News from The Courtyard Theater

By Jayne Ann Bugda |

Published 11/30 2013 03:27AM

Updated 11/30 2013 03:41AM

Reacting to comments made recently by individuals and groups who have either attended
the theater’s first production, have made reservations for the upcoming production of “A Tuna
Christmas” which opens at 7:00 PM on Black Friday, owner’s Bob Taylor and Art Lieberman have made some decisions which will have an immediate impact on the growth of the theater.
“We have had many requests from parents of children who reside in the immediate area to utilize the facility for drama, music and dance classes for kids,” says Producer Art Lieberman. Correspondingly, we have had several talented volunteers who are music instructors, choreographers and drama personnel to help teach kids these skills utilizing the Courtyard Theater as a classroom. We are therefore planning to open, in the near future, what we might be calling “The Courtyard Theater Young Person’s Theatrical Academy” with each qualified teacher having a specialized curriculum, which will conclude in a presentation by the students on stage in the theater”.
This idea has come about since many parents, after viewing the theater have noted that their children have to travel many miles to take lessons of these kinds that could be offered closer to home. The theater owners had already planned for presentations targeting younger audiences.
“Why not have the children themselves put on the shows?” asked Taylor.
During the Christmas season, the theater owners will also be offering potential audience members both individual gift certificates at $15 each and a season ticket for the 8 plays for 2014 (4 musicals and 4 non-musicals) for $99.00, a savings of $21.00 for the year. A discount has also been offered for the purchase of 10 or more tickets of $3.00 per ticket, lowering the price to only $12.00 a show. Lieberman has already contacted several local bus companies and retirement and nursing homes with that offer which has been met favorably by the management of those businesses. The special “dinner and a show” arrangement with Garfield’s Restaurant, in the mall, has been well received by audiences since the theater has been open and Garfield’s will continue its policy of  offering theater-goers a 20% discount on all dinners (except specials), by either showing their tickets or souvenir programs.
The Courtyard Theater is also about to open its doors to special events such as receptions, award presentations, ceremonies, concerts, corporate events and other functions which they will produce on behalf of interested parties.
“If you have a wonderful facility such as our theater, it seems foolish to let it be closed except for our own original productions” remarked Lieberman. “We also will be seeking corporate sponsors, which is something that is common in community theaters, to help finance bigger and better events. Sponsors will receive many benefits from working with us while supporting the arts in the local area. We have also joined both the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau to help publicize the theater and our events.”
In the meantime, sales of tickets for the current production of the comedy “A Tuna Christmas” are doing well according to the theater owners, and the next 3 productions have been scheduled.
The romantic comedy “Same Time, Next Year, will open on Friday February 7th for six weekend performances over 2 weekends ending with the Sunday matinee at 2:00 PM on February 16th.
The rock musical “Rent” which ran for over 5,000 performances on Broadway will open on Friday March 7th and will run for 9 weekend performances concluding on March 23rd, once again with a Sunday matinee. Auditions for “Rent” will take place on Sunday, December 8th, in the evening after the closing matinee of “A Tuna Christmas”.
Then on April 25th, the Courtyard Theater will present the mystery-thriller “Deathtrap” with its Hitchcock-type twists which will thrill audiences for 6 performances, ending on May 4th, with a matinee.
Finally in June, the Courtyard Theater is looking forward to presenting one of the most unique and entertaining musicals rarely seen in the Susquehanna Valley. The license for this show is being sought at this writing, so the announcement must be withheld until such time as it is granted. But young and old will find this a most exciting event and one the theater’s owners have been looking forward to presenting since the theater’s inception. 
Contact Information
Courtyard Theater Box Office: 570-374-0060

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