Welcome to the Verna Leith Sawmill Theater!
Join us for a night or for the season for a variety of theater performances! Season tickets are available for $154.00. Most shows start at 8 pm unless otherwise noted below. Call or email to reserve your tickets today! Emailed reservations are not guaranteed until you receive a confirmation by return email or by phone.
Clue: The Musical
June 29, 30, & July 1, 2017 at 8 pm
July 6, 7, & 8 at 8 pm
Musical - The internationally popular game, Parker Bros. CLUE, is now a fun filled musical which brings the world's best-known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon. How will it all play out? Hard to say when there are 216 possible solutions! Comic antics, witty lyrics and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room. Even after the culprit confesses, the game is still not over. Both the audience and an onsite detective help sort out the deadly game play to determine who is behind the demise of Mr. Boddy.
Performed by: Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild
Cathedral: The Fight to Save the Ancient Hemlocks of Cook Forest
July 28 & 29, 2017 at 8 pm
Documentary - Cathedral: The Fight to Save the Ancient Hemlocks of Cook Forest is a high-definition short film about the ancient trees of Cook Forest State Park, Pennsylvania, which are under attack from the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, a destructive insect that gravely threatens the forest. Its cathedral of towering white pines and hemlocks is a National Natural Landmark. The film covers the threats to the forest and efforts to combat the invasive insect. The film‘s primary purpose is to educate the widest possible audience about this issue, to inspire action, and to raise money for the treatment of the trees.
Produced by: Wild Excellence Films
August 17, 18, & 19, 2017 at 8 pm
Comedy - The spark behind Leaving Iowa comes from being children of parents from the now dubbed "greatest generation." The story is a toast to their idealism and character and a little roast of their undying dedication to the classic family road trip. More specifically, it is the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who returns home and decides to finally take his father's ashes to his childhood home, as requested. But when Don discovers Grandma's house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father. This father-and-son road trip shifts unsmoothly from the present to Don's memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood. Don's existential journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at the center of the United States. Leaving Iowa is a postcard to anyone who has ever found himself or herself driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of his or her youth. Premiered at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, a Jeff Daniels Theatre.
Performed by: Footlighters of Elk County
Serenade on Broadway
August 24, 25 & 26, 2017 at 8 pm
Musical - This Broadway music review is performed by Enchante Cabaret, which has been hailed as the best cabaret in the Northeast. Professionally-trained, Broadway-experienced vocalists will perform a live, concert-style production that will include tunes from your favorite Broadway shows.
Performed by: Enchante Cabaret
Arlene's Beauty World
August 31 & September 1 & 2, 2017 at 8 pm
September 7, 8, & 9, 2017 at 8 pm
Comedy - Will Detective Cannon and Officer O'Malley solve the case of the Fruitcake Bomber before he...or she... strikes again? Could it be one of the kindly old ladies who gets coiffed at Arlene's Beauty World? Or could it be Maurice's attempt at stealing the formula for Basic Blue? Could it be Chester who's engaged to the owner, Janis? or could it be Janis trying to blow up Chester? Whoever it is, there's no one who can stop the fun at Arlene's Beauty World.
Performed by: Clarion Community Theatre
Great Gift or Memorial for a Loved One
The Verna Leith Sawmill Theatre is offering the purchase of name plates to be attached to either a seat ($250) or to a plaque ($100) hung on the wall of theater. All contributions are tax deductible. Please call us for more information.
Sawmill Theatre History
In 1981, the Sawmill Theatre was opened in the museum section of the old Sawmill, using church pews and camp chairs for seating. Soon the need for a larger theater was evident. In 1984, the Verna Leith Sawmill Theatre was constructed with monies from the Appalachian Regional Commission and Pennsylvania State Appropriations. First of it's kind in the Eastern U.S., the theater's unique hexagon shape and harmonious blend with the natural settings earned designer William Snyder the 1984 design award from the Arts Architectural Commission of Pennsylvania. Details such as professional lighting, side decks, ticket office, and interior restrooms were added in 1988. Theater patrons find themselves seated on newly refurbished seats from the Silver Fox Playhouse in Foxburg. Offering mystery, comedy, and major Broadway musicals, Northwestern Pennsylvania theater groups perform from late May through mid-September.