Nothing’s Hotter than Summer Theater in Lancaster County

The shows are hot, but the venues are cool. It’s the perfect combination for summer theater lovers! While visiting our area, check out the array of live performances you can catch at some of our favorite performing arts centers.

Ephrata Performing Arts Center / Sharadin Bigler Theatre – Travel a meer hop, skip & a jump (less than a mile!) from the Historic Smithton Inn to enjoy critically-acclaimed community theater. It’s local theater with

Photo from EPAC Facebook Page

talent that rivals anything you’ve seen Off-Broadway or bigger. From well-known classics to avant garde productions, Ephrata Performing Arts Center does it all and does it well.

Guys and Dolls
July 25-27, August 1-3 and August 7-10

The Glass Menagerie
September 5-7, September 12-14 and September 18-21

Sight & Sound Theatres – With awe-inspiring productions that bring the Bible to life, Sight & Sound has become a favorite destination for people of all religious backgrounds. I know you’ll enjoy the breathtaking venues (just a 20 min drive from us!) and captivating shows – most even feature live animals which are always a hit with the kids! And consider taking a “Behind the Scenes Tour” to discover how they make the magic happen.


Now through November 2

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre – Less than 20 miles from the Historic Smithton Inn, you’ll find a theater that offers both food and fun in a relaxed setting. Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre is known for its entertaining musicals that don’t miss a beat. Catch dinner and a show, or you can opt to attend only the theater performances.
South Pacific
July 5 – August 17

Menopause the Musical
August 22 – October 5

Rainbow Dinner Theatre – That’s right folks – we have TWO dinner theaters within a short 30-minute drive from our B&B! Rainbow Dinner Theater offers “all comedy…all the time” and dishes up a delightful dining experience with lots of laughs.

Marriage Go Round

Now through August 4
Fox on the Fairway
August 13 – October 26

Hershey Theatre – An easy 40-mile drive west on Rte. 322 from the Historic Smithton Inn, you’ll find the gorgeous Hershey Theatre. The theater hosts all types of shows including Broadway performances, concerts, and classic films from days gone by. 

Visit the Hershey Theatre website for their full list of events.

American Music Theatre – Love live music? AMT has the largest line up of live musical performances in Lancaster County. You can enjoy various comedy and specialty performances there, too. There’s no such thing as a bad seat at AMT! Catch one of their own original shows or one featuring stars on tour from musical genres that range from Rock to Country and Classical to Big Band. Oh, did I mention AMT is less than 20 min away from the Historic Smithton Inn?

Events in July include:
Broadway: Now and Forever

July 16
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
July 17
Where the Action Is
July 19
Good Ole Boys
July 20
Loretta Lynn
July 28
Garrison Keillor
July 29
See the AMT website for the other shows on deck this summer..