Totem Pole Playhouse announces 2016 season

Totem Pole Playhouse, located in Pennsylvania’s Caledonia State Park and equidistant from the historic towns of Gettysburg and Chambersburg, celebrates its 66th summer season with a stellar lineup of productions that will excite theatergoers of every age and taste.

The season opens with the premier of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, one of two scheduled comedy firsts.

Running May 27–June 12, the production stars Emmy Award-winning actress Loretta Swit, of TV’s popular M*A*S*H series, as a feisty retiree who hires a young dance instructor to give her lessons. The couple bonds to the steps of the tango, waltz, and other intricate dances.

It will literally be a night of “dancing with the stars.”

The nostalgic musical Forever Plaid returns by popular demand in an all-new production running June 17–July 3.

Four present-day students from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music are featured as the harmonic quartet in the style of such popular 1950s groups as the Four Freshman and the Hi-Los. The “70-somethings” in the audience will thrill to such tunes as “Moments to Remember” and “Three Coins in the Fountain,” and the classic plot will enthrall millennials, too.

One Slight Hitch, running July 8–24, is a hilarious new PG-13 comedy directed by comedian Louis Black.

What can possibly go wrong on the day of a bride’s backyard wedding when the soon-to-be groom comes face-to-face with his intended bride’s uninvited old flame? Only everything, in what Totem Pole’s marketing director Stephanie Allee said “sounds like an episode of Three’s Company.”

Closing out the season in full Broadway mode is the musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

A fast-paced, “yuk-a-second” visit to ancient Rome will bring the audience face-to-face with delightful young lovers and Toga-wearing, unforgettable characters. This comedy stage classic, which starred Zero Mostel in the movie version, runs July 2–Aug. 14.

Ticket prices in this well-designed, 385-seat theater cost between $15 and $20 per show.

“When I compare what I spent to see two shows on Broadway this past weekend, and I look at their quality compared with Totem Pole (productions), you’re not going to see a difference except for ticket price,” said Allee. “We are very pleased that the ticket prices have stayed the same over the past two years.”

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