RESCHEDULED FOR 2021 The Joshua Show!

Mount Gretna, PA, United States

Mt. Gretna Playhouse

7:00 PM

If you are 5 or 105 or somewhere in between, you are going to enjoy this show!


The Joshua Show could cheer up even the grumpiest grump – even Joshua’s friend Mr. Nicholas, who can see the cloud behind every silver lining. With singing, ukulele playing, tap dancing, and a cast of zany puppets, Joshua sets out to convince Mr. Nicholas, and the rest of us, that joy is contagious. And the best way to spread joy is with music. So relax your smile muscles, because The Joshua Show will have you grinning from ear to ear with irresistible joy. This show is for all ages!


The Program

This is a 55 minute show.

Arrive early to enjoy Music for Everyone’s Ukulele Uprising performing outside the Playhouse.  They are sure to get you in the mood for fun.

Learn more about puppetry before the show at our puppet-making table.

Stay after to get your free kazoo and play along with your fellow joymakers.

The Night Before

Joshua will be in the Hall of Philosophy (behind the Jigger Shop), on Wednesday, July 22 at 7 pm to talk about the art of puppetry. Free admission.  This program is part of PA Chautauqua Summer programs.

The Artists

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Joshua Holden, is an award-winning international puppeteer, actor, and joy-maker based in Brooklyn and was named one of “20 Theatre Workers You should Know” by American Theatre Magazine. Joshua performed on the Broadway national tour of Avenue Q, was the Lead Puppeteer in Peter Pan 360 (ThreeSixty Entertainment), and garnered an Arts Impulse award  as well as an IRNE nomination for “Best Actor In a Musical” as Bill Snibson in Me & My Girl (Reagle Music Theatre). Joshua once worked with international street artist Banksy on his controversial piece Sirens of the Lambs, was the puppet wrangler for the off-broadway company of Avenue Q and currently freelances for The Jim Henson Company as one of the puppet wranglers on Sesame Street!  A proud Massachusetts native and an alumnus of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, he earned a B.F.A. in Acting from The Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University.


Jeb Cowell is a New York City based singer-songwriter. He was the frontman for Hector On Stilts, a pop-rock band whose music was featured on on ABC’s Brothers And Sisters. Jeb writes, records and performs with his band Colwell. While performing as the house band and co-writing for a People’s Improv Theatre sketch comedy team, Jeb directed the troupe in a video spoof of the Wham! classic “Last Christmas” (“four-and-a-half minutes of toe-curling hilarity” – Huffington Post). Along with Grammy Award winner Andres Levin, Jeb co-wrote, and performed the lead vocal, on Cuba En Mi Corazon, a recording produced for Up With People. Fun fact: Jeb’s grandfather was Academy Award winning actor, Anthony Quinn (from whom he derives the uncanny resemblance!)

Venue Details

200 Pennsylvania Avenue
Mount Gretna, PA 17064
United States
(717) 361-1508