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 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.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame September 28-30 at 7:30 PM
October 1 at 2:00 PM

A familiar story comes to life on the CTL stage! Quasimodo, the deformed captive bell-ringer of Notre Dame, seeks a life beyond the cathedral and his captor, Archdeacon Frollo. During the Feast of Fools, Quasimodo is befriended by Esmeralda, a gypsy girl, who helps him escape a frenzied crowd. As Frollo declares war on the gypsies, the hunchback soon finds himself in a struggle for freedom, acceptance, and love. Will Quasimodo be a hero, or will he fall victim to the horrors that lie within the cathedral? 

Rumors November 10-11, 16-18 at 7:30 PM
November 19 at 2:00 PM
At a large, tastefully appointed townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. At a party for their 10th wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer and his wife must get the “story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
Over the Tavern January 19-20, 25-27 at 7:30 PM
January 28 at 2:00 PM
In that most idealized period of 20th-century America, the Eisenhower years of the 1950s, the Pazinski family has a lot going on in their cramped Buffalo apartment. The youngest of the bunch, 12-year-old Rudy, is a smart, wise-cracking kid who's starting to question family values and the Roman Catholic Church. When Rudy goes up against the ruler-wielding Sister Clarissa and announces that, instead of being confirmed, he'd rather shop around for a more "fun" religion, all hell breaks loose, literally. A warm and hilarious look at family, God, and growing up.
Into the Woods April 6-7, 12-14 at 7:30 PM
April 15 at 2:00 PM
Familiar fairy tale characters get a little entangled on their way to find their “happily ever after” and have their wishes come true. Jack and his beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and a Baker (and his wife) must each go into the woods, where wolves lurk behind trees and other dangers can be found around every turn. Add a witch with a curse, a giant on the loose, and two princes in search of their princesses-to-be, and things might be more complicated than anticipated. When wishes come true, the consequences of prior actions return to haunt them with disastrous results. Dark comedy, not recommended for young children.
The Miracle Worker May 4-5, 10-12 at 7:30 PM
May 13 at 2:00 PM
Trapped in a secret, silent world, and unable to communicate, Helen Keller is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human, and treated by her family as such. Annie Sullivan, a young teacher with a disability of her own, understands that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. The volatile relationship of the lonely teacher and her young charge is explored with intense physical and emotional dynamism. Annie's success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word.
Anything Goes June 22-23, 28-30 at 7:30 PM
July 1 at 7:30 PM
Aboard the ocean liner S.S. American, nightclub singer-turned-evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England, where her friend, Billy Crocker, has stowed himself away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt. But there’s a problem: Hope’s fiancé, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, is on board, as well as Public Enemy #13 (Moonface Martin) and his sidekick Bonnie. With the help of some crafty disguises, tap-dancing sailors, and old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Moonface team up to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.

Studio Series

The Moyer Studio Theatre is the main performance space of CTL's Community Academy of Stage and Theatre. The Studio Theatre is excited to bring audiences top quality productions of cutting-edge comedies and dramas set in an intimate setting. 

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? October 13-14 at 7:30 PM
October 15 at 2:00 PM

After a faculty party, George and Martha invite Nick and Honey to their home for an evening of games. What awaits their late-night guests is not a welcoming nightcap, but tempestuous verbal sparring fueled by alcohol and 20 years of marital dysfunction. Filled with acerbic wit, Albee’s play is both wildly funny and heart-wrenching, exposing the fears and secrets of both couples as the lines between reality and illusion blur. Can the two couples survive when their worlds come to a crashing halt?

Proof December 1-2 at 7:30 PM
December 3 at 2:00 PM
Catherine has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a renowned mathematician and professor. Now, following his death and on the eve of her 25th birthday, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father, who hopes to find valuable work in the hundreds of notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness—or genius—will she inherit?
Doubt, A Parable February 2-3 at 7:30 PM
February 4 at 2:00 PM
In a Bronx parochial school in 1964, the principal, the strict and traditional Sister Aloysius, comes head-to-head with the popular and progressive parish priest, Father Flynn. Based only on circumstantial evidence, the elder nun levels damning accusations about Flynn’s relationship with a male student. Having convinced a younger nun that her intuition is truth, Sister Aloysius moves forward with her attempt to have the Father removed. Will the truth be revealed in time, or will reputations be destroyed because of suspicion?
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike April 20-21 at 7:30 PM
April 22 at 2:00 PM
Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

Sprouts

Our Sprouts shows are performances by kids, for kids. Typically shorter in length, these productions feature child-friendly content for our younger theater-goers.

Elf the Musical, Jr. December 8-9, 15-16 at 7:30 PM
December 17 at 2:00 PM
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole, where he is adopted as an elf. Blissfully unaware that he is a human, Buddy is faced with the truth when his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities make him stick out. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. When he finds out his father is on the naughty list, and that his half-brother doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Hyronomous A. Frog February 16-17 at 7:30 PM
February 18 at 2:00 PM
Hyronomous, an inept and lonely frog prince, lives in a bog in the Kingdom of Spamelot. A bored and unhappy frog, Hyronomous is larger than other frogs and hates the taste of flies. When he finds out he’s only a frog because of a spell, he sets off for the castle to find a maiden who will help to break the spell. Though he tries to win the kiss from spoiled Princess Gladiola, Hyronomous wins his kiss from an unexpected place, in a play full of wit and charm.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr. March 2-3 at 7:30 PM
March 4 at 2:00 PM

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

This production is performed by students participating in The Penguin Project, which empowers children with special needs through theatre.

Hansel and Gretel June 1-2 at 7:30 PM
June 3 at 2:00 PM
When Hansel and Gretel wander into the forest, they encounter some marvelous folk – an arrogant troll who fiercely guards his bridge, a talking owl, a forest sprite, and two hobgoblins in the service of the Gingerbread Witch. Kidnapped by the witch, Hansel is locked in a cage and fed nothing but fudge and cake, but can Gretel outsmart the witch and free the lost children who have been turned into cookies?

Concerts

CTL also brings a variety of musical acts to the stage each year, from bands and orchestral groups to vocal performers.

Barbershop! October 20 at 7:30 PM

For more than a decade, the West Branch and Heart of Pennsylvania Choruses have been holding their annual fall concert at CTL! Enjoy a night full of tight barbershop harmonies, humor, and a bit of nostalgia. Quartets from both choruses will also be featured.

Holiday Jazz with the WCJO December 21-22 at 7:30 PM

The Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra returns to the CTL Mainstage with a celebration of holiday songs with a jazz twist. Don’t miss out on an evening of holiday favorites and jazz standards.

UMC Unplugged: Generation Grunge March 8-9 at 7:30 PM
March 10 at 2:00 PM
March 10 at 7:30 PM
The Uptown Music Collective returns to CTL! this performance will feature students paying 
tribute to the legends of ‘90s grunge rock, including Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and more. Taking cues from the “MTV Unplugged” series, this concert will feature pseudo-
acoustic and unqiue interpretations of the era’s most popular songs, as well as some deep cuts, brought to life with the creativity and musicality the students of Uptown Music Collective have become known for.

Student Productions

Come see students from throughout the community put on a selection of plays and musicals for all ages!

Evening of Student One-Acts January 5-6 at 7:30 PM
January 7 at 2:00 PM

An annual favorite returns! High school students take total control over two productions, from picking the shows and casting through designing and directing. Two one-act productions in one evening of fun!

Fame: The Musical July 19-21 at 7:30 PM
July 22 at 2:00 PM

The show follows the final class of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts from their admission in 1980 to their graduation in 1984. All of the struggles, fears and triumphs – from prejudice to substance abuse – are depicted with razor-sharp focus as the young artists navigate the worlds of music, drama, and dance.

Featuring students finishing 9th grade through college.

Disney's High School Musical, Jr. August 3-4 at 7:30 PM
August 5 at 2:00 PM

Disney's smash-hit musical comes to life! It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple causes an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the "status quo," Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

Madagascar, Jr. August 17-18 at 7:30 PM
August 19 at 2:00 PM

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world. Escaping their home in New York, the madcap crew finds themselves on an unusual journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar.