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  Sawmill Center for the Arts & Verna Leith Theater

2013 Theater Schedule and Summaries

The Sawmill Center Mission

The mission of the Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts shall be to promote and preserve traditional arts and crafts: to contribute to the cultural enrichment of the area through classes, festivals and the presentation of theatre productions; to enhance the public awareness of the environment with educational programs; and to increase the knowledge of natural and local history.

The Sawmill Center for the Arts has meeting rooms available to rent. Please call 814-927-6655 for more details and to reserve a room for your next meeting.

Verna Leith Sawmill Theater

Sawmill TheaterIn 1981 the Sawmill Theatre was opened in the museum section of the old Sawmill, using church pews and camp chairs for seating. Soon the need for a larger theatre was evident and, in 1984, the Verna Leith Sawmill Theatre was constructed with monies from the Appalachian Regional Commission and Pennsylvania State Appropriations. First of it's kind in the Eastern U.S., the theatre's unique hexagon shape and harmonious blend with the natural settings earned designer William Snyder the 1984 design award from the Arts Architectural Commission of Pennsylvania. Details such as professional lighting, side decks, ticket office, and interior restrooms were added in 1988. Theatre patrons find themselves seated on newly refurbished seats from the Silver Fox Playhouse in Foxburg. Offering mystery, comedy, and major Broadway Musicals, Northwestern Pennsylvania Theatre groups and Clarion University perform from late May through mid-September.

For Theater Reservations

By Phone: 814-927-5275
Must be made with a major credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

At Office:
Visit the Main Office between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm, Monday through Sunday with cash, check or credit card.

Cancellation Policy:
Reservations must be canceled five days prior to the performance for a refund. There will be a $2.00 processing fee per cancellation.

Additional information on craft classes and the theater can be obtained by contacting the Cook Forest Saw Mill Center for Arts, P.O. Box 180, Cooksburg, PA 16217, (814) 927-6655. You can also check the Sawmill's Web site at

The Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts is a g01 (c) (3) not-for-profit voluntary organization supported by grants from the public sector and contributions from individual foundations and corporations in the private sector.


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