Next up at The Playhouse is:
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Directed by Colette Boudreaux
THE IRRESistible family musical that tells the biblical story of joseph, the favorite son of jacob, his eleven brothers and one truly colorful coat!
MAY 31 - June 2, June 7-9, 14-16
Call our Box Office at 610-865-6665 or order your tickets online today!
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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
Education - Joey Schubert
THE PENNSYLVANIA PLAYHOUSE 2019 STAFF
THEATRE ADMINISTRATOR - RODY GILKESON
BOX OFFICE MANAGER - WALTER SCHUBERT
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2019 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Happy 90th Birthday to Don Swan, April 5th!
You have been with PPH from the beginning, Congratulations!
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!