The community theater, known
today as Pennsylvania Playhouse, presently located on Illicks Mill Road in the City of Bethlehem, was founded in 1946. Since then, The Playhouse has survived all of these years
on its box office revenues, with occasional public subscriptions to meet major emergencies. It has never depended on grants or subsidies. Pennsylvania Playhouse is a nonprofit organization, opened to
everyone, and operated entirely by dedicated volunteers. We strive to deliver our community some of the finest theatre productions and bring stories to life.
The Pennsylvania Playhouse is mourning the passing of one of our members, John B. Cornish, age
86. John was a longstanding member and great friend of the playhouse. He was a former President of the Board of Directors and was the fundraising chair to erect the building on Illicks
Mill Road where we continue to perform plays and musicals. Thanks to John's efforts, we are celebrating our 50th anniversary at this location. John's other roles at the
playhouse included directing and performing in shows and in his later years, supporting and attending each and every production.
John, you will be missed by all that knew you, but your legacy lives on! We thank you for your
dedication and hard work. It will never be forgotten.
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