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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

2012 Hall of Fame Ceremony September 6

Athe      A ceremony will be held to Honor the Second Annual Hall of Fame Inductees into the
            Cresson Lake Playhouse Hall of Fame:
            Date: Thursday, September 6, 2012
            Time: prior to the performance of "Come Blow Your Horn"
            Location: Cresson Lake Playhouse
                279 Shapiro Road
                Loretto, PA 15931

            The 2012 Inductees:
Mr. Kenneth Resinski – Artistic Director
Mrs. Bonnie Resinski – Costume Designer
Mrs. Molly Riva – Director, Choreographer, Actress

The Cresson Lake Playhouse Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements and dedication to theatre arts exemplified by individuals who worked unselfishly to foster the growth, availability, and appreciation of theater arts.  The individuals have also made outstanding contributions to the success of Cresson Lake Playhouse through exemplification of the Cresson Lake Playhouse mission:  honor, preserve, and promote the arts.

 The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding individuals whose commitment, contribution, and accomplishments continue to honor the historical development of the theatre and positively impact the artistic culture of the Central Pennsylvania Region.

The Cresson Lake Playhouse Hall of Fame award and recognition bears witness that those inducted in the Hall of Fame shall be forever honored.  Mr. Kenneth Resinski, Artistic Director and Co-founder of Playhouse in 1974 brought the vision to bring live theatre to the patrons of the Central Pennsylvania Region to life.  The first show “I Remember Mama” was produced in July 1974.  Mr. Resinski served as the Artistic Director at Cresson Lake Playhouse for 11 years.  His artistic vision provided a showcase for non-professional talent to share the joy and excitement of live theatre and quality entertainment to Central Pennsylvania.   Mr. Resinski is currently the Director of S.T.A. R. Production Theatre at St. Francis University, Loretto and holds a Master of Arts in Theatre from Villanova University. 

Mrs. Bonnie Resinski was the Costume Designer for Cresson Lake Playhouse for over 10 years.  She was a volunteer who spent endless hours designing and sewing costumes for the theatre because she has a passion for the arts.  Her designs were works of art.  Bonnie’s designs have always been historically accurate, dazzling, and the visual cornerstone of Cresson Lake Playhouse productions.  Currently, Mrs. Resinski teaches English at Northern Cambria High School.

Eleanor Lantzy, founder of Cresson Lake Playhouse, spoke highly of Mr. and Mrs. Resinski and expressed her regard for the Resinski’s vision and dedication to the arts.  She believed the Resinski’s passion for perfection set a high standard for quality productions at the theatre.  Their unselfish efforts contributed to the continued success of the Playhouse.

Mrs. Molly Riva has contributed her time, talent, and effort to Cresson Lake Playhouse.  She has been integral to many successful theatre productions.  A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Molly moved to the area in 2001 with her husband Paul.  Molly was active in Pittsburgh Musical Theatre throughout her young life. When she married Paul and relocated to the Central PA region, she feared there would not be an outlet or opportunity for her passion in the world of theater.  She was cast and first appeared on the Cresson Lake Playhouse stage in 2002.  Molly premiered as a lead in her first two 2004 productions: Marty, in GREASE and Janet, in Richard O’Brien’s, Rocky Horror Show.  Since her initial performance, Molly has gone on to appear in two more production and direct six productions.  Molly served as director for the productions of Annie, My Favorite Year, The Secret Garden, Godspell, Avenue Q, and most recently this summer, director, actor, and choreographer for Legally Blonde.  Molly’s vision and dedication to Cresson Lake Playhouse continues to provide cultural enrichment to actors, staff, and patrons of Central Pennsylvania.

Cresson Lake Playhouse to honor inductees into the HALL OF FAME.  The ceremony begin 7:00pm with light refreshments served on the porch with the ceremony prior to the 8:00 p.m. curtain time of Come Blow Your Horn. For Information please call 814-472-4333.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012


next to normal   
Stage Director: Stephen Santa
Music Director: Patty Jimenez
Location: Cresson Lake Playhouse
                279 Shapiro Road
                Loretto, PA 15940
Performance Dates:  October 4,5, 6, 11, 12, and13 2012
Curtain: Thursday – Saturday @ 7:30 p.m.      
Tickets: $15.00     
Information or Tickets: 814-472-4333
Contact:   Elaine Mastalski, Executive Director

Next to Normal is a rock musical and the story concerns a mother played by Susan Brandt of Altoona  who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. Susan recently appeared as Elle Wood’s mother in Legally Blonde appeared in The Good Doctor, and music director for High School Musical 1 and 2. . Kevin Bean of Johnstown is Diana’s husband Dan – a constant in her life.  He previously appeared in Cresson Lake’s 2010 production of RENT and 2011 Avenue Q.  Natalie is played by Stevie Woodring of Tyrone. She is cast as Diana’s restless and overachieving daughter.  Stevie recently was seen in CLP’s recent production of Legally Blonde as Elle Woods and in Why Do Fools Fall in Love as Sally. Diane’s seventeen year old son Gabe is played by Devin Hayostek of Patton who was recently seen in Legally Blonde and directed earlier this summer Why Do Fools Fall in Love at Cresson Lake Playhouse.  Ty Quillon of Johnstown cast in the role of Henry is making his second appearance at Cresson Lake Playhouse. He was previously cast as Emmet in Legally Blonde. Rounding out the talented cast of six actors is Josh Devett as Dr. Madden, who appears to Diana as rock star.  Josh most recently appeared in CLP’s Legally Blonde as the suave and sexy Carlos, in 2011 Avenue Q, High School Musical 1 and 2.  Josh resides in Johnstown.
The production is under the direction of Stephen Santa of Pittsburgh, who is making his directorial debut at Cresson Lake Playhouse.  Stephen is well known for his directing within the Pittsburgh area having directed at City Theatre, Little Lake Theatre, Canonsburg, The Theatre Factory, Trafford, and numerous other venues in the region and Patty Jimenez of Hollidaysburg return to Cresson Lake Playhouse as the music director. She previously served as music director for CLP’s 2011 production of Wizard of OZ.
Next to Normal is a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. Its story concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.
Next to Normal received several workshop performances before it debuted off-Broadway in 2008, winning the Outer Critics' Circle Award for Outstanding Score and receiving nominations for Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Actress (Alice Ripley) and Outstanding Score. After an Off-Broadway run, the show then played at the Arena Stage in its temporary venue in Arlington, Virginia from November 2008 to January 2009.
The musical opened on Broadway in April 2009. It was nominated for eleven 2009 Tony Awards and won three, Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley. It also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming just the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. The previous musical to win the Pulitzer was Rent, in 1996, which was also directed by Michael Greif. In awarding the prize to Kitt and Yorkey, the Pulitzer Board called the show "a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals."
 About the Director Stephen Santa
His critic proclaim his productions are directed with imagination and flair, is extraordinarily attuned sense of theatricality,  flexibility with compromising his vision, and understanding of the parameters of what you have to work with is a great strength of Mr. Santa. One of his greatest assets knows the abilities and limitations of the cast and crew and what he assembles on stage is solid, professional and hugely entertaining.

Mr. Santa recently completed an assistant direction position on a wonderful new musical entitled POP! at the City Theatre a musical about Andy Warhol in which Broadway star Anthony Rapp played the role of Andy.  Stephen is employed by the Pittsburgh CLO in the education and outreach department and a member of the Actors’ Equity as a performer. In August he will be directing a concert of new musicals at ARS Nova Theatre “Unchartered” in New York City.

 For more information or to place your order for tickets please call the CLP offices at 814-472-4333.  For information on group rates please contact Elaine Mastalski, Executive Director at .
Tickets will also be available at the door. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Box Office Manager at 814-472-4333 or email at  

Monday, March 12, 2012


• Director: SAM WAGNER
• Performance Dates: AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 8, 2012
• Curtain: TUESDAY – SATURDAY @8:00PM
• Tickets: ADULT $17 STUDENTS under 18 - $10
• Phone: 814-472-4333
• Email:
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 COME BLOW YOUR HORN is under the direction of SAM WAGNER of Cresson. While not a stranger to Cresson Lake Playhouse Sam was previously seen in "The Good Doctor," "Ghosts: The Musical," and played guitar for several previous production. Sam is making his directorial debut at Cresson Lake Playhouse.

COMEBLOW YOUR HORN is  Neil Simon's first Broadway comedy smash. Alan Baker, a 30-ish swinging bachelor with time, money and women to spare, welcomes rebellious and eager 21-year brother Buddy into his den of iniquity while their horrified parents can only watch and pray. This farcical 60's romp became a hit movie starring Frank Sinatra.

The play tells the story of a young man's decision to leave the home of his parents for the bachelor pad of his older brother who leads a swinging '60s lifestyle. Buddy is a 21-year-old virgin and his older brother Alan is a ladies' man. Alan lives in an apartment in the East Sixties, New York City. But as the play progresses Alan discovers real feelings for one of the many women with whom he is currently sleeping and when she elects to leave him, he falls apart in response. This juxtaposes Alan's hunger for companionship with Buddy's metamorphosis into a ladies' man himself. The playwright points out the fundamental spiritual and emotional emptiness of the playboy lifestyle for which the younger sibling desperately yearns.
Cast of Characters
  • Alan Baker - Cody Jones, Altoona
  • Connie - Megan Jones
  • Buddy Baker - Jonathan O'Harrow, Altoona
  • Peggy Evans - Emily Volpe, Atloona
  • Mr. (Father) Baker - Eric Wolf, Ebensburg
  • Mrs. (Mother) Baker - Kate Wolf, Ebensburg
  • Director - Sam Wagner, Cresson
  • Stage Manager, Rachel Wagner, Cresson
Curtain Times: Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee @ 2:00 pm.
Single Tickets: Adults $17 Students under18 - $10
For more information or to place your order for tickets please call the CLP offices at 814-472-4333 Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Tickets will also be available at the door. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Box Office Manager at 814-472-4333 or email at

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Cresson Lake Playhouse

HONK JR. Children’s Theatre

MAY 2, 3, 4 5, 9, 10, 11 & 12 2012
We are hatching “Honk!”, an award winning musical version of the ultimate ‘under-bird’ story: Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling. Towering over his siblings, (and his mother) Ugly knows he is ‘different’ from the start. We are treated to a beautiful score, unique and delightful characters, ingenious puppetry and gorgeous spectacle as we follow Ugly on his hilarious and poignant journey to return home to this mother and maybe find out who (or what) he truly may be.

May 24 – June 2, 2012

Four girlfriends gather to celebrate an upcoming wedding. As the bachelorette party picks up steam and the drinks flow, the girls discover more about each others’ love lives than they had ever imagined. Through it all they discover that true friendship endures. Featuring classic songs from the 1960s such as “My Boy Lollipop,” “I Will Follow Him” and more.

June 21-July 7, 2012
The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won't talk to him. The school freak sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumors. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, 13 is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.

July 26-August 11, 2012

Sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

August 30-September 8, 2012
Neil Simon's first Broadway comedy smash. Alan Baker, a 30-ish swinging bachelor with time, money and women to spare, welcomes rebellious and eager 21-year brother Buddy into his den of iniquity while their horrified parents can only watch and pray. This farcical 60's romp became a hit movie starring Frank Sinatra. "A slick, lively, funny comedy

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2011 - 2012 SEASON

MAY 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, &12, 2012

MAY 24 – JUNE 2, 2012

JUNE 21-JULY 7, 2012

JULY 26-AUGUST 11, 2012


Monday, October 02, 2006

Gift Certificates for any Occasion

Gift Certificates in any amount are available for your gift giving needs. Gift Certificates are the perfect gift for the person that has everything, young and old alike. The perfect gift for any occasion. Call 814-472-4333 for details.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Cresson Lake Publishes Historical Reflections

Cresson Lake Playhouse has assembled a book of historical reflections that represent the past 30 years of history at the theatre.

This collection aims to recognize the men, women, and children who have continued to create and bring the magic of live theatre to the "Historic Theatre" at Cresson Lake for more than 30 years. The range of this book does not allow the inclusion of every theatrical event of importance. The intention has been to lay a foundation upon which to build in the future, rather than to attempt an extensive treatment of every past production.

We gratefully acknowledge Mr. Herman Nagle, who painstakingly researched and compiled the history to include the names of the actors and directors from each of the 157 productions spanning the 30 year history of the Playhouse.

Mrs. Eleanor Lantzy graciously wrote the forward for the book explaining the many challenges they faced getting the theatre started. It was her vision to showcase area talent by providing the experience of performing for vocational and avocational actors and to provide quality musicals and drama for audiences to enjoy. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts called Cresson Lake Playhouse "The Little Theatre That Could." Mrs. Lantzy also states the longevity of the playhouse indicates that it is still fulfilling the mission for which it was founded.

The book is dedicated to all the men, women, and children who have kept the theatre alive and growing for more than 30 years.

Copies of the book can be purchased for $20 and can be ordered by calling (814)472-4333.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Welcome to the NEW!

Cresson Lake's web site has a brand new look and brand new features! Check here often for late-breaking news about Cresson Lake Playhouse, behind-the-scenes production updates and photos, casting calls and more.