Performances under the stars…
The DeSoto Amphitheater for the Performing Arts is an expression of the Ned Smith Center’s mission to merge the worlds of nature and the arts. At the DeSoto Amphitheater, the arts have a home surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the Ned Smith Center lands. Please join us as we celebrate the exciting 2018 season of this beautiful venue!
Doors open at 6 p.m., performances begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Tickets for most shows are $15 per person, unless otherwise noted.
Please bring your favorite outdoor seating. We also allow picnics and BYOB. Our friends at Max’s Grille and Sportsbar will be selling food at most shows.
Saturday, June 1 – Pennsylvania Regional Ballet
Join the Ned Smith Center’s cultural partner, Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, at our DeSoto Amphitheater season opener. Pennsylvania Regional Ballet will perform a showcase of selected pieces in varying dance styles. Let them jeté right into your heart! Please note: as to not put our dancers in danger, this show may be altered due to rain. Generously sponsored by Grady and Trish Williams.
Saturday, June 8 – Parrot Beach
The “hardest working full time Buffett Band on the circuit today.” If you like Jimmy Buffett and Island Music, if you like to dance, you have to come. Parrot Beach is sure to make you feel like you are sipping a drink in Margaritaville. Generously sponsored by the Faber family & Friends of the Ned Smith Center.
ADMISSION: $20 per person
Saturday, June 22 – After Hours Big Band
After Hours Big Band is a 17 pc. swing orchestra playing anything from the traditional big band arrangements of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Les Brown to the modern era sounds of big band artists such as Maynard Ferguson and Brian Setzer, The After Hours Big Band covers it all. Generously sponsored by Raymond and Linda Enders.
Saturday, July 13 – No Last Call & Cruise Control
Headed up by hit recording artist, Erin Cruse, Cruise Control Music offers the best live music ensembles in south central PA, from large to small! Enjoy rock, pop and jazz soulful music with Erin Cruise and her band. Generously sponsored by Chris Dietz and Alex Reber.
Friday and Saturday, July 19 & 20 – Shakespeare in the Woods: Julius Caesar
“Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears…” Gamut Theatre, the combined theatre of Harrisburg Shakespeare Company and Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre, presents its highly anticipated educational engagement production of Julius Caesar. One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, Julius Caesar depicts the political conspiracy that leads to the assassination of one of the most powerful and successful leaders of the Roman Empire and the aftermath of this chilling historical event. The play explores hubris vs. humility and friendship vs. patriotism: “Et tu, Brute?”
Recommended for ages 12 and up, the production is extremely accessible, employing Gamut’s unique educational outreach style of combining Shakespeare’s original text with modern “narrations” to bridge the most famous scenes from the play together into an easy-to-understand story.Generously sponsored by Kyle Kauffman. Admission is by donation of any size.
Saturday, August 3 – JJ Rupp Band
Led by John Rupp, an amazing, one-of-a-kind talent hailing from Halifax, PA, The JJ Rupp Band is captivating audiences up and down the East Coast with its heart felt, grass-roots approach to Rock & Roll. Additionally, this great band is as diverse as most any other touring band, taking selections by Lorde, Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars, and making them “their own”.Generously sponsored by Cindy Southard.
Friday, August 9 – SHOTGUNN!
Last show of the season! Shotgunn got its start in the 1970s, playing gigs all over the Lykens Valley. They reunited in the early 2000s, playing benefit concerts for organizations all over the place. Shotgunn plays rock and funk hits from the ’60s and ’70s, anything from Chicago, and Blood Sweat and Tears to Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Jefferson Airplane. There’s something for everyone.Generously sponsored by Fred and Anne Meckley & Friends of the Ned Smith Center.