Schedule is Ready!

And it’s up and running – over 105 events planned for the 3-day festival. Ticket sales begin this coming weekend. We have 3 types of events – Ticketed (you purchase a ticket for each event), Backstage Pass (you purchase one backstage pass for $35 AND GET into any event marked BSP!), and Free events in MLK Plaza and Friedman Park!

Check out the schedule page for a preview of what’s to come in June!

Variety Show Auditions

The First Annual Central PA Theatre and Dance Festival will host a Community Variety Show as part of the festival on Friday, June 22 at 4 pm.
The variety show is open to ages 10 and up. Each act is limited to 3 minutes and can be vocal, dance, magic, spoken word, and more. Those interested in auditioning need to submit a 60-90 second video of the act they would like to perform for the show. The video may be filmed with a phone and need not be edited. Just be sure there is enough light so the performer may be clearly seen.
Please upload the video to youtube or Dropbox (or similar service) and email the link to the video, along with the following information about the auditioner:
Parent name (if minor):
Mailing Address:
Contact Phone:
Contact Email:
EMAIL the links to
The deadline for audition submissions is Sunday, May 20 at 5 pm.

Pre-Launch Success!

Many many thanks to all of our volunteers and sponsors for helping make our April 3rd Pre-Launch a success! Special Thanks to:

Mayor Donald M. Hahn

County Commissioner Mark Higgins

Lori Miller, Director of Visitor and Member Services, CPCVB

Pam Salokangas, Director Centre Region Parks & Recreation

and Karen Gregg (Executive Director, The State Theatre) and the staff of The State Theatre for hosting our pre-launch event!

Make sure to check out our event Picture Portfolio! Again, many thanks and looking forward to seeing everyone in June!

April 3 – Be There!


Tuesday, April 3, 5-7pm

The Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest Kicks Off with a Pre-Launch Party!

Join us at The State Theatre to learn more about our upcoming festival and

meet the founding members and some of the performing artists.

And don’t forget to follow our members in performance during the spring!

March 29-April 8

The Next Stage Theatre Company

The Breath of Life by David Hare

Attic of the State Theatre

March 29th, 30th, and 31st at 8 p.m. and April 1st at 3 p.m.

April 6th and 7th at 8 p.m. and April 8th at 3 p.m.

April 5

Happy Valley Improv

April 5th: First Thursday of every month

Attic of the State Theatre, 8 p.m.

April 6

Central PA Dance Workshop

April 6th: Dance Workshop, a First Friday Event

CPDW (101 S. Fraser St), 6-7:30 p.m.

April 7

Black Cat Belly Dance

April 7th: Cairo Raqs featuring international star of Egyptian dance, Nada El Masriya

Indigo Nightclub, 7 p.m.


March Events!

It’s Friday and time to buy tickets/attend a Theatre & Dance Event! Make sure to check out our Member Companies and their production schedules throughout the year. And make sure you’ve put April 3 (Pre-Launch Event) and June 22-24 on your calendars. But in the meantime, back to March!
Saturday, March 17
Lady Grey’s Wonderland
at The State Theatre
We’re all mad here! Come fall down the rabbit hole with Lady Grey and her Lovelies as they share their unique and enchanted interpretation of Alice, complete with your favorite quirky caterpillars, cards, cats, and queens. Dress in your tea party and croquet tournament finest! 8 pm and 10 pm shows.
(The 8pm show is sold-out).
Sunday, March 18
FUSE Productions Auditions
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Thursday & Friday, March 22-23
Tempest Productions March Ado About Nothing
at The State Theatre
The Belle of Amherst, Thurs 4pm, Fri 8pm
The Women, Thurs 8pm, Fri 4pm
The Comedy of Errors, Thurs & Fri, 6pm
New Play Reading Series:
Hoarding by Michael Berube Thurs 1pm
The Sixth Day by Pamela Monk, Fri 11am
Sacred Trauma by Ellis Stump, Fri 1pm
Saturday, March 24
7:30 pm, Student Choreographers Showcase,
CPDW, 101 S. Fraser St., Downstairs
March 29th to April 8th,
Next Stage Theatre presents
David Hare’s play The Breath of Life
The Attic at The State Theatre

Improv & Irish Dance!

Improv and Irish Dance happens this week – Thursday & Friday!

Thursday, March 1
Happy Valley Improv in the Attic!
The State Theatre, 8pm

Happy Valley Improv is State College’s premier improv group, specializing in the art of long-form improvisation. If you’ve ever seen Whose Line Is It Anyway…it’s like that, but not like that at all! Influenced by

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theatres such as the Upright Citizens Brigade, Improv Olympic, Brave New Workshop, and Theatre 99, Happy Valley Improv delivers fully unscripted theatre that puts the “Happy” in “Happy Valley.”

The Happy Valley Improv ensemble will make sure you leave thinking, “What did I just see…and when can I see it again?” Happy Valley Improv will be performing in the Attic of the State Theatre on the first Thursday of every month in 2018* starting in February. Come out for a unique, fun, and hilarious experience!

Friday, March 2
The Central PA Dance Workshop presents an Irish Dance Workshop
a First Friday Event
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 208 W Foster Ave,
Room 3256:00-7:00 pm
Cost: $15 Adults, $10 Students, $8 CPDW Dancers
cash or check payable to CPDW – at the door

In anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day, CPDW will be hosting an Irish Dance Workshop for all ages, and all levels. No shoes, please, socks only. Note location (Room 325 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church).

Sondheim, Belly Dance, Irish Dance, Improv, Jazz and more!

A number of our member companies have performances and events coming up – make sure to check them out!

Thursday-Saturday, February 22, 23, 24.

FUSE Productions presents Stephen Sondheim’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

February 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 pm

Schwab Auditorium on the PSU Campus

Friday, February 23

Live Belly Dance Dinner Shows at The Greek Restaurant

The Greek Restaurant, shows at 6:30 and 7:30

Friday-Saturday, February 23-24

VanDance presents JazzBird and Steel Valley Rhythms

The State Theatre, 8pm

Thursday, March 1

Happy Valley Improv in the Attic!

The State Theatre, 8pm

Friday, March 2

The Central PA Dance Workshop presents an Irish Dance Workshop

a First Friday Event, 6:00-7:00 pm

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

#18 – Yep, it’s a different kind of countdown…

Please give a warm welcome to The Next Stage Theatre as they join us in the quest to bring together our theatre, dance, and performance arts! Make sure to like their FB page and join our mailing lists. We are only stronger together!

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Number 17!

Theatre Fest 2018 is pleased to announce our newest member (#17!), Professional Circus Artist, Dancer, Gymnast Dmitry Myers! Shout out a warm welcome!!!Dmitry Myers

Number 16!

Please shout out a warm welcome to our newest inaugural member – Centre Dance! And we’re now at 16 members with over 20+ companies performing! Remember to Save the Dates – June 22-24, 2018 AND join our mailing list for updates on schedules.

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