Community Arts Center Unveils Silver-Anniversary Lineup
Nearly 1.5 million guests have enjoyed events at the downtown venue since its spectacular reopening in 1993, and millions more are on the way. Making sure that there is something for every taste and every age has become an Arts Center hallmark. The CAC celebrates its 25th year with a season full of nationally renowned talent, entertainment, variety and quality shows!
Over the years, the landmark theater has turned into a home not only to touring productions, but also to many community-based organizations such as the Uptown Music Collective, Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and Youth Orchestra, Williamsport Community Concert Association, Repasz Band, Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra, Lycoming College music and theater departments, Collegetown Gallery and numerous local dance studios.
Upcoming shows include:
Tony Danza: "Standards & Stories"
7:30 p.m. Sept. 27
Accompanied by his talented four-piece band, Danza performs a selection of his favorite standards from the Great American Songbook while interweaving stories about his life and personal connection to the music. Perhaps best known for his starring roles on two of television’s most cherished and long-running series – "Taxi" and "Who’s The Boss?" – Danza has also established himself as a song-and-dance man.
Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox
7:30 p.m. Oct. 25
Scott Bradlee created Post Modern Jukebox in 2009 and it quickly amassed more than 740 million YouTube views and over 3 million subscribers. PMJ brings its retro-tuned remixes of contemporary and pop favorites to cities worldwide – traveling with a live band and group of amazing performers, including singers, dancers and a dynamic emcee to perform its latest hits and favorite classics before sold-out audiences.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 1
Experience the thrill of witnessing giant masterpieces being created before your eyes in mere moments and join the challenge to see if you can guess what is being created. Artrageous artists use bold colors with hands and brushes while the troupe’s vocalists, musicians and dancers inspire them as they race to complete the paintings before the last note. These special masterpieces will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at the end of the show as a special fundraiser for the CAC!
7:30 p.m. Nov. 10
Cincotti has been hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most promising singer-pianists of the next generation." His newest album, "Long Way From Home" – which he wrote, arranged and produced – is the product of “moving my pianos to a house on the Jersey Shore, building a recording studio and spending the majority of the last two years alone at the control board." Cincotti is a native new Yorker who first reached the top of the Billboard charts with his self-titled debut, and whose albums have been produced by legends such as Phil Ramone and 14-time Grammy Award winner David Foster.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2
The Community Arts Center teams up with Saint John’s School of the Arts and Lycoming College’s Music Department to present this timeless classic in which a Christmas toy comes to life to defeat the evil Mouse King. This will be the second year that this creative collaboration has introduced over 120 talented students to appreciate audiences for two performances. Both shows include a live orchestra and relive the magic of the Land of the Sweets and the Sugar Plum Fairy. "The Nutcracker" has been performed on the CAC stage for over four decades and has become a favorite family holiday tradition.
Russian Ballet: "Swan Lake"
7:30 p.m. Jan. 25
This full-scale production, set to the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents 50 of Russia’s brightest young ballet stars who bring this romantic tale to glorious life.
7:30 p.m. Feb. 1
The New York Times raved, “Darlene Love’s thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar or Bob Dylan’s lyrics," and Rolling Stone magazine has proclaimed Love to be “one of the greatest singers of all time.” Her Billboard hits include: "He’s a Rebel," "The Boy I’m Gonna Marry" "Wait 'til My Bobby Gets Home" and the classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." Through the years, Love has continued to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and superb performances. Since the early 60s, as part of Phil Spector’s "Wall of Sound" hit factory, this great lady has done it all ... from major motion pictures to Broadway hits.
7:30 p.m. Feb. 6
With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Broadway tour of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, a pumpkin and a beautiful ball – with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairy-tale setting.
7:30 p.m. Feb. 17
Meredith Baxter has been acting for 47 years; she’s also a writer, artist, mother of five and grandmother of three. She has starred in four television series, including the long-running “Family Ties.” During his 40-year career, actor Michael Gross, perhaps best known for his portrayal of father Steven Keaton on NBC’s award-winning "Family Ties," has portrayed a remarkable range of characters. "Love Letters" follows the romantic friendship of Andrew and Melissa through 50 years’ worth of written correspondence. Though their relationship constantly changes, the pen pals remain each other’s most trusted confidantes. This simply staged production is full of difficult circumstances and moves the audience through an entire spectrum of human emotions.
7:30 p.m. March 22
Armed with his Spanish guitar, Benise is backed by a stage full of musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers, handpicked by the artist from an international pool of talent. Flamenco dancers take center stage in a tribute to Old World Spain, while breathtaking couture and innovative staging and choreography give Spanish dance a fresh and luminous makeover.
7:30 p.m. April 26
Craig Karges combines the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create the impression that nothing is impossible. Tables float, minds are read, metal bends and your imagination is challenged ... because you won’t believe your eyes!
Time for Three
7:30 p.m. May 7
The groundbreaking Time for Three transcends classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own. The group has performed hundreds of engagements to sold-out audiences – including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Boston Pops and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – and was featured on the Emmy-winning PBS show, “Time for Three in Concert." This high-energy performance is for all ages.
Tickets may be purchased online, on the CACLive! app, by phone at 570-326-2424 or at the Arts Center box office.
The Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College, is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport (just a few blocks from campus). A free Show Shuttle is conveniently available for many of the season's productions.