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Gretna Theatre partners with the Lebanon County Historical Society!



Keeping Lincoln Logo“Keeping Mr. Lincoln” by Sandra Fenichel Asher is a musical that merges History and Entertainment:  “Edu-tainment!”  The American Hero Biography Series is dedicated to presenting live, flesh and blood portrayals of historical figures.

The American Heroes Biography Series of shows are typically booked by and performed at area schools, civic groups and retirement communities.  The Lebanon County Historical Society and Gretna Theatre have partnered to bring this production to the general public and the show is suitable for children as well as adults.

The hour-long musical celebrates the life of Abraham Lincoln and chronicles his life from his birth on February 12, 1809 to April 14, 1865 the day of his fateful assassination.  It touches on his life as a young boy, as a young lawyer and politician and his struggles as President of a troubled nation during the Civil War.   The musical consists of scenes that allow the audience to feel the tension of the times and the challenges that Lincoln, his family and his friends faced…and highlights his young life where we get a sense of his character.  “All our Outreach programs deal with heroic people.  We use the word ‘heroic’ because the things they did and the changes they accomplished were nothing short of that; however, they were real human beings, sometimes flawed, but always working within the context of their time.”  The cast includes Larry Sheaf, Darren Wagner, Dan Evans and Janice Gunnells.

One Performance Only at 6:00 PM on Thursday, February 18 at the Lebanon County Historical Society

924 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, PA 17042.  Directions see: Google Maps

General Admission, No Reserved Seating.

Outside Bookings – February 2016:

If you are a school, PTO, retirement community or civic organization activities director and wish to book this show we will come to your facility – show slots are available morning, afternoon, and evening February 16 – 19 only!  Please call Renee Krizan, program director, at 717-964-3322 or write to her here.

Buy 2 Get One Free!

Gretna Theatre is pleased to announce that we are currently scheduling performances of the engaging, educational musical productions of  “Amelia Earhart: Lost Hero” March 30, 31 & April 1, 4 & 5 and “Life on the Mississippi” November 21, 22 & 23, 2016!  Purchase two of these productions and get the third one free!

Based on MarkLife on the Mississippi Logo Twain’s autobiographical coming-of-age classic, Life on the Mississippi recounts the story of a young Samuel Clemens as he leaves home to train to become a steamboat pilot. In the process, he learns about life; death; love and writing…all while navigating his way from boyhood to manhood;  from being Sam Clemens to becoming Mark Twain.

“Amelia Earhart: Lost Hero” is the story of “America’s Flying Sweetheart” and traces the life of the aviatrix, from childhood to her rise to fame and her eventual final flight. The production comes with a work study guide for schools who wish to incorporate the historical material into the classroom.

Gretna Theatre supplies everything required to present these one-hour musical productions! Performances include costumes, props, musical instruments and set pieces. All you need to provide is adequate space along with minimal sound and lighting.

Performances are scheduled on a first-come/first-served basis in either a Morning, Afternoon or Evening session.


The actual cost to produce this entertaining, multigenerational program is $1300, but because Gretna Theatre is a registered 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization, we have received substantial underwriting to deliver this educational presentation to area schools and organizations for ONLY $600!*   

This is an incredible opportunity to present outstanding, professional “edutainment” to your students, staff and/or residents for a fraction of what it typically costs.

Amelia LogoContact Renee Krizan today to schedule Gretna Theatre’s Outreach Program production of Keeping Mr. Lincoln, Amelia Earhart: Lost Hero and Life on the Mississippi for your school, retirement community or organization! 

*Additional discounts may also be available!    

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Gretna Theatre’s “American Hero Biography Series” program is always free to area educators and activities directors who are invited to preview our Outreach Programs for presentation in their schools or facilities whenever we present them.  Just call ahead.

The “American Hero Biography Series” has entertained and educated over 10,000 students and seniors in the south central PA region, with THE ROAD TO FREEDOM, THE FIRST LADIES: WIVES OF THE PRESIDENTS, AMELIA EARHART: LOST HERO and KEEPING MR. LINCOLN in previous years.  LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI is our newest offering!

To find out how this program can travel to your school, retirement community, meeting, fundraiser or other event or facility, please click the link above or contact Program Director Renee Krizan at 717-964-3322 or drop us a note.

Brian Milesi, Benjamin Zep Misek, Darren Wagner, Amy Shea in “Keeping Mr. Lincoln”

Tyrone Palmer and Valerie Long in “Amelia Earhart: Lost Hero”

Gretna Theatre’s Outreach Program has been supported by THE HERSHEY COMPANY, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Capital BlueCross, Susquehanna Bank and Fulton Bank through the Pennsylvania Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program, The Olewine Charitable Trust, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), the R. Jeanette & Edna Barnes Estates, The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, The Franklin H. and Ruth L. Wells Foundation, Target and many individual donors. For information on how you can support this programming please call Renee Krizan, Program Director at 717-964-3322.

Gretna Theatre’s revival of AMELIA EARHART: LOST HERO by Kim McCaul Amer premiered at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse on August 27, 2011.

Gretna Theatre’s production of KEEPING MR. LINCOLN by Sandra Fenichel Asher premiered at The Allen Theatre in Annville, PA in 2010.