“There’s no business like show business, like no business I know. Everything about it is appealing, everything that traffic will allow. Nowhere could get you that happy feeling when you are stealing that extra bow.” Seeing a show is one of the few times where you can take a break from reality, travel to faraway places, and meet exciting characters. Here in the Pocono Mountains, we are fortunate to have the Shawnee Playhouse, where you can experience professional productions at affordable prices. This fall, save yourself a trip to Broadway and take a scenic drive to the Shawnee Playhouse in Shawnee on the Delaware, PA.

Built in 1904 by C.C. Worthington, the Worthington Hall was established as a way to entertain and educate residents and visitors of Shawnee on the Delaware. In 1978, Ginny and Charlie Kirkwood purchased and renovated the hall and began, once again, providing the area with high-quality entertainment. In 1985, the Shawnee Playhouse burned down, so performances were relocated to East Stroudsburg University during the rebuild. But have no fear, the Shawnee Playhouse reopened, thanks to a lot of hard work and generosity from area organizations and individuals.

Now, with approximately 15-20 productions per year, the Shawnee Playhouse is busier than ever! From children’s theater to Shakespeare, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The Playhouse is bustling from May through December, with special events taking place in the remaining months. This fall’s lineup holds some classic favorites, like The Nutcracker Ballet. See the full ballet or bring the kids for the children’s version they’re sure to love. Not only does the Shawnee Playhouse work with professional actors and actresses, they also cast volunteer beginners and student interns. Whether you’re 8 or 80, it’s never too early (or late) to stand in the spotlight.

While Ginny and Charlie Kirkwood are still at the helm of Shawnee Playhouse, their five children and seventeen grandchildren work closely alongside them and have even taken the stage at the Playhouse! It is both rare and refreshing to see a small, family business thriving after so many years. For more information on shows, schedules, and tickets, visit www.theshawneeplayhouse.com. See you at the show!


● Legally Gray
(October 6 – 22)
● Christmas Musical Memories
(November 10 – December 23)
● A Christmas Peter Pan
(November 17 – December 23)
● The Nutcracker Ballet
(December 1 – 22)
● The Nutcracker Ballet
– Children’s Version
(December 4 – 18)
● Kidz Kabaret
(December 7 – 14)