You don’t need to contend with New York traffic and Broadway ticket prices to enjoy a live theater experience. Montgomery County, PA and the surrounding region has a plethora of performance spaces featuring talented actors, professional and non-professional, in comedies, dramas, musicals, and original productions.
ACT II Playhouse – Ambler
Act II PlayhouseOpens a New Window. is a professional theater in Ambler, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tony Braithwaite and Managing Director Eileen Cella. Act II Playhouse offers an entertaining mix of shows, from classic musicals to hilarious comedies, exciting dramas, and fun, original shows for kids. Special events, including stand-up comedy nights and great live music are also on tap.
Wrapping the 20th anniversary season, Café Puttanesca will be staged May 14 to June 16. This riotous musical comedy is about three “ladies of the evening,” hanging out in post-war Amsterdam, singing songs and telling jokes.
The 2019-20 season will include the musical Pippin, from Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”); Neil Simon’s
Chapter Two; the hilarious comedies Kalamazoo and Greater Tuna, and much more.
Tickets are available by calling the Box Office at 215-654-0200 or visiting www.act2.org.
Bryn Athyn Community Theater – Bryn Athyn
Providing top theatrical entertainment since 1981, Bryn Athyn Community Theater (BACT) is staffed entirely by volunteers. Two major productions are offered in spring and fall. The theater’s mission includes presenting a broad variety of quality entertainment to support the values and standards of the New Church.
These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich will be presented May 24 and 25 and June 1 in the Mitchell Performing Arts Center. The play chronicles the strength of women considered expendable in their day and their continued resonance.
To purchase tickets, visit www.mitchellcenter.info.
DCP Theatre – Telford
DCP TheatreOpens a New Window. in Telford was founded in 1952 and has been continually operated completely by volunteers since – from the actors to the board members. About 20 years ago, DCP began to incorporate family theater targeted to children into its season.
Tickets are available by calling 215-234-0966 or visiting www.dcptheatre.comOpens a New Window.
Methacton Community Theater – Collegeville
MCTOpens a New Window. or Methacton Community Theater is a non-profit, community-based theater group that strives to bring affordable family entertainment to the area. Since 1977, the theater has offered musicals, plays, and youth shows throughout the year. MCT performs at Shannondell at Valley Forge and Variety Club Recreation Hall in Worcester.
MCT welcomes people of all ages and experience levels to work on and behind stage. Upcoming MCT shows are The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)[revised], a comedic mashup of all of Shakespeare’s plays. The show will be performed at the Variety Club Recreation Hall on May 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12. In July, MCT will present The Addams Family, a campy musical about the iconic ghoulish family from the 1960’s TV series at Shannondell Performing Arts Theater July 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, and 21.
Tickets are available by calling 610-489-6449 or visiting www.methactoncommunitytheater.org.
To read about 10 more theaters in the area, read the full article at valleyforge.org.