Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE) is thrilled to present its 40th Mainstage Season bringing live theatre to Columbia County and surrounding areas. Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is a professional theatre company that presents original work, classics, and modern plays, with programming for families, kids, teens, and adults. BTE’s 40th Season represents the past, present, and future of BTE’s ongoing commitment to community and quality entertainment.
The shows are: The Diary of Anne Frank; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; I and You; The Legend of Georgia McBride; and Marjorie Prime.
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is located on Center Street in Downtown Bloomsburg, and has maintained its reputation locally, regionally, and nationally. In 2016 in a ceremony in New York City which also honored actor George Takei, BTE was named the National Theatre Conference’s Outstanding Theatre of the Year. About BTE, award-winning playwright Anthony Clarvoe said “Bloomsburg’s Ensemble are all extraordinary actors.” BTE combines small-town community involvement with top-notch theatre production.
BTE offers competitive ticket prices and a variety of discounts on tickets and shows, but, new this season, patrons can save even more money by subscribing to BTE’s 40th Anniversary Mainstage Season; for $10 per month, see all the shows BTE offers, including late addition special events, intern projects, and presented touring shows in our space. BTE also offers discounted flex tickets that can be used in any combination for the Mainstage shows. In addition to a Mainstage Season, BTE offers Theatre Education, Student Matinees, a touring school show (Theatre in the Classroom or TIC), original workshop performances, and much more. For more information on Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble or to buy tickets, please visit www.bte.org or call Rachael in the Box Office at 570-784-8181.
The Diary of Anne Frank
Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Directed by Ensemble Member Daniel Roth
September 14 through October 8, 2017
Witness the true and profoundly moving story of Anne Frank, the young girl whose diary documents the years her Jewish family spent in hiding during the Holocaust. This impassioned drama is all about finding small moments of serenity and optimism amidst persecution. We are honored to present a powerful evening of theatre for those who cherish stories like Schindler’s List, Number the Stars, and BTE audiences who loved The Miracle Worker and Gunpowder Joe. Rated GA – Appropriate for all ages.
A Christmas Carol
Adapted from Charles Dickens and directed by Richard Cannaday
November 24 through December 27, 2017
Since the earliest days of BTE’s 40 year history, audiences have been delighted, charmed, and frightened by this timeless holiday classic, and we are thrilled to once again stage the ghostly trials and ultimate redemption of Ebeneezer Scrooge. A treat for the whole family, for those who join us every year, and those just starting the tradition. Long-time BTE patrons will be excited to see founding ensemble member Rand Whipple reprise
his role as Scrooge almost 40 years later! Rated GA – Appropriate for all ages. (prepare for some ghostly magic).
I and You
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by James Goode & Richard Cannaday
January 18 through 28, 2018
Anthony arrives unexpectedly to complete an urgent school assignment with bed-ridden Caroline. As each begins to let down their guard, their project on Walt Whitman’s poetry unlocks the deeper mystery that brings them together. A coming-of-age story about youth and the beauty of human connection from America’s most produced young playwright. Great for fans of Gilmore Girls, The Fault in Our Stars, Everything Everything, and BTE audiences who adored Romeo & Juliet. Rated GA, best for older kids.
The Legend of Georgia McBride
By Matthew Lopez
Directed by Eric Wunsch
March 15 through April 8, 2018
When Casey’s gig as an Elvis impersonator no longer pays the bills, his only choice is to seize the next opportunity that comes his way. We invite you to join Casey on his hilarious journey to become the greatest Drag Queen in Panama City, FL! Clap your hands and stomp your feet for this rock ‘n’ roll comedy, one of America’s hottest new plays. Perfect for fans of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, The Birdcage, Mrs. Doubtfire, and BTE audiences who laughed till they cried for Leading Ladies. Rated MA for mature audiences.
By Jordan Harrison
Directed by Daniel Roth
April 26 through May 20, 2018
In the near future, a service creating holographic projections of late family members allows a dying woman to spend time with a younger version of her deceased husband. A heart-wrenching sci-fi tale about the collision of grief and technology. From the pen of Jordan Harrison, award-winning playwright and writer/producer for Orange is the New Black. Ideal for those enthralled by The Twilight Zone, Her, The Left Hand of Darkness, Terms of
Endearment, and Cocoon. Rated MA for mature audiences.