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Playhouse Continues 2022 Season with Heartwarming Comedy “Mom’s Gift”


The Playhouse at McConnellstown is proud to present its second show this season, “Mom’s Gift” written by Phil Olson. The production opens October 7th and continues through October 16th.

In this comedy with a heart, Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” she must accomplish a task to earn her wings. However, the task remains a mystery.

There are so many things to fix. The problem is complicated by the fact that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter who has been ordered by the court to spend Dad’s birthday with him as part of her Anger Management Program. One by one, the family’s secrets are peeled away to reveal a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost.

For the safety of the cast and audience, The Playhouse will follow current CDC COVID guidelines. Please visit the CDC website for more information.

“I think the audience will love the heartwarming ending, the comedic character interactions, and the exploration of family dynamics,” commented Director Dan Weston.

Eldest daughter Kat is played by Kylee Roles (Mount Union) while Kat’s sister Brittney is played by Brianna Sipes (Mount Union). Stephanie Swan (Huntingdon) is Mom, and Dan Weston (Huntingdon) is Dad. Nurse Trish is played by Tara Lee Donahue (Mount Union), and next-door neighbor Kevin is played by Clay Glenny (Mount Union). Barbara Hughes (Huntingdon) is Mrs. Norquist.

This production is directed by Dan Weston with Caleb Donahue serving as stage manager. Set design is by Don Dietz with sound design by Rick Brown. Lighting is by Keith Sutton with technical assistance by Barbara Hughes. Jeanne Nagurny costumes this production.

“Mom’s Gift” opens on October 7th and continues October 8th, 14th and 15th at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee showings are October 9th and 16th at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for regular admission and $13 for seniors (age 60 and older) and students (age 6 and older). Payment options include cash, check, debit or credit card. For reservations, please call 814-627-0311.

The Playhouse at McConnellstown is an all-volunteer theatre company, incorporated as Go West Productions in the early 1980s. The company regularly performs in its own seventy-seven seat theatre housed in an historic 1872 church in the village of McConnellstown, PA, five miles south of Huntingdon on Route 26.

Our mission is to support a community theatre company, developing and providing access to the performing arts and arts education in rural Huntingdon County, through interpretation of existing plays, developing new works and providing training, coaching, and experience to people interested in the performing arts.

From its beginnings, The Playhouse at McConnellstown has strived to maintain a strong presence in the local community. The company welcomes people of all ages and different walks of life, and boasts talent ranging from newcomers to former Broadway and television veterans. These members work together to bring performing arts to a location which lacks the cultural attributes of a larger, more urban area.



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