Ed Fernandez
  • Ephrata Performing Arts Center Presents Our 2017 Season

    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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12:34 MicroTechnologies

12:34 MicroTechnologies

Season Sponsor
Commonwealth Charter Academy -- CCA

Commonwealth Charter Academy -- CCA

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Blue Ridge Communications

Blue Ridge Communications

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Our 2017 Plays

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.

  • King Lear

    March 16–25

    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

    June 8–17

    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

    September 7–16

    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.

Our 2017 Musicals

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 musical comedy Hairspray celebrates the transformative powers of music and love. 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

    April 27 – May 13

    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.

  • Hairspray

    July 20 – August 5

    The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. It's 1962 in Baltimore, and lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire – to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network... all without denting her 'do!

  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    October 19 – November 4

    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

    December 7–23

    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.

Our 2017 Events for Families and Kids

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.

Disney's The Lion King Jr.
  • Disney's The Lion King Jr.

    February 3–19

    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.

    Ted Williams, MBA, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Center Stage Theater Camp
  • Center Stage Theater Camp

    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.

Center Stage Theater Camp
  • Even More Kids4Kids Programming

    EPAC's Got Talent - Saturday, May 20, 2017
    Young Artists’ Cabaret - Saturday, September 30, 2017

New for 2017: EPAC on the Edge

EPAC on the Edge
  • 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.

    Appropriate - Friday, March 31, 2017
    The Whale - Friday, August 11, 2017
    Clybourne Park - Friday, November 10, 2017

    Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

    EPAC on the Edge is funded in part by a grant awarded the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

  • Alexander Bannon

    "No matter how long or how far you go, every time you return to EPAC you are home."

    Alexander Bannon, actor, volunteer

  • Jamie Latshaw

    "EPAC has allowed me to connect with a variety of people who share a common passion. From the actors to the staff, we've all become family."

    Jamie Latshaw, stage manager

  • Greta Laube

    "EPAC is a place where my family is welcome to experience every aspect of theater from behind stage to on stage to in the audience.  A place where talents are discovered and nurtured so one can expand and obtain their dreams."

    Greta Laube, board member, volunteer

  • Robin Payne

    "EPAC consistently brings an enlightened, fresh perspective to even the most classic works of theatre."

    Robin Payne, Vice President of the board of directors, actor

  • Kevin Ditzler

    "I have always admired EPAC’s courage to take on challenging subject matter.  Theater can entertain, but it can also inspire conversations and civil discourse."

    Kevin Ditzler, actor




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