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Totem pole playhouse announces 2016 season

(3/1) Totem Pole Playhouse, Pennsylvania’s premiere summer theatre, located in Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, has announced the theatre’s 66th summer season.

Prior to the start of the season, beginning May 17th for one week only, Totem Pole will present a special return engagement of last season’s biggest hit, Lovesick Blues, a tribute concert featuring Robbie Limon as Hank Williams, Sr. and Denise Patton as Patsy Cline. Backed by a six piece band the duo sings such country western classics as: "Honky Tonk Blues," "Hey Good Lookin'," "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)," "The Lost Highway," "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "Walkin' After Midnight," "Sweet Dreams," and special duet of "Your Cheatin’ Heart," which was a hit record for both artists.

Kicking off the subscription season will be Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, a touching and human comedy with music and dance, which also addresses the serious issues of ageism and intolerance.

One of the most successful musicals in the Totem Pole’s 66-year history, Forever Plaid, will return after nearly 10 years, as a guest production of Los Angeles, CA’s critically-acclaimed Theatre A Go-Go, Inc. Forever Plaid is one of the most popular musicals in recent memory. This deliciously fun revue is chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies! Four young high school students discover they shared a love for music, and get together to become their idols - The Four Freshman, The Hi-Lo's and The Crew Cuts. The show will run June 17th through July 3rd and is suitable for the entire family.

A ‘Neil Simon-esque’ comedy written by the celebrated acerbic stand-up comic, Lewis Black, is the third offering of the four-show subscription season. Set in 1981, the play focuses on the Coleman family of Cincinnati, Ohio — Doc, Delia, and their three daughters — on the day of their oldest daughter’s backyard wedding. The bride-to-be, Courtney is set to marry Harper, a conservative, straight-laced, all-American guy. However, that becomes much more difficult when Courtney’s long-time, free-spirited ex-boyfriend Ryan shows up at the front door apparently unaware of the day’s significance and won’t go away.

Closing out the season, Totem Pole’s favorite son, John Putch, will return to direct one of the funniest musical comedies ever written, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum This unforgettable, hysterical musical is suitable for the entire family.

Those interested in subscribing to the season or purchasing tickets for single shows may do so either on line through Totem Pole’s website at or by calling the playhouse’s box office Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 717-352-2164, ext 1.

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