Central Penn College - Capital BlueCross Theatre

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Capital BlueCross Theatre

at Central Penn College

The Capital BlueCross Theatre at Central Penn College enriches the lives of Central Penn students and members of the local community by providing opportunities for cultural enrichment. The 250-seat black box theatre features concerts, performances and gallery shows designed to enhance the programming of Central Penn College.

Featuring free on-campus parking, the easily accessible theatre is open to community members for select events. A full event listing can be found on the News, Events & Community page. Event tickets are available for purchase online, or at the Box Office, prior to the performance. Since tickets are limited, we encourage you to purchase your tickets online, before the performance.

The Capital BlueCross Theatre is located in The Underground, the lower level of the West Wing on Central Penn College’s Summerdale campus.

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Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite

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Box Office Information

The Box Office will typically open one hour before ticketed performances. For your convenience, event tickets can be purchased online by visiting the News, Events & Community page. Questions regarding the Capital BlueCross Theatre at Central Penn College can be directed to the Box Office by calling (717) 728-2240 or emailing BoxOffice@centralpenn.edu.

Event Schedule

For a full listing of all campus events, including events at the Capital BlueCross Theatre, please visit our News, Events & Community page.

Location & Directions

The Capital BlueCross Theatre is located on the campus of Central Penn College in Summerdale, PA., just minutes from I-81. For directions to campus, please click here. The theatre is located in the lower level of the West Wing, building number 12 on our campus map.

Parking

Central Penn College provides ample parking for theatre events. Theatre patrons are encouraged to view the Central Penn College campus map or parking webpage and park in lot F. After parking, proceed across B Street toward the West Wing. The entrance to the Capital BlueCross Theatre is on the pathway to the left of the door to the West Wing. Handicapped parking is located in lot J. Theatre patrons do not need to display a parking permit while attending an event at the Capital BlueCross Theatre.

Booking

If you would like to book the Capital BlueCross Theatre at Central Penn College for your upcoming event, please contact Jen Correll at (717) 728-2362 or email JenCorrell@centralpenn.edu.

Auditions for Summer Musical

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee a MTI musical winner of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards.

  • Music and Lyrics by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
  • Director: Danny Sites
  • Music Director: Caleb M. Stelle
  • Producer: Janet Bixler, theatre director Capital Bluecross Theatre
  • Show Consultant: Dustin LeBlanc


About the show
This wildly funny, fast-paced show tells the story of an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents all vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition. With an engaging, tuneful score by William Finn and a sweet, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee causes audiences to fall in love, both with the show itself and its “perspicacious,” “jocular,” and “effervescent” spellers. Note: this musical’s humor is rated PG-13

Auditions

  • May 22-23 6-8 pm
  • Open to Central Penn College students, staff and faculty as well as COMMUNITY MEMBERS! 
  • Must be at least 18 years old. 
  • Cast of 9 principles w/7+ smaller roles. 

Be prepared to:

  • Sing 16-32 bars of an upbeat song of your choice. 
  • You must sing with OUR provided accompaniment, with a CD (instrumental), or with a device you provide.
  • Please DO NOT sing a song from 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
  • Read provided selections from the script
  • Do some light movement—dress accordingly
  • Fill out a conflict sheet at auditions w/specific summer conflicts

Contact Janet Bixler, theatre director and musical producer: janetbixler@centralpenn.edu

Basic Rehearsal Schedule

  • Rehearsals will begin around Tuesday May 30, 2017.
  • Basic Rehearsal Schedule: Mondays thru Thursday 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Tech week will be from Saturday, July 15 through Thursday, July 20, 2017. 
  • No absences will be accepted during tech week or performances. 
  • Please make sure you can fully commit to the rehearsal and performance schedules before auditioning. We understand summer is a busy time, but you must be willing to make this show a priority. Not all performers will be asked to attend all rehearsals.
  • Performances: July 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, and 29
  • All shows start at 7:30 pm except Sunday, July 23 at 2:30 pm


All Characters are played by adults

Spellers:

  • Olive: Sweet and shy brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee—vocal range: strong better B3-F#5 soprano 
  • William Barfee: Bold and hyper allergic speller uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness—vocal range: Eb3-Bb4 tenor. 
  • Chip: Former champion is struggling with his burgeoning puberty—Sings a lot of high notes, a lot of times—vocal range: C3-B4 tenor.
  • Leaf: Easily distracted is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger—vocal range: A2-G4 bari tenor.
  • Marcy: Overachiever is disappointed by her consistent success—vocal range: B3-E5 soprano/mezzo-soprano 
  • Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre: Politically aware only wants to impress her gay dads.—vocal range: C4-D5 sorprano 

Adults:

  • Rona Lisa Peretti: The number-one realtor in Putnam County, a former Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion herself, and returning moderator. She is a sweet woman who loves children, but she can be very stern when it comes to dealing with Vice Principal Panch, who has feelings for her that she most likely does not return. Vocal range:C#4-Ab5, strong soprano
  • Vice Principal Douglas Panch: After five years' absence from the Bee, Panch returns as judge. There was an "incident" at the Twentieth Annual Bee, but he claims to be in "a better place" now (or so we think), thanks to a high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis. Non singing role, good w/improv 
  • Mitch Mahoney: The Official Comfort Counselor. An ex-convict, Mitch is performing his community service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing students. Vocal range:E3-A4 (B4) strong tenor

3rd student created play: TRUTH

Show Dates and Times:

  • May 17, 18, 19 @ 7:30 pm and May 20 @ 2:30 pm
  • Tickets NOW on sale: https://truth3rdstudentplay.eventbrite.com
  • You can also purchase tickets at the box office Wednesdays and Thursdays starting May 3 1-2:30 pm and one hour prior to the show.

About the show:
Students use their lived experiences, life perspectives and imaginations
to produce a piece of theatre that entertains and enlightens.

Truth: What's yours? Are you living your it?

Spend an hour with a group of Central Penn College students as they explore their individual truths and there consequences.

This year's play focuses on a group of high school students who slowly become friends through their shared time in ISS (in school suspension), but when Genevieve, the glue of the group, announces that she's moving away the group begins to disintegrate. The friends in shame, anger, frustration, and loss reach out to Genevieve who decides to bring them back together for one last adventure. Two years have passed. They are on their way to learning what it means to be an adult. Will they be able to repair their friendships? Have too many secrets been told? Have some made choices they regret? Have some refused to make any choices?

Who are you in this story? What's YOUR truth?

Upcoming Events

Student created play: TRUTH

  • May 17, 18, 19 @ 7:30 pm and May 20 @ 2:30 pm
  • Tickets on sale now.
  • https://truth3rdstudentplay.eventbrite.com
  • You can also purchase tickets at the box office Wednesdays and Thursdays starting May 3 1-2:30 pm and one hour prior to the show.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Auditions!

  • May 22-23 @ 6-8 pm
  • A MTI musical winner of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards. 
  • Director: Danny Sites
  • Music Director: Caleb M. Stelle
  • Producer: Janet Bixler, theatre director Capital Bluecross Theatre
  • Show Consultant: Dustin LeBlanc

Auditions Open to Central Penn College students, alums, staff and faculty as well as COMMUNITY MEMBERS! 

  • Must be at least 18 years old. 
  • Cast of 9 principles w/7+ smaller roles. 
  • Performances: July 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29
  • All shows start at 7:30 pm except Sunday, July 23 at 2:30 pm
  • Please click on the Maroon Box link for complete audition information.


Contact Janet Bixler, theatre director and musical producer: janetbixler@centralpenn.edu