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Free Speech Rocks! Announcing the Seven Finalists of the the Barn’s National Free Speech Play Contest

First Drums Rolling… From 51 total submissions… we are pleased to announce our SEVEN FINALISTS for Nittany Theatre at the Barn’s 2017 National Free Speech Play Contest sponsored by The Charles Koch Foundation.

In random order, we are thrilled to have these marvelous works as our 2017 finalists::

Anything Helps God Bless by Al D’Andrea
Mia Wilson vs. Board of Education by Bill McGrath
Satan Amongst Us by Myla Lichtman-Fields
The Case and Trial of John Peter Zenger by Walt Vail
Holly Goday by Lawrence DuKore
The Degenerates by Germaine Shames
Dark Night of the Soul by James Armstrong

The winner shall be announced July 4th 2017


Casting for Treasure Island and Man of La Mancha

We are pleased to announce casting for Treasure Island and Man of La Mancha


Treasure Island

Jane/Jim Hawkins-Hannah Richardson

Mrs. Hawkins/O’Brien-Laura Ann Saxe

Susan/Blind Pew-Sandi Rockwell

Dr. Livesey-Kevin Davis

Squire Trelawney-Russ Rockwell

Captain Smollett-Frank Wilson

Long John Silver-Alex Santoriello

Black Dog-Andy Saxe

Israel Hands-Eric Ziegler

George Merry-Jeff Buterbaugh

Ben Gunn/Pirate-Dave Saxe

Man of La Mancha

Quixote-Alex Santoriello

Aldonza-Deb Saxe

Sancho-Dave Saxe

Governor/Pedro- Adam Hunter

Captain/Innkeeper-Mercer Bristow

Padre-Frank Wilson

Duke/Dr. Carrasco/Knight of the Mirrors/Anselmo-Andy Saxe

Barber/Jose/Knight-Jeff Buterbaugh


Antonia/Moorish Dancer-Jordan Santillo

Fermina/Gypsy-Alicia Rodriguez

Housekeepter/Gypsy-Laura Ann Saxe

Maria/Prisoner-Katie Rimmer

Tenorio/Knight-Rod Egan

Juan/Prisoner-Kevin Davis

Guiartist-Ken Ortbal


Barn’s storied history recognized by U.S. Congress!


We are delighted to confirm that Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson officially recognized Nittany Theatre at the Barn in his remarks on the House Floor this morning, March 1st.

Thank you Congressman Thompson for recognizing the Barn as “the oldest arena-barn theatre in Pennsylvania!” What an honor to have the storied history of the Barn read into the Congressional Record!

The C-SPAN link below will take you directly to the beginning of his remarks, which starting at approx 44:40 into C-SPAN’s full video archive of the “Morning Hour” House coverage:

44:40 – Begin Congressman GT’s remarks
47:17 – Start of remarks specifically on NTATB
48:25 – End of remarks

Broadway Producer and Star Coming to Barn!

Alex Santoriello is coming to the Barn! Alex produced “A Tale of Two Cities” on Broadway and also appeared in the original Broadway productions of “Les Miserables,” “Chess,” Three Penny Opera” and Broadway tours of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Cats.” Alex is currently Producing-Artistic-Director of ProAm Performing Arts of Florida.

Alex will direct/star (Long John Silver) in “Treasure Island” June 20~July 18 and direct/star (Don Quixote) in “Man of La Mancha” July 18~August 5





The 2016 Tony (B) Awards!
Nittany Theatre at the Barn is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Tony (B) Awards!

Best Production:
Calendar Girls

Best Musical:
All Shook Up

Best Play:
Twelve Angry Men

Best Actor:
Erik Johnson, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (revised, unabridged)

Best Supporting Actor:
Russ Rockwell, Play Murder

Best Actress:
Morgan Sichler, All Shook Up

Best Supporting Actress:
Sierra Tothero, Play Murder

Best Ensemble:

Best Director:
Dave Saxe, Calendar Girls

Best Choreography:
Courtney Young, All Shook Up

Best Light Design:
Andrew John Saxe, Twelve Angry Men

Best Sound Design:
Michael Tony Cooper, Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Best Costumes:
Julie Snyder & Anne Hayward, All Shook Up

Best Set:
Will Snyder, Twelve Angry Men

Best Technical Contribution:
Rebecca Koch, Calendar Girls

Funniest Moment:
Lauren Echausse & Jeff Buterbaugh, It’s Now Or Never, All Shook Up

Most Unforgettable Moment:
Rod Egan & Katie Rimmer, Matilda Shut Up, All Shook Up

Most Unforgettable Song:
Kaye Saxe, Graham Hancock, A Little Less Conversation, All Shook Up

Best Performance Number (Individual):
Laura Ann Saxe, Ladies Who Lunch, Company

Best Performance Number (Ensemble):
Side By Side, Company, Company