As we enter the last months of 2017, we at EPAC are planning our 2018 season. We hope it will be another year in which diversity is celebrated, something we always try to do. After all, the things that make us different from each other may also make us curious about each other. By exploring the ways we're different and the reasons why, we may find that which unites us. At EPAC, we believe that all stories should be told.
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Peter and the Starcatcher is a magical story about imagination and growing up – and never growing up. Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and adapted for the stage by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker, this high-flying adventure tells the backstories of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Neverland. In addition to these beloved characters, a motley crew of new characters will find themselves shipwrecked in your heart. Molly Aster is a Starcatcher-in-training on a special mission with her father for the Queen. Molly hopes to impress her father with her serious determination. But how can she stay serious when she is confronted by goofy orphans, clumsy pirates, and sing-songy mermaids!
Written by Robert Askins, Hand to God is a dark comedy about a troubled teen and his puppet. After the death of his father, Jason joins a Christian puppet ministry to help with his anxiety. It helps all right, but not in the way that he or his mother had hoped. Jason may be timid, but his puppet, Tyrone, is certainly not. Tyrone is rude, irreverent, dangerous, and not afraid to say all of the things that Jason knows he shouldn't say to his mother, the bully, and the girl next door. Something like this shouldn't happen in a small town like Cypress, Texas! Is the puppet possessed, or is Jason losing his grip on his sanity?
Picnic is a Pulitzer prize-winning play by William Inge about life in 1950s Kansas. You never know what will happen at the neighborhood Labor Day picnic, especially when a handsome young drifter comes to town. When the young drifter, Hal Carter, comes to visit his college friend, Alan Seymour, and look for work, Alan's girlfriend Madge finds herself falling for him. As Flo Owens tries to keep her daughters Madge and Millie away from Hal, it seems that her neighbor Helen Potts is trying to push them together. Alan and Madge aren't the only couple whose relationship is on the rocks. Schoolteacher Rosemary is balancing keeping her boyfriend Howard at a respectable distance and getting him to pop the question! With all this feminine energy, Hal is really about to shake things up at this small town's wholesome picnic!
Fun Home is a tragicomedy musical about growing up and coming out. The book and lyrics are written by Lisa Kron with music by Jeanine Tesori, based on the graphic novel memoir of the same name by Alison Bechdel. The story follows Alison through the most influential stages of her life. As a young girl growing up in her family's funeral home, Alison begins to question her identity and to unravel the mysteries of her father's identity too. In college, Alison experiences her sexual awakening with her friend Joan. Adult Alison narrates these experiences to the audience and captions the significant moments of her life that made her the woman she is today.
West Side Story is an epic fan-favorite musical written by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and concept and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Teen rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, face more than turf wars in 1950s New York. They must confront the racism between whites and Puerto Ricans that tears them – and the city – apart. Based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, a forbidden romance buds between a boy and girl from the different gangs. Can their colorblind love overcome the racial tensions and mend the feud? The intense choreographed fights, the light comedic slice-of-life, and the heartwarming young love will keep the audience on the edge of their seats and singing into the night.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a gender-bending musical by John Cameron Mitchell with music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. Hedwig Robinson is a transsexual punk rocker from East Germany who goes on a U.S. tour with her band, The Angry Inch. During the performances, Hedwig tells the story of her life: her transition from the boy Hansel into the woman Hedwig, her botched sex-change operation, her former lover and band-mate that stole her music for fame, her marriage to Yitzhak the Jewish ex-drag (who is also her talented back-up singer), and everything in between. Hedwig explores her journey to fame, the origins of love, and her own identity.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is a musical story of love, adventure, and redemption. The book was written by Linda Woolverton with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Based on the award-winning 1991 animated film by Walt Disney Animation Studios and the original French fairytale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, this story reminds us that true beauty lies within. A young and selfish prince, obsessed with beauty, is cursed by an enchantress until he can learn its true meaning. In a small French village, the beautiful but strange Belle dreams of adventures like the ones she's always reading about in books. When Belle discovers that her father has been imprisoned by a beast in an enchanted castle, she courageously trades herself for her father's freedom. But perhaps Belle's dreams are about to come true in a way she never expected. Can true love break the curse?
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. is a Kids4Kids musical production based on the beloved book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. When poor Charlie Bucket finds himself in possession of a golden ticket, he and his Grandpa Joe get the chance of a lifetime. During their tour of the famous chocolate factory, Charlie and Grandpa Joe travel through Mr. Wonka's world of pure imagination. But they're not the only ones on this exclusive tour! The other four winners are gluttonous Augustus Gloop, spoiled Veruca Salt, gum-expert Violet Beauregarde, and TV-obsessed Mike Teavee. It turns out this tour is more than just a PR stunt, as Mr. Wonka has a secret agenda. The five children will be tested on more than just their sweet tooth. They're in for a dangerous adventure through a wacky and unexpected world!
EPAC's Center Stage Summer Theater Camp returns for its fourteenth 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.
Returning for its second year, EPAC on the Edge will once again introduce audiences to new plays presented as intimate staged readings. Each performance will be co-produced with another Lancaster based theater company, previous co-producers include Theater of The Seventh Sister and Creative Works of Lancaster.
Audiences will be delighted, provoked, and fascinated as each reading brings them close to the edge.
The series will feature three single-night performances.
Titles and co-producers to be announced early 2018.
EPAC on the Edge is funded in part by a grant awarded the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
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