The Sawmill Center for the Arts offers a schedule of entertaining plays throughout the summer months to delight all ages. We highly recommend including this experience as part of your stay while here at Gateway Lodge!

Tickets may be ordered online at https://sawmill.org/theater/ or by calling (814) 927-6655. See schedule below.

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 J U N E

“The Dearly Undeparted”  |   $15 
June 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22
It’s just an innocent omission, a little white lie; it’s for her own good anyway. When grandma refuses to move to a nursing home to make room for her greedy relatives, they hold a fake seance so grandpa will tell her she should leave right away.  But what would happen if the seance actually worked, and a stranger came over from the other side and liked it so much he never wanted to leave!?

“Beauty & The Beast”  |   $15 
June 27, 28 & 29
Presented by Clarion Center for the Arts

“The Dearly Undeparted”  |   $15 
June 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22
It’s just an innocent omission, a little white lie; it’s for her own good anyway. When grandma refuses to move to a nursing home to make room for her greedy relatives, they hold a fake seance so grandpa will tell her she should leave right away.  But what would happen if the seance actually worked, and a stranger came over from the other side and liked it so much he never wanted to leave!?

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J U L Y

“Many Moons” & “The Thirteen Clocks” |   $15 
July 4, 5 & 6
The Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild provides some fairy tale magic to you this summer and it is two for the price of one! A small troupe of adults & youth give you a double dose of James Thurber, 20th Century American humorist, with the following shows.

“Many Moons”
Princess Lenore has fallen mortally ill.  Her pulse grows weak and she won’t even touch her beloved raspberry tarts. It is determined that she is suffering from some mysterious, un-nameable longing and so when she finally asks for the moon, her distraught father tells her she can have it.  The King frantically turns to his Wise Men, but none of them have any idea of even how large the moon is, let alone how to get it.  Finally, it is the Court Jester who acquires the “moon” for the Princess and imparts a lovely bit of philosophy.

“The Thirteen Clocks”
It is a one-hour musical to finish the evening. When an evil Duke captures a beautiful Princess, her beloved Prince must find one thousand jewels and unfreeze thirteen clocks that the Duke has stopped. If he fails, the Prince will be devoured by the invisible Todal. With the help of a fumbling sprite named Golux and an old woman whose tears turn to gems, the Prince frees the Princess, leaving the evil Duke to the terrible Todal. A masterpiece of make-believe, “The Thirteen Clocks” is a charming, whimsical work in the tradition of Lewis Carroll and L. Frank Baum.

“Christmas in July”  |   $15 
July 11 & 12
Presented by Enchante’ Cabaret

“Music Magic & Mayhem”… an evening of Family Friendly Comedy!  |   $15 
July 13
Presented by Slapstick Productions

“If the Good Lord’s Willing”  |   $15 
July 18, 19 & 20
This zany comedy, in the spirit of Kaufman and Hart, centers on Doc, an eccentric old man whose house caters to all sorts of characters. Now a retired judge, he spends his days “enjoying life.” When he’s not flying around the countryside in his balloon or fishing in a nearby dry riverbed, he works on his books of nonsense. This prompts his daughter, Charlotte, to decide he’s lost his marbles. So, conspiring with a sly lawyer, she plans to not only become his guardian but also sell his house and property. Throw in a psychologist on her first case, love sick teenagers, an irate school bus driver and an occasional artist or two and it’s a madhouse! Will Doc be committed or not? Of course he offers his own defense. “You ought to try tilting at a windmill every so often,” he philosophizes. “It’s great exercise and a nice breeze goes with it.” When he shows up at his sanity hearing dressed as a magician, his daughter and her lawyer think they have it all sewed up. However, Doc has a few surprise rabbits to pull out of the hat. Can Doc pull it off? As Leo says, “There is method to his madness.” And Doc shows one and all what a little nonsense can do “If the Good Lord’s Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise.

“It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play”  |   $15 
July 25, 26 & 27
It’s a Wonderful Life has become almost as familiar as a holiday classic as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Performed as a 1940s style radio play, it is the familiar saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty. His guardian angel appears on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life. This radio play has all of your favorite characters: George and Mary Hatch, Clarence, Uncle Billy, Violet, and, of course, the Scrooge-like villain, Mr. Potter. This fine dramatization not only celebrates the faith of the season, it also celebrates the American philosophy of life: hard work, fair play and the love and support of one’s family and community will be rewarded.

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“The Wizard of Oz”  |   $15
August 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, & 10
The Wizard of Oz is the classic tale of finding your true home.  As Dorothy travels to Oz and meets new friends along the way to get home.  She finds that “Over the Rainbow” is not all she thought it would be as Ms. Gulch and the Wicked Witch of the West attempt to interfere in their journey to find where they belong.  Join Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion and Wizard as the search for home, a brain, a heart, courage and purpose as they beat the odds to find where they belong in the world.

“Next to Normal”  |   $15
August 29–31
The Reitz Theater Players present, next to normal, a 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning American rock musical, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. This musical explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness, and takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart. For mature audiences.