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.

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).

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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.