Ephrata Performing Arts Center

December 11, 2021

This blog will tell you everything you need to know about the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, one of the BEST things to do in Ephrata!

Ephrata Performing Arts Center, Historic Smithton Inn Are you looking for some live theater during your stay in Ephrata, PA?

Look no further! We have the perfect place for you. One of our favorite spots in town is the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, and it’s only a 3-minute drive away from the Historic Smithton Inn! This great local theater has a long history of hosting musicals and plays, and you don’t want to miss it while you’re in town. Read on to learn all you need to know about the theater, then start planning your visit. Make sure you also look at the “Things to Do” page on our website for more local recommendations.


What You Need to Know About the Ephrata Performing Arts Center


What Is the Ephrata Performing Arts Center?

The Ephrata Performing Arts Center is the ideal location for a night of live entertainment. The story of this famous, local theater began in 1953, Broadway producer John Cameron started producing summer plays and musicals in the pavilion.  The tradition became known as “Playhouse in the Park.” The theater became a non-profit organization in 1979, and got its current name in 1980.

The theater is a must-see in the area for drama lovers and entertainment seekers. 

Events and Performances

The Ephrata Performing Arts Center offers a wide variety of shows, so you’re sure to find something that piques your interest. In the past, the theater has produced plays and musicals like “West Side Story”, “Hello Dolly!”, “Hairspray”, “Sweeney Todd”, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Wizard of Oz”, and many more Broadway hits. One patron of the theater once said: “It may not be Broadway, but you can see it from here!” 

Wednesday and Thursday shows begin at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m., and Saturday matinee shows at 2 p.m. Adults tickets cost $32, senior tickets cost $28, and student tickets cost $25.

2022 Schedule

The 2022 season features three plays, three musicals, and one youth production.

  • March 17 – 26:  Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler
  • April 28 – May 14:  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
  • June 16 – 25:  Arthur Miller’s classic play, The Crucible
  • July 28 – August 15:  The Spongebob Musical
  • September 8 – 17:  Amadeus
  • October 13 – 29:  The Color Purple, winner of a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize
  • December 2 – 31:  Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer — The Musical Jr.


Between a flood in 2020 and a fire in 2021, the Ephrata Performing Arts Center Ephrata PA turned lemons into lemonade by making wonderful upgrades to the facility.  The lobby has been completely reimagined with a cozy-hip design.  Technical improvements were made to the sound and light systems as well.

Has Anyone Famous Performed at EPAC?

Yes, there are some very well known names who have performed at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center!

In 1953, Broadway producer John Cameron came to Ephrata to begin producing summer stock in the pavilion, which was later renamed the Legion Star Playhouse. Cameron brought in big names from New York to perform in his plays, including Roy Scheider, Robert DeNiro, Betty White and Ann B. Davis.

More recently the artistic director Ed Fernandez has cast Tony-nominated actor Jonathan Groff, along with such other performers as the versatile and charming Elisio Roman and Catherine Walker, who are all currently lighting up both stage and screen.


EPAC is easy to find and has ample parking in their well-lit parking lot.

Address:  320 Cocalico St, Ephrata, PA

Stay at the Historic Smithton Inn

Ephrata Performing Arts Center, Historic Smithton Inn Three words that describe the Historic Smithton Inn are: comfort, elegance, and pamper! Our beautiful and historic B&B is the perfect countryside retreat for travelers looking to unwind in a scenic environment. After a fun night out at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, treat yourself to a relaxing evening in one of our cozy rooms and dream the night away!

Take a look at the Red Rose Room, for example. This beautiful room provides peace, serenity, and lots of comfort! You and your significant other will love to take a hot shower after the show, slip into complimentary robes, and snuggle by the fireplace. Then, after a good night’s rest, wake up to a delicious, homemade breakfast! We serve a collection of Colombian coffee and tea, fresh, signature juice blends and mouth-watering muffins, bread, French Toasts, baked eggs, and more!


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