On stage now until April 22: Brighton Beach Memoirs!  Get your tickets now!

Come join the family for Brighton Beach!  Click the button below to hear what The Morning Call has to say about the show!

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UPCOMING AUDITIONS!

CRAZY FOR YOU, a zany, rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, featuring such memorable Gershwin tunes as “I Got Rhythm,” “Naughty Baby,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” and “Embraceable You”. Auditions will be held at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, 390 Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem, PA on Sunday, May 6th & Monday May 7th from 6:30 – 9:00 PM. Callbacks will be held on May 9th @ 6:30 PM. Dance rehearsal begins on May 10th.

Performances will be July 27th thru August 12th.

All roles are open. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.


CRAZY FOR YOU tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker, so Bobby vows – through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity – to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre.

Click the Auditions link below for cast breakdowns and all the details!

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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.

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

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