Central Pennsylvania Theatre and Events Listings
Live performance art is a traditional cultural staple for communities worldwide, and the capital region is no exception: Central Pennsylvania is home to a vibrant, active performance art community.
Our venues range from the intimate to expansive; our performers may be internationally renowned masters of their craft or local stars rapidly on the rise; our shows vary, from smash Broadway hits to dramatic readings, from live acoustic performances to spectacles of light and sound, from sly comedic commentary to breathtaking ballet.
Whether you are new to the area or a longtime resident, you’re sure to find something to your liking as you peruse our sponsoring theaters.
Click here to preview upcoming events at Central PA’s best local venues.
Located in the heart of Carlisle, the historic Carlisle Theatre has been referred to as “the gem of downtown”. The Carlisle Theatre is one of the principal forces behind the revitalization of downtown Carlisle. Established in 1939, renovated in 1993, we remain Carlisle’s downtown source for entertainment. The Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center presents musical concerts, performances, films, live theatrical productions, and programming for children and families. The Theatre is also available for corporate events and meetings, community events, weddings, and much, much more!
Open Stage, the capital’s oldest professional regional theatre, is in it’s 30th Season, presenting plays that appeal to audiences who enjoy challenges beyond mainstream theatre offerings. The theatre holds a deep commitment to artistic freedom. There is a living/active relationship between the artist and the audience. Plays selected treat transcendent issues, asking the most important questions, but offering no pat answers. Open Stage has made a commitment to supporting the cultural education of the community, building informed theatre audiences and artists. Open Stage produces high quality regional professional theatre, employing artists who are committed to theatre as a life’s work.
Theatre Harrisburg has been delighting audiences and strengthening the soul of our community since 1926. Long known as Harrisburg Community Theatre (HCT), our live stage productions are fueled by an outpouring of volunteer power … gifted people from all walks of life coming together to share their talents while celebrating one of the oldest community theatres in America.
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University strives to be the center of a myriad of programs designed to enhance the University’s role in service to the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Among its benefits to the region expanded opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway performances, comedians, symphonies, Pop and Rock performances, kid/family shows and internationally-known speakers; to add options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; to attract regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and to attract additional visitors and guests to the area resulting in a positive impact on the local and regional economy in such areas as hotels, restaurants, specialty shops and other support services.
The Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University will enhance the University’s programming while serving as an academic and cultural focal point along the Interstate 81 corridor in three states. In addition to serving as an academic resource for the University and its students by supplying space for the music and theatre arts department, the center will offer cultural programming to enrich the quality of life for students and others throughout the region, as well as be an integral part of the University’s on-going camps and conferences program and its outreach programs.
The Prather family, Tom, Deborah, David and Will, are a true theatrical family that has produced quality theatre for more than 45 years. The Prathers bring years of expertise to each production and are known for creating a comfortable, but luxurious ambiance in each of their theatres.
The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre – Lancaster, PA
The Dutch Apple is now in its 30th year, consistently provides top quality productions, award-winning food and exceptional service to over 150,000 guests annually. The theatre seats 330 and is located in the heart of the Amish Country in southeastern Pennsylvania. It features a simple yet sophisticated charm you won’t find in many theatres.
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre – Fort Myers, FL
Broadway Palm is now celebrating its 23rd Season. The theatre entertains over 170,000 guests annually. The facility includes a 450-seat dinner theatre, a 100-seat “black-box” theatre called The Off Broadway Palm Theatre, a 120 seat dining room called Café Cabaret and a 30-seat space just off the main lobby called, The Art Café. The theatre can be found on Florida’s Gulf coast between Tampa and Miami.
Prather Touring Company
Now in its seventh season, the national tour division of PEG premiered in Boston, Massachusetts with Beehive, the 60s Musical. PEG has also produced Footloose, the 10th Anniversary Tour; The Wedding Singer; All Shook Up; Blast, Fiddler on the Roof,Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Memphis the Musical and Million Dollar Quartet.
Prather Entertainment Group operates under one basic philosophy: “give our guests great entertainment at a great value”. By following this simple rule, Dutch Apple and Broadway Palm have earned a reputation as their area’s most entertaining destinations!
The mission of the Fulton Theatre is to create and produce exceptional theatre that moves the collective soul of our community and honors our national historic landmark.
This mission is accomplished through the following programs:
- Productions: The Fulton produces plays and musicals with the intent to gather a regionally and ideologically diverse community. Productions on the main stage run from three to seven weeks and represent the brightest hits from modern theatrical history. Two subscription series are offered: one of large scale plays and musicals running 8 performances a week and a second of one-hour family-oriented musicals playing on Saturday mornings. Additionally, productions in the studio theatre are designed to build an audience for new, developing, and experimental work and range from readings and partially staged productions to fully realized multi-week runs. All productions feature the highest standards of professional performance, direction, design and execution utilizing the talents of artists from across the country.
- Community Engagement: The Fulton actively develops meaningful partnerships and collaborations within its immediate and diverse community and as a member of a national platform. Programs are facilitated by a dynamic network of professional artists and educators. The Fulton’s Academy of Theatre is a year-round program of classes that engages students of all ages, backgrounds and experiences in the tools and skills of theatre-making. Our Professional Training Program offers apprenticeship, internship and volunteer opportunities to emerging professionals who seek to apply skills acquired in the high school and university setting to a professional institution. For schools and educators, we present a School Day Matinee Performance Series, share the nationally recognized Neighborhood Bridges Program, and host the Pennsylvania High School Drama Festival. Accessibility services include, but are not limited to: Pay-What-You-Want and Sensory Friendly performances, and providing American Sign Language interpretation, Audio Description, Open Captioning and Spanish translation services at certain performances, as well as making assistive listening devices available at all performances.
The Fulton operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States and employs members of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and United Scenic Artists. The theatre is also a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences/USA, and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1969 by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the theatre was also a founding member of the League of Historic American Theatres.
In 1953, Broadway producer John Cameron contracted with the American Legion to begin producing summer stock in the pavilion, which was renamed the Legion Star Playhouse. Cameron brought in big names from New York to perform in his plays, including Roy Scheider, Robert DeNiro, Betty White and Ann B. Davis.
After John Cameron’s departure in 1972, a group of volunteer citizens began to present and produce plays in order to preserve the tradition of what had become known as The Playhouse in the Park. The group grew and evolved, eventually incorporating as a not-for-profit organization in 1979. The first season presented under the name Ephrata Performing Arts Center was in the summer of 1980.
Edward R. Fernandez, our most recent Artistic Director, has solidified EPAC’s reputation for producing outstanding musical theater as well as stimulating, cutting-edge drama. With the $2.4 million renovations to the theater and its transformation into a year-round venue, the Ephrata Performing Arts Center remains committed to providing a unique theatrical experience.
A new crop of stars is now making its way in the spotlight from the boards of the Ephrata Performing Arts Center’s Sharadin Bigler Theatre. Tony nominated actor Jonathan Groff along with other performers such as the versatile and charming Elisio Roman and Catherine Walker are lighting up both stage and screen. The history of the Ephrata Performing Arts Center is being redefined every season as future stars come to our stage to shine and our legacy continues to grow. As one of our patrons once said about EPAC, “It may not be Broadway, but you sure can see it from here”.
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
Rose Lehrman Theatre at HACC
We built the Rose Lehrman Arts Center in 1975. It houses the Performing Artist Series and the Rose Lehrman Art Gallery. The center also houses college theatre, music and art programs.
A Majestic History
On November 14th, 1925, the doors of the Majestic Theater opened for the first time, welcoming audiences to the largest vaudeville and silent movie theater in south-central Pennsylvania. Built by Henry Scharf as an annex to the historic Gettysburg Hotel, the theater seated 1,200 patrons and proudly served as the cultural crossroads of commerce, college, and community.
Since 1925, the Majestic is where the Adams County community has gathered to watch its favorite Hollywood stars, win free prizes on Bank Night, smooch in the balcony, and sip a Coke at the Majestic Grill.
In the 1950’s, the Majestic Theater stepped onto the world stage when President Dwight D. Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower regularly attended performances, often in the company of world leaders. The theater’s ballroom/gymnasium, always a popular spot for young people, was often used by the White House press corps for news conferences whenever President Eisenhower was in residence at his Gettysburg farm.
For a small-town theater, the Majestic has had more than its share of movie premieres, including the North American premiere of Federico Fellini’s masterpiece, Satyricon, in 1970, and the world premiere of Ted Turner’s Civil War epic, Gettysburg, in 1993.
In November 2005, the Majestic now beautifully restored to its original grandeur once again welcomed audiences with an extraordinary showcase of the performing arts and cinema. Join us at the Majestic, the grandest small-town theater in America!