Next up at the Playhouse is AVENUE Q!
Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, “Avenue Q” is a part human, part puppet comedy which follows a group of twenty-something friends seeking their purpose in big-city life. “Avenue Q” tells the story of a recent college graduate named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it's clear this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and the ever-elusive purpose in life.
“AVENUE Q” WILL BE DIRECTED BY CLAIR M. FREEMAN WITH MUSICAL DIRECTION BY BRIAN FOLEY AND CHOREOGRAPHY BY JOANELLYN SCHUBERT.
PERFORMANCES ARE FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY FROM JULY 26 TO AUGUST 11. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY PERFORMANCES ARE AT 7:30 PM AND SUNDAYS ARE AT 6:00 PM
“AVENUE Q” CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT AND LANGUAGE
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Meet Our Board For 2019
PRESIDENT - JOanne Kelhart
Vice President - Gary Boyer
Treasurer - Lawrence B. Fox
Recording Secretary - Tracy Damiani
Production - James Vivian
Development - Ian Gilkeson
Building and Grounds - John Corl
Technical - Brett Oliveira
Publicity - Taylor Van Kooten
Front of House Coordinator - Vanessa Ruggiero
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THEATRE ADMINISTRATOR - RODY GILKESON
BOX OFFICE MANAGER - WALTER SCHUBERT
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The community theater, known today as Pennsylvania Playhouse, presently located on Illicks Mill Road in the City of Bethlehem, was incorporated in 1946. Prior to that date, its beginnings took its form from Plays and Players in 1926, Bethlehem Civic Theater in 1938 and in the 40's as the Drawing Room Theater. In 1963 the theater became part of the Bethlehem Redevelopment Project and its building on Old York Road had to be demolished. The City of Bethlehem made land on Illicks Mill Road available to the group on a 99 year $1.00 lease. A fund raising drive was launched. In May 1965, ground was broken and in October of the same year, the new 180 seat theater opened its first production under the new name of Pennsylvania Playhouse.
The theater grew and prospered in its new location until December 31, 1974 when a fire destroyed the stage, auditorium, costumes, scenery and electrical equipment. Continued Playhouse operation was made possible by Northampton County Area Community College's generous offer to let the Playhouse use its South Campus Theater. The college's stage was used for the next three productions of the 1975 season while the Illicks Mill Road structure was rebuilt, eliminating the former proscenium stage and adopting the thrust type stage patrons of the Pennsylvania Playhouse still enjoy today. In 1977 a 2,500 square foot addition was built with funds raised through public subscription and proceeds from continuously successful productions. In 1999, the Pennsylvania Playhouse increased the comfort level for their patrons by gutting the auditorium and installing new seats and carpeting throughout.
Pennsylvania Playhouse is a nonprofit organization and opened to everyone!