Productions & Special Events

2022-2023 | Our 99th Season of Exceptional Theatre

Every Christmas Story Ever Told

A Madcap Romp through the Holidays

December 2-18

What begins as another annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all our beloved holiday classics, including favorites like It’s a Wonderful Life, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and more. Add in topical references as five actors set out to perform every Christmas story ever told in this racy, madcap romp through the holiday season. To read more, CLICK HERE. (Appropriate for ages 13 and up)

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

A Boisterous Holiday Favorite

December 9-18

In this buoyant adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic, the Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. So when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites. Soon everyone is calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s up to the Bradleys and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story—and the Herdman kids—through new eyes. To read more, CLICK HERE. (Appropriate for all ages)

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A Premier Jazz Orchestra Christmas

Featuring Vocalist Valerie Duke

Tuesday, December 13 @ 6:30 PM

Come experience the incredible sound of Premier Jazz Orchestra, featuring vocalist Valerie Duke. Come early to meet Santa and have your picture taken with the jolly man himself. Classic sounds to modern takes on old standards. This show is for kids from 1 to 92! Let us fan that holiday flame as we bring you into our winter wonderland of jazz.

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CTC Book Club

A Discussion of Dominique Morriseau's PIPELINE

Tuesday, January 10 @ 7 PM

Next up for the CTC Book Club is Dominique Morrisseau’s PIPELINE, in which a mother’s hopes for her son clash with an educational system rigged against him. Read the play before the meeting, then join us in the Mainstage Lobby for some lively conversation (and a little wine if you want to BYOB). Each monthly meeting will discuss another play that addresses social issues. You’ll find a PDF of the script on the club’s Facebook page. If you’re not a member, search for “CTC Book Club” and ask to join!

Pride & Prejudice

Hold Onto Your Bonnets!

January 27-February 12, 2023

This isn’t your grandmother’s Jane Austen! Bold, surprising, and boisterous, this stage adaptation explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect – or imperfect – match in life. The outspoken Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn? Austen’s novel gets a deliciously antic sensibility. (Appropriate for all ages)

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The Color Purple

A Musical Celebration

February 17-March 5, 2023

This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film follows the journey of Celie, a downtrodden young African-American woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story. With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, it’s a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love, and a celebration of life. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards and winner in 2015 for Best Revival of a Musical. (Appropriate for mature audiences)

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A Youth Theatre Production

March 17-26, 2023

Here for the first time is a stage version of the beloved story written by an Austrian novelist in the 1920s. It’s an eloquent tale of growing up. After Bambi encounters for the first time the feelings of love, fear, loneliness, and independence, he comes to understand that all of Earth’s creatures are guided by a greater force than themselves. (Appropriate for all ages)

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The Cake

The Ingredients for Trouble

April 21-May 7, 2023

Della makes cakes, not judgment calls. Those she leaves to her husband. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually a fiancée, this bubbly but conservative baker’s life gets turned upside down. She can’t really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? In Bekah Brunstetter’s touching dramatic comedy, Della faces a crisis of conscience and, for the first time in her life, she has to think for herself. (Appropriate for mature audiences)

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Miss Nelson Is Missing

A Youth Theatre Production

May 12-21, 2023

In this hilarious adaptation of the beloved children’s book, Miss Nelson can’t control her crazy classroom because she’s just too nice. But when she disappears, her replacement is the hard-as-nails, recess-canceling, homework-overloading substitute teacher Viola Swamp. With the Big Test approaching, the kids realize how much they miss Miss Nelson, and they’ll do anything to solve the mystery of her disappearance and bring her back. (Appropriate for all ages)

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The Piano Lesson

An August Wilson Masterpiece

June 9-25, 2023

It is 1936, and Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an opportunity to buy some land down home, but he must come up with the money right quick. Should he sell an old piano that has been in his family for generations? Boy Willie tries to persuade his stubborn sister that the past is past, but she is more formidable than he anticipated. From the masterful August Wilson, author of FENCES, comes this winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. (Appropriate for ages 13 and up)

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Something Rotten

The Funniest Musical in 400 Years

July 21-August 6, 2023

Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of 16th century Shakespeare and 21st century Broadway. This outrageous musical farce follows Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. (Appropriate for ages 13 and up)

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