CTL Season Lineup Promises Double the Fun

It’s not a grammatical error to dub the Community Theatre League’s 2013-14 season as “two good to miss.” CTL’s Main Stage lineup is geared to doubling patrons’ pleasure and making theatregoers “see twice.”

The season lineup begins and ends with musicals presented at the former Washington Blvd. facility. Back-to-back comedies have almost the same title; another farcical comedy repeats the title twice; and the pre-holiday musical is an adaptation of two motion pictures.

Main Stage

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” The raucous romp opens Sept. 20. Details on page 12.

“Boeing, Boeing,” Nov. 8-9 and 14-17 This high-flying comedy lands on CTL’s stage as a Romeo living in Paris doesn’t have double trouble but a trio of stewardess to juggle, with none knowing of the others’ existence. A nerdy friend and a slow-burning maid turn the crisis into chaos.

“She Loves Me,” Dec. 6,7 and 12-15 Two prior movie adaptations (“The Shop Around the Corner” and “You’ve Got Mail”) trigger a note of familiarity in which feuding clerks in a 1930s perfume shop are secret pen pals in this quiet romantic musical with a charming score.

“Alone Together,” Feb. 28, March 1, 6-9; and “Alone Together Again,” April 4,5, and 10-13 Patrons will double their pleasure if they see these back-to-back comedies which show the sometimes agony and infrequent ecstasy of a married couple hoping to finally enjoy a empty nest.

But in “Alone Together,” after the kids move out, some quickly fly back to the nest, bringing friends and mayhem with them.

In “Alone Together Again,” after the kids are finally gone, the relieved parents cannot really relax since their elderly parents swoop down into the nest. Can be seen separately but seeing both will double the pleasure.

“The King and I,” June 20, 21 and 26-20 Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s classic musical is CTL’s fitting finale. The spirited score (“Getting to Know You,” “We Kiss In the Shadow,” “Shall we Dance?”) add to the tale of Anna and the King of Siam battling to understand and respect each other’s culture and values.

Concert Calendar

There are a wide variety of musical styles in the 2013-14 concert lineup.

Penny Sings Patsy, Oct. 4 Penny Eckman makes her CTL debut singing country music legend Patsy Cline’s biggest hits. Considered by many to be the United States’ number-one Patsy Cline Tribute Arts, Eckman should draw plenty of her fans to her tuneful concert.

Barbershop, Nov. 22 A longtime favorite of concertgoers, the West Branch and Heart of Pennsylvania Choruses are back for a night of tight Barbershop harmony and a cappella music.

Christmas at CTL, Dec. 20 and 21, CTL favorite vocalists will offer two nights of holiday music and merriment.

Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra, Jan. 31 The 18-piece WCJO returns for a swinging night of Big Band, jazz standards and great arrangements.

VJQ Live!, Feb. 7 Backed by some of the area’s finest jazz instrumentalists, the Vocal Jazz Quartet (Cathy Byham, Lucy Henry, Craig Weaver and Tom Shellenberger) return with their unique jazzy numbers.

Uptown Unplugged, March 13-15 Last year’s sold-out concert prompted the students of the Uptown Music Collective performing classic rock on acoustic instruments to be showcased for three nights.

Black Tie Affair and Nothing But Treble, May 9-11 The men of Black tie Affair and the ladies of Nothing But Treble are teaming up for another another night of modern day a cappella vocals.

Spencer and the T-Bones, Aug. 15 Back for a fourth concert, the nine-piece group has been receiving applause for its mix of classic rock, funk, soul and current hits.

‘Sprouts’, Youth and Student Events

CTL’s popular Sprouts program (theatre for youngsters by youngsters) will offer a trio of shows: “Rumpelstiltskin,” Oct. 18-20; “The Wizard of Oz,” Jan. 24-26; and “The Pied Piper,” April 25-27.

Student production: “The Great Gatsby,” Jan. 9-11 (based upon F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel).

Act Up!, July 25-27: This is the seventh annual, all youth summer production, staged at the Community Arts Center.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr., Aug. 8-10: The “Under the Sea” maiden Ariel and other characters from the Magic Kingdom will offer fine family fare in this summertime musical.

Ray of Light Awards, May 18: Honoring ” Excellence in High School Theatre,” CTL will present its Tony Awards-styled ceremony to “celebrate the arts in our schools, and the people that make it happen.”

For information or reservations for any of the 2013-14 productions and programs, call 327-1777 or visit ctlshows.com.