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Gretna Theatre is pleased to announce that we are currently scheduling performances of the engaging, educational musical production of Life on the Mississippi.

Based on Mark 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 Sam Clemens to Mark Twain.

Gretna Theatre supplies everything required to present this one-hour musical production! 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.

Available dates in 2015 include:  Monday, November 23   |   Tuesday, November 24   |   Wednesday, November 25

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.

Contact Renee Krizan today to schedule Gretna Theatre’s Outreach Program production of Life on the Mississippi for your school or organization! 

*Additional discounts may also be available!    

717-964-3322 x200   OR    drop us a note.

 CLICK HERE for the full flyer, pricing, dates and times!


Any of Gretna Theatre’s “American Hero Biography Series” programs 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.

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.