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Mark Weakland

Dear Friends and Family,

I am using my talents to support the performing arts in the Laurel Highlands and to help sustain live, professional theater at the Mountain Playhouse.

I would appreciate it (and so would my 25,000 annual patrons, including 4500 school students) if you could help support me and the theater.

Thanks in advance for your support!

About this fundraiser:

The Perform-A-Thon is a 24-hour entertainment marathon during which members of the community are invited to showcase their talents on the Mountain Playhouse stage in an effort to raise funds for the theater.

Mountain Playhouse was established in 1939, and became a non-profit organization in 1998. The Playhouse is the oldest professional resident summer theater in Pennsylvania, and one of only eight nationwide members of the Council of Resident Stock Theaters. Annually, approximately 25,000 visitors travel along the old Lincoln Highway to enjoy live performances of comedies, musicals and dramas in our historic gristmill.
The productions at the Mountain Playhouse achieve technical and artistic excellence through the talents of its resident company of professional actors, directors and designers. Members of Actors' Equity Association perform in all productions as they have since the theater's opening in 1939. The theater also employs directors and choreographers from the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and musicians from the American Federation of Music.

Actors audition in New York City and Pittsburgh and live in Jennerstown during the length of their acting contract, sometimes for the majority of the season. The two-week periods in which the resident company performs one show while rehearsing the next produce a fresh, energetic staging that is characteristic of summer stock theater, and so rare an experience in the United States today.

Likewise, the Mountain Playhouse is an anchor tourist attraction in PA’s Laurel Highlands. A historical landmark, the theater is housed in a restored 1805 gristmill. The abandoned gristmill was discovered in Roxbury, Somerset County, by founder James Stoughton and moved in 1939 log-by-log through the snow to its present site. The theater is handicapped-accessible, with two sets of restrooms and an art gallery/lobby in which local artists’ works are featured with a new exhibit opening with each new production.

Your donations will help pay for:

  • To support the salaries of professional actors in 2016
  • To support production costs for 2016 season

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Mark's Goal: $500

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