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Live theater | 'People want to see shows'
“We’re going to have a theater right in our backyard. How much money do you have?” With that statement and question by James Stoughton to his sister, Louise Stoughton Maust, in 1938, the idea for Mountain Playhouse was born.
Mountain Playhouse weathering challenges
The principals associated with Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown are taking steps to get the theater on solid financial ground.
Board wants to preserve traditions
As a minister, the Rev. Joseph Beer knows a good thing when he sees it. Beer serves as chairman of the board of Mountain Playhouse, but his association with the theater’s founding family dates back decades.
Community theater | Cresson Lake Playhouse was one woman's vision
Every successful venture starts with a good idea. And Eleanor Lantzy, a native of Spangler, had a doozy.
Nonprofit counts on donations | Sources of funding are difficult to find
Elaine Mastalski, executive director of Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto, was hired for her background in business. She has been with the playhouse for 12 years and is a voting member of the board of directors.
Quality, sustainability board's main focuses
Board members of Cresson Lake Playhouse love theater and want to preserve the amateur theatrical experience for future generations.
'It's a nostalgic part of summer to come to Cresson Lake'
Tracey Ingold of Cresson has been onstage at Cresson Lake Playhouse as well as volunteering.
Now, she works as house manager. A playhouse volunteer for 10 years, Ingold started volunteering and acting because of her close proximity to the theater.
Board members share passion for arts
John K. Duggan Jr. has an abiding love for the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. As the museum celebrates its 36th anniversary this year, Duggan said it has been an honor and a privilege to have served on the board of trustees for nearly all of those years.
Museum system benefits from dedicated volunteers
Of the four locations that comprise the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, only the Ligonier Valley site boasts an auxiliary. The overall museum system benefits from the efforts of a dedicated group of community volunteers, say two Ligonier Township women who champion the fine arts.
'It was my idea' | Franciscan's vision turned college gym into art museum
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art began in a gymnasium on the campus of St. Francis College, now a university, in Loretto.
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