Season 46 Season 46

Announcing our 46th Season!

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GA - For General Audiences: Mild Comic Violence

Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tara Bradway

September 7th - October 1st, 2023*

BTE ventures from our home on Center Street to bring this laugh-out-loud comedy to a park, school, or Theatre near you! A rollicking plot of overlapping love triangles, mistaken identities, and musical merry pranksters are all brought to you in Shakespeare's rich language. Don't miss this classic favorite told for today's audiences!

Shipwrecked Viola washes up on the shores of Illyria, mourning her twin brother, Sebastian, whom she thinks has died in the wreckage. Viola disguises herself in his clothes and joins the service of the Duke, Orsino. The Duke is infatuated with Countess Olivia, who continues to reject his advances, so he sends Viola (in the guise of Cesario) to woo Olivia. Olivia ends up falling for Viola in disguise! When attraction blooms between Viola and Orsino, and Viola's brother Sebastian (who is not dead) appears, chaos ensues, leading to mistaken identities, accidental duels, and hilarious revelations!

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A Christmas Story

Adapted by Philip Grecian*
Directed by Elizabeth Dowd

November 24th - December 28th, 2023

A holiday favorite for the whole family! Young Ralphie's Christmas quest for a coveted Red Ryder BB gun turns into a lesson about what can happen when you finally get what you ask for! Hilarious and heartwarming - your favorite moments from the beloved film are captured on stage to share with a new generation.

Enter the enchanting world of Hohman, Indiana, in 1938 as humorist Jean Shepherd takes you on a hilarious and nostalgic ride. Follow 9-year-old Ralphie Parker's quest for a Red Ryder BB gun, complete with a temperamental furnace, a menacing school bully, a tongue stuck on a lamppost, and the unforgettable leg lamp. Shepherd's memoir turned beloved film captures the essence of childhood wonder and whimsy, leaving you with a heartwarming smile and cherished memories.

* Adapted by Philip Grecian; Based upon the motion picture A Christmas Story, copyright 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, Bob Clark, and In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.

GA - For General Audiences

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Sanctuary City

By Martyna Majok
Directed by Dante Green

January 18th - February 4th, 2024

Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok delivers a powerful tale of two young DREAMers fighting for their place in the only home they've ever known. The cast features the fresh faces of BTE's newest talents, Kimie Muroya, and our Theatremaker Apprentices. Bloomsburg native and BTE Emerging Artist Initiative Fellow, Dante Green, returns to direct this beautiful and heartbreaking play.

With poignant and timely storytelling, Majok's play explores the profound sacrifices and unwavering friendship between these characters, highlighting the stakes they face when risking everything for each other. What love is, and can ever mean, is lost in the muddle between the heart and the law. Presented in collaboration with Conversations for the Common Good.

MA - For Mature Audiences: Topic, Language

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Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson - Apt. 2B

By Kate Hamill
Directed by Nora Gair

March 28th - April 14th, 2024

Everything you love about Holmes and Watson with a madcap, modern twist! If you geeked out over Sherlock on PBS Masterpiece or can't get enough of Enola Holmes on Netflix...the game's afoot at the Alvina Krause Theatre. Mystery, physical comedy, and girl power cram every nook of Apartment 2B!

Kate Hamill's irreverent reimagining sets familiar characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson into a modern-day London, transformed by the pandemic. Hamill flawlessly combines the intellectual brilliance of the original duo with uproarious buddy-comedy humor, side-splitting action scenes, and delightful slapstick physical comedy. Prepare for a thrilling and hilarious adventure with witty banter, slapstick comedy, and clever nods to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original mysteries.

MA - For Mature Audiences: Topic, Language

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By Sharr White
Directed by Aaron White

May 23rd - June 9th, 2024

BTE celebrates Elizabeth Dowd's 45 years as a full-time Ensemble member with a tour-de-force. Sharp wit and mistakes of the past are the weapons of choice for long-estranged exes, Emma and Ulysses, when they are thrown together to seek redemption in a trailer at the foot of the Colorado Rockies.

Playwright Sharr White takes us into the lives of Ulysses and Emma, two broken souls seeking redemption. Set in a Colorado trailer, their reunion uncovers secrets, reopens wounds, and reminds us of the power of forgiveness and love. With masterful storytelling, White explores the depths of the human spirit, offering an intimate and poignant tale of healing and hope.

MA - For Mature Audiences: Topic, Language

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A Musical Revue

Produced by Thom Sirkot

May 1st - 5th, 2024

Back by popular demand! Join us for a glitzy, glamorous night filled with some of the best musical numbers sung by fantastic local talent! This presented event is one weekend only, so make sure you get your tickets early.

Season ticket holders can add this to their packages for just $25/ticket; monthly subscribers can attend for FREE!

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The Velveteen Rabbit

By Philip Grecian, from the book by Margery Williams
Directed by Amy Rene Byrne

July 11th - 28th, 2024

Featuring the talents of young artists from the Susquehanna Valley! Margery Williams' beloved children's book comes to life in this enchanting tale for young and old alike. Through the eyes of a young child, the Velveteen Rabbit discovers the true meaning of being loved and cherished.

The story follows a stuffed rabbit's journey to become real. With whimsical characters, imaginative storytelling, and a sprinkle of wonder, this timeless play reminds us all that real beauty lies within the depths of our hearts.

GA - For General Audiences

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BTE Improv

2023/24 Dates:

All shows at 7:30pm.

Join us for hilarious games, ridiculous scenes, and to see if our improv actors have what it takes to stay on their feet during these fast-paced, raucous shows! Fair warning, these shows are meant strictly for adults.