It seems like everyone is taking the stage at Middle Schools, High Schools, and Community Theaters this Winter

This winter and spring you can find a giant peach, a people eating plant, a singing wolf, and a ship full of pirates, along with small town stories, around the world adventures, and familiar favorites on stage in local middle school, high school, and community theater productions. Several of these shows will sell out before opening night, so it’s worth considering buying tickets in advance, while others are lesser known and offer free admission to those interested in attending.

Next weekend, January 22-24th, 2016, your local theater choices range from the Perkiomen School (200 Seminary Ave, Pennsburg) middle school play James and the Giant Peach, based on the book by Roald Dahl to the classic Thornton Wilder play, Our Town at Parkland High School, 2700 N. Cedar Crest Blvd, Allentown, PA.

Little Shop of Horrors, a musical famous for featuring a people eating plant (and a sadistic singing dentist) is in rehearsal by high school students at the Perkiomen School in preparation for public performances  on February 19, 20, 21, 2016. Free admission to both show.

The Upper Perkiomen Middle School’s musical for 2016 is Into the Woods, Jr, an abridged version (edited for time and content for younger children) of the award winning Broadway musical (and last year’s hit movie); February 24, 25, 27, 28, 2016. Performances by the middle school students include a “gold card matinee” for Senior Citizens on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. on February 24th, two public evening performances beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday night, and a public Sunday afternoon matinee performance beginning at 3 p.m. There is NO FRIDAY NIGHT performance of this show. UPMS, 510 Jefferson Street, East Greenville, PA

The Upper Perkiomen High School’s musical this year is Around the World in 80 Days. Based on the Jules Verne classic, the show opens on March 10th and runs through March 13, 2016.  The “gold star matinee” for senior citizens is on Wednesday at 1 p.m., while the public is invited to evening performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (7 p.m. curtain) and the Sunday matinee (2 p.m.). UPHS, 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg, PA.

The Mountaintop, an award-winning one-act play, is being staged at the Allentown Art Museum, 31 North Fifth Street, Allentown, PA on Thursday, January 21 and 28 (6 p.m.) and Sunday, January 24 (1 p.m.).

Join us for a production of The Mountaintop that will be performed only at the Allentown Art Museum, in conjunction with the Northampton Community College Theatre Department and Bill Mutimer, NCC’s assistant professor of Communications/Theatre. Members $5, non-members $15, students free with valid ID. Limited seating, please reserve by calling 610-432-4333 ext 110.

The Mountaintop is a gripping one-act play that re-imagines the events of the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis on April 4, 1968. After delivering one of his most remarkable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.

Memphis-born playwright Katori Hall has been described as “young, gifted and fearlessly redefining theatre.” This award-winning and phenomenally successful play had its debut in London in 2009. It was produced on Broadway in 2011 and in Washington, DC’s, Arena Stage in 2013. Hall’s 2011 play Hurt Village is heading to Hollywood, with Hall as both screenwriter and director.

For more details about these, and the many many upcoming plays and musicals, check out the ValleyArtScene Theater page.

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