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Dear Friend,

Do you want to make a gift to an organization that’s making a difference in people’s lives? Our audience members tell us regularly how much they appreciate the quality of our theatre and film programs. But while we love that kind of feedback, we know that our work transcends the experience people may have with just one show; Civic Theatre of Allentown is key to our region’s growth and development. As we approach the end-of-year giving season, here is why your donation is so important:

Children need us. Over sixty years ago Civic launched its Children’s Theatre School, and we now run a year-round K-12 program for kids of all ages. However, our local school district recently made the difficult decision to suspend many of its arts programs. For thousands of children in our area, a performance at Civic is often their first opportunity to experience the life-changing power of theatre.

And from an economic perspective, it’s clear that Civic is a significant asset to the city’s growth and development. Local businesses benefit from the traffic Civic generates 360 days a year, and our audience members tell us they appreciate the recent improvements to the sidewalks and lighting in key parking areas, as well as the return of several restaurants along 19th street. We are proud to be the anchor entertainment attraction in Allentown’s exciting and dynamic West End neighborhood.

Because so much depends on Civic’s continued success, we are determined to remain poised for progress. For example, we’ve recently upgraded our movie projectors to use digital film, which has not only improved sound and picture quality, but also allowed us to expand the number and type of movies we can show. And, our Board of Trustees has launched a strategic planning process and hosted a town meeting to help shape our future and get important feedback and ideas from people in our community.

However, we can’t keep our doors open if we rely on ticket and program revenue alone. And grants and foundations simply can’t make up all of the shortfall. That’s where your role comes in ~ as a supporter of Civic Theatre of Allentown, your generosity helps ensure our community thrives and the next generation benefits from our important work.

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift today that will help ensure a brighter future for the arts in Allentown. Simply click on the “donate now” button to start giving back to Civic Theatre of Allentown.


Sharon Glassman John Hedges
President, Civic Theatre of Allentown Managing Director, Civic Theatre of Allentown


Donate to Civic Theatre’s Annual Fund

If you count on the dramatic and cinematic arts at Civic to add inspiration, entertainment, and perspective to your life and to your community, please consider giving back with a donation to the Annual Fund.

The Fund is one of the critical ways that the theatre makes up the 40% difference between ticket sales and the costs of programs, films, productions, utilities and staff. Donations of any amount may be made to the Annual Fund.

Your gift will come back to you and the entire community through in the form of Civic’s rich schedule of award-winning, non-commercial theatre and film.

A donation to the Annual Fund is considered a 100% charitable contribution to a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.



On Golden Pond


Civic Theatre is proud to announce auditions for Ernest Thompson’s

“On Golden Pond.”

Auditions will take place on Wednesday December 16th at 7 PM in the
Civic Theatre rehearsal hall at 527 N. 19th St.

Actors will be asked to read from sides from the script. The sides will be available one hour previous to the audition. Readers will be available if actors care to prepare a specific scene. Character breakdown follows. Norman Thayer, Jr.: Nearing his eightieth birthday, Norman is flirting with senility and is aware of it enough to use it to his advantage, usually in a humorous way. He is a curmudgeon, as he feels his age entitles him to be. He is very much in love with Ethel, his wife, but doesn’t quite know what to do about their daughter, Chelsea. Ethel Thayer: Ten years younger than Norman, Ethel is a spritely, active woman who loves her husband completely and who is in love with simply being alive. She is caregiver, sweetheart, and friend to Norman. Charlie Martin: The local delivery-by-boat mailman, Charlie is a long-time family friend and a typical Maine down-Easterner. Still single, he has had a life-long crush on Chelsea. Chelsea Thayer Wayne: Attractive, divorced, and in her forties, Chelsea is still dealing with the lack of closeness between her and Norman. She is engaged to Bill Ray, whom she brings to meet her parents. Billy Ray: The thirteen-year-old son of Bill Ray, he is a typical California teenager who comes to spend a month with Norman and Ethel on Golden Pond while his father and Chelsea are in Europe. Bill Ray: Chelsea’s fiancé and Billy’s father, Bill is definitely not the outdoors type. He is trying his best to make a good impression on Norman and Ethel.



A Christmas Carol

Tickets are now on sale for our 26th annual production of A Christmas Carol!

Performance dates and times are the following:

Friday, December 4th at 7:30pm (Holly Cast)
Saturday, December 5th at 7:30pm (Ivy Cast)
Sunday, December 6th at 2:00pm (Holly Cast)
Thursday, December 10th at 7:30pm (Ivy Cast)
Friday, December 11th at 7:30pm (Holly Cast)
Saturday, December 12th at 2:00pm (Ivy Cast)
Saturday, December 12th at 7:30pm (Holly Cast)
Sunday, December 13th at 2:00pm (Ivy Cast)
Thursday, December 17th at 7:30pm (Holly Cast)
Friday, December 18th at 7:30pm (Ivy Cast)
Saturday, December 19th at 2:00pm (Holly Cast)
Saturday, December 19th at 7:30pm (Ivy Cast)

Get your tickets for A Christmas Carol in advance!

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Make sure to check back soon for audition dates for our upcoming season!

The lineup of our upcoming productions is as follows:

On Golden Pond

Ethel and Norman Thayer spend their summer at their vacation home as they are visited by their daughter Chelsea, accompanied by her fiance, Billy Ray, and his son, Billy Ray Jr.  This 1979 play by Ernest Thompson explores the rocky relationship between Chelsea and her father and the difficulties faced by an aging couple in the golden years of their marriage.

Tickets are available now!

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Once Upon a Mattress

Students of the Civic Theatre School will take you on a whimsical trip to fairy tale land with this magical and musical adaptation of the timeless classic, The Princess and the Pea.  This musical is especially adapted for young performers.

NOTE: This version of “Once Upon a Mattress” is part of the Getting To Know Series —  Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. The production will be performed by students of the Civic Theatre School and is perfect for young audiences.

 In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the elements that make this show a classic are still in place.

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Buy tickets for Once Upon a Mattress here!


Filled with dark humor, this Sondheim musical depicts nine men and women who attempted (with four successes) to assassinate American Presidents.  The musical explores the minds of  the assassins themselves – their disturbances, their entitlement as motivation, and their view of the classic American Dream.

Tickets on sale now!

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God of Carnage

In this 2009 play by Yasmina Reza, when some roughhousing between two 11-year-old boys named Zachary and Ethan erupts into real violence, Ethan loses two teeth.  Zachary’s parents, Alan and Nancy Cowen, meet with Ethan’s parents, Penelope and Michael Longstreet, to try to smooth things over. However, what starts as a polite meeting among adults descends into finger-pointing, tantrums and insults.

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Buy tickets for God of Carnage here!

And in the meantime, get your tickets for A Christmas Carol in advance!

Buy Tickets Here!