diner on its last legs. In a final effort to keep the Spitfire from shutting down, the owner decides to raffle it off. As the sale date looms, Percy realizes that she has finally found the home she’s always longed for at the Spitfire Grill. Will Percy get her second chance? Will the Spitfire Grill?

The New York Times called it “a soul-satisfying new musical, the songs are shiny with tunefulness, hope, and all-American inflections of country and folk.” USA Today described the show as “an abundance of warmth, spirit, and goodwill.”


Dr. Dolittle Jr. (Youth Theatre)

Doolittle webMay 2-8  |  This heart-warming family musical re-tells the classic tale of a wacky but kind doctor who can talk to the animals, taking the audience on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-On-The-Marsh to the far corners of the world.  All of the characters we’ve come to love through the stories of Hugh Lofting and the magical 1967 movie musical starring Rex Harrison (as well as the 1998 Eddie Murphy re-make) are given new life in this buoyant stage version.

When Doctor Dolittle attempts to help a seal named Sophie, he’s wrongly accused of murder and stands trial.  Once pronounced innocent, Dolittle is free to continue with his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail – the oldest and wisest of all the creatures on the earth.

A Cresson Lake Playhouse Christmas

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December 4 – 5  |  Cambria County Courthouse, Ebensburg

As part of Ebensburg’s “Dickens of a Christmas” celebration, Cresson Lake will present a variety show featuring skits, music, dance, and a reading of “Twas The Night Before Christmas.”  We’re also including a sing-along of carols with the entire audience.

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


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

spelling-bee (3)October 8 – 17 | 


A hilarious, Tony Award-winning musical follows six over-achieving and awkward adolescents on their quest for the spelling championship of Putnam Valley Middle School.  Overseen by three equally quirky adults, the eccentric group of outsiders learns that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

This tuneful, clever and, heartwarming coming-of-age tale invites volunteers from the audience to participate in each performance ensuring new and unexpected comedy every night.  The Wall Street Journal raved “Putnam County is that rarity of rarities, a super smart show that is also a bona fide crowd-pleaser.”

(Contains adult language.)




SilhouettesSeptember 11 & 12 | A remarkable one-woman show.  CLP’s first costumer, Bonnie Resinski, uses simple fabric pieces to transform herself into a show-and-tell history of women’s fashion from 1890 to 1980.  This extraordinary production was conceived, written, and performed by Bonnie thirty years ago and is returning to the Cresson Lake stage for two nights only.  This special event includes pre-show desserts by Chefs Julie Fether and Al Pelliccioni at 7:30 p.m. with the performance beginning at 8:00.

All proceeds will benefit the “Resinski Greenroom” project to renovate the dressing rooms and greenroom downstairs at the barn for the actors and technicians who bring CLP’s performances to life.