The Bug Opera

The Bug Opera
February 2024

The Bug Opera at the Miller Center for the Arts
Produced in Partnership with the Berks Opera Company, Yocum Insitute for Arts Education & Miller Center for the Arts

Composers: Geoffrey Hudson and Alisa Pearson

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A Walk to Respect

Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: A Walk to Respect

In 2020, as part of The Patterson Foundation’s Honoring and Onward initiative, in partnership with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, The Patterson Foundation announced a staged reading of a new one-act play, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: A Walk to Respect — written by award-winning playwright Beth Duda, with original spoken word poetry by Cedric Hameed.

In 2023, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: A Walk to Respect went on the road. Two shows were held at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., welcoming hundreds of attendees.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 4pm

This show is presented by Quaker Maid Meats

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the four productions in The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. It is an enchanting and delightful telling of the classic children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, using large-scale puppetry that wows audiences all over.

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Love is Afoot

Love Is Afoot!
Friday, August 4-Sunday, August 13


Friday, August 4 at 7:30pm

Saturday, August 5 at 7:30pm

Saturday, August 12 at 7:30pm

Sunday, August 13 at 2:00pm

A workshop presentation of “Love Is Afoot!,” is coming to the Pretzel City this summer! Co-producing with the Greater Reading Alliance of Community Theatres, Love Stinks, LLC and Marabella Enterprises present the hilarious romp is the classic boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl love story turned upside-down. Think “Singin’ in the Rain” if it was done by John Waters.

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Speak Easy

BNS Productions Presents Rory D. Sheriff's Speak Easy

Dutiful Virginia decides to take control of her life, starting with unlearning everything she was taught how a woman should be. No sooner than deciding to dump her husband’s belongings on the doorstep in trash bags, she’s presented with a foreclosure letter for back taxes on her childhood home. With more than a few reservations, she gives in to the idea of turning the house into a Speakeasy to raise money for the taxes - which is exactly when all heck breaks loose.

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Berks Opera Presents - These Valleys and Mountains: Berks Legends

Berks Opera Presents - These Valleys and Mountains: Berks Legends

Mountain Mary left a legacy of loving spirituality and profound healing. Matthias Schaumbacher left the opposite: a legend of greed and violence. How have the seeds planted in the stories of these two people, who lived such different lives, grown in this place we call home?

A new opera by Chris Heslop, with libretto by Vicki Haller Graff, and direction by Joel Richard Gori.


Mountain Mary - Maria Damore, soprano

Hollinshead - Thomas Killourhy, tenor

Schaumbacher - Connor McLaughlin, baritone

Becky - Emily Byrne, mezzo-soprano

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Violins of Hope

Violins of Hope

Violins of Hope, Holocaust Awareness Program is being held November 2, 2021 from 3:30pm-5:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. 

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast Jr. Presented by Reading Community Players
July 30, 2021, July 31, 2021

Based on the original Broadway production and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance.  It features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.  The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress.

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