Totem Pole Presents First Ladies of Country.

Totem Pole Presents First Ladies of Country.

CoCo Sansoni returns to Totem Pole Playhouse, after a nearly 15 year absence, with a special musical tribute to all of the great ladies of country music. This will be an evening of toe-tapping country classics we all know and love. Join her as she salutes Dolly, Reba, Trisha, Patsy and a host of others in a rollicking evening of country classics. With Totem Pole favorite, Darren Server at the keyboards and leading the band, you won’t want to miss this dynamic performer with the voice of an angel and a heart the size of Texas. Shows are June 25 & 26 at 8:30 PM and part of the Outdoor Concert Series. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy this evening under the stars.  Get ticket here.

Long Running Kennedy Center Comedt Whodunit “Shear Madness” set to play Totem Pole Playhouse, May 31 to June 16

Long Running Kennedy Center Comedt Whodunit “Shear Madness” set to play Totem Pole Playhouse, May 31 to June 16

The long-running hit comedy whodunit, “Shear Madness” is set to begin performances this Friday, May 31st through June 16th at Totem Pole Playhouse, America’s summer theatre, located in Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, PA. Totem Pole is one of the first theatres in the country to be granted a limited performance rights license to present the show, which has been running continuously at the Charles Playhouse in Boston since 1980 and at the Kennedy Center in D.C. for over 30 years. The play has the distinction of being one of the longest-running stage comedies in the world.

Totem Pole audience favorite, Shane Partlow, who had a supporting role in this year’s Oscar-winning Best Picture, Green Book, plays the operator of a local (Chambersburg, PA) beauty salon where the murder takes place. Zack Powell, who has appeared regularly in the Kennedy Center production, will reprise his role of ‘Mikey’, the young detective and Craig Benton, a veteran of the Kansas City production will play the lead detective, Nick Rossetti, who leads the audience in solving the murder mystery. Rounding out the suspects are Lisa McMillian from the show’s national tour, reprising her role as socialite ‘Mrs. Shubert’, and New York actors, MaryAnne Piccolo and Christian Cardoza as the other stylist in the salon and a handsome antiques dealer. The production will feature many humorous references to Franklin and Adams County area attractions. The audience joins in the fun by voting at every performance on who the

The long-running hit comedy whodunit, “Shear Madness” is set to begin performances this Friday, May 31st through June 16th at Totem Pole Playhouse, America’s summer theatre, located in Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, PA. Totem Pole is one of the first theatres in the country to be granted a limited performance rights license to present the show, which has been running continuously at the Charles Playhouse in Boston since 1980 and at the Kennedy Center in D.C. for over 30 years. The play has the distinction of being one of the longest-running stage comedies in the world.

Totem Pole audience favorite, Shane Partlow, who had a supporting role in this year’s Oscar-winning Best Picture, Green Book, plays the operator of a local (Chambersburg, PA) beauty salon where the murder takes place. Zack Powell, who has appeared regularly in the Kennedy Center production, will reprise his role of ‘Mikey’, the young detective and Craig Benton, a veteran of the Kansas City production will play the lead detective, Nick Rossetti, who leads the audience in solving the murder mystery. Rounding out the suspects are Lisa McMillian from the show’s national tour, reprising her role as socialite ‘Mrs. Shubert’, and New York actors, MaryAnne Piccolo and Christian Cardoza as the other stylist in the salon and a handsome antiques dealer. The production will feature many humorous references to Franklin and Adams County area attractions. The audience joins in the fun by voting at every performance on who the murderer is with the cast then performing that particular ending, which can change from one performance to the next. Totem Pole’s Producing Artistic Director, Rowan Joseph directs. The set is designed by D.C. scenic designer Jonathan Dahm Robertson with lighting design by Jeremy Mayo. Gettysburg College’s Juls Buehrer is the costume designer for the production.

As with all Totem Pole’s productions the first three performances are half-price previews with tickets $25.00 and seating general admission. Additionally; this summer, Totem Pole instituted a new “Date Night Special” with patrons offered 50% off a second pair of tickets when they purchase one pair at full-price.

The production opens this Sunday at 2 pm with the audience invited to greet the cast and enjoy some summer refreshments after the show as part of admission.

Tickets, gift certificates and a variety of subscriptions packages are on sale now by calling the Totem Pole Playhouse Box Office Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (717) 352-2164. Or purchase tickets online here.

TOTEM POLE PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS “MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET,” THE LEGENDARY STORY OF ELVIS PRESLEY, JOHNNY CASH, JERRY LEE LEWIS, AND CARL PERKINS’ 1956 JAM SESSION AT SUN RECORDS

Totem Pole Playhouse, Pennsylvania’s premiere summer theater located in Caledonia State Park between Chambersburg and Gettysburg, PA, announces the opening night performance of the fourth and final offering in the theatre’s four-show subscription series, the Tony Award Winning musical Million Dollar Quartet, sponsored by Edward Jones and Paul D. Orange MD Family Medicine. Million Dollar Quartet is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins at Sun Records in Memphis, TN for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. (more…)

I Love A Piano Heads to Final Weekend

I Love A Piano celebrates the music of Irving Berlin, The story follows the journey of a single piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the Century to the present.  Along the way, the story comes to vibrant life with over sixty of Irving Berlin’s most beloved songs, including “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Blue Skies,” “Easter Parade,” “White Christmas,” “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” “Always,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “God Bless America,” and many more. Composer George Gershwin once said, “Irving Berlin is the greatest songwriter that has ever lived.”

The production centers around the journey of a single piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the Century to the present.  Along the way, the story comes to vibrant life with over sixty of Irving Berlin’s most beloved songs, including “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Blue Skies,” “Easter Parade,” “White Christmas,” “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” “Always,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “God Bless America,” and many more. Composer George Gershwin once said, “Irving Berlin is the greatest songwriter that has ever lived.”

Leading the six-person cast are Broadway veterans, Jonathan Rayson from Little Shop of Horrors and A Year with Frog and Toad as Alex and Jane Labanz, from the Tony Award winning revival of Anything Goes, as Sadie.

Local favorites returning to the Totem Pole stage are Taylor Whidden Knapp as Ginger, most recently seen as Jan in Grease, and Shawn Martin as George, last seen here in South Pacific.

Rounding out the cast are University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music student Emily Celeste Fink as Eileen, and CCM graduate Dane Becker as Jim, who also appeared in Grease: Liveon the Fox Network. CCM is the oldest musical theatre training program in the country and was the first of its kind; it consistently ranks as one of the top university programs in the country.

Serving as Director is David Hemsley Caldwell for his 18th season at Totem Pole, having recently directed last season’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Darren Server, who recently starred in Totem Pole’s critically acclaimed production of The Drowsy Chaperone, will conduct the on-stage eight piece Dixieland jazz band and share musical direction with Steven Zumbrun.

Tickets for all regular performances are priced at $50.00 and can be purchased by calling the Totem Pole box office at (888) 805-7056 or on-line at https://totempoleplayhouse.org.