Final 2016 CLP Unplugged

Unplugged logo On Monday, September 12 at 7:30 pm, we will present the third and final CLP Unplugged event of the year at the barn theatre at 279 Shapiro Road in Loretto. The ever-popular Unplugged concert series features a variety of musicians performing different songs and styles of music. No performance is duplicated on any of the evenings.

The line-up for Monday includes a band, a string and keyboard group, several duets, and many solo performances.  Music genres include country, pop, jazz, Broadway, and classic rock and roll.  Performers include locals such as the crowd-pleasing Ride the Song, La Bella Musica (a string and keyboard group), Rebecca Culp, Cristin Caroff, Jordan Miller, Kim Hester, Kevin Bean, Devon Seymour, Reagan Hajjar, Kate Wolf, Rick & Ellie Herbster, Claire & Cecilia Houser, Steph Reese, Kelly Devett, Bruce Standley, Julie Hanlon, Scott Getz, Mariah Duman, and a trio made up of Joe Caroff, Davey Beyer, and Dani Vella.  Many of these performers are CLP audience and local favorites returning to the barn stage. This promises to provide all music lovers with a great evening of musical entertainment.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased either at the door by calling 472-4333 or online 24/7 by clicking this link. Seating is limited so reserve your seats early. All sales are final.

Musicians Wanted!

Unplugged logoBy popular demand, CLP Unplugged is back!  Last year’s CLP Unplugged was very, very popular.  Our audiences were impressed by the level of talent on display by musicians from across the region.

We have just one Unplugged performances left on September 12, and there are a few open slots left to fill.  If you’d like to be on stage singing or playing an instrument for one of those performances, just phone Artistic Director Paul Seymour at (814) 242-3953.  (Many Unplugged musicians have never performed on the CLP stage before.)

Auditions for “Zombie Prom”

Zombie Prom webThis girl loves ghoul, rock and roll, Off Broadway musical is set in the 1950’s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. High school 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. This fun and zany musical is filled with a tuneful selection of original songs in the style of hits from the 50’s which keeps the action rocking across the stage.

The show requires a cast of 5 males, and 5 females and a small ensemble. The majority of the cast and ensemble will be part of the high school student body with one older female role as the principal and one older male role as the reporter. For more information about the roles, click here.

Auditions for Zombie Prom will be held Sunday and Monday, August 21 and 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the CLP Lanzy Rehearsal Hall (429 S. Center Street, Ebensburg, PA 15931, below and behind Sunseekers). Continue reading

The Wonder of Words: An Evening with Jennifer Haigh and FJ Hartland

Join us on August 19 at 7:30 pm at CLP’s Barn theatre for a new and very exciting event, The Wonder of Words: An Evening with Jennifer Haigh and FJ Hartland. The evening will include readings by celebrated author, Jennifer Haigh and noted playwright, FJ Hartland followed by a question and answer session with each. Prior to the 7:30 opening time, all patrons will be treated to an outdoor reception with light refreshments where they will be able to meet Ms. Haigh and Mr. Hartland. Jennifer will read from her highly acclaimed latest novel, HEAT AND LIGHT and FJ will read from his celebrated play, POSTCARDS FROM A DEAD DOG. Signed books will also be available for purchase. Continue reading

Unplugged 2016

Unplugged logoBy popular demand, CLP Unplugged is back!

Last year’s CLP Unplugged was very, very popular.  Our audiences were impressed by the level of talent on display.

On Monday, June 27 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.  As you can see below, we have a line-up of talented musicians from across the region.

Musical selections range from Frank Sinatra to Umphrey’s McGee to Broadway musicals to Prince.  A complete list is below. Continue reading

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My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra!

June 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.”

We’ve got four amazing singers to perform for you from Frank’s songbook.  Pictured below are Tony Malvoisin and Julie Hanlon (front row), Kelly Devitt and Rick Herbster (back row).


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”

Cresson Lake Playhouse is pleased to announce the opening of The Spitfire Grill.  In this wonspitfire percy cookingderfully uplifting musical, a feisty parolee named Percy Talbott, follows her dreams based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin. There she finds a place for herself working at crusty Hannah Ferguson’s Spitfire Grill. It’s for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why they want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full, the town is turned upside down and things are definitely cooking at the Spitfire Grill.

The Spitfire Grill is directed by Steven Michael Guice and music directed by Paul Seymour. The cast includes Gabbi Lechak as Percy Talbott, Cspitfire ad with hannayLP Alum Wendy Stewart as crusty Hannah Ferguson, Altoona native Jordan Miller as Sheriff Joe Sutter, CLP’s Artistic Manager, Claire Houser, as busybody Effy Krayneck, and Scott Getz and Megan Jones as Caleb and Shelby Thorpe. Enjoy these strong performers as they bring to life this highly acclaimed, soul satisfying musical.

Performances for the general public will be held May 26-28, May 31 and June 1-4 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 29 at 2:00 pm. Tickets for these performances will be $12, $16 or $20 each (including all fees) and can be purchased online or by calling Cresson Lake Playhouse at 814-472-4333.

Auditions for “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Help us spread the word! Audition details below!Joseph web

Regular Auditions: June 5 & 6 @ 6:30 pm to be held at Cambria Dance Academy (427 S. Center Street, Ebensburg, PA 15931, below and behind Sunseekers – across the parking lot from the CLP Lantzy Rehearsal Hall: USE THE PINK DOOR)

Children’s Chorus Auditions: We are having separate auditions for the Children’s Chorus.  Click this link for more info.

Performances – July 26 – August 6
Director – Paul Seymour
Music Director – Paul Seymour (Tom Nagy will be music directing our Youth Choir)
Choreographer – Emily Volpe
Stage Manager – Claire Houser

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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 inexperienced auctioning 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 for an inexperienced actor.

To accommodate the inexperienced actor OR a person that simply does not have time to prepare an audition, CLP has made changes.  Now, one 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

CLP Comedy Night – Grownups Only, Leave the Kids at Home

comedy night Cresson Lake Playhouse is kicking off the 2016 season with a night that is sure to tickle your funny bone – Comedy Night: Grownups Only, Leave the Kids at Home.

Guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser, the evening’s entertainment is made up of songs and sketches that are not exactly G-rated including musical numbers from A Chorus LineChicago, and Avenue Q. The performers include returning CLP alumni, Jonathan O’HarrowJoe Caroff, Davey Beyer, and the Volpe sisters – Rachel, Emily, and Gina – among others. The final number in Act 1 will be Anne Crusan returning to CLP after 30 years to perform “When You’re Good to Mama” from Chicago. Jonathan O’Harrow, last season’s director of Smokey Joe’s Café and Altoona Community Theatre’s very own Shrek, will host the evening as Master of Ceremonies.

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