2016at Ephrata Performing Arts Center

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The Board of Directors of The Ephrata Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce the 2016 season, which will be dedicated to the memory of James Richard Ruth, who passed away on September 27, 2015.

Jim, as he was known to his friends, was the longtime entertainment editor of The Sunday News, now LNP's Sunday edition. Jim was not only a great fan and patron of EPAC, he also served on the Board of Directors, including terms as president and vice president. EPAC Artistic Director Edward R. Fernandez, speaking for the board, the staff, and himself, says, "Dedicating our 2016 season to Jim is the least we can do to honor our great friend who gave so much of his life to the local arts, to artists, and to EPAC."

Ed Fernandez
  • At EPAC, we try to explore all facets of human experience. This essential part of our identity is reflected in the eclecticism of our choices for the plays and musicals we share with our audiences. The world is endlessly fascinating, full of different types of people leading different lives. Let's explore all that we can.

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Our 2016 Plays

You will be able to see The Heiress, a classic drama of family tensions and romantic longings among well-mannered 19th-century New Yorkers. We will bring you Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a zany but touching comedy about people of different ages and levels of success trying to cope with life in today's America. Completing the nonmusical portrait of American life will be Glengarry Glen Ross, a look at the dark underside of business life in America in the 1980s, filled with characters who do not use polite language.

  • The Heiress

    March 17–26

    This riveting tale of love and family tensions has kept audiences on the edge of their seats since its Broadway debut in 1947. An award-winning film version two years later and several successful Broadway revivals have confirmed the power and fascination of this classic story.

  • Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

    June 9–18

    Produced on Broadway in 2013, Christopher Durang's zany comedy won both the Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

    In this comic clash between the young and the middle-aged, the sexy and the dowdy, the successful and the stifled, playwright Durang has created a richly funny yet touching portrait of life in today's America.

  • Glengarry Glen Ross

    September 8–17

    David Mamet's most popular play makes edgy comedy and disturbing drama out of the cutthroat competition among salesmen for whom there is only one goal: to make more money than the other guys.

    Winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this modern American classic is populated by foul-mouthed, outrageous, ruthless characters. Thirty years later, this unforgettable play is still startling, exhilarating, and devastating.

Our 2016 Musicals

Next year at EPAC you will be able to see Hello, Dolly! and American Idiot, two musicals that opened in the same Broadway theater 46 years apart. The first is a true musical comedy in traditional style that celebrates romance and the joy of finding new paths in life. The second, in a bold contemporary style, also portrays characters trying to find new paths in life, but in a world they find far more difficult to understand and negotiate. In contrast to those shows is the darkly comic musical Heathers, about 1980s teenagers dealing with the ruthless social politics of high school.

At the end the season, we leave America for 19th-century London. The beloved musical Oliver! will fill our stage with people at the absolute bottom of the social scale, living their desperate lives with passion.

  • Hello, Dolly!

    April 28 – May 14

    One of America’s most joyous and beloved musicals, Hello, Dolly! takes us on a whirlwind race around New York in the 1890s. With hugely appealing songs by Jerry Herman, Hello, Dolly! tells the story of Dolly Levi, widow, matchmaker, and jack-of-all-trades. Hired to find a second wife for the wealthy Horace Vandergelder, she decides to catch him for herself. Along the way, she matches up Horace’s shy and inexperienced head clerk, Cornelius Hackl, with the beautiful Irene Molloy.

  • American Idiot

    July 21 – August 6

    American Idiot boldly takes the American musical to places it’s never gone before. This dramatic version of Green Day’s Grammy-winning album (with other songs by Green Day added to complete the story) follows three young male friends in post-9/11 America on their different paths in search of a way to be something other than an American idiot spending all his time getting his “television fix.”

    Defiantly nontraditional in form, American Idiot is deeply traditional in its focus on the universal experience of trying to find your own way as you move into adulthood.

  • Heathers The Musical

    October 20 – November 5

    To be or not to be a Heather. That is the question, or at least one of the questions, that Veronica Sawyer, a student at Ohio’s Westerberg High, faces in this wild, satirical musical. After being accepted by the school’s hottest clique (run by a cosmetically perfect but morally toxic trio of girls all named Heather), Veronica runs afoul of them by defending her friend Martha from their cruel pranks.

    Both hilarious and moving, Heathers The Musical, based on the 1989 cult movie that starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, cleverly blends dark humor, romance, murder, and a catchy pop score into a slightly tart (but nontoxic) cocktail.

  • Oliver!

    December 1–17

    This flavorsome musical is perhaps the most successful and family-friendly of the many stage and screen adaptations inspired by one of the greatest novels in the English language.

    Lionel Bart's musical took London by storm in 1960, was a smash on Broadway three years later, and conquered Hollywood when the film version won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1969. The novel’s astoundingly vivid characters are brought to perhaps even more compelling life with the help of songs that are both tuneful and dramatic.

Our 2016 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 twelfth year. For a family night out at the theatre, everyone will be delighted by the enchanting tale of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. brought to life before their eyes, featuring favorite characters from the film. You’ll be singing "A Whole New World!" and other classic Aladdin songs in the car all the way home!

Disney's Aladdin Jr.
  • Disney's Aladdin Jr.

    February 5–21

    Welcome to Agrabah, the city of enchantment, and the fantastic fable of the street rat who became a prince!

    All of your favorite characters from the hit Disney film — Aladdin, Jasmine, the Genie, Iago, Jafar, and more — are here in EPAC’s Kids4Kids production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr., a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and flying-carpet rides. The Oscar-winning score, with such songs as “A Whole New World,” “Friend Like Me,” and “Arabian Nights,” will send audiences soaring.

    Ted Williams, CFP®, MBA, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Center Stage Theater Camp
  • Center Stage Theater Camp

    EPAC's Center Stage Summer Theater Camp returns for its twelfth 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.

  • David Gerz

    "I couldn't be happier to support an organization that is dedicated to bringing quality theater to Lancaster County."

    David, Photographer, Volunteer

  • David Palm

    "Ephrata is really fortunate to have such a
    vibrant and active theater in our community."

    David, Board Director, Actor

  • Klye

    "EPAC reassured me that I want to spend the
    rest of my life pursuing acting as a career."

    Kyle, Actor, Student Ambassador

  • Bob

    "It's a place where being yourself and someone else is acceptable and encouraged."

    Bob, Actor

  • Rob

    "The art that EPAC creates – and the collaborative community that creates it – are very close to my heart."

    Rob, Stage Manager, Actor, Volunteer

  • Jenn

    "When I enter EPAC it is like coming home for me."

    Jenn, Sponsor, Board Director, Wardrobe Manager




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