Ring of Fire

ring-of-fireJune 20 – July 1, 2017 | 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, 2017  | 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.

Disney’s Mulan Jr

web_mulan_jrMay 2–7, 2017  |  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.

A Cresson Lake Playhouse Christmas

web_clp_xmas_cabaretDecember  2–3, 2016  |  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.