COOKSBURG – The Verna Leith Sawmill Theatre will host the Knox Community Theater July 19-22, for a production of “The Drunkard,” a prohibition-era musical full of comedy and romance. Shows begin at 8 p.m. each night.

“The Drunkard” presents a unique delivery of the famous melodrama by W.H.S. Smith, transporting audiences to an infinitely less subtle day in this deliciously coy and exaggerated musical. Mary Wilson and her widowed mother are in dire straits. When it comes to their attention that the cottage they are renting is to be sold, Mary appears before the handsome new owner, Edward, hoping to request his mercy. Edward had already been informed of the debacle by the villainous lawyer, Cribbs, who has set about to destroy the Wilson family. After laying eyes on Mary, Edward is immediately in love, and Cribbs’ plan has been thwarted. He’ll have to implement a new plan just as devious, involving the wicked devil’s beverage — alcohol.

The Sawmill Theatre will welcome several other theater companies during the 2017 season, including:

• “Peter Pan” (Brookville Community Theatre) — Aug. 4-6 and Aug. 10-12.

• “Leaving Iowa” (Footlighters of Elk County) — Aug. 17-19.

• “Serenade on Broadway” (Enchante Cabaret) — Aug. 24-26.

• “Arlene’s Beauty World” (Clarion Community Theatre) — Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, and Sept. 7-9.

All shows are $15 per seat. Tickets are available online at www.sawmill.org or by calling the box office at (814) 927-5275.

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