Press Release - Sept 15, 2016


Sept. 15, 2016

FROM:                 Mountain Playhouse, a founding member of the Arts Coalition of the Alleghenies

CONTACT:           Laura Argenbright, Executive Director


Seniors on the Go: An Artistic Day of Discovery includes Matinees Sept. 28 & Oct. 6

Jennerstown, Pennsylvania –Seniors in Cambria and Somerset counties will have two opportunities to enjoy free motor coach transportation and a $15 discounted ticket to a 2 pm matinee performance at the Mountain Playhouse. Seniors on the Go, An Artistic Day of Discovery will take place Sept. 28 and Oct. 6. Space is limited, and advance ticket purchase is required separately for each date.


“Through our community outreach activities, we have learned that many local seniors would like to come to the Mountain Playhouse, but lack the transportation to get to the theater after they lose the ability to drive themselves,” Executive Director Laura Argenbright said. “Funding is provided by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance from the 1889 Foundation Creative Health Impact Grant and the Earl and Jeanne Berkey Fund of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, we are planning two interactive arts days for seniors when they can take advantage of free motor coach transportation.

“To add to the experience, we will have a guide on each motor coach playing interactive games with the guests that will relate to the show. When the seniors arrive, they will tour the grounds and learn about the history of the property while enjoying some outdoor exercise and fresh air. On the way back, the guide will lead a discussion about the play and encourage participants to tell stories of their own.”

In Somerset County, pick up and drop off will be at the following locations:

  • 11:30 a.m. - Meyersdale, in the side parking lot of the Food Lion – 7672 Mason-Dixon Highway;
  • Noon - Rockwood at The Rockwood Mill Shoppes – 450 Main Street. Special Lunch Deal is available at the Mill Shoppes for $9.50 and includes Chicken pot pie, coleslaw, a gob or a pack of cookies and a drink. Meal reservation is required when purchasing theater tickets.
  • 12:30 p.m. - Somerset, Somerset Senior Center, 1338 South Edgewood Avenue.
  • In Cambria County, pick up and drop off will be at the following locations:

  • 11:30 a.m. - Richland, Lodestar Bus Lines Parking Lot, 970 Eisenhower Blvd. 15904
  • Noon - Johnstown, Cambria County War Memorial Arena Parking Lot, 326 Napoleon Street
  • 12:30 pm - Westmont, Hiram G. Andrews Center, 727 Goucher Street

The trip will include an onboard artistic guide and activities along the way. At the Playhouse, senior participants will be given a nature tour of the property.

The cost for this program $15 per ticket, per date/show, and includes the bus ride and the 2 pm matinee performance. ADVANCE SEAT RESERVATIONS & TICKET PURCHASE ARE REQUIRED. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Mountain Playhouse Box Office at 814.629.9220 ext. 1.

More information:

: Sept. 20 – Oct. 2 Written by Ira Levin; Directed by Guy Stroman

One of the great popular and Award-winning successes of recent Broadway history, Deathtrap offers a rare and skillful blending of gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. The cast includes Laurence Lau, Sidney Bruhl; Lisa Riegel, Myra Bruhl; Patrick Cannon, Clifford Anderson; Ashley Puckett Gonzales, Helga Ten Dorp; and Ron Siebert, Porter Milgram.

Sidney Bruhl (Larry Lau) is a playwright who is most famous for his mystery thriller The Murder Game. Following the debut of the latest of a series of flops, he returns to his home in East Hampton and to his wife Myra (Lisa Riegel). To add to Sidney's slump, Clifford Anderson (Patrick Cannon), a student of one of Sidney's writing seminars, has recently sent his mentor a copy of his first attempt at playwriting for Sidney's review and advice. The play, Deathtrap, is a two act thriller so perfect in its construction that, as Sidney says, "A gifted director couldn't even hurt it." Using his penchant for plot, and out of his desperate desire to once again be the toast of Broadway, Sidney, along with Myra, cook up an almost unthinkable scheme: They'll lure the would-be playwright to the Bruhl home, kill him, and market the sure-fire script as Sidney's own. Shortly after Clifford arrives, it's clear that things are not what they seem. Indeed, even Helga Ten Dorp (Ashley Puckett Gonzales), a nosey psychic from next door, and Porter Milgram (Ron Siegel), Sidney's observant attorney, can only speculate where the line between truth and deception lies.

Cowgirls: October 4 - 16, 2016 By Mary Murfitt; Book by Bessie Howle; Directed by Mary Ehlinger

Sure thing and darn tootin' these Cowgirls will raise the roof and have you dancin' in the aisles! Yee haw! Grab your cowboy hat and boots and get ready for a honky-tonk romp! This musical tells the story of Jo and her saloon in Rexford, Kansas, staffed with sidekicks Mickey and Mo. To raise enough money to save Hiram Hall, Jo books the Cow-girl Trio to play a honky tonk performance sure to bring down the house. When the classical Coghill Trio shows up on the saloon doorsteps booked by mistake, the female group must find their inner-twang and go from Chopin to country and save the debt-ridden saloon from foreclosure! Cast: Angela Chatelain Avila (Mary Lou), Mimi Bessette (Jo Carlson), Kendra Jo Brook (Mo), Ashley Puckett Gonzales (Mickey), Lisa Riegel (Lee), Franca Vercelloni (Rita).



The Mountain Playhouse is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that is 77 years young! From its humble roots as a restored 1805 gristmill rebuilt on the current site in 1939, to its heyday of providing up to 20 shows in a season, tourists and locals alike have come to rely on the Mountain Playhouse for quality entertainment and a rich cultural experience. One of only eight resident summer stock theater remaining in the Council of Resident Stock Theatres (CORST), the Playhouse is legendary in the Laurel Highlands for its exhilarating live productions. Currently, the theater is open six days per week June – October. The casts are comprised of professional actors and actresses like Sandy Duncan from New York City and Carrie Tillis from Nashville and many other major cities across the country. The Playhouse, easily accessible from Route 30 in Jennerstown, is nestled in a picturesque lakeside setting.



The Bikinis                                                                      June 14 — 26

Social Security                                                               July 5 — 17

Too Many Cooks                                                          July 19 — 3

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change               Aug. 2 — 14

Deathtrap                                                                       Sept. 20 — Oct. 2

Cowgirls                                                                          Oct. 4 — 16



Evenings: 7 p.m. Tuesday & 7 p.m. Wednesday; 8 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Matinees: 2 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 3 p.m. Sunday

Youth and Student Discounts (with school ID) $10; Wednesday, $8.

Group Discounts --Groups (minimum of 10 guests) qualify for special discounts. Call Karen Ridilla, 814.629.9220 opt. 105 for information.

Ticket Pricing ranges from $10 (student) to $39; $2 service fee applies to individual ticket sales.

Season Subscription, Mini Subscriptions and FlexPasses are available.

Reservations: 814-629- 9220 Online tickets are available at