PREVIEW: Something Rotten! at Ephrata Performing Arts Center

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It may be called Something Rotten!, but Ephrata Performing Arts Center thinks its current production is actually a spoonful of sugar.

EPAC will produce a run of the musical, Something Rotten!, through Oct. 23.

I spoke with Ed Fernandez, EPAC’s Artistic Director, before opening night to see what the show had in store.

HR: What’s the show about?

EF: The musical takes place in Elizabethan London and follows two playwright brothers who are struggling to produce a hit. But through zany circumstances, the brothers are able to create a modern American musical that rivals the works of their “colleague” Shakespeare. 

It’s “Mel Brooks does Elizabethan London” free-wheeling, feel good comedy. I like to describe it as the lovechild of The Producers and Spamalot. It’s become a sort of “cult” hit since its premiere on Broadway. It’s really niche and people love it, and I think our audience in Ephrata will too!

Why bring it to Ephrata

It’s hard for community theater to grab new titles, so once it’s up for grabs I go for it! This is an area premiere, and we were so excited to get the contract. 

EPAC is known for being edgy and while we do a mix of serious contemporary shows, we do thrive with fun musicals. We had a huge hit with The Producers and Spamalot, and this campy, off-the-wall story is something that our actors do very well. I’m just blessed to have the group of actors that we do!

Something Rotten! is a fun show that is extremely worthy of producing. It hasn’t been done to death, and it will be a fresh experience for our guests.

It’s been such a crazy year and a half, and we are so thankful our audiences are back. People need to laugh and just enjoy something silly and funny, and that’s exactly what this production is all about. It’s a charming show, and guests can expect to just enjoy themselves and forget the world for a little bit.

What can guests expect when visiting the performing arts center?

Obviously, they can expect a good time! 

As for our health precautions, they are changing daily. We are highly recommending wearing masks, but they are not mandatory.

The theatre is trying its absolute best to be accommodating of our guests’ comfort levels, and if space allows, we change guests’ seating to allow more room and social distancing.

See the show

Updated info will be shared on EPAC’s Facebook Page, so please check it out before visiting!

Grab tickets here. Ephrata has a ton of great breweries to visit for a bite and brew before the show. Check out St. Boniface, Black Forest Brewery or Pour Mans Brewing Company.

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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