Theater Abounds in Lancaster County
posted on June 1, 2017
No matter if you are looking for dinner and a show, a way to beat the heat, or simply enjoy watching live theater or musicals, there are many options in Lancaster County. Most are within a very short drive from our Inn, Shoppes and Creamery. We have put together a sampling of the shows that you can enjoy this summer.
Right Down the Road
The Red Caboose is just at the other end of town. Their shows are for those who truly love the Railroad. ALL ABOARD: A SALUTE TO THE GREAT AMERICAN RAILROAD - FOR KIDS! is a quick 30 minute show for children where you can sing along to great Railroad songs. Shows are on Saturdays June 17th & 24th. Also showing at the Red Caboose is ALL ABOARD: A SALUTE TO THE GREAT AMERICAN RAILROAD (for adults). This show begins on July 8th and is a musical tribute to the great Railroads of America's past.
A quick drive down 896 and you will be at Sight And Sound Theater. The name says it all – you will be immersed in sights and sounds including live animals on stage. Playing until October 14th, the Bible story of Jonah is being featured where the cowardly prophet finds his way inside the belly of a whale for his disobedience.
American Music Theater, located just off 896 on Route 30 is featuring Vegas Legends from June 3rd – October 7th. This show is family friendly and pays tribute to the famed entertainers who made Las Vegas the “Entertainment Capitol of the World”. Immerse yourself in music and dance, paying tribute to original entertainers as well as today’s musical legends.
The Fulton Opera House is located in Downtown Lancaster. This historic theater is a sight to see by itself. It will be featuring three shows this summer. 4000 Days by Peter Quilter is playing until July 4th. This story is about Michael who lost 11 years of his memory due to a blood clot. Starting June 6th and running through July 23 Disney’s Newsies will be featured based on the the real-life Newsboy strike of 1899. June 17 – July 22, Big, the Musical will be playing based on a child getting his wish to grow up and discovering it’s not as fun as it seems.
Dinner And A Show
If you crave dinner and a show, there are several great places to visit. The Bird-In-Hand Stage on Route 340 is offering two musical comedies this summer. Mennonite Girls Can Cook is showing until October 28th. This 90 minute show depicts the small town hosts of a local cable TV cooking show which attracts the attention of a Hollywood producer. Also playing June 7th – September 2nd is Half Stitched where an Amish widow spends the weekend hosting a quilting class with “six loose threads”.
Rainbow’s Comedy Playhouse on Route 30 is featuring an original work June 3rd – August 12th called Buying the Moose. They say Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus. See what happens when they try to give advice to each other in this comedy.
Would you buy the Moose? How often have you fallen into a situation where the best thing that could happen came from the worst thing that could happen?
The Dutch Apple just off Route 30 on Centerville Road is featuring two shows this summer, each 2 hours in length. Second Chances The Thrift Shop Musical is an original work created by the owner, Tom Ross Prather. Based on a community thrift shop, everyone (and things) deserves a second chance at life. Starting June 29th and running through August 12th the classic Peter Pan will be sure to bring the inner child out in you. This show includes all your favorites from Never Never Land.
Lancaster also offers Community Theater. These shows are put on by unpaid actors, actresses and musicians and highlight the many talents our community offers.
The Ephrata Performing Arts Center is featuring The Cripple of Inishmaan from June 8th – June 17th. This comedy-drama is set in a remote Irish village in the 1930’s but things turn upside down when a Hollywood Film Crew arrives. Starting July 20th – August 5th they will also be performing the family-friendly musical Hairspray.
A local college, Millersville University will be performing on June 4th and June 11th The Civil War, a Broadway Musical by Frank Wildhorn Jr. This “dramatic theatrical concert” takes a hard look into the greatest American tragedy and those who fought for their beliefs.
Third Space Theater is just opening and will include open mic nights, local singers, song writers, poets, actors and anyone looking to showcase their talent. Check out their site for more information but this is sure to be a fun and unexpected experience for all.
No matter when you visit, there is always great entertainment close by and our Inn Keeper can help direct you to discover what you are looking for or you can visit www.visitlancasterpa.net. We are very fortunate to have many options for whatever your tastes may be and a comfy bed for you to rest in after all the excitement of your day