Plays, Musicals & Concerts in Williamsport, PA
Looking for things to do in Williamsport? Come see a play, musical or concert at the Community Theatre League! Our local talent will wow you with big city caliber performances. Our selection of shows each season features something for everyone, whether you want to laugh, cry or dance in your seat. Take a look at what's in store at the theater for the 2015-2016 season!
Mainstage Plays & Musicals
Each season CTL brings you a number of feature plays and musicals. From comedy to drama to romance and more, our performances include well-known and up-and-coming shows on a larger scale.
November 15 at 2:00 PM
Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!
It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play “Sherlock Holmes,” has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays. $18 Adults / $10 Students / Season / Flex
Pay-What-You-Can November 5
Opening Night Reception November 6
February 4-6 at 7:30 PM
February 7 at 2:00 PM
The Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show. Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. $20 Adults / $10 Students / Season / Flex
Pay-What-You-Can January 28
Opening Night Reception January 29
March 13 at 2:00 PM
In this transcendentally powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, “The Diary of Anne Frank” captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” This is a new adaptation for a new generation. $18 Adults / $10 Students / Season / Flex
Pay-What-You-Can March 3
Opening Night Reception March 4
May 15 at 2:00 PM
Told in “two acts and forty-five phone calls,” Belles visits six southern sisters, who, over the course of an autumn weekend, seek to bridge the physical and emotional distance between them via the telephone, and in the process come to terms with their shattered family history. The gold standard among Mr. Dunn’s many plays about southern women, “Belles” continues to pack an emotional punch after all these years. $18 Adults / $10 Students / Season / Flex
Pay-What-You-Can May 5
Opening Night Reception May 6
June 26 at 2:00 PM
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. She learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on her own bias, refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself love and the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. A tragic event makes Nellie realize that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices. It’s a show truly ahead of its time. $20 Adults / $10 Students / Season / Flex
Pay-What-You-Can June 16
Opening Night Reception June 17
Our Sprouts shows are performances by kids, for kids. Typically shorter in length, these productions feature child-friendly content for our younger theater-goers.
October 11 at 2:00 PM
"It's time to let your hair down, have a little fun," chimes the company in the opening number of this fresh, vivacious musical adaptation of a popular tale. A wife sends her husband over a Witch's wall to steal a delicious vegetable called rapunzel. The Witch catches him and makes him promise to give his firstborn child to her in exchange for his own freedom. Years later, the baby has been alone in a castle, developing a spunky personality and her own brand of fun. Will she be rescued? Filled with an abundant supply of delightful songs like "Just Because You’re Different," "I'm a Nut" and of course, "Let Your Hair Down," this show is zestful entertainment for the whole family! All Seats $10 / 4 for $32 / Flex
December 6 at 2:00 PM
The legend of the Nutcracker lives on in this lively Christmas play, based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” It answers the questions: Why were the King of Mice and the Nutcracker enemies? How was it that the Nutcracker turned into a handsome prince? On Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather presents her with an amazing Nutcracker who’s suddenly brought to life when she is awakened by a band of renegade mice, led by the evil Mouse King. The Nutcracker battles the rodents and Marie joins him in a series of adventures as he seeks to regain his throne and human form. All Seats $10 / 4 for $32 / Flex
April 10 at 2:00 PM
The kingdom of Glump has been taxed to abstraction ever since their emperor became a pampered clothes horse with a lack of taste! The emperor and his family are so busy mismatching their wardrobe, the rest of the kingdom is in a shambles. Two con artists plan to fleece the emperor by selling him a magic cloth which appears invisible to people unworthy of their position. Naturally, everyone chooses to ‘see’ the magic cloth, until the innocent candor of a child reveals all. The emperor is shamed into reforming his leadership role in society, and his spoiled daughters learn a valuable lesson in humility. All Seats $10 / 4 for $32 / Flex
CTL also brings a variety of musical acts to the stage each year, from bands and orchestral groups to vocal performers.
The West Branch and Heart of Pennsylvania Choruses make their yearly trek to CTL for a night of tight barbershop harmonies, humor, and a bit of nostalgia. Quartets from both choruses will also be featured. $15 Adults / $10 Students / Flex.
It’s CTL’s Christmas Party and you are invited! This two night event will feature musical performances by 4 fantastic area groups: Nothing But Treble, The Williamsport Flute Choir, The Keystone Saxophone Quartet, and a special appearance by former members of the Celtic group, Black Bear Crossing. The evenings will conclude with a complimentary reception and general merriment. Come and celebrate the holidays with great music at CTL. $15 Adults / $10 Students / Flex
CTL’s intimate space makes for a unique concert experience and lets concert-goers get up close and personal with the students of the UMC. You will marvel at the musicianship and talent of these amazing kids. This year’s concert will feature the music stylings of Fleetwood Mac and focus on their multi-platinum album, “Rumours.” $15 Adults / $10 Students / Flex
If you like The Manhattan Transfer you’ll love the smooth sounds of VJQ. The Vocal Jazz Quartet, VJQ, features Cathy Byham, Lucy Henry, Tom Shellenberger, and Craig Weaver, and they are backed up by some of the best jazz instrumentalists in town. It’s a great night out for just yourself or bring your sweetheart for the perfect Valentine from VJQ.
$15 Adults / $10 Students / Flex
Check out VJQ at their website.
Gospel Bond made their CTL debut last season and they are back for another great evening of good, old-time gospel harmony. This 8 member, all-male group comes from the Selinsgrove area and packs venues all throughout
Central PA. To hear some tracks from their 5 albums, visit gospelbond.com. $15 Adults / $10 Students / Flex
The hottest ticket on last season’s schedule is back again for another evening of great Beatles’ tunes like only
Rubber Soul can play them. Bob Yoas, Dave Brumbaugh, Colin Beatty, and Joel Vincent will kick off your summer with a bang. $15 Adults / $10 Students / Flex
It’s become a CTL tradition to end our season with Spencer and the T-Bones! Their mix of classic rock, funk, soul, and current hits have made them an audience favorite and a great way to beat those dog days of summer. With 9 of the best horn, guitar, and rhythm players in the area, SATB will have you dancing in the aisles. $15 Adults / $10 Students / Flex
Come see students from throughout the community put on a selection of plays and musicals for all ages!
CTL is excited to offer high school students the opportunity to be fully in charge of a production. In the case of the Student One-Act Festival, high school students direct, design, and act in two one-act plays. WAHS senior Arielle Roush will direct “Flowers for Algernon” based on the famous science fiction story by Daniel Keyes, and Josette Deck from St. John Neumann Region Academy will direct “This is a Test” by Stephen Gregg. All Seats $10 / Flex.
July 24 at 2:00 PM
“A musical blast! Fun for the whole nuclear family!” says the New York Daily News.
This musical romp set in the 1950s is exhilarating! It’s sharp, spiffy, brighter, and better crafted than both “The Rocky Horror Show” and “Grease” put together! Star-crossed lovers are separated by society and a tyrannical school principal. Tragedy at the local nuclear plant doesn’t stop these two from attending their high school prom. With great music and loads of laughs, it’s a perfect, campy summer treat. All Seats $10 / Flex
August 7 at 2:00 PM
Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up. Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians, and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs, such as “Following the Leader,” “You Can Fly,” “The Second Star to the Right,” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.” $10 All Seats / 4 for $32 / Flex