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 3-5 at 7:30 PM
November 6 at 2:00 PM
Check in on your favorite, hauntingly-quirky family, in a brand new original story. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. $20 Adults / $10 Students / Season / Flex
October 28, 29, November 3, 4, 5, 6
Pay-What-You-Can October 27
December 11 at 2:00 PM
A story about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her!
It’s Thanksgiving Day and the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since the patriarch died. At the gathering, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission; to tell his wife he loved her, something he neglected to tell her while he was alive. After all, they were only married for 41 years. The problem is, she can’t hear or see him, only his middle child is able to hear his remarks--candid, surly, and smart-alecky as they may be. The trouble begins when Mom invites a date for dinner. Dad can barely contain his comments and the results are hilarious.
$18 Adults / $10 Students / Season / Flex
December 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11
Pay-What-You-Can December 1
February 19 at 2:00 PM
Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, “Avenue Q” is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart.
The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, “Avenue Q” is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Although the show ad dresses humorous adult issues***, it is similar to a beloved children’s show; a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned. $20 Adults / $10 Students / Season / Flex
***Due to adult themes, language, a mature subject matter, “Avenue Q” is not intended for children.
Pay-What-You-Can February 9
April 30 at 2:00 PM
Ferris has agreed to look after his sister’s seedy hotel but hasn’t anticipated the arrival of a notorious hotel critic/journalist or that this will coincide with an assortment of guests who have guilty secrets they do not wish to have divulged. Ferris is caught up in a dizzy round of lies and subterfuge as he tries to protect the hotel’s reputation in the eyes of the journalist, a task made more difficult by the fact that he does not know which of his guests it is!
$18 Adults / $10 Students / Season / Flex
June 25 at 2:00 PM
June 29-30 at 7:30 PM
July 1 at 7:30 PM
July 2 at 2:00 PM
By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, “The Music Man” is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Willson’s six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.
“The Music Man” follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef! His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. $20 Adults / $10 Students / Season / Flex
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 9 at 2:00 PM
A courtroom has never been more lively and fun than in “The Big Bad Musical!” The notorious Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by storybooks of quirky characters who want to get even: Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs, and the Boy Who Cried Wolf. Two of the greatest legal minds in the Enchanted Forest — the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother — clash in a trial that will be remembered forever after. Multiple endings decided on by the audience make every performance unique! All Seats $10 / 4 for $32 / Flex
January 22 at 2:00 PM
Lockhart Cobblestone, the shoemaker, has a kind heart but little money in his pocket. Moved by the plight of an old beggar woman, he gives her his last pair of shoes and now has leather enough to make only one more pair of shoes. He sets it out to work on the next morning and the fun begins! Out pop five weird, endearing little elves: Mortz, Schwartz, Hazel, Gracie, and Studebaker, who whip up the most fantastic and magical shoes the town of Clankbottom has ever seen. Here’s an upbeat, fast-paced retelling of an old favorite which conveys a gentle message about the nature of kindness. All Seats $10 / 4 for $32 / Flex
May 14 at 2:00 PM
Smart, pretty, and kind, Little Red Robin Hood must deal with the Big Bad Sheriff of the Naughty Hams (the Three Little Pigs, that is!), who do the bidding of Prince John, the vain Emperor who is eager to try on his magic new suit being woven by Cinderella’s deceitful stepsisters. With Humpty Dumpty, Black Sheep, Rose Red, and Simple Simon acting as her Merry Men, Little Red Robin Hood must save all the village grannies of Sherwood Forest, including her own, an old woman who lives in a shoe, Mother Hubbard, and Mother Goose herself. Along the way she also wins the heart of the Pied Piper, who’s a touring celebrity musician with an armload of groupies. 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 have been holding their annual Fall concert here at CTL for more than a decade. Spend a night here at CTL full of tight barbershop harmonies, humor, and a bit of nostalgia. Quartets from both choruses will also be featured. $15 Adults / $10 Students / Flex.
One of our most anticipated concerts all season is Holiday Jazz with the WCJO. Williamsport is lucky to have such an amazing group right here in town. Some of the best musicians in the area play a mix of holiday classics, Christmas standards, and their own jazz renditions of popular tunes. Sponsored by Andrée Phillips and Caryn & Skip Powers. $15 Adults / $10 Students / Flex
Dave Sorgen Kate Anderson, Adam Wright, David Bailey, Eddie Severn, Mike Damiani, Diana Bailey, Bob Leidhecker, Bill Ciabattari, Dale Orris, Steve Adams, Mark Lusk, Dick Adams, Matt Radspinner, Becky Ciabattari, Tim Breon & Thomas Outlen.
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust: A Tribute to David Bowie
The Uptown Music Collective is back again for another up-close concert experience, this time featuring the music for the great David Bowie. This intimate performance will feature hits from Bowie’s expansive career as well as a few “deep cuts” brought to life on the CTL stage as only the Uptown Music Collective can. $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. All Seats $10 / Flex.
January 29 at 2:00 PM
In conjunction with The Penguin Project, CAST will present a unique presentation of Disney’s "Aladdin Jr," which gives youngsters with special needs the opportunity to perform a show with fellow student mentors to guide them through the process. This highly successful program has been duplicated throughout the U.S. and CAST is only the second group in PA to join the project. It’s a truly inspiring program and their performance will make you laugh, cry, and witness true triumph of the human spirit. All Seats $10 / 4 for $32 / Flex
August 6 at 2:00 PM
August 11-12 at 7:30 PM
August 13 at 2:00 PM
Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in “Shrek The Musical JR.,” based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, “Shrek JR.” is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. $10 All Seats / 4 for $32 / Flex
The Moyer Studio Theatre is the main performance space of CTL's Community Academy of Stage and Theatre. The CAST's Studio Theatre is excited to bring audiences top quality productions of up-and-coming comedies and dramas set in an intimate setting. Make sure to check out the details for each show, as they can either be for the whole family or can be for mature audiences.
October 16 at 2:00 PM
8-year-old Lily Polkadot just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying, to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polka dot skin blooms into an unexpected friendship. Inspired by the events of The Little Rock 9, “Polkadots: the Cool Kids Musical” serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts. $13 Adults / $8 Students / Flex
"Elephant’s Graveyard" is the true tale of the tragic collision of a struggling circus and a tiny town in Tennessee, which resulted in the only known lynching of an elephant. Set in September of 1916, the play combines historical fact and legend, exploring the deep-seated American craving for spectacle, violence, and revenge. Presented as part of CAST’s high school drama class. $13 Adults / $8 Students / Flex
March 12 at 2:00 PM
Fifty-seven year old Ben is recently widowed, childless, and retired. He’s adrift-and even though he’s never seen the ocean, he decides he should build a boat and sail across the Atlantic, single-handedly. Jaime, his troubled neighbor, has been suspended from film school, and his father has lost patience with the troubled young man. When Ben decides to let Jaime make a movie about his boat-building project, the two men--generations apart and lonely in very different ways--force each other to confront the isolation in their own lives. $13 Adults / $8 Students / Flex
June 4 at 2:00 PM
Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history—a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it. $13 Adults / $8 Students / Flex