Mountain Playhouse In the News

The Mountain Playhouse Celebrates 75 Years

By Vicki Rock
The Daily American

January 21, 2014

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The Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown is overcoming financial difficulties to continue to bring live theater to Somerset County.

The playhouse is the oldest professional resident summer theater in Pennsylvania and one of only eight left in the Council of Resident Stock Theatres.

"Who knew on June 24, 1939, that Mountain Playhouse would be thriving in 2014 and marking its 75th anniversary," producer Teresa Stoughton Marafino said.

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Playhouse’s 2014 season includes comedies, a memoir and a popular musical

By Vicki Rock
The Daily American

January 21, 2014

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The Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown is celebrating its 75th anniversary with six shows — both new shows and repeats of audience favorites.

The year kicks off May 12-16 with the elementary program "Junie B. Jones," based on children's books. The theater works with Theatreworks USA out of New York, which will put on 10 performances.

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Mountain Playhouse will begin 75th season with children's show

by Ruth Rice
The Tribune-Democrat

January 18, 2014

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JENNERSTOWN — Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown will celebrate its 75th season this year.

This anniversary year will bring musicals and a farce,  drama and comedy to playhouse audiences.

Before the official season begins, the playhouse’s youngest audience members will receive a treat.

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Jennerstown theater a diamond in the rough

by Ruth Rice

The Tribune-Democrat

January 18, 2014

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JENNERSTOWN — A historical landmark and diamond in the rough, Mountain Playhouse is housed in a restored 1805 gristmill.

Founder James Stoughton discovered the abandoned gristmill in Roxbury, Somerset County, and moved it log by log through the snow to its present site along Route 985 in 1939.

"Who knew that on June 24, 1939, Mountain Playhouse would be thriving in 2014 and marking its 75th anniversary?" asked executive producer Teresa Stoughton Marafino, a member of the founding family.

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'Win-win situation': Business has strong connection to highway

by Dave Sutor

The Tribune-Democrat

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October 27, 2013

JOHNSTOWN — James Stoughton found inspiration when watching cars pass through Jennerstown on the Lincoln Highway.

At age 17, the young farmer already was tired of going into a barn at 5 a.m. every morning to milk cows. He wanted something different.

It was 1927.

The coast-to-coast road, still in its infancy, had been dedicated 100 years ago this month, on Oct. 31, 1913. It was changing the way Americans viewed their country. Cars were becoming more common. Tourism was growing. People could now conveniently go from New York to California at their own pace, stopping wherever and whenever they felt like.

Stoughton realized all of those travelers, far from kitchens at home, needed to eat.

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