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Arts Guide

Written by  County Lines Magazine

We’ve compiled this Guide to the Arts to give you a preview of what the Fall season promises, covering a wide range of area venues, local performance groups, special events and series that are happening this summer and into the fall.

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Theaters & Venues with Music, Dance & Theater Performances

Hedgerow TheatreSuburban PA Counties

American Music Theatre
Featuring both touring concerts and original shows in a 1,600-seat theater, from Broadway tours to rock legends to today’s hottest acts.
2425 Lincoln Hwy E., Lancaster
* Glenn Miller Orchestra, Vegas Legends, Charlie Pride

Bird-in-Hand Stage
Offering exceptional entertainment, including Broadway-style musical theater and magic shows—one of Lancaster County’s must-see stops for live performances.
2760 Old Philadelphia Pk., Bird-in-Hand
* Half-Stitched, Mennonite Girls Can Cook, Magic & Wonder Show, Our Christmas Dinner

The Colonial Theatre/Point Entertainment
Independent and classic films, programs for young audiences, concerts and community events. Major performances booked by Point Entertainment.
227 Bridge St., Phoenixville;

Immaculata University Alumnae Hall Theater
Seats 1,100 with great stage views from any seat, perfect for concerts, dance and theater productions.
Alumnae Hall Theater, Immaculata.

Kennett Flash
An all-ages, stage-centered, café-style venue showcasing professional national, regional and local music, comedy, children’s programs and more.
102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Sq.
* Crowded Streets – A Tribute to Dave Matthews Band

Keswick Theatre of Performing Arts
A 1,300-seat venue hosting well-known acts and bands with state-of-the-art sound and light equipment.
291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside.
* Toad the Wet Sprocket, Beatles vs. Stones

Longwood Gardens Performing Arts
The arts at Longwood are as alive, inspiring and beautiful as the Gardens, showcasing leading artists.
1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square
* Dianne Reeves, Josh Ritter, Conjunto Philadelphia

Mt. Hope Estate & Winery
On the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire offering events, festivals, concerts year-round.
Rt. 72, Cornwall.

Neumann University, Meagher Theatre
Modern 300-seat theater hosting lectures, theater, cinema, concerts and other theatrical events.
1 Neumann Dr., Aston.

The Queen Theatre
Once World Café Live, now under new management with Live Nation taking the helm. Still a 3-tiered music hall for music, food, drinks, entertainment and more.
500 N. Market St., Wilmington

Sight & Sound Theatres
Faith-based live theater that’s been described as “Christian Broadway.”
300 Hartman Bridge Rd., Strasburg.
* Jonah, Miracle of Christmas

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
Promoting cultural, economic and civic life through live theater, music, dance and film. The theater has nine resident companies with three separate performance spaces.
226 N. High St., West Chester
* Better Than Bacon: Interactive Improv Comedy, Opera tutti!

The Ware Center
Off-campus visual and performing arts center for Millersville University hosting art exhibits, dance, film, Broadway cabarets, music, family arts and more.
42 N. Prince St., Lancaster.

West Chester University—WCU Live!
Live performances in music, theater and dance by national traveling groups held on the campus.
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall and
Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, West Chester


The Grand Wilmington
Presenting more than 75 shows each season—from symphony orchestras and ballets to the latest rock and comedy stars, jazz, folk, family artists and more.
818 N. Market St., Wilmington
* Straight No Chaser, Happy Together Tour, Tom Segura No Teeth No Entry Tour

The Playhouse on Rodney Square
See Theater – Professional

Theatre N at Nemours
First-run independent feature films and concerts.
11th & Tatnall Sts. Nemours Bldg., Wilmington
* KRush and Alive! ’75, Jelly Roll & Whitney Peyton


The Academy of Music
Opened in 1857, it’s the oldest grand opera house in the country still used for its original purpose. This 2,900-seat venue is both a celebrated historic landmark and a contemporary concert hall.
Broad & Locust Sts.
* Wicked, The Magic Flute, Finding Neverland

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Dedicated to the advancement of a diverse and thriving cultural community through innovation and intellectual engagement in the performing arts.
Univ of Pennsylvania campus, 3680 Walnut St.
* Ballet X, Black Violin, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

The Dell Music Center
This open-air amphitheater has 5,284 reserved seats and lawn seating for 600.
Ridge Ave. & W. Huntingdon St.

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Premier performing arts groups reside in the Kimmel Center and the Academy of Music—The Phila. Orchestra, Philly Pops, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadanco and more.
300 S. Broad St.
* Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman

The Mann Center for Performing Arts
Located in Philadelphia’s beautiful Fairmount Park, continues its rich tradition as the greater Philadelphia region’s premiere outdoor cultural arts center.
5201 Parkside Ave.
* Sammy Hagar & The Circle

World Café Live
3025 Walnut St.
Two separate stages in one building, offering a unique concert going experience and great food.

Events & Series

Anson Nixon Park Concert Series
Through Aug. 9
Enjoy free summer concerts on Wednesday evenings surrounded by the park’s beautiful scenery.
Waterworks Dr., Kennett Sq.

Chester Cty 87th Old Fiddlers Picnic, Aug. 12
Hundreds of musicians and music lovers gather for music and memories.
Hibernia County Park, Wagontown

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, June, 2018
Wilmington’s tribute to a great man and his legacy is the largest, multi-day, free, outdoor jazz festival on the East Coast.
Rodney Square, 1000 N Market St., Wilmington

Delaware County Summer Festival
Through Aug. 13
Gather on the hillside for over 40 performances from a myriad of musical and dance genres.
Rose Tree Park, Rt. 252, Media
* Minas Brazilian Bossa Nova, Jimmy & the Parrots

Eagleview Town Center Concerts on the Square
Through Aug. 29
Not only concerts but movie nights, Shakespeare in the Park and family festivals.
Wellington Square, Exton.

Long’s Park Summer Music Series
Through Aug. 27
Spend Sunday nights delighting in the more than 50-year-old tradition of free summer concerts.
1441 Harrisburg Pk., Rt. 30, Lancaster
* Patriotic Pershing Band, Arlo Guthrie

Media Jazz By Night, Nov. 18
The 15th anniversary of this annual festival that serves up a lively night full of authentic jazz.
State Street, Media.

Media State Street Blues Stroll, June, 2018
A summer evening of performances complete with gospel, R&B, blues & country.

Musikfest, Aug. 4–13
Ten days of more than 500 free and several ticketed performances in Bethlehem’s historic district.
22 W. Broad Street, Bethlehem.
* Santana, Toby Keith, Aloe Blacc, Chicago, Jethro Tull

Paoli Blues Fest, Oct. 7
For blues lovers and just about anyone who likes to eat, dance, shop and enjoy great music. Also a beer garden and KidZone.
New location: Paoli Presbyterian Church, 225 S Valley Rd., Paoli.
* Little Buddy Blues Band, Russ Lambert

PA Renaissance Faire, Aug. 5–Oct. 29
The castle gates swing wide-open for mirth and merriment amidst jousting knights and royal delights.
2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim.

Philadelphia Folk Festival, Aug. 17–20
Honor both national and emerging acts at the Philly Folk Festival’s 54th Anniversary.
Old Pool Farm, 1323 Salford Station Rd.

Riverfront Blues Fest, Aug. 4–6
Three days of Blues on the Riverfront.
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, 80 Rosa Parks Dr., Wilmington.

Turks Head Music Festival, July 16
Enjoy a day of performances by regional bands, plus vendors at craft and food booths.
Everhart Park, W. Miner St., West Chester
* Dukes of Destiny, Raven Hill Bluegrass

West Chester Swingin’ Summer Thursdays
July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7
Visit downtown West Chester for food, music, dancers and more along Gay Street on Thursdays.
Gay St., West Chester.

Performance Groups


Delaware Theatre CompanySuburban PA Counties

Brandywine Ballet
Providing professional training and performance opportunities for dancers and entertaining audiences as the region’s premier ballet organization.
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
700 S. High St., West Chester.
* Dracula, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty

Chester County Ballet Company
A professional performance group at Chester County’s oldest training school for dance.
321 S. High St., West Chester

Swarthmore Ballet Theatre
A nonprofit educational organization performing at schools, festivals and communities.
118 Park Ave., Swarthmore


First State Ballet Theater
Delaware’s professional ballet company presents full-length ballets and mixed-repertory programs.
818 N. Market St., Floor 3R, Wilmington


Pennsylvania Ballet Association
A premier ballet company, receiving widespread critical acclaim for extraordinary performances of a diverse classical and contemporary repertoire.
1819 JFK Blvd., Ste. 210.
* The Sleeping Beauty, On Edge, The Nutcracker

Philadelphia Dance Company
Known for its cultural diversity, PHILADANCO works to preserve predominantly African-American traditions through its dances.
Philadanco, 9 N. Preston St.


Suburban PA Counties

Brandywine Singers
A choral ensemble with a wide repertoire of music, partnering with other groups to present concerts.

Chester County Choral Society
Led by a professional director and accompanist and performing diverse choral music.
P.O. Box 3466, West Chester

Chester County Pops Orchestra
Comprised of 65 talented and dedicated musicians from around the County, performing pops, jazz and light-classic repertoire.
P.O. Box 2468, West Chester.

Delaware County Symphony
This community orchestra performs symphony and chamber series concerts at Neumann University.
Meagher Theatre Life Center, Concord Rd., Aston

Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Chester County
Founded in 1987, the Society presents fully staged productions of the G&S operettas, complete with costumes, sets and full orchestra.
P.O. Box 195, West Chester.

Immaculata Symphony
From as far back as 1920, this orchestra has grown from a chamber-size group to a large ensemble.
1145 King Rd., Immaculata.

Kennett Symphony
Engaging and fresh approach to classical and contemporary symphonic works by Chester County’s only fully professional symphony orchestra. Experience the unique thrill in witnessing the energy and passion of Music Director, Michael Hall, and the professional musicians recreating musical masterpieces.
106 W. State St., Kennett Sq.

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
Entertaining and educating the south central PA community through live musical performances.
226 N. Arch St., Lancaster.
* Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, Rachmaninoff’s Paganini

Main Line Symphony Orchestra
Community orchestra which celebrated its 70th season in 2016.
VF Mid Sch, 105 W. Walker Rd., Wayne.
* The Joy of the Dance

Opera Lancaster
A nonprofit group producing operas since 1952.
411 W King St., Lancaster.

Reading Symphony Orchestra
Providing high quality, live, symphonic and classical music to the Greater Berks County region.
Santander Performing Arts Center
136 N. 6th St., Reading.

Rose Tree Pops Orchestra
A community orchestra with performances ranging from classical to pops to Big Band.
P. O. Box 932, Media.

Rose Valley Chorus and Orchestra
The chorus, accompanied by a 35-piece orchestra, performs two major theatrical productions each season.
Strath Haven Middle School, S. Providence Rd.
Wallingford. * The Mikado

Serafin Quartet
The Quartet performs frequently around the US and the world, receiving international prizes and awards.
1014 Sweet Cherry Ct., Wilmington

Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley, Inc. (TOSDV)
TOSDV owns, maintains and presents theatre organ concerts and silent movies on a fabulous 3/24 Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ, installed in the Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, PA.
P.O. Box 141, Cheltenham.

Vox Ama Deus
Musicians are known for historical accuracy, frequently performing on authentic Baroque instruments.
P.O. Box 203, Gladwyne.
* Bach Fest, Epic Beethoven, Vivaldi: Il Maestro Veneziano


Brandywine Baroque
Delaware’s premier early music ensemble, offering concerts of chamber music on period instruments and featuring many guest performers.
The Barn at Flintwoods, 205 Center Meeting Rd., Wilmington.

Chorus of the Brandywine
Singing modern four-part harmony in the Barbershop style, all a capella, using the human voice to create harmonic effects pleasing to the ear.
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row, Yorklyn

Delaware Symphony Orchestra
Since 1912, this orchestra has performed classical and chamber concert series.
P.O. Box 1870, Wilmington.

Performing provocative pairings of early and contemporary works.
200 S. Madison St., Wilmington.

The only professional opera company in the state and the 11th oldest in the country, with a reputation for excellence in opera and arts education.
4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington.


Opera Company of Philadelphia
Presenting innovative programming relevant to the multi-cultural Philadelphia region that broadens and diversifies the opera audience.
1420 Locust St., Ste. 210.
* The Wake World, Carmen, War Stories

Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
Encourages the musical growth of boys through difficult repertoire and a world-class education.
1336 Spring Garden St.

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin joined the small yet illustrious group as the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra in over 115 years. One of the preeminent orchestras in the world.
1 S. Broad St.
* Amadeus Live, American Classics Day, West Side Story, Yannick and Emanuel Ax

Performance Groups


Ballet 180 / Studio 180
Ballet 180 is a premier professional contemporary ballet company performing at McShain Performing Arts Center, Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Ave. Rosemont. Studio 180 provides professional dance training in a personalized environment and serving children through adults on the Main Line and surrounding areas.
1708 Lancaster Ave., Floor 2, Paoli.

Longwood Performing Arts
Training students in the fine art.
633 West Cypress St., Kennett Square.

West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts
Teachers are experienced professional actors and provide a high-caliber performing arts education to students of all ages and abilities.
Held at: Chester County Historical Society
225 N. High St., West Chester

West Chester University Department of Theatre and Dance
The nationally accredited WCU Department of Theatre and Dance stages a variety of productions that represent a broad spectrum of theater and dance genres. Come see the stars of tomorrow today!
E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, corner of High & Rosedale.

Wolf Performing Arts Center
Professionally staged productions, coaching and classes with experienced teaching artists for children.
1240 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr


The Music School of Delaware
Offering standard-setting instructional programs by expert educators for people of all ages and levels.
4101 Washington St., Wilmington

Theater – Professional

Suburban PA Counties

Act II Playhouse
Producing new, classic and contemporary plays and musicals.
56 East Butler Ave., Ambler.
* Which Reminds Me, Bad Dates, Camelot

Bucks County Playhouse
Located on the site of a former grist mill on the banks of the Delaware River.
70 S. Main St., New Hope
* Seussical Jr., The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Commonwealth Classic Theatre Co.
A nonprofit theater celebrating their 12th anniversary of free theater in local parks this summer. See website.
* Romeo & Juliet

Fulton Theatre Productions
Named a National Historic Landmark, considered the nation’s oldest continuously operating theater.
12 N. Prince St., Lancaster.
* Sleuth, The Irish and How They Got That Way, Blackbird, Red

Hedgerow Theatre
Over its 92 years, Hedgerow Theatre Company has been the birthplace of art in Greater Philadephia. Featuring classical productions, fun-filled farces and traditional tales for the whole family, Hedgerow Theatre is Delaware County’s home for entertainment.
64 Rose Valley Rd., Media.
* Storyboard: Treasure Island, Blithe Spirit

Media Theatre
Producing five musicals annually, plus children’s productions, the Media Theatre has been honored with numerous awards for its performances.
104 E. State St., Media.
* Carousel, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Next to Normal, If/Then, Newsies

People’s Light
Celebrating 42 years of performing about eight plays per season, including world premieres, contemporary plays, a holiday panto and fresh takes on classic texts.
39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern.
* Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole, Aladdin: A Musical Panto, The Diary of Anne Frank, Romeo and Juliet: A Requiem, Mark Twain’s River of Song

Resident Theatre Company
RTC is a professional company that produces musicals and plays using Philadelphia and NY actors and designers. Performing at various locations, including:
Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester. See article in this issue.

Theatre Horizon
A professional nonprofit theater company producing dramas and musicals and presenting original works.
401 DeKalb St., Norristown.


City Theater Company
Since 1993, this company has performed full-length original pieces, plus theater classics. High-quality, provocative and new works.
4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington.

Delaware Theatre Company
The Company produces five professional productions each season, plus education and outreach programs.
200 Water St., Wilmington.
* Something Wicked This Way Comes, Dare to be Black, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [Revised], Heisenberg, Ella–First Lady of Song

The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Located in the Hotel du Pont, stars of stage and screen have graced the Victorian stage since 1913. Presents a six-show professional Broadway series for theater lovers, special performances and a Children’s Series.
1007 N. Market St., Wilmington
* The Wizard of Oz, The Illusionists, Cabaret, Dirty Dancing, Motown: The Musical, Dance to the Movies

The New Candlelight Theatre
Award-nominated dinner theater celebrates 47 years.
2208 Millers Rd., Wilmington.
* Barefoot in the Park, Funny Girl


Forrest Theatre
1114 Walnut St.
* Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Aladdin

Merriam Theater
250 S. Broad St.
* PJ Masks Live, Michael McDonald with special guest Marc Cohn, Essential Einaudi

Philadelphia Theatre Company
480 S. Broad St.

Prince Music Theater
1412 Chestnut St.
* ABalletX Summer Series 2017

Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
* A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Annie, Noises Off, Mamma Mia!

Wilma Theater
265 S. Broad St.
* Blood Wedding, Passing Strange, Passage

Theater – Community

Suburban PA Counties

Barley Sheaf Players
Housed in the old Oddfellows Hall, offering a 5-show season, summer youth programs, a Play Festival, holiday production and in-house children’s workshops.
810 N. Whitford Rd., Lionville.
* Don’t Drink the Water, Twelve Angry Jurors

Barnstormers Theatre
This community theater produces up to six plays annually plus two Singer-songwriter Nights.
Ward & Tome Sts., Ridley Park

Footlighters Theater
Since 1930, this group has continued to entertain Main Line audiences with each production.
58 Main Ave., Berwyn.

Forge Theatre
Year-round entertainment with six productions.
241 First Ave., Phoenixville.
* Rotten Scoundrels, Laramie Project

Montgomery Theater
Five productions & two children’s shows every year.
124 Main St. (Rt. 113), Souderton
* The Gin Game, The Beanstalk, Plaid Tidings

The Players Club of Swarthmore
A community-based theater with seven main stage shows, plus smaller “Second Stage” productions.
614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore.
* Chicago, Other Desert Cities, Little Shop of Horrors

SALT Performing Arts
A a nonprofit community theater performing musicals, plays, dinner theaters and Shakespeare.
1645 Art School Rd., Chester Springs.
* Camp Rock: The Musical


The Brandywiners, Ltd.
With more than 300 members, the Brandywiners perform annually at Longwood Gardens.
P.O. Box 248, Montchanin.
* Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Delaware Children’s Theatre
This group aims to educate and entertain youths and adults through its popular theater productions.
1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington

Wilmington Drama League
Since the 1920s, the Drama League has hosted volunteer-produced performances, plus children’s theater performances.
10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington
* Peter and the Star Catcher, Guys and Dolls