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FEBRUARY 18, 2008
Mountain Playhouse 2008 Season filled with laughter, world premieres, and Disney magic
Mountain Playhouse News Release
The Mountain Playhouse 2008 season will be full of music, laughter and world premieres. It will even offer a nod to the upcoming presidential election. The lineup includes two new plays (one specially commissioned for the Pittsburgh 250th anniversary celebration, the other, the winner of the 2007 Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Contest) and a grand musical that only Disney could create for the stage.

FEBRUARY 20, 2008
Mountain Playhouse sets auditions for 2008 season
Mountain Playhouse News Release
Mountain Playhouse sets auditions for 2008 season
Now scheduling appointments for Jennerstown auditions

FEBRUARY 20, 2008
Mountain Playhouse season hits farce, musicals, history
by Alice T. Carter, Tribune-Review Theater Critic
Five comedies, a pair of musicals and two world premieres are planned for the 2008 eight-play season at Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown.

APRIL 25, 2008
'Charlotte's Web' is Mothers Day treat at Mountain Playhouse
Mountain Playhouse News Release
This year, the Mountain Playhouse is offering a special performance of Charlotte's Web at 3 pm on Sunday, May 11. The show may be combined with Sunday Brunch at Green Gables Restaurant where up to two children under 12 can eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. Brunch is available between 11 am and 4 pm.

MAY 08, 2008
Classic children's tale to be staged at Mountain Playhouse
by Ruth Rice, Tribune-Democrat
The classic children's story "Charlotte's Web" will be presented by TheatreWorks USA at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mountain Playhouse, Jennerstown.

The story tells about the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a gray spider named Charlotte and is set in a barnyard and at the county fair.

MAY 23, 2008
Jenner Art Gallery set to open 2008 exhibition
Mountain Playhouse News Release
The Jenner Art Gallery will feature ceramics, drawings, paintings, photographs and prints by artists from western Pennsylvania during its 2008 exhibition season.

MAY 23, 2008
Mountain Playhouse receives funding to acquire nearby property
Mountain Playhouse News Release
The Mountain Playhouse received funding from three foundations earlier this month to purchase eight wooded acres and a house across the street from the theater entrance. The acquisition enables the Playhouse to maintain the historic nature of the buildings in the distinctive natural setting that that has drawn visitors to the theater since 1939.

MAY 23, 2008
Season opener | Legend's daughter will play lead in playhouse production
by Tom Lavis, The Tribune-Democrat
Actress Carrie Tillis returns to the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown for the season's opening production of "Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story."

MAY 28, 2008
Mountain Playhouse's space to grow
by Mary Pickels, the Tribune-Review
Recent funding from three foundations has enabled the Mountain Playhouse, a Somerset County theater group, to purchase a nearby house and eight wooded acres, providing administrative office space and an artist's living quarters.

MAY 29, 2008
Tillis' country roots surface in Wynette tribute show
by Carla DeStefano for the Tribune-Review
When Carrie Tillis steps on stage playing the lead role in a tribute show to country music legend Tammy Wynette, she'll have a little bit of experience from which to draw.

JUNE 05, 2008
'The Tammy Wynette Story' hits all the right notes
By Bruce Siwy, Daily American Staff Writer
Seven children, five marriages and two decades of chart dominance define the life of the country singer, played by the honey-voiced Carrie Tillis. This performance, equal parts concert and play, is peppered with themes of heartbreak, addiction and impossible triumph.

JUNE 05, 2008
In stitches | Hilltop grad sews costumes for 'Beauty,' other shows
by Ruth Rice, Tribune Democrat
When "Beauty and the Beast" casts its enchanted spell on Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown, costumes will be magically downsized to fit the smaller stage.

Amanda Kirkstadt of Westmont is the costume designer who will cut the larger-than-life Disney fantasy down to size.

JUNE 13, 2008
Playhouse debuts new comedy 'Unnecessary Farce'
by Ruth Rice, Tribune-Democrat
Two bungling cops, eight slamming doors, three crooks and a Scottish hit man add up to one forceful farce.

"Unnecessary Farce" will make its East Coast debut Tuesday through June 29 at Mountain Playhouse, Jennerstown.

JUNE 17, 2008
'Unnecessary Farce' beginning today in Jennerstown
by Carla DeStefano for the Tribune-Review
You know what they say ... when one door closes, another one opens.

And that usually spells trouble in the comedy romp "Unnecessary Farce" being staged beginning today at Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown.

JUNE 20, 2008
'Disney's Beauty and the Beast' brings magic to Mountain Playhouse stage July 1- 20
Mountain Playhouse News Release
Disney's Beauty and the Beast, opens Tuesday July 1 through July 20 for a three week run at the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown. Beauty and the Beast is based on a well-known French fairy tale about Belle, a kind-hearted but misunderstood young woman, and the Beast, a pompous prince who has been turned into an animal by the spell of an enchantress. The only chance the Beast has of breaking the spell is to learn both how to love and how to be loved, lessons for which he turns to Belle for help. With music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Beauty and the Beast was released as a film by Walt Disney Pictures in 1991, where its state-of-the-art animation and profoundly relevant story line made it popular with children and adults alike. The elements that make Beauty and the Beast so magical onscreen translate beautifully to stage, where its grandeur and scale promise to thrill Playhouse theater-goers.

JUNE 20, 2008
'Unnecessary Farce' a comic force
by Bruce Siwy, Daily American Staff Writer
Breakfast buffets, bagpipes and bumbling buffoons on both sides of the law are central to the plot of Paul Slade Smith's "Unnecessary Farce."

JUNE 21, 2008
Disney classic to hit Mountain Playhouse
By Bruce Siwy, Daily American Staff Writer
The 27-member cast is only part of what is making the Mountain Playhouse's first "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" performance a monster production.

According to playhouse producer and co-owner Teresa Stoughton Marafino, the challenge began with the costumes.

JUNE 27, 2008
Opposites attract | Playhouse to stage 'Beauty and the Beast'
by Ruth Rice, The Tribune-Democrat
The biggest production of the season at a local playhouse will put a new spin on a Disney classic.

"Beauty and the Beast" will enchant audiences Tuesday through July 20 at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

JULY 01, 2008
'Beauty and the Beast' bringing a bit of Disney magic to Jennerstown
by Carla DeStefano for the Tribune-Review
Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is best summed up in one word -- big.

From the costumes, to the sets, to the music, the show is a tall order to fill. But director Chan Harris is up for the challenge as his cast takes the stage beginning tonight at the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown.

JULY 10, 2008
Comedy Playwriting winner 'Stonewall's Bust' makes world premiere
Mountain Playhouse News Release
Stonewall's Bust, a hilarious farce about a man who breaks a priceless statue at a Confederate Heritage Museum and then tries to cover it up, makes its world premiere at the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown, July 22 through August 3. The new comedy by John Morogiello was the winner of the 2007 Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Contest and the second winning play from the annual contest to be produced at the historic professional summer theater. The winner of the 2008 contest will be announced on opening night of Stonewall's Bust with the award ceremony planned for September.

JULY 17, 2008
Playwright hopes 'Stonewall's Bust' will leave audience breathless with laughter
by Carla DeStefano for the Tribune-Review
When playwright John Morogiello's comedy "Stonewall's Bust" takes stage for the first time, he has some high hopes for the outcome.

"I hope the audience will leave the show gasping for breath from laughing so hard. I hope they have oxygen in the theatre ready to go," he says. "But I am a humble man - a simple man."

JULY 17, 2008
Curtain is rising on 'Stonewall's Bust' in Jennerstown
by Ted Potts, The Tribune-Democrat
"Stonewall's Bust," a comedy about a man who breaks a priceless statue and then tries to cover up his misfortune, will premiere on Tuesday at Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown. The comedy will continue through Aug. 3.

JULY 26, 2008
Cast provides energy in Stonewall’s Bust
by Alice T. Carter, Tribune-Review Theater Critic
The winner of the 2007 Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Contest began its world premiere run this week.

Written by John Morogiello, "Stonewall's Bust" is an often-funny farce that is a light and silly romp about the perils and pitfalls of telling the truth and inventing lies.

JULY 31, 2008
Married lead actors star in 'Be My Baby' at Mountain Playhouse
by Carla deStefano for the Tribune-Review
Susan J. Jacks and Nick Ruggeri of New York City have spent more than four years building a strong marriage.

However, a complicated journey set to begin this month will have the two at odds -- at least on the stage.

AUGUST 04, 2008
Oh, baby: Doll is centerpiece of playhouse comedy
by Ruth Rice, The Tribune-Democrat
When Ken Ludwig's "Be My Baby" is presented tonight through Aug. 17 at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown, a babe in arms will be center stage.

The 3-week-old infant will be portrayed with a doll, which draws characters together in this heartwarming comedy.

AUGUST 07, 2008
New Kensington native wins area play writing competition
by Kate Luce Angell, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
William S.E. Coleman is no stranger to public recognition.

He earned two Bronze Stars while fighting overseas in World War II, has had many of his 30-plus plays produced, and in 2000, published "Voices at Wounded Knee," a nonfiction account of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre that has become a standard text in college history courses.

But Dr. Coleman, 82, and retired as chairman of the theater department at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, said winning the Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting contest is special to him.

AUGUST 21, 2008
'Glorious!' may be best Mountain Playhouse production for 2008
by Bruce Siwy, Daily American Staff Writer
"Glorious!" may include some of the worst vocal performances in the history of professional theater.

It also may be the best Mountain Playhouse production thus far in 2008.

SEPTEMBER 08, 2008
Food for thought :: Playhouse Prize
by Dawn Law, for The Tribune Review
It's midsummer on a remote Greek island, where a burned-out, middle-aged American man and a free-spirited young Austrian woman find "One Golden Moment." That's the story line of the play of the same name, the Grindstone Award-winning entry in this year's International Comedy Playwriting Contest sponsored by the Mountain Playhouse near Jennerstown, Somerset County.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2008
'Washington' debuts in Jennerstown | Historical drama staged at playhouse
by Ruth Rice, The Tribune-Democrat
This "Road to Washington" leads through Ligonier and Pittsburgh. The historical drama "The Road to Washington. The Making of a Man. The Making of a President." will have its world premiere Wednesday through Sept. 28 at Mountain Playhouse, Jennerstown.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2008
Play tells the story behind Washington
by Bruce Siwy, Daily American Staff Writer
Director Rob Barron's latest work resurrects the story and legend of our nation's most recognizable hero.

"The Road to Washington" - which debuted at the Mountain Playhouse Thursday - is a breathless biographical journey through George Washington's early military campaigns and career as a redcoat.

OCTOBER 27, 2008
Playhouse offers evening of revels
by Ruth Rice, The Tribune-Democrat
The latest trend may be a smart choice for a local fundraiser. A 2008 Smart Car Passion Coupe will be raffled off when the eighth annual Mountain Playhouse Revels is held from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Mountain Playhouse and Green Gables Restaurant, Jennerstown.

NOVEMBER 03, 2008
70 and swingin'
by Dawn Law, for The Tribune Review
Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown is nearly 70, smart and swingin'. At the eighth annual Mountain Playhouse Revels on Saturday, Pennsylvania's oldest professional resident summer theater raffled a 2008 red Passion Coupe Smart Car.

 


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