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.

For more information, please explore the boxes below.

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.

Theatre Schedule

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

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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.


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.


If you would like to book the Capital BlueCross Theatre at Central Penn College for your upcoming event, please contact Janet Bixler, theatre director at 717-728-2227.

Reclaiming My Time

March 8, 9, 10 and 11

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday

Premier of new work by Prof. Maria James-Thiaw

This theatrical production will take you on a hero's journey of women who lived during the Civil rights Movement.

Reclaiming My Time, an American Griot Project was conceived and written by Maria James-Thiaw and is presented in association with the Harrisburg (PA) Chapter of The Links, INC.

Maria James-Thiaw, poet, interviewed dozens of women and turned their stories of fear, disbelief, courage, outrage and victory into dynamic spoken-word poetry.

Director, Janet Bixler and James-Thiaw wove the poems together to tell the bigger story of the women whose voices were often dismissed during this time of great change. Now the women are stepping forward to reclaim their time in history, the present and the future.

This production will be filled with powerful words, images, movement and VOICES!


Saturday, March 10: Dinner and a Show--$45 includes a traditional Soul Food dinner, live jazz and recognition of attending griots @ the Conference Center at Central Penn College and a ticket to the performance. (scholarship and educational programing fundraiser for The Links, INC.).

Sunday, March 11: Panel Discussion with some of the griots (women whose stories were performed), experts in mental health, Civil Rights history and social justice advocacy. Light refreshments will be served.

***this production is appropriate for ages 11-adult

Swords and Shakespeare

A little bit of Shakespeare, but mostly a bunch of fights makes for a GREAT night of entertainment. And there's a bonus: the performance of Shakespearean scenes of conflict and combat will take place in our beautiful open-air student fellowship amphitheatre! (located behind the pool near the wooden bridge that leads to the Boyer house)

Come enjoy the work of fight choreographer, Dan Burke of Safe Violence by Dan Burke and the acting of CPC students, alum, faculty and staff as well as community members.

In case of rain the event will be held in the Conference Center (1st floor of ATEC building)
Public Performance June 7 at 6:30 pm $3 students; $7 general admission
Special Alumni Event Performance June 8 at 6:30 pm $5 registration
Tickets and registration at the Eventbrite links.

Stage Combat Intensive

Dan Burke of Safe Violence by Dan Burke will facilitate a 5 week stage combat intensive where the participants will learn how to safely and artistically prepare a Shakespearean scene of conflict and combat for the Capital BlueCross Theatre's production of Swords and Shakespeare.

Registration for the intensive is free. Registration deadline is April 24!

The intesive will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting May 1 and ending June 6 from 6:30-8:30 pm

Dress rehearsal is June 6.

Performances in the outdoor amphitheater on the Central Penn College Summerdale campus is June 7 and 8.

Upcoming Events

Swords and Shakespeare

Shakespearean Scenes of Conflict and Combat

  • June 7: Public performance; FREE
  • June 8: Alumni Event with hot hors d'oeuvres and cash bar: $5 registration
  • Tickets and registration: Eventbrite.