TLP Gives Thanks for....
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches we all take some time to identify who or what we are thankful for. The Lancaster Playhouse is grateful for its volunteers, actors, patrons and supporters, audiences, advertisers and corporate sponsors.

Community theater doens't happen in a vacuum. It takes all those listed to bring a play "from the page to the stage."
The Cast of Harvey says "thank you"
and reminds you to use your coupons!
Harvey cast
The cast of Harvey is thankful that:

  • the audience took advantage of two weekends of performances
  • patrons utilized ticketing system to pick their own seats
  • attendees laughed at all the right moments
  • the Saturday matinee crowd adopted the "show must go on" attitude when there was no power at the beginning of the performance
  • some attending were willing to "be framed" wearing rabbit ears
  • the second weekend crowds were part of "SOLD OUT" shows
  • some in the audience recycled their program shells
  • patrons utilized program coupons for savings at local eateries
  • attendees will thank our advertisers for supporting local theater

Remember,the coupons in your program insert expire 11/17/2018
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Sanitarium staff
Harvey gals
Deathtrap Auditions Coming
Check your calendar for December 10 or 12
There is still time to sign up for your audition. Director Thom Ogilvie will ask those auditioning to do cold readings from the script. No other preparation is required. Please wear comfortable clothes. 

All will come at the same time each night and leave when dismissed by the director. If you will arrive late, please add that to your comments when you sign up If you need to leave early, please let the director know. You may sign up for both evenings if you wish. Call backs, if needed, will be at the discretion of the director. (Casting 3M and 2F)

Auditions will be held Monday December 10 and Wednesday December 12 from
7 to 9:30 PM at 201 South Broad Street on the second floor.

Click Here to Sign Up for your audition spot.

Production dates for Deathtrap are February 15, 16 & 22 at 7:30pm and February 23 at 2:00pm. Actors must be able to attend ALL performances.
The Cast of Characters
Sydney Bruhl: Once the author of many successful mysteries, Sydney is now a reclusive author, living off his wife's trust fund while he hunts for his next great idea. Mid 40s. Must be comfortable with stage combat.

Clifford Anderson: A seminar student of Sydney's. Clifford writes the script that inspires Sydney to turn to more nefarious schemes to claim it for his own. Naive, youthful, sincere. Mid 20s, must be comfortable with stage combat.

Myra Bruhl: Sydney's wife. Loving, compassionate, worried for her husband. She wants to support her husband, but also wants to protect him from turning to murder. Mid 30s to mid 40s.

Helga Ten Dorp: A Dutch psychic, vacationing at the cottage next door to the Bruhls. She might be the linchpin in Sydney's plan. Late 30s to mid 60s. European accent. 

Porter Milgrim: Sydney's lawyer. Introduces some details that change the course of Sydney's plan. Mid 40s to mid 60s. Must be comfortable with semi harsh language.

*** This production does involve some stage combat, simulated violence, and mild adult language***
The Backstory of the story
Deathtrap is a show that has thrilled audiences for decades. Author Ira Levin subverted the genre of the murder mystery in much the same way that Agatha Christie did with The Mousetrap, and that Richard Levinson would do with Rehearsal For Murder a few years later.

Taking the traditions of the genre and flipping them on their head, Deathtrap leaves the audience guessing what will happen next to Sidney, his wife Myra, and his young student Clifford.

The success of the play led to a well received film adaptation in the 1980’s, starring Michael Caine as Sidney, Dyan Cannon as Myra, and Christopher Reeve as Clifford. The show has been revived several times, most recently with Hamilton alumni Jonathan Groff as Clifford. 
Meet the director... Thom Ogilvie
Thom Ogilvie (Director) is no stranger to theater, having done shows since his elementary school days. In recent years he has been most active in the Central Ohio area, working with Licking County Players and Weathervane Playhouse in Newark, as well as The Lancaster Playhouse, Lancaster Arts and Civic Club, and Garret Players in Lancaster.

Some of his favorite shows include “Over The River and Through The Woods” (Director), “Cash On Delivery” (Eric Swan), “Oh For Heaven’s Sake” (World Premiere Director), “Rumors” (Ben Welch), ”1776” (George Read), “The Sunshine Boys” (Ben Silverman), “Arsenic and Old Lace” (Dr Einstein), “Harvey” (Dr Chumley), and “White Christmas” (Phil Davis).

When not devoting himself to a new show, Thom can be found working at the Express Corporate Offices in Columbus, as well as playing piano for the Maple Street United Methodist Church in Lancaster.
Tickets for Deathtrap on Sale January 2, 2019
A play for mature audiences
TLP's 4th Season...2018-2019
A Season of Mischief and Mystery

October 19 at 7:30 pm
October 20 at7:30 pm
October 26 at 7:30 pm
October 27 at 2:00 pm

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York

February 15 at 7:30 pm
February 16 at 7:30 pm
February 22 at 7:30 pm
February 23 at 2:00 pm

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York

May 3 at 7:30 pm
May 4 at 7:30 pm
May 10 at 7:30 pm
May 11 at 2:00 pm

P roduced by Special Arrangement with Samuel French
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