Current Season

PHP performs a full season of children’s mainstage plays at Gamut Classic Theatre, located on the 3rd floor of Strawberry Square in downtown Harrisburg. Their goal is to provide live theatre to children and areas that do not normally have the opportunity to experience professional theatre and to spread a bit of laughter wherever they go!  Audiences of all ages love their original scripts, quick wit, and improvisational comedy.

Click here to get a Season Pass! You get to come to each and every Popcorn Hat Players mainstage show for an entire calendar year for only $50!!

Show Times:

Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m.
Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.


$8 each – adult or child
$6 each – groups of 20-49
$5 each – groups of 50 and up

To make a reservation, please call 717-238-4111 or email!

Upcoming Shows:

A Popcorn Hat Christmas Carol 


*Extra evening performance Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Charles Dickens’ timeless tale gets the Popcorn Hat treatment!  It’s almost Christmas, and everyone is looking forward to the holiday…well, almost everyone.  Join all the characters you know (and some you don’t!) as Ebenezer Scrooge journeys through an extraordinary Christmas Eve!


 Presents: The 22nd Annual New Year’s Eve Party for Children 

The Three Little Pigs

December 31

Where we count down to NOON instead of midnight!

This year’s show will be a Popcorn Hat mega-hit: The Three Little Pigs! The event is so huge we have to hold it at the Sunoco Performance Theatre at the Whitaker Center in downtown Harrisburg! Tickets go on sale November 1st!

Early-bird tickets are available for $10 each November 1 through November 30. Starting December 1st tickets are $12 each. Your ticket includes admission to the show, noisemakers, party hats, and a Hawaiian lei! Autographed photos of the Popcorn Hat Players themselves also available at the event.


Event registration with Ticketleap


The Frog Prince

January 21-February 14

It seems that no one can teach the spoiled princess how to behave a little nicer.  Then one day when she is playing with her ball down by the pond, she meets a mysterious frog – a mysterious, talking frog!  Can he succeed where mere mortals fail?

PHP’s Young Acting Company presents
Journey to the West

Adapted by Sean Adams

A Timeless Chinese Tale

February 21

Perhaps the best-loved story in all of China is coming to the Young Acting Company stage!

Since his birth from a stone egg at the top of a mountain, the Monkey King knew he was destined for greatness. After causing no end of trouble, the Monkey King finally learns a lesson in humility when he is forced to serve a young monk on an impossible quest – they must travel from Imperial China to the heart of India to recover the scriptures of the great teacher Buddha. Combining Daosist philosophy with Buddhist wisdom in a fantastic adventure of monsters and gods, Journey to the West is an action-packed lesson in teamwork, redemption, perseverance and finding your place in the universe.

AUDITIONS: November 19 & 22
*Call 717-238-4111 to schedule an audition appointment. NO WALK INS.

Click here for more information.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

April 1-18

“Who’s that clomping on my bridge?!”  Watch this not-so-scary bridge troll as he tries to file a police report against some very silly goats.  This “crime drama” is performed in the style of the classic TV show, Dragnet .  Join Detective Saturday as he gathers the facts and solves the crime.  He may be super serious, but you’ll be laughing from start to finish!

The Emperor’s New Clothes

May 6-21

Come help the Emperor learn the value of honesty, integrity, and self confidence. This revealing comedy will keep you in stitches!


May 23-25

ArtsFest wouldn’t be complete without KIDSFEST, hosted by Popcorn Hat Players! And you know if PHP is there, it means fun for the whole family! KIDSFEST is comprised of children’s activities, professional and community performances, and high-quality artists selling their wares. The festival is not just for children – it’s for anyone young at heart.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor or performer, please email or call the theatre at 717.238.4111.

Tales From Ancient Greece

June 10-20

Old stories are made new in Popcorn Hat’s hilarious adaptation of the classic Greek myths. Meet famous characters such as Hercules, Pandora, Zeus, Persephone, and King Midas with his golden touch!   Laugh and learn about some of the most famous stories from our past!

The Princess and the Pea

July 15-August 22

It was a dark and stormy night… when a knock was heard on the castle door!  The beautiful stranger that appears claims to be a princess, but is she?  A crafty queen, a good-hearted king, a love-sick prince, and a bumbling court foole put her through a series of tests to see if she really is who she claims to be.  And it all comes down to a single pea!  This delightful and goofy fairy tale is sure to “appease” everyone!