We are preparing another season of great theater for you. In each of next year’s shows, the leading character goes on a life-changing journey. Some of the journeys lead to love and joy. Some lead to a greater appreciation for our common humanity. As in real life, some do not end happily. Each of these plays and musicals tells a compelling story about how the choices we make in life help us discover who we really are."
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In our first Main stage production, we take a terrifying and heartbreaking journey with King Lear, as he is stripped of his power and comes to understand that every human being on the planet is as important as the king. Then we join Billy, the title character of The Cripple of Inishmaan, in his loony Irish hometown in 1934. The town gets even loonier than usual when American filmmakers visit, and Billy (the brightest bulb in a very dim town) longs for Hollywood stardom. In Doubt: A Parable, we travel with Sister Aloysius, principal at a Catholic school, who meets resistance when she becomes obsessively determined to prove that a priest who teaches at the school is guilty of inappropriate behavior with a student.
The Ephrata Performing Arts Center returns to the works of Shakespeare with King Lear. Considered by many to be his greatest play, if not the greatest play ever written, Lear has fascinated theater-goers for centuries. A deep and profound play, King Lear captures the fundamental human experience shared by us all. Join EPAC as we take a heartbreaking but also humorous look at parents, the children they love, and the legacy we all hope to leave.
The Cripple of Inishmaan is a dark yet surprisingly touching comedy-drama by Martin McDonagh. Witness a remote Irish village in the 1930s in which everyone goes a little crazy — and they’re rather crazy under normal circumstances — when they hear that filmmakers from Hollywood will be making a movie in their town. The Cripple of Inishmaan is a major play from one of our best modern playwrights. Sweet and sentimental as well as dark and brooding, it is as sweet and savory as a hearty Irish stew.
Doubt: A Parable is one of the most renowned plays of our time. EPAC is thrilled to present this topical, relevant, and controversial play to you, our loyal audience. Doubt: A Parable takes the uncomfortable subject of child abuse within the Catholic Church and distills it down to a parable about the philosophical and human aspects of incrimination. The play was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Father Flynn and Meryl Streep as Sister Aloysius. Doubt: A Parable is surely an important play for our times, and we look forward to taking a fresh look at this modern classic.
In the revolutionary musical Hair, we meet Claude, who pursues self-discovery among the hippies of New York’s East Village and who must ultimately make the most difficult of choices. Our next stop is a small town in Iowa. The classic musical comedy The Music Man celebrates the transformative powers of music and love, as con man Harold Hill sets out to fleece the people of River City but gets his foot stuck in a proverbial door. We then join obsessed character Sweeney Todd, whose all-consuming desire for revenge leads him on a harrowing journey. But all ends well in the season’s last show, The Wizard of Oz. Join Dorothy Gale as she discovers the true meaning of friendship and family on her journey along the Yellow Brick Road.
Hair is a rock musical and a product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the 1960s. Several of its songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement as America searched for answers in a sea of purple haze. The American Musical would never be the same. Hair was the show that defined a generation as it captured the youthful anti-establishment ethos of the late 60s and early 70s. Controversial and edgy, Hair has lost none of its bite as it entertains the mind as well as the spirit.
A classic never grows old, and The Music Man proves this point. This American fairy tale concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a band leader and sells instruments and uniforms to the naive Iowa townsfolk of River City. Promising to teach the members of his new band, the sly Hill schemes to skip town without giving any music lessons. EPAC is known for taking a fresh look at classic musicals, and we are looking forward to doing the same within this story of the restorative and redemptive power of art.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 1979 musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Since its premiere on Broadway thirty-eight years ago, Stephen Sondheim’s penny dreadful classic has established itself as a benchmark of the American musical theater. We are very excited to be presenting this musical masterpiece to a new EPAC audience and to take a crisp look at this perennial classic.
The Wizard of Oz has become a yearly holiday tradition, and we are happy to present his timeless classic for the entire family on our Mainstage. Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion as they follow the yellow brick road to help get Dorothy back home again. We can all relive our first childhood fantasy as we journey through Oz, where things are strange but beautiful. EPAC is watching the hourglass, waiting until we can share this gift with you.
We haven’t forgotten our youngest patrons! Whether they’ve been to the theater before or not, all children can enjoy and grow from participating in EPAC’s Center Stage theater camp, now in its thirtheenth year. For a family night out at the theatre, everyone will be delighted by the enchanting tale of Disney’s The Lion King Jr. brought to life before their eyes, featuring favorite characters from the film.
EPAC is very excited to continue its extremely popular Kids4Kids series with Disney’s The Lion King Jr., a lively stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film.
Feel the warm winds of the African savannah as you feel the love and join the unforgettable Simba, Rafiki, and Timon as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle–and back again–in this inspiring coming-of-age tale about the circle of life and the true meaning of friendship and loyalty.
EPAC's Center Stage Summer Theater Camp returns for its thirteenth year, giving campers entering grades 1-7 in the fall a chance to experience the theatrical process with a newly designed hands-on approach.
Our camp is designed to inspire creativity, exercise the imagination, promote artistic confidence, and explore unique and exciting ways to tell enriching stories through the theater arts. Our professional staff will nurture individual talents in an environment rich with creative collaboration and team building concepts. This program is designed to help the young creative mind both onstage and in the classroom environment.
The Ephrata Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce a new cooperative staged reading series, EPAC on the Edge, that will continue the theater’s mission of producing thought provoking material while embracing the community.
Co-produced with two other Lancaster based theater companies - Creative Works of Lancaster & Theater of the Seventh Sister - the series will consist of three single-night performances examining the dark side of human nature.
EPAC on the Edge is funded in part by a grant awarded the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
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