We know you have been waiting to hear about the Ephrata Performing Arts Center’s 2024 Season! Here it is!
EPAC is proud to kick off its 2024 season with Rock of Ages! This electrifying musical takes you back to the outrageous 1980s on the legendary Sunset Strip, where dreams come alive through rock ‘n’ roll. Join Sherrie and Drew as they chase fame, love, and the magic of the era’s biggest hits from bands like Journey and Bon Jovi, and all-time hit songs like “We Built This City,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” and “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” With a mix of romance, comedy, and high-energy performances, Rock of Ages is a must-see spectacle that will have you dancing in your seat and singing along all night long.
Following Rock of Ages, experience sizzling drama and deep-rooted tension, as we proudly present Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Set in the sultry Mississippi Delta, this powerful play takes you on an emotional roller coaster as the Pollitt family navigates their own desires, secrets, and the crumbling foundation of their relationships. As lies, greed, and unspoken truths take center stage, passions ignite, exposing the raw vulnerabilities of their lives. This battle for truth, love, and survival features intense dialogue against a rich Southern backdrop, and will leave you spellbound and questioning the true nature of love.
Next, Angels in America, a groundbreaking masterpiece that EPAC will proudly present throughout Pride Month, captivates and challenges audiences in its two gripping parts. Set in the midst of the AIDS crisis in 1980s America, this extraordinary play weaves together the lives of diverse characters facing love, loss, and political upheaval. Part One, Millennium Approaches, introduces us to powerful themes of identity, faith, and the search for connection. Part Two, Perestroika, delves deeper into the human struggle, offering a glimpse into a world where angels and prophets collide. This deeply emotional and thought-provoking theatrical experience will leave you moved, inspired, and forever changed.
As the summer continues on, EPAC welcomes you to the dazzling world of Cabaret, a thrilling and seductive look at nightlife of 1930’s Berlin. Step into the Kit Kat Klub and immerse yourself in its intoxicating atmosphere where eager showgirls, charismatic performers, and a captivating Emcee transport you to a world of decadence, indulgence, and unbridled passion. As the dark shadows of political unrest loom, we follow the intertwined lives of American writer Cliff Bradshaw, the enigmatic Sally Bowles, and a vibrant ensemble of characters. With iconic music, featuring songs like “Wilkommen” and “Maybe This Time,” set to a hauntingly poignant storyline, Cabaret explores the blurred lines between love, desire, and self-expression in a world on the brink.
Following Chicken & Biscuits comes a side-splitting comedy experience when EPAC presents Chicken & Biscuits! This hilarious and heartwarming play takes you into the heart of a memorable family reunion filled with love, laughter, and a few secrets. As the Jenkins/Mabry family comes together to lay their patriarch to rest, old wounds are reopened and truths are revealed, leading to an uproariously entertaining and unexpectedly cathartic experience. With witty dialogue and relatable characters, Chicken & Biscuits explores themes of family dynamics, forgiveness, the power of laughter, and gives you a glimpse into the complexities of family life and the healing that can come from embracing authenticity and connection.
Later in the fall, EPAC is proud to present the captivating world of Gypsy, the timeless musical that will transport you to the glitz and glamor of show business. Based on the real-life memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, set in the backdrop of 1920s America, Gypsy tells the captivating story of Rose, the ultimate stage mother, as she relentlessly guides her two talented daughters, Louise and June, towards fame and fortune. With a dazzling blend of toe-tapping tunes, heartwarming moments, and larger-than-life characters, Gypsy takes you on a journey of ambition, self-discovery, and the pursuit of the American dream. This critically acclaimed musical will leave you mesmerized from start to finish, featuring iconic songs like “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Let Me Entertain You,” and proves to be a theatrical masterpiece that showcases the extraordinary resilience and artistry found within the world of show business.
Finally, we have an absolute treat in store for the holiday season with our 2024 Youth Production, Elf, Jr. Based on the beloved film, this delightful musical brings the magic of Christmas to life on stage. Follow Buddy, a cheerful and oversized elf, as he leaves the North Pole in search of his true identity in bustling New York City. Along the way, he spreads joy, love, and a bit of chaos, teaching us all the true meaning of Christmas. With catchy songs, energetic dance numbers, and a heartwarming story, Elf, Jr. is the perfect show for kids and adults alike. Join Buddy and his newfound friends on a journey filled with laughter, friendship, and holiday cheer. This festive musical celebration is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face and the spirit of Christmas in your heart. (Rights are currently pending).
Rock of Ages: March 14-30, 2024
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: April 18-27, 2024
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, May 30-June 8, 2024 | Perestroika, June 20-29, 2024
Cabaret: July 25-August 10, 2024
Chicken & Biscuits: September 5-14, 2024
Gypsy: October 10-26, 2024
Elf, Jr.: December 5-22, 2024