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Covid-19 Safety as of August 12, 2021

We ask all concertgoers for respectful and responsible cooperation with the current CDC and PA Covid-19 guidelines.  Face masks are required for those who are not vaccinated and we recommend that concertgoers who are at higher risk to wear a mask or shield.

We are an open air venue.  The hall is open in the back and on the sides.  Large ceiling fans help move air and cool the hall.  For our August 14 – Sept 18, 2021 concerts, the seating is open and there is plenty of room to spread out to social distance.  We ask that you be mindful of others personal space when you choose your seating. Call or email us once you purchase a ticket if you have a specific place you want to sit or if you wish for us to block off seats around you. For our August 13 Tuba Skinny performance, balancing the demand for tickets with keeping everyone safe, we have assigned seats, limiting sales to 65% of the hall, and separating each group with one empty seat on each side.

Please self-evaluate on the day of the event, and have an adult evaluate each youth in your party. No individuals may attend if they have any of the following symptoms consistent with COVID-19: fever exceeding 100.1, headache, sore throat, dry cough, shortness of breath, sudden inability to taste or smell, earache, body aches, diarrhea, unusual fatigue, vomiting, and abdominal pain. 

If  your or any member of my party has been knowingly exposed to anyone with COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to this event, we ask that the individual not attend.

Failure to abide by above guidelines may result in dismissal from the event or venue.

By attending any of our performances in the Mt. Gretna Playhouse, you understand that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. You hereby voluntarily choose to accept all risk, for yourself and any accompanying minor(s), of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19, as well as all risks of property loss, personal injury, and all other hazards related to the event or presence at the venue, whether occurring prior to, during or after the event.

WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY; INDEMNIFICATION: In exchange for admission to the event premises, you, on behalf of yourself and any accompanying minor(s), hereby release, discharge, and agree to hold harmless (a) Music at Gretna, Inc., d/b/a Gretna Music, the PA Chautauqua and the Mt. Gretna Arts Council/Playhouse Operating Committee, and their respective directors, officers, volunteers, employees, agents, contractors, artists, and representatives; and (b) all event attendees, and release each of the foregoing (each considered one of the “releasees” herein), to the fullest extent permitted by law, from any and all liability, claims, demands, losses, and damages, which you and/or any minor(s) accompanying you has or may have for any claims or causes of action arising out of or relating in any manner to (i) you and/or any accompanying minor(s)’s presence on the Mt. Gretna Playhouse premises for this event or any other related activities; or (iv) exposure to or contracting of COVID-19 or any other disease or illness, regardless of the releasee’s preparation, or the public health measures put in place (or lack thereof) by any releasee.

In further exchange for admission to Gretna Music events at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse, you agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless any and all releasees from and against any and all demands, suits, claims, damages, losses, liabilities, costs and expenses and agree not to sue (or assist any person in suing) any releasee for any matter related to the above assumptions, releases, indemnifications or agreements.

 

 

Bring a pillow

Consider bringing a pillow if you like a little cushion.

First Listen!

First Listen are free pre-concert mini-performances by our area’s most talented youth musicians.  We partner with the Women’s Symphony Association of Lancaster to present finalists from their Young Artists Competition on our First Listen series. They occur before most of our Sunday concerts.  Please check each concert page for more details.

Parking is Free

Parking guards will be around to assist you.  Handicapped parking in front and behind the playhouse is limited.

Restrooms

Restrooms can be found in the lower level of the Playhouse, entered from outside.  There is also a single handicapped-friendly restroom stage right (if you are looking at the stage, it is to the left).

Rain or Shine

Performances are rain or shine.  If extreme weather causes a change in the status of a performance, an announcement will be posted on our home page and sent via email to all ticket buyers with details on rescheduling or cancellation, and ticket exchange or refund policy.

What to Wear

Come as you please with attire suitable for the temperature. The Playhouse is covered but open on the sides. Big ceiling fans ease the heat on hot, summer days.

Concessions

In addition to the eateries in and around Mt. Gretna, the Playhouse also has a concession stand! We sell various drinks and snacks, such as water, coffee drinks, soda, and candy, both before the performance and during intermission. The inviting smell of our delicious popcorn is a staple of our performance nights in the playhouse!

Directions to Playhouse

Where to Find Us

The Mt. Gretna Playhouse is located in the beautiful Mt. Gretna area, just outside of Hershey, PA.  We are a short drive from Harrisburg & Lancaster, easily located just off the PA Turnpike.

Parking is free in the lot right in front of the Playhouse.  There are some handicapped spots in front of and behind the Playhouse as well as in the lot.

Mt. Gretna Playhouse
200 Pennsylvania Avenue; Mt. Gretna, PA 17064

Please note:  we are only in the Playhouse on concert days.

The Playhouse

Concerts are presented in “casual elegance” in the open-air (audience and stage covered) 708 seat Mt. Gretna Playhouse. Rebuilt in 1995 after the roof collapsed under heavy snows, the Playhouse offers remarkable acoustics, and is ideal for chamber music and jazz.

Musicians come from all over the country and the world for the opportunity to enjoy the small friendly community and rehearse and play with other great artists and friends (and occasionally with birds and cicadas) in the woods.