Holiday Reviews, LGBT-Themed Black Comedy, Jane Austen-Based Show Among Local Theater Offerings For November | Entertainment

Holiday reviews, along with shows based on a classic film, oft-told fairy tales and a Jane Austen novel, are among the live theater offerings showing in venues across Lancaster County this month.

Here’s a sample of what’s playing on local stages in November.

End this weekend

“Swimming while drowning” a black romantic comedy set at an LGBT homeless shelter in Los Angeles, comes to life on Thursday and Saturday November 11 and 13. It is presented by Teatro Paloma.

The last two performances of the play will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Zoetropolis Cinema in Lancaster, 112 N. Water St.

Written by Emilio Rodriguez, the play follows teenage runaway Angelo Mendez (played by José Guillermo Rodríguez-Plaza) who meets another homeless teenager Mila (Ian Sánchez-Herasme) and learns to find his voice.

Through their struggles, the teens discover life and love in a story described as “engraving, sweet, funny, heartbreaking and real”.

The play contains adult language and themes.

Tickets range from $ 10 to $ 30 (including the ability to “pay it forward” and help others access this performance). For more information and to order tickets online, visit

“Love and information” a play made up of a series of vignettes, involving over 100 characters trying to make sense of what they know, will have its last three performances Wednesday through Friday, November 10-12.

The play, written by the prolific British playwright Caryl Churchill, is presented by the Millersville University Theater. The performances take place at 7 p.m. in the Clair room of the Winter Center. The Friday performance will also be broadcast live.

Churchill’s play vignettes vary in subject matter and range from less than a minute to a few minutes.

Order tickets ($ 10 for general admission for a live or streaming show) online at

Opening soon

– The popular musical “Rodgers and the Cinderella of Hammerstein” will cast its spell on audiences at the Fulton Theater, 12 N. Prince St., with premieres on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 9 and 10, and opening Thursday, November 11. It will run until January 2, 2022.

The show presents the classic fairy tale story of a young woman who must rise above the drudgery of her life with her stepmother and stepsisters, and, thanks to the magical intervention of ‘a fairy godmother, go to the royal ball and meet a prince – and his fate.

The Fulton presents the “Enchanted” version of the musical, with a diverse cast and inspired by the 1997 television production starring Brandy and Whitney Houston.

Morning and evening performances take place Tuesday through Sunday.

For information and tickets, visit or call 717-397-7425.

Also at Fulton:

“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,”Part of Fulton’s Ellen Groff Studio series, tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s former ghostly and chained business partner, Marley, and how he must redeem Scrooge in order to free himself from hellish torments. It is a “journey of laughter and terror, of redemption and renewal”. The show begins with a paid performance on November 30. Morning and evening performances run from Tuesday to Sunday, until December 26. Tickets :

“Miracle on 34th Street”, the holiday musical based on the 1947 film of the same name, opens Thursday, November 11 at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater, 510 Centerville Road, and runs through December 23.

The show follows a little girl named Susan Walker, who doesn’t believe in Santa until she meets Kris Kringle, a Santa at a department store who gives her a reason to question that disbelief.

The musical includes a book and sheet music by Meredith Willson, best known for writing “The Music Man”. The show is rated PG.

Meals are served during morning and evening performances from Tuesday to Sunday. Tickets for the show only are also available.

For tickets, call the box office at 717-898-1900 or visit

“Winter wonders,” The original American Music Theater annual Christmas show returns on Tuesday, November 9, and runs through December 30 at the theater, 2425 Lincoln Highway E.

The show features singers, dancers and the AMT Orchestra performing a mix of sacred and secular holiday tunes in settings ranging from a Bavarian village to the North Pole.

Morning and evening performances take place at various times from Tuesday to Sunday.

For tickets call or visit

Information: 800-648-4102 or 717-397-7700.

Servant Stage Company announces its next season of shows with a First Look Extravaganza, featuring highlights from upcoming musicals and plays. This year, it will air online at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 19.

“Joy to the world,” a Christmas revue presented by Servant Stage Company, opens with a series of touring performances starting Thursday, November 18.

The show features a wide cast interpreting traditional and modern holiday favorites, “tracing the magical spirit of the season to its source – the Miracle of the Nativity.”

The tours will take place on November 18, 21, 22 and 28 and December 8 at various churches in the region. Performances on December 14 and 15 will take place at the Drumore Estate, 331 Red Hill Road, Pequea. No tickets are required for these performances.

Performances requiring tickets will take place December 3-5 at the Junction Center, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim; December 10-12 at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Road, Lancaster; and December 18-19 at Lancaster County Christian School, 2390 New Holland Pike, Lancaster.

Admission to Servant Stage performances is to pay what you want.

To order tickets online and see the schedule of times and locations, visit

– Servant Stage will also preview its 2022 season during its “Extravagance First Look,” a show that will be broadcast live online on the night of the Extraordinary Donation at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 19. The show will feature more than 300 artists presenting the highlights of the 2022 season, which will include five main productions – musicals and plays – and six youth productions, as well as a look back at the 2021 season.

– Mount Hope Estate and Winery will present its annual interactive dinner theater, “Vacation in Mount Hope”, from November 9 to December 23. The dining and theatrical experience takes place in the halls of the Mount Hope Mansion, 2775 Lebanon Road, north of Manheim.

The storyline for this season revolves around Tim Cratchit, who grew up from his childhood “Tiny Tim” and moved to America with his new wife, Leah. In his first holiday season away from London, Cratchit feels homesick, but finds joy in the company of Leah’s sister and other friends who come for an evening of vacation.

This evening will include a hot meal, Christmas carols sung with guests and a performance of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Because the cast of characters interacts with the guests, each performance is unique.

There will be morning and evening performances, with a four-course menu, on select days in November and every day of the week starting November 26. Beer, wine, cider and cocktails will be available.

For show times, tickets and menu information, visit

“Emma, ​​The Matchmaker: A Tale Drawn from Jane Austen,” opens Thursday, November 4 at the Historic Rock Ford Mansion, 881 Rockford Drive, in Lancaster County Central Park.

The one-act play, presented in collaboration with the Théâtre de la Septième SÅ“ur, is performed in the mansion’s candlelit rooms on Thursdays and Fridays, November 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19, at 7 and 8 : 30h

The play, adapted from Austen’s 1815 novel “Emma”, was written by Historic Rock Ford executive director Sam Slaymaker. She tells the story of a young woman who decides to meddle in the romantic affairs of others.

Each performance is limited to 15 people. Tickets cost $ 20 and must be booked online at

Face coverings are required for members of the public, who will wander from room to room in the mansion to enjoy the show.

For families

“White as snow,” a modern take on the classic fairy tale, will be presented as part of the Fulton Theater Family Series from November 20 to December 18. In this version of the tale, the seven dwarfs become historical figures and Snow White seeks happiness and how to make strong, confident decisions for herself. During her journey, she will meet a narcissistic queen, a tap dance mirror, and a not-so-charming prince.

Performances are at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Visit for tickets.

In progress

“The Christmas Tree Boat” runs until January 1, 2022, at Bird-in-Hand Stage, 2760 A Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand.

The inspiring new musical is based on the true story of Herman Schuenemann, known as Captain Santa, who donated thousands of Christmas trees to the needy in Chicago. When Schuenemann sinks with his ship in a storm, his widow, Barbara, must raise their daughters and run his shipping business while continuing his Christmas mission.

The show is presented in collaboration with Blue Gate Musicals.

Breakfast, lunch or dinner are served during the morning and evening performances, at various times from Tuesday to Saturday. Tickets for the show only are also available.

For tickets call 717-768-1568 or visit

“Queen Esther”, a show that tells the biblical story of a woman who saves the Jewish people from death at the hands of Persian official Haman, runs through December 23 at Sight & Sound Theaters, 300 Hartman Bridge Road, Ronks. For tickets visit or dial 800-377-1277.

Javier E. Swan

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