It’s an exciting year ahead for the Capital BlueCross Theatre. The theatre’s sixth season features an eclectic mix of socially conscious offerings, original student work, and collaborations with local theater groups and community talent.
The season kicked off with The Vagina Monologues on Thursday, Feb. 21. Coming up next is Searching for Happiness: A Theatrical Coffeehouse, which will include local authors reading from their works, original music and an acting troupe performing select scenes from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The production debuts March 7 & 8, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
“My goal is to offer our students a wide variety of opportunities to showcase their talents and skills,” says Theatre Director Janet Bixler. “I also want to give our local community a chance to experience different types of productions, from thought-provoking, socially relevant work to light, fun entertainments.”
The Capital BlueCross Theatre is located on the campus of Central Penn College in Summerdale, Pa., which is only a short drive from downtown Harrisburg. Admission for most shows is $10 for the public and $3 for students.
- March 7 & 8 – Searching for Happiness: A Theatrical Coffeehouse
When: Thursday, March 7, & Friday, March 8, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
What: The theatre will be transformed into a coffeehouse and feature local writers reading from their works, a professional musician playing original music and actors bringing to life select scenes from Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451. Attendees also can enjoy a selection of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, pastries, fruit and other goodies.
- June 6, 7 & 8 – Lost and Found, the fifth student-created play
When: Thursday, June 6, & Friday, June 7, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 8, 2:30–4:30 p.m.
What: Each year, the Theatre puts on a student-created play based on a theme. Using their experiences and imaginations to create an original play, a group of students will work together to explore losing and finding “things” of great importance, including relationships, people, places and themselves.
- Sept. (multiple) – Bridging the Gap collaboration
When: Friday, Sept. 6, & Saturday, Sept. 7, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 12 & Friday, Sept. 13, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2:30–4:30 p.m.
What: A new work created in partnership with the Sankofa African American Theatre Company and Reclaim Artist Collective that will feature the poetry of Central Penn Professor Maria James-Thiaw. This play will explore the racial and socio-economic divides from both historical and contemporary perspectives. To learn more about Sankofa, go to: www.sankofatheatrehbg.com.
- Dec. 5 & 6 – “An Elf Mafia Murder Mystery”
When: Thursday, Dec. 5, & Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
What: While enjoying a festive three-course meal prepared by CulinArt at Central Penn College, Toby Bradbury and his troupe of Oxymorons will entertain you with a fast-paced, laughter-filled holiday whodunit.