EPAC’s 2016 season dedicated to memory of Jim Ruth

By on December 9, 2015

The Board of Directors of The Ephrata Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce the 2016 season, which will be dedicated to the memory of James Richard Ruth, who passed away Sept. 27, 2015.

Jim, as he was known to his friends, was the longtime entertainment editor of The Sunday News, now LNP’s Sunday edition. Jim was not only a great fan and patron of EPAC, he also served on the board of directors, including terms as president and vice president. EPAC Artistic Director Edward R. Fernandez, speaking for the board, the staff, and himself, says, “Dedicating our 2016 season to Jim is the least we can do to honor our great friend who gave so much of his life to the local arts, to artists, and to EPAC.”

EPAC’s 2016 Season: ephrataperformingartscenter.com/2016season


Jim Ruth

Jim Ruth


Feb. 5-21: Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by Jim Luigs

All your favorite characters from the hit Disney film are will be here on the EPAC stage as EPAC kicks off its 2016 season with the Kids4Kids production of this beloved tale.


March 17-26: The Heiress

By Ruth and Augustus Goetz, adapted from the novel Washington Square by Henry James

This riveting tale of love and family tensions, based on the 1880 novel by Henry James, has kept audiences on the edge of their seats since its Broadway debut in 1947.


April 28-May 14: Hello, Dolly!

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, book by Michael Stewart, based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder

One of America’s most joyous and beloved musicals, Hello, Dolly! takes us on a whirlwind race around New York in the 1890s. With hugely appealing songs by Jerry Herman, Hello, Dolly! tells the story of Dolly Levi-widow, matchmaker and jack-of-all-trades.


June 9-18: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

By Christopher Durang

Produced on Broadway in 2013, Christopher Durang’s zany comedy won both the Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. In this comic clash between the young and the middle-aged, the sexy and the dowdy, the successful and the stifled, playwright Durang has created a richly funny yet touching portrait of life in today’s America.


July 21 – Aug. 6: American Idiot

Music by Green Day, lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong, book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer

American Idiot boldly takes the American musical to places it’s never gone before. This dramatic version of Green Day’s Grammy-winning album (with other songs by Green Day added to help complete the story) follows three young suburban male friends in post-9/11 America.


Sept. 8-17: Glengarry Glen Ross

By David Mamet

Winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this modern American classic is populated by foul-mouthed, outrageous, ruthless characters. Glengarry Glen Ross startled the theater world when it was new. Thirty years later, this unforgettable comedy-drama is still startling and still devastating.


Oct. 20 – Nov. 5: Heathers The Musical

Music, lyrics, and book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy

Both hilarious and moving, Heathers The Musical, based on the 1989 cult movie that starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, cleverly blends dark humor, romance, murder, and a catchy pop score into a slightly tart (but nontoxic) cocktail.


Dec. 1-17: Oliver!

Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart

Freely adapted from the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The story of the orphan who falls in with a group of thieves and eventually is united with his true family has held readers enthralled for more than 175 years. The musical has held audiences equally for 55 years. The chance to see it close up at EPAC and feel that you are in 19th-century London alongside Oliver, Fagin, Nancy, the Artful Dodger, and the evil Bill Sykes is not to be missed.

The Ephrata Performing Arts Center will hold general auditions for the 2016 season Jan. 7 and 8 from 6:30 -9:30 p.m., Jan. 9 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.and Jan. 10 from 1-6 p.m.

More information about auditions can be found at ephrataperformingartscenter.com/auditions

For more information, call the Ephrata Performing Center at 733-7966 x1, or visit phrataperformingartscenter.com.

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