Welcome to the Verna Leith Sawmill Theater!
2020 Tickets on Sale Soon!
Join us for a night or for the season for a variety of theater performances! Seats are $15 each with most evening performances beginning at 8 pm and matinees are at 2 p.m. - see the show schedule below for details. Once 2020 tickets are available, tickets may be ordered online, by calling (814) 927-6655, or by email (emailed reservations are not guaranteed until you receive a confirmation by return email or by phone).
Reserve specific seats when you order your tickets online by clicking on "Buy Tickets" below as they become available. Online ticket sales are available until 4 hours prior to a performance and then they can be purchased at the box office if available.
July 16, 17, & 18, 2020 at 8 p.m.
Presented by: Knox Community Theatre
"Virgil's Family Reunion"
August 13, 14, & 15, 2020 at 8 p.m.
August 20, 21, & 22, 2020 at 8 p.m.
Presented by: Clarion Community Theater
Sometimes, everything that can go wrong will. It's summer and time for backyard fun and the semi-annual Sludge family get-together. This morning of the relative disaster begins with the snooty Yankee neighbor next door, Pamela Chambers, who warns the Sludges that she plans to draft a petition for eviction because the Sludge's noxious, weed-infested landscape does not promote a safe and attractive community. Sc ambling to get the plastic silverware polished and fried chicken on the grill, Eloise considers Pamela's uppity empty threats until an officer shows up to arrest Harley Wayne, Eloise's husband, for trampling Pamela's perennial garden with his four-wheeler. The barbecue heats up when Virgil and Margaret have their first real lovers' spat and Ellard, Virgil's best friend, propose to Virgil's sister using visual aids, and the 95-year old matriarch of the family announces her plans to elope with her new boyfriend, Mr. Perky. The bedlam continues in this hilarious but true account of the worst family reunion in the history of the Sludge's nutty family tree.
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.