Next up at The Playhouse is:
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
Directed by Lori Colacito
Stephen Sondheim's classic Tony Award-winning Best Musical is fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest Broadway shows ever written! A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is a nonstop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom.
Call our Box Office at 610-865-6665 or order your tickets online today!
DIRECTOR'S SEARCH FOR OUR 2019 SEASON
The Pennsylvania playhouse is excited to announce our 2019 season, and is currently looking for directors for all six productions. Interested parties should send a letter of intent, along with their resume to Brettoliveira@icloud.com.
Please include why you feel you would be a good choice for the production, as well as any production staff that you may already have lined up.
Directors may apply for multiple shows. The Board of Directors will review all applications. Submission deadline is September 7, 2018
STEEL MAGNOLIAS - APRIL 5 to APril 20
Moon Over Buffalo - February 8 to February 24
Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – May 31 to June 16
Avenue Q – July 26 to August 11
And Then There Were None – September 27 to October 13
She Loves Me – December 6 to December 22
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.
The Pennsylvania Playhouse has survived all of these years on its box office revenues, with occasional public subscriptions to meet major emergencies. It has never depended on grants or subsidies. Pennsylvania Playhouse is a nonprofit organization, opened to everyone, and operated entirely by dedicated volunteers