Thursday, August 2, 2012

On stage in August

 BIRDSBORO  – Alpha/Omega Players present the regional premier of “Spring Awakening,” Aug. 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 5, 12 at 3 p.m. in the Alpha/Omega Performing Arts Center, 301 E. First St., Birdsboro, PA 19508. “Spring Awakening,” is based on a controversial 1891 German Play of the same name written by Frank Wedekind.  For reservations call 610-404-4844. Note: Parental Guidance is suggested as the show deals with sexual situations and contains strong language. Not recommended for anyone under the age of 13.

POTTSTOWN – Steel River Playhouse (formerly the Tri-County Performing Arts Center) presents  “High School Musical Jr.” Aug. 10-12 at 245 E. High Street in Pottstown where the summer campers have been  rehearsing for the show. All tickets are $8, with performances at 7 p.m. , and a special matinee on Aug. 12 at 3 p.m.  To buy your tickets online visit  You may also call the box office at 610-970-1199.

READING – Genesius Theatre continues its season of classics with “Les Miserables: the School Edition”– opening Aug. 3 at the Tenth and Walnut Theater. “Les Misérables: School Edition” has been adapted by Musical Theatre International and Cameron Mackintosh. The show is performed completely by students “Les Misérables: School Edition” opens Friday Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. and runs Aug. 4, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m., as well. It also performs on Saturday, Aug. 4 and 11 at 3 p.m, Sunday, Aug. 5 and 12 at 3 p.m., and on Wednesday/Thursday, Aug. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m., at  Genesius Theatre, 153 Walnut St. (10th and Walnut). To purchase tickets with all major credit cards and get more information please visit the website at or call 610-373-9500 to purchase tickets with credit cards only. For more information contact the theater at 610-371-8151. All tickets are $15 and credit card fees apply. Genesius Theatre is handicap accessible and there is free parking aside of the theater (limited spaces available). This production is rated PG-13 for Content and Language.

READING – Reading Civic Theatre will bring to life the magic of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” to Alvernia University for two weekends only, Aug. 3 through 12. All performances will be in Francis Hall Theatre located at Alvernia University. Please note that seating is reserved. Tickets for all shows are available online. Visit to purchase your tickets now or call 610-373-3311 to ensure the best seats. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays (8/3 & 8/10), p.m. on Saturdays (8/4 & 8/11), and 3 p.m. on Sundays (8/5 & 8/12). Ticket prices are $28 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. When available, tickets will be sold at the door. There is only one special opportunity for your prince and princess to join Cinderella for a Tea Party and it is before the Aug. 4 performance from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets for Tea with Cinderella are only $10 and are also available through the website. Visit Reading Civic Theater on the web at

READING – The Yocum Institute for Arts Education and The Berks County Department of Parks & Recreation present two outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s comedy, “Twelfth Night.” Friday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. On Sunday,  the cast will present a Shakespeare for Kids Twelfth Night Pre-Show beginning at 4 p.m. The performances mark the first time the Berks County Department of Parks & Recreation has offered Shakespeare in the Park as part of its Performing Arts in the Park series.  Admission is free, $2 to park.
Rain dates are scheduled for Aug. 10 and Aug. 12. Postponements due to weather will be announced via the Parks & Recreation website, social media and will be posted at the park. Gring’s Mill Amphitheater is located at 2083 Tulpehocken Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610

READING – Reading Community Players present the classic Victorian thriller “Angel Street,” better known as “Gaslight,” Aug. 17-26 at Reading Community Players, 403 N. 11th St. (610-375-9016.)  There is a free shuttle from a parking lot on 12th Street between Buttonwood and Elm streets. For more information call 610-375-9106 or visit

READING – Genesius Theatre presents “Titanic – the Musical” in concert Aug. 17-19  Alvernia University in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS titanic. This is a concert version of the engrossing and haunting winner of the 1997 Tony-Award for Best Musical, “Titanic: The Musical,” at Francis Hall on the  Alvernia University campus.”
The musical, which does not follow the same love story as the well-known 1997 film “Titanic,” tells the story of the ill-fated voyage beginning at the boarding of the Titanic and ending on board the rescue ship Carpathia.  Using the stories of dozens of real life figures, from the Astors and Guggenheims, to Murdoch, the ship’s second in command, and Bruce Ismay, the owner of the White Star Lines, Titanic: The Musical brings a strong human element to one of the greatest maritime disasters of all time.”
Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Doors will open one hour prior to show times so the audience may enjoy the hors d’oeuvres and Champagne Cocktails/Soft Drinks in the beautiful courtyard and lobby of St. Francis Hall at Alvernia Univeristy.  The production is being produced by Genesius Theatre, and is presented at Francis Hall at Alvernia Univerisity, 400 Saint Bernandine, Reading, PA 19607. To purchase tickets with all major credit cards and get more information please visit our web site at or call 610-373-9500 to purchase tickets with credit cards only. For more information contact the theater at 610-371-8151. Tickets are $35 and includes hors d’oeuvres and Sweet Street Desserts included.  Champagne cocktails are $5 and soft drinks/water are $2. Alvernia is handicap accessible and there is free parking.  This production is rated PG – Adult Situations (ages 10 on up.

CENTER VALLEY — Tennessee Williams’ favorite among his own plays, the Pulitzer prize-winning ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,’ continues at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival main stage, in rep with “Much Ado About Nothing.” It runs through Aug. 5. Tickets are available at and by contacting the Box Office at 610.282.WILL . The productions alternate performances, and on Aug. 4 and 5, patrons can see both productions on the same day.

Other area theater productions

Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown (610-433-2333) presents “All Shook Up,” a new musical comedy featuring the music of Elvis Presley, through Aug. 19.

Act II Playhouse, Ambler presents “Free Range Thinking” through August 12. (215-654-0200) or

Ephrata Performing Arts Center's Sharadin-Bigler Theater, Cocalico Street, Ephrata (717-733-7966) presents "The Who's Tommy" through Aug. 4

Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey (717-534-3405)
"Vicki Lawrence and Mame: A Two Woman Show"; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8

Peddlar’s Pub Mystery Dinner Theater, Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 1, Peddlars Village, Lahaska.

People’s Light & Theatre, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern (610-644-3500) presents  "Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown" through Aug. 19

 “Defending the Caveman,” two shows, Saturday Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave, Sellersville.  Box Office: 215-257-5808

To have your production listed here, email information to Cheryl Thornburg at 


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