What's the most exciting show in the Lancaster Opera House's upcoming season? Executive Director David Fillenwarth can't decide.
"And that's not a cop-out answer," he said. "That's just the reality of the situation."
The Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave., Lancaster) has announced its 2012-13 season, and glancing through the schedule might give you a similar challenge. Starting Sept. 14 with the romantic comedy "Same Time, Next Year" (through Sept. 23; tickets are $20 adults, $18 students and seniors) and continuing through June, the theater will offer a wide array of dramas, comedies, musicals, family shows, holiday events and concerts.
Here are a few of the season's highlights:
*In its last season, the Lancaster Opera House returned to producing its own mainstage musicals after a hiatus of several years. The beat keeps going this season, with productions of four classic musicals: "I Love a Piano," which features a number of Irving Berlin's most popular songs (Oct. 5 to 14); the cabaret-style "Nunsense" (Jan. 18 to 27); a 70th anniversary production of "Oklahoma!" (March 1 to 17); and the season's closing show, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (May 31 to June 15). Tickets for all musicals are $22 for adults and $20 for students and seniors; "I Love a Piano" is $13 for children 12 and younger.
*The Lancaster Opera House has two holidays covered. For Halloween, get sufficiently creeped out with the third annual screening of Vincent Price's horror film "House on Haunted Hill," accompanied with a live spook show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27; tickets are $10. When the Christmas season arrives, families can choose "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" (Nov. 30 to Dec. 16; $20 adults, $18 students and seniors, $13 children), "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Dec. 21 to 23; $16 adults, $13 children) or a concert by Glenn Colton (6 p.m. Dec. 23; $10).
*Tribute concerts are an increasingly popular part of the Lancaster Opera House's repertoire. Fillenwarth said the theater introduced tribute concerts only two seasons ago, and since then, they have become "one of our great successes."
This season has tributes to everyone from Katy Perry and Lady Gaga (Dec. 28-29; $22 adults, $15 children) to the Rolling Stones (Feb. 22-23; all tickets $22), Bruce Springsteen (May 25; $22) and a number of other classic rock acts.
"In a lot of ways, these are theater as well as concerts, because [the performers] are so good at imitating the artists," Fillenwarth said.
For tickets, showtimes and the full season schedule, visit www.lancopera.org.