Allenberry Resort and Playhouse to stage popular musicals this summer

BOILING SPRINGS — Ah, summertime, and the living is easy — and those theater lights are steamy!

The historic Allenberry Resort and Playhouse has a couple of popular musicals to cool down and entertain area theatergoers in June, July and August.

The resort’s inns and theater, located on the spacious acres outside Carlisle, has been renovated and updated after being shuttered for over a year. With the three Heinze family siblings retiring, and receiving no viable bids, Allenberry was put up for a Sheriff’s sale. Literally it was a last-minute reprieve from Carilsle area businessmen that saved the Allenberry Resort and Playhouse from the auction block.

Although I’ve attended over 100 musicals and plays, plus several Murder-Mystery weekends over the last quarter century, the Playhouse is now for the first time no longer staffed by professional or Actor’s Equity Performers. Since Allenberry has reopened, it operates under the auspices of the non-profit Keystone Theatrics, which now produces a variety of shows to attraact diverse audiences.

Drawing actors from a wide area in a community theatre format, Keystone Theatrics has reinstituted a full schedule of shows to lure patrons to the Allenberry Resort and Playhouse, whether it be on a one-day bus trip, or an overnight or weekend stay in one of the resort’s refurbished rooms.

Two musicals — “The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” and “Disney’s Mary Poppins” — are booked as Allenberry’s summer attractions.

“A Gentleman”s Guide

to Love and Murder”

(June 21-7)

This rollicking musical comedy was the most nominated show of the 2014 Tony Awards, winning four categories, including Best Musical.

Monty is this musical’s mild-mannered hero, who discovers that he is eighth in line for a coveted earldom. Resorting to a ghoulish tendency, he sets out to bump off his unsuspecting relatives in the most ingenious ways, always hoping that he will never get caught.

If he faithfully follows his guide to murder, the lowly born Monty is confident that he will be crowned the ninth Earl of Highhurst. And yes, love is also on his muddled mind.

This show is not recommended for audiences with wealthy distant heirs, or children ten years and younger.


Mary Poppins”

(July 19 – Aug. 4)

Set in Victorian England and based upon the books by P. L. Travers, and the Disney movie, “Mary Poppins” is billed as the “practically perfect” musical.

With a bit of magic, and a spoonful of sugar, everyone’s favorite nanny rescues the Banks family children and their parents as well.

Faster than she can say “supercalifragilxpialidocious,” Mary Poppins enlists the help of her friend Bert, Mrs. Corry, park statues and other friends to teach the importance of reviving the forgotten meaning of true friendships.

Keystone Theatrics has attached a “GA” rating to this musical, meaning that “Disney’s Mary Poppins” is suitable for all ages.

Both musicals have evening performances at 7:30 p.m., with weekend matinees at 2:00 p.m. For more information, call 717-462-4401.


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