Season 41

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is thrilled to announce its 41st Mainstage Season.

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By Nell Benjamin
Directed by Leigh Strimbeck
September 13 through October 7, 2018

London, 1879. A stuffy old boy's club contemplates admitting their first female member in this wildly funny send-up of science, sexism, and changing times. The Explorer's Club is an absurdly clever, satirical farce from the pen of Nell Benjamin (Award-winning writer of Legally Blonde:  The Musical). As an added bonus, our entire professional ensemble will share the stage together for the first time in over 10 seasons under the direction of Associate Ensemble member Leigh Strimbeck.

A hilarious new play for those who love Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Office, and BTE audiences delighted by The Legend of Georgia McBride.

Rated MA, for adult language and humor

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By L. Frank Baum
The Classic MGM Musical
Directed by Richard Cannaday
November 23 through December 29, 2018

Click your heels together three times and join us for a whimsical journey as we bring this beloved musical to our stage! When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away to the magical land of Oz. With help from a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion, they dodge witches and talking apple trees in search of the powerful Wizard. Whether you’re new to the yellow brick road or a long-time traveler, join in the fun that will leave you saying "There's no place like BTE, There's no place like BTE."

Great for BTE audiences captivated every holiday season and those joining the enchantment for the first time.  Rated GA, Perfect for all ages

Be sure to contact the Box Office for group rate opportunities.

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By Laurie McCants
Directed by Sabrina Hamilton
January 31 through February 3, 2019

Industrious Angels is a solo hand-crafted-story-spinning-shadow-puppet-memory-play-with-music evoking the secret creative lives of women, mother/daughter bloodlines, and the ghost of Emily Dickinson.In a shadowed attic, crammed with curio cabinets, work tables, chests and drawers (containers for mementos and unmentionables), a daughter searches for what it is that ties together her mother, herself, and an elusive poet.

Perfect for those who love Dead Poets Society, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and BTE audiences fascinated by the The Women’s Solo Performance Festival

Rated GA, best for middle school kids and older.

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By Simon Stephens
Based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon
Directed by Elizabeth Dowd
March 28 through April 14, 2019

Fifteen-year-old Christopher is on a mission. After the untimely death of his neighbor’s dog, the brilliant and unique boy is compelled to investigate the crime. Experience the world through Christopher’s eyes as he embarks on an extraordinary journey where he challenges assumed truths and discovers life-changing secrets.  We are thrilled to bring you this smash-hit play fresh from highly acclaimed runs on Broadway and London’s West End!

An awe-inspiring experience for those enthralled by Sherlock, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and BTE audiences who treasured The Diary of Anne Frank

Rated MA-13, Appropriate for adults and ages 12+. Some adult language and situations.

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By Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe
Directed by Eric Wunsch
April 25 through May 19, 2019

You’re seven years old. Mom’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy. You start a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it, because she’s corrected your spelling. Every Brilliant Thing is a poignantly funny, deftly interactive solo performance unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Spend a cozy evening with ensemble member Richard Cannaday as he weaves this intimate tale.

A moving and unconventional evening of theatre for those adore This American Life, This is Us,  and BTE audiences who loved I and you.

Rated MA, for some adult language and subject matter.

Our beautiful Season 41 images are a collaboration between BTE and Gordon Wenzel of Impressions Studios in Lewisburg.