With the weather cooling down, thoughts move toward things to do indoors when you visit the area, and for me, that screams “Catch a Show!” Lancaster County has a wonderful collection of theaters, providing a wide variety of options for guests. Whatever you’re looking for: comedy, drama, musicals, large venues or intimate settings, we’ve got it!!
Here’s a list of upcoming performances at venues near the Historic Smithton Inn Bed and Breakfast:
Ephrata Performing Arts Center
The Full Monty
: This crowd-pleasing musical version of the popular British movie moves the story to Buffalo, New York. Terrence McNally’s raucously funny book and David Yazbek’s dynamic score combine vividly to tell the rousing story of a bunch of unemployed steelworkers looking for a way to pay the bills and regain their self-respect. They band together with an unlikely plan: a strip show featuring themselves. This sexy, feel-good show is a life-affirming journey full of entertaining surprises.
November 4 – November 20
Sight & Sound
Voices of Christmas
: This uplifting,heart warming holiday showcase will highlight the many “voices” that proclaim the Savior’s birth, and the powerful impact the message of Christmas has had on countless generations throughout history.
This joyful celebration of Christmas is alive with all your favorite Carols, toe-tapping dances, live instruments, endearing animals, rich colorful costumes, and thought-provoking stories that center around Christmas themes, past and present. A wonderful holiday destination for friends and family, Voices of Christmas is an exhilarating and inspirational journey through the many treasured traditions that have made Christmas “the most wonderful time of the year”!
October 30 – December 30
Fulton Opera House
: Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a “dry” spell. When he receives a script from a college student in the seminar he has been conducting-a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit-Sidney devises a plan with his wife’s help to offer collaboration to the student. The young man quickly accepts, and suspense mounts as the plot twists and turns with devilish ingenuity
October 21 – November 7
Dutch Apple Theater
Church Basement Ladies
: The recipe for laughter that you’ve been waiting for! The regional premiere of the hilarious musical that played in Minneapolis for two years has arrived in Lancaster. Church Basement Ladies celebrates the women who work tirelessly in the church kitchens to keep stomach fill and coffee brewing fror every important event from weddings to pot luck suppers. See where the heart and soul of the church is!
September 30 – November 13
: Back by popular demand! Based on the beloved holiday film which starred Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. The memorable Irving Berlin score includes Blue Skies, The Best Things Happen While Your Dancin’, Sisters, Count Your Blessings, and the perennial favorite, White Christmas.
November 18 – December 31
Rainbow Dinner Theatre
The Busy Body
: When the office cleaning lady who knows everyone’s business discovers a dead body who isn’t really dead, it’s time to call 911. This is a mystery with plenty of twists & turns and one very worn out detective who is trying to straighten it all out. Amid laughter & thrills Mrs. Piper & Detective Baxter get to the bottom of the case. Join us for a murder mystery comedy that would make Agatha Christie stand up and cheer!
Now through October 30
: A tiny English church is desperate for money at Christmas time and the vicar is against gambling – luckily, his wife is not. To help out, the entire village secretly bets on the national soccer pool and one of the tickets is a winner! What happens when that winning ticket is lost and the vicar’s wife must find it before her husband, or her uncle the Bishop, finish their Christmas dinner? Don’t gamble away the chance to find out – reserve your seats today!
November 9 – December 30
The Blue Man Group
: Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine comedy, music, and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. The New York Times heralds the show as “One of the most delightful performance pieces ever staged.” E! Entertainment News exclaims, “Blue Man Group is what every live performance aspires to be.” Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures. This Fall, Blue Man Group takes to the road on its first U.S. theatrical tour. This unique experience is a form of entertainment like nothing else; guaranteed to be an outing you will never forget!
October 19 – October 24
: “Simply Wonderful! Beguiling Theatrical Magic!” hails the New York Post for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC. A stunning reinvention produced by Lincoln Center Theater, SOUTH PACIFIC swept the 2008 Tony Awards®, winning seven honors including Best Musical Revival and Best Director for Bartlett Sher. The breathtaking new production features a cast of 34 and a full orchestra of 26 members – the largest orchestra of any touring Broadway production. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. The beloved score’s songs include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.” USA Today cheers, “Gorgeous! SOUTH PACIFIC doesn’t just float; it soars!”
November 30 – December 5
Theater of the Seventh Sister
Frankenstein – a New Musical
: “Frankenstein” tells the epic story of a brilliant young scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who challenges the laws of nature and morality when he breathes life into his inanimate creature. Faced with rejection and intolerance, the creature rebels against the world around him and vows revenge against his creator. With earnest ballads and soaring ensemble numbers, this compelling new musical brings the suspense and romance of the classic tale to life in a faithful, yet thoroughly innovative adaptation of Mary Shelley’s ground-breaking novel.
October 7 – October 31