Millbrook Playhouse looks to the future with ribbon-cutting

By SHANNON AGNEW

For The Express

MILL HALL -Patrons, donors, and staff of Millbrook Playhouse gathered outside the new, handicap-accessible entryway at the barn theatre for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, June 25.

The afternoon of cocktails and optimistic conversations about the playhouse’s growth included volunteers and longtime theater supporters.

The event marked the completion of Phase 1 of a several-phase renovation process to update the facilities of the community-operated theater. Funded completely though public donations and small grants, the non-profit theater is actively working to become more ADA compliant and accessible to staff and patrons.

Surrounded by music and the chatter of excited guests, longtime supporter Steve Poorman, namesake of the Poorman Cabaret Theatre, and his wife Pam proudly cut the ribbon officially marking the end of the first phase of renovations. Phase 1 included the addition of double doors and a ramp directly into the Poorman Cabaret Lobby, paired with rehabilitations of second-story work spaces for the technical staff.

Poorman shared some words of admiration and love for the playhouse before ceremonially cutting the ribbon tied across the new exterior. Heralding the playhouse as “the diamond of Clinton County,” he urged every central Pennsylvanian to bring friends and family to see a show at Millbrook. There are plenty of opportunities left to visit the playhouse and enjoy programming, ranging from the children’s musical “Peace, Love, and Cupcakes” playing on Saturdays, July 30 and Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. in the Poorman Courtyard.

Millbrook hopes to fundraise for Phase 2 of the renovations which include the additions of ramps, plans for handicapped bathrooms, a paved parking lot, and more streamlined access to both the cabaret and the Ryan Main Stage theatre spaces. The playhouse hopes to open up access for individuals with disabilities and improve the existing facilities for staff and patrons to ensure successful programming in the future.

The non-profit theater relies on donations from the public combined with grants to raise funds for future renovation plans. All donations are tax-deductible. To donate to the playhouse and help support the mission of expansion and growth, and to purchase tickets for the season, visit www.millbrookplayhouse.org or call 570-748-8083.

Shannon Agnew is a Millbrook favorite on the stage and is also a director and writer.