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Life in Warren County > The Arts


A full representation of the arts can be found in Warren County, catering to each person’s particular interests. There is music, singing and dancing, acting, and a variety of the fine arts as represented by the Warren Art League and other organizations. Art lovers can participate or sit back and enjoy the performances.

Struthers Library Theatre
Struthers Production of '110 in the Shade' The Struthers Library Theatre is one of the oldest theatres in the nation. The original construction of the building was financed by Thomas Struthers, local industrialist and philanthropist. The main floor boasts an elegant auditorium and large stage. In its early days, the upstairs housed a library and meeting place to bring in revenue support for the theatre. Early theatrical shows were replaced in the 1900’s by Vaudeville shows and motion pictures. When Struthers Production of 'South Pacific'Vaudeville waned, it was used solely as a movie house until 1980. In the early ‘80s, the building underwent extensive remodeling and sound, lighting, and projection improvements. Five years later, the Library Theatre Summer Playhouse was established. Resident companies of professional actors and musicians perform classic musicals like “Carousel” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Foreign films, children’s theatre, and other activities also take place at the Struthers Theatre.



Music in the Park
Logo for Music in the Park
What began ten years ago as one couple’s effort to clean up Warren County’s Soldiers and Sailors Park has become a weekly summer music series that brings residents to the downtown area for weekend fun. Each Friday and Saturday, from the end of May to the first weekend in September, everyone can enjoy a two hour “Music in the Park” concert. A variety of musical styles are represented with the musical talent of county residents and by groups as far away as Erie and Pittsburgh, ranging from classic rock to country and jazz. The most popular concerts attract crowds in excess of 500. Planning for “Lunch in the Park” events with poetry reading, music, puppet shows, and other fun activities is currently underway, as is obtaining funds for a stage cover.
 
Bluegrasshoppers playing during Music in the Park Before Soldiers and Sailors became home to Music in the Park, it was in great need of tender and loving care. With the exception of cleaning the statue, the restoration of the park was done completely by local community volunteers. A stage was added to the park during the restoration. Funding for the preservation and continuation of Music in the Park is made possible by Northwest Savings Bank, the PA Council on the Arts, and local businesses. This summer marks the 8th season of the music series.
 

Warren Concert Association
For over fifty years the Warren Concert Association has presented live performances of music, classical and classic to the Warren area. From symphony orchestras to ragtime piano solos, children’s choirs to Chanticleer, each season has been delightfully different.

Season subscriptions and single tickets are available for the concerts, all of which are held in the historic Struthers Library Theatre in Warren. In the past five years, such notable performers as Chuck Mangione, Doc Severinsen, The Tibetan Monks, Leahy, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Anuna, and Max Morath have entertained audiences.

Information on current offerings may be found on the right or by calling the Association office at (814) 723-2348.

 

 
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The Struthers Library Theatre is the 18th oldest operating theatre in the nation. Except for two short periods of renovations, it has been in continuous operation since it opened its doors in 1883.
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The Warren Players Club is the oldest amateur theatre group in the United States.
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