Meet Denny and the Dreamers, a fledgling doo-wop singing group preparing to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest to realize their dreams of making it to the big time! Trouble comes in the form of Lois, who arrives to put some polish on the boys. Denny falls in love, Wally falls in line, Eugene falls apart, and along comes handsome heartthrob Duke to send the whole situation spinning. The ‘60s hits say it all: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on my Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” “Stay,” “Unchained Melody,” “Lonely Teardrops,” and “The Glory of Love.” Winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Best Musical Award, Sh-Boom! Life Could Be a Dream will leave you laughing, singing, and cheering— let’s hear it for the boys!
Ready to take a Sentimental Journey? Come Fly with Me … rather Johnny P when he starts Singing with the Big Bands! Local song stylist John Penird stars in “Singing With the Big Bands” a Las Vegas style cabaret tribute to the glorious days of yesterday featuring the nightclub music of the 1940s through the 1960s.
Johnny and his bevy of beautiful dancing girls, (Erin Gopie, Jean Graham, Mikayla Wright, Stefanie Willette) is dedicating this show to his big band loving Mom! This will be the perfect gift for parents and grandparents who remember getting all dressed up and going out to see their favorite crooner.
Johnny grew up traveling across the United States singing in churches with his family and then doing professional and community theater through out New York State and Pennsylvania. “Singing With the Big Bands” will be his first local concert in over ten years!
Johnny and his girls will have you Feeling Good especially if you are In the Mood to come dressed up in the spirit of the 1940s, 50s or 60s.
Stand-up Comedian Helen Keaney has added a stop to her national tour in her hometown of Vestal, New York near The Cider Mill Stage. Helen’s stand-up appearances include A&E’s “An Evening at the Improv” (Currently Streaming on Amazon Prime), Lifetime’s “Girl’s Night Out,” VH-1’s “Stand-up Spotlight,” NBC’s “Friday Night,” Comedy Central’s “Make Me Laugh”, “Nick Mom Nite Out” and the feature film “The Toothfairy 2” with Larry the Cable Guy.
Television hosting include TBS’s “Movies For Guys Who Like Movies,” GSN’s “Lover’s Lounge” and “Caroline and Friends”( celebrity panelist along with Ryan Hamilton).
Make plans to see Helen’s hilarious, interactive and spicy brand of comedy during this rare stop in “our” hometown.
Once upon a time, there were four guys (Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie) who discovered that they shared a love for music and then got together to become their idols – The Four Freshman, The Hi-Lo’s and The Crew Cuts. Rehearsing in the basement of Smudge’s family’s plumbing supply company, they became “Forever Plaid”. On the way to their first big gig, the “Plaids” are broadsided by a school bus and killed instantly. It is at the moment when their careers and lives end that the story of Forever Plaid begins….
Singing in close harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with overzealous precision, the “Plaids” are a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles when they’re not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s.
Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) 13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out!
Evan Goldman is plucked from his fast-paced, preteen New York City life and plopped into a sleepy Indiana town following his parents divorce. Surrounded by an array of simpleminded middle school students, he needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order. Can he situate himself on a comfortable link of the food chain… or will he dangle at the end with the outcasts?!?
Composed of a precocious cast, no character in 13 is older than the show’s title. The cast is comprised entirely of teenagers, but the stories that come to life here are ageless, the emotions they explore timeless, the laughter and the memories they provide priceless.
Part of BLAST’s Launch Pad Series highlighting original work by local artists, RETAIL is a comedic play set on the sales floor of “Bliss and Beauty World,” a store that sells self-care at a discount. The store runs on coupons and sales, which also brings out the Karens of the world, whose shopping style is more STEAL than DEAL.
Speaking of stealing, shoplifters have become a BIG problem at Bliss & Beauty World. Thanks to their very lax policy on prosecuting shoplifters, thieves are coming in and helping themselves to bags full of candles and lotions.
Colette, the zealous store manager, has had it with all the Karens and the shoplifters. She sets out to stop them, even if she has to tackle one to the floor. But the closer she gets to the source, the more she realizes this may be an inside job!
Meet the playwright:
Carson McKenna is a local author and playwright. She has self-published two books: Misercordias (2019) and Broke Babe in a Basement (2022). Retail is her third play. She would like to thank BLAST for this thrilling opportunity to bring her work to the stage. She would also like to thank her vibrant, talented cast, who has stuck with her through two productions so far!
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We are excited to offer Student Rush Tickets for our performances. These are deeply discounted tickets available to students with a valid student I.D. on the day of the performance. Tickets will be available for sale in person at the Cider Mill Stage box office a half hour before the performance. The price per ticket will be $10 with a valid student I.D.. Tickets are limited and there is no guarantee of availability on the day of the performance. Seat locations will be determined by availability.
The box office at 2 Nanticoke Avenue
will be open 2 hours before curtain.
The theater space at the Cider Mill Stage is available for rental/lease for community and business meetings as well as productions of plays and musical performances. The space is available on a day by day, week or monthly basis.
The theater is cabaret style seating with seating for 225. There is a snack bar available and ample on-site parking.
Phone (607) 321-9630
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