"This production, under the direction of Ed Fernandez, is a knockout from start to finish.The acting is great, the orchestra sounds strong and the singing — especially the harmonies — is fantastic"

Jane Holahan, Intelligencer Journal Lancaster New Era

Ephrata Performing Arts Center's Oct. 17– Nov. 2 production of Assassins frames portraits of nine presidential assassins and wannabes—from John Wilkes Booth through Lee Harvey Oswald—in the garish setting of a carnival shooting gallery. Rather than offend by glorifying these misfits and misguided "patriots," Assassins personalizes them with piercing insight, comedy and pathos.

"... Fernandez has assembled a particularly fine cast and pit orchestra, and put on a properly paced and inspired production of one of the most unusual of American musicals..."

Marakay Rogers,
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Employing those he depicts as 'the ones who can't get into the ballpark" in league with a contrasting succession of fame-seekers and political zealots, Sondheim forges a spellbinding tale spanning more than two centuries of history and musical fashion.

"EPAC's production of Assassins is brilliant. It is the perfect balance of humor, a thought-provoking dialogue and a sensational score. Do not miss this show, it is another perfect production from EPAC."

Kellie Curtin, Theatre Sensations

A smash hit for EPAC in 2000, Assassins is returning by popular demand with that production's original star, Sean Young, reprising one of his most-acclaimed performances as John Wilkes Booth, whose assassination of Abraham Lincoln foreshadows a succession of "followers."

"... Because the actors are, across the board, really fine singers, Sondheim's beautiful score - influenced by American song styles of the various decades involved - gets the treatment it deserves. Music director JP Meyer, always dependable, has achieved his greatest success so far with this show. ..."

Susan Pena, The Reading Eagle
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Creative Team

Director - Edward R Fernandez
Musical Director - J.P. Meyer
Assistant Director - Jordon Weinhold
Choreographer - Pat Kautter
Stage Manager - Joan Adams
Set - Evan Hill
Lights - Jeff Cusano
Props - Kathleen Harris Brantman
Costumes - Kate Willman
Production Manager - Beth Lewis
Tech Director - Steve Schelling


Proprietor - Evan Cooper
Leon Czolgosz - Preston Schreffler
John Hinckley - Sean Deffley
Charles Guiteau - Darren Wagner
Giuseppe Zangara - Corey Bueller
Samuel Byck - Bob Checchia Sr.
Lynette " Squeaky" Fromme - Martha Wasser
Sara Jane Moore - Elizabeth Pattey
John Wilkes Booth - Sean Young
Balladeer - Tim Reilly
Lee Harvey Oswald - Alexander P Bannon
Emma Goldman - Kathleen Harris Brantman

Ensemble: Various Roles
Kathleen Harris Brantman
Robin Payne
Adam Dienner
Brandon Kegerize
John Kleimo
Bailey Ammons



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Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, October 2018

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The 2018 Season at EPAC
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Address (Physical)
320 Cocalico Street, Ephrata Community Park
Ephrata, PA 17522

Address (Mailing)
PO Box 173
Ephrata, PA 17522
2018 Season Sponsor
12:34 MicroTechnologies
2018 Season Sponsor
Commonwealth Charter Academy -- CCA
2018 Season Media Sponsor
Blue Ridge Communications

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