2016-2017 Mainstage Productions

These fully-staged, professional productions set PYT apart from other performing arts schools. They feature professional adult actors, as well as children and young people, who perform for school and family audiences throughout the year. Participation is voluntary. Students must be at least 6 years old and enrolled in full-year PYT classes in either the Dance or Drama Division in order to audition for roles.

Elf, Jr.

Elf The Musical, Jr.

Book by Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based on the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum

December 2nd-11th
Grades K-12

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole.  The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.  With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.  Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

12/2 7:00 PM – TwinkleJingley Cast
12/3 1:00 & 5:00 PM – SparkleJolly Cast
12/4 2:00 PM – TwinkleJingley Cast
12/9 7:00 PM – SparkleJolly Cast
12/10 1:00 & 5:00 PM – TwinkleJingley Cast
12/11 2:00 PM – SparkleJolly Cast

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James and the Giant Peach

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Music & Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Based on the book, “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl

March 17th-26th
Grades K-12
A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey!  This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape.  Roald Dahl’s story comes hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crises. You will see James (as he cleverly gets the Peach out of danger), the wise Old-Green-Grasshopper and the pessimistic Earthworm.  You will also see James’ mean Aunt Spiker and cruel Aunt Sponge come to a suitably sticky end.  The action is tied together by the Narrator, a storyteller, motivator, emcee and audience friend.

3/17 7:00 PM
3/18 1:00 & 4:00 PM
3/19 2:00 PM
3/24 7:00 PM
3/25 1:00 & 4:00 PM
3/26 2:00 PM

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Seussical the Musical

Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty
Co-concieved by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle
Based on the Works of Dr. Suess

May 12th-14th
Grades K-12

Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony Winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favourite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo.  The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to miltary school for thinking too many “thinks”.  Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.  Seussical is fun for the whole family!

Please note: Zoellner Arts Center will be handling all box office seating for Seussical.  The box office will be open Tuesdays 12 – 6pm, Wednesday – Friday 12-5pm, Sunday – Friday 90 minutes prior to curtain; Saturday 2 hours prior to curtain.  To purchase tickets you may visit Zoellner’s website via the link below or call (610) 758-2787, ext 0. You may also visit the Zoellner Arts ticket services window, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, 18015, located on the first floor.

5/12 7:00 PM
5/13 1:30 & 5:30 PM
5/14 12:30 PM

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