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The McDowell Center for the Performing Arts is the first high school in the NWPA Region to produce the full Broadway musical of Elf!

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

December 12th, 13th and 14th at 7 PM and December 14th, 15th at 2 PM


The greatest love story the world has ever known. Comes to the McDowell Little Theater Stage in a new production. The Audience will be immersed in the performance as all seating will be on the stage in this fresh new production you won’t want to miss!

February 6th, 7th at 7 PM and February 8th at 2 PM and 7 PM


Written by Erie’s Own Michael Malthaner and Charlie Corritore:

A hilarious new musical that pokes fun at those little things that make us bummed, bugged, burned, frazzled, perturbed, rubbed the wrong way ...and just plain PEEVED!

Cell phones...blonde operators who don’t speak English...people that constantly say “Have A Nice Day!”...’s all fair game!!

Don’t get angry...don't get frustrated...don’t go on medication...

Why not just laugh at it all?!?

Dinner Theater – February 13th, 14th, and 15th Doors Open at 6:30

Tickets on Sale January 13th – Adults $25 and Students $20

Includes – A Full Broadway style show with Beverage, Salad, Rolls, Choice of Entrée, and Dessert