Upcoming Shows in Lancaster, PA
Lights, curtain, action! Did you know that Lancaster is home to one of the oldest working theatres in the United States, The Fulton Theatre, and the largest faith-based theatre in the United States, Sight & Sound Theatres, as well as dinner theatres, comedy shows, and family productions? Theatre lovers, you are in the right place! Lancaster hosts a number of Broadway caliber productions and high-profile performers throughout the year. Here is a look at what is coming up this fall.
Finding Neverland | Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | Now- September 21
Finding Neverland tells the story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwrite J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boy’s enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatregoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.
JESUS | Sight & Sound Theatre® | Now- October 5
JESUS is the musical stage adventure about the most famous person to ever walk the earth and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever.
Stolen | Bird-in-Hand Stage | Now – October 23
A small Pennsylvania town is shaken when Zack Fisher, the infant son of a prominent Amish family, is kidnapped. Accusations fly. Although everyone comes under suspicion, the case goes cold. Zack’s sister Naomi, who was supposed to be watching him, blames herself for the next 20 years – then takes matters into her own hands. Packed with a cast of interesting and complex characters, including a quirky, noir-style detective and an amateur Amish sleuth, this musical mystery tells a moving story about learning to forgive yourself.
The Man Who Came to Dinner | Ephrata Performing Arts Center | September 5-14
It’s the Middle Class versus the Elites in Kaufman and Hart’s uproarious comedy The Man Who Came To Dinner. An instant hit when it opened on Broadway in 1939, the play has gone on to be one of the most performed American comedies. A popular film version was released in 1942 starring Bette Davis. The Man Who Came to Dinner, as it is so aptly named, is a comedy play about a dinner guest who long overstays his welcome. Although he originally was forced into bed-rest due to injury, he soon makes himself at home and begins meddling in his hosts’ personal lives. Christmastime is a time for giving freely, and Mr. Sherry Whiteside is freely giving his opinion and insults to the Stanley family, who are stuck with him.
Musical Milestones | Lancaster Symphony Orchestra | September 7
Sirena Huang takes on Wieniawski's challenging Violin Concerto No. 2 along with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra to open our celebration season. This eclectic program also includes Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7.
Evita | Fulton Theatre | September 17- October 13
Featuring a diverse cast, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece, Evita, charts the young and ambitious Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to sainthood. This musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor illegitimate child to ambitious actress to, as wife of military leader-turned-president Juan Peron, the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her untimely death from cancer at age 33. Well-known numbers include “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Oh What a Circus,” “Buenos Aires” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall.”
The Will Rogers Follies | Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | September 26- November 9
Shake hands with the heartwarming humorist who spun a rope, poked fun at headlines and never met a man he didn’t like. The rags-to-riches story of America’s beloved humorist, journalist and friend of presidents bursts to life as a Ziegfeld Follies-style extravaganza. Family, fame and fate are center stage in Will’s rise from obscurity to stardom. Along the way, he’s arm-in-arm with vivacious showgirls and a slew of cowboys.
Mike Block and Sandeep Das | Trust Performing Arts Center | October 3
Sandeep Das (tabla) and Mike Block (cello / vocals) are a dynamic cross-genre duo that originally met as members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble. This energetic duo has been performing since 2013, sharing their music throughout America and India via tours and residencies, even on the stage of Carnegie Hall. Their debut album includes compositions from Western Classical and North Indian Hindustani traditions, adaptations of music from around the world, and several of their own compositions.
Jeckyll and Hyde | Prima Theatre | October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
The pop rock thriller. When the world is out of control, what lengths would you go to change everything for the better? As Dr. Jekyll attempts to solve humanity’s most challenging dilemmas, his passionate drive is met with internal and societal friction. The scientist’s experiments spiral out of control, strengthening his notorious alter ego - Mr. Hyde. Featuring an electrifying score, Jekyll & Hyde is an evocative, pulse-pounding tale. Don’t miss this enveloping production of a musical phenomenon.
Wait Until Dark | Fulton Theatre | October 8- 27
A mysterious doll mistakenly smuggled into the country possesses secrets that puts a young couple in serious danger, especially the blind homemaker. This cult classic will have you on the edge of your seat, minute after pulsating minute. Left home alone and to her own devices, Susan is forced to defend herself against con men, who are after the doll and its goods. A clever cat-and-mouse game of deception becomes more dangerous when the doll disappears! The game takes a drastic turn when the lights go out!
Acoustic Sound of Soundheim | Prima Theatre | October 17-24
Dive into the haunting and beautiful work of Broadway’s legendary composer with this engaging acoustic concert. Become engulfed by stellar voices as they bring to life songs from musicals including Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, and Company.
Newsies | Ephrata Performing Arts Center | October 17- November 2
Based on Disney’s very first completely live-action musical movie from 1992, this stage adaptation is taking Broadway by force! Jack “Cowboy” Kelly is living the typical newsboy life and carrying the banner. But the life of a seventeen-year-old newspaper hawker in 1899 New York couldn’t be much harder. He dreams of leaving the crowded city streets behind for the freedom of Santa Fe, and he’s saving every penny for that someday. But when Pulitzer raises his newspaper distribution prices, that dream suddenly vanishes. Jack and his new friend David Jacobs rally the newsboys to go on strike against the greedy corporations and seek fair treatment for child laborers. Based on the historic events of the actual newsboys’ strike of 1899, this story is full of historicity and heart. If you’re willing to be there with the newsboys in their high times and hard times, you’ll join them in feeling like a king (or queen) of New York!
Pennsylvania Piano Quartet | Trust Performing Arts Center | October 25
Each musician in this group brings a unique style into the ensemble. As part of their mission to introduce as many new works as possible for this particular combination, Pennsylvania Piano Quartet is committed to premiering and performing commissioned works by living composers.
Contemplations | Lancaster Symphony Orchestra | October 26
Together with the Lancaster Symphony Chorus, Dr. William B. Wright, chorusmaster, the Symphony will perform Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living. A piece filled with inner reflections, warmth, peace and radiance, this innovative work is paired with Beethoven’s light hearted self-proclaimed “little symphony” - Symphony No. 8.
Peter Pan | Fulton Theatre | November 12- December 29
Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved family favorites of all time. This high-flying musical follows Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, as they visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook.
SEEN | Trust Performing Arts Center | November 21-22
SEEN, featuring vocalists Kristen Brewer, Jaclyn Harnish, Mariah Keener, and Natalie Moyer, is a set of songs that touch on key moments of Women in the Bible who are in the lineage of Jesus Christ. From Eve to Mary, we witness fears and struggles much like all of us face. Through an experience with SEEN, you will deepen your understanding of God’s love and greater purupose for you!