High School Musical Theater Season is Here! (Tickets often sell out in advance of opening night at high school productions, so if you know you want to see the show, buy your tickets early!)

Don’t overlook stage shows at local colleges and community theaters!

Buyer and Cellar January 31 – February 24, 2019

Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job working in the Malibubasement of the beloved megastar, Barbra Streisand. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Buyer and Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.

The Kitchen Witches  February 1 – 16, 2019

DCP Theater, 795 Ridge Road, Telford, PA

Dolly’s cooking show has aired for the final time. She and her son (and producer), Stephen, are discouraged to have their careers end so soon. However, during the last show, Dolly’s old culinary nemesis, Isobel, makes an unexpected appearance which turns things around. While Dolly and Isobel cook, whipped cream flies as shocking facts about their past are revealed. Each woman thinks she is the better cook. Be a part of the audience who gets to decide!

(okay, this isn’t a musical, but it still sounds like fun!)

Nunsense  February 1 – 17, 2019

Steel River Playhouse, 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA

Yes, its a musical comedy!

Nunsense follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent. When their cook, Sister Julia, child of God, accidentally serves up some tainted soup, 52 of the sisters are poisoned and die, leaving only five living nuns who were not at home the day of the toxic meal. When the convent’s first-in-charge, Reverend Mother Regina, splurges on a plasma TV, the sisters find themselves strapped for cash, as they still have four dead nuns to bury. The nuns decide to put on a benefit performance in the setting of the musical Grease in order to raise the rest of the money before the health department discovers their secret.

 Noises Off February 8 – 24, 2019

Civic Theater, 527 N. 19th Street, Allentown, PA (in the newly renovated 1920s Art Deco theater!)

Michael Frayn’s Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating tour. Frayn gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and of course flying sardines!

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play  February 20 – 24, 2019

Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew Street, Allentown, PA (Studio Theatre,Trexler Pavilion),

The world as we know it has come to an end.
Electricity is a memory. The survivors gaze into the fire and conjure up memories of Simpsons episodes to entertain themselves. Seven years later, these stories have become a primitive entertainment industry. Seventy-five years later still, the stories have evolved into an elaborate mythology.

By turns harrowing and hilarious, Anne Washburn’s riveting play explores the power of storytelling and asking what happens when media becomes myth — and myth becomes something more.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee February 15 – 17, 2019

Free admission.

Perkiomen School (Kehs Auditorium), 200 Seminary Avenue, Pennsburg, PA

Cabaret  February 21 – 24, 2019

Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown, PA

Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars   March 1 – 10, 2019

DCP Theater, 795 Ridge Road, Telford, PA

Okay, another non-musical, but I have a hard time resisting anything related to Sherlock! This is based on the graphic novel series by Tony Lee and Dan Boultwood, aimed at families, and focuses on kids solving the mystery and saving the day!

With his own disappearance, Sherlock Holmes himself has become London’s great mystery.
Now, it is up to a band of young rascals, the Baker Street Irregulars, to solve this case on their own.  Sherlock’s adversary, Moriarty, is said to have killed him, but the boys are determined to convince people otherwise. When the mayor’s daughter goes missing, they have yet another piece of the puzzle to solve. Will Moriarty get the better of them?  Or will this unlikely crew be able to find answers and bring back Sherlock?

Much Ado About Nothing  March 8 – 24, 2019

Steel River Playhouse, 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA

One of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and probably my favorite of his comedies. But don’t take my word for it, head over to Steel River Playhouse and check it our for yourself!

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang  March 14 – 17, 2019

Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg, PA

Tickets are on sale now for this London musical, based on the Disney movie (which was based on a book by James Bond author Ian Fleming!) While tickets will be sold at the door the night of the performance, advance tickets will only be available online. Online ticket sales close on March 11th.

Ticket Prices
$10 Center Seating
$8 General Admission

Special Show Promotions
Student Night // March 14th, 7pm //
$5 Tickets for Students
Children’s Show // March 17th, 2pm //
$5 Tickets for Children 12 & under

Les Miserables March 13 – 17, 2019

Emmaus High School, 500 Macungie Avenue, Emmaus, PA

Guys and Dolls March 28 – 31, 2019

Boyertown Area Senior High School, 120 North Monroe Street, Boyertown, PA

Curtains  April 10 – 14, 2019

Parkland High School, 1210 Springhouse Road, Allentown, PA

Mamma Mia  May 1 – 5, 2019

North Penn High School, 1340 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA


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