Schuster Theatre


    For ticket reservations for Main Stage productions, or to volunteer at the Schuster Theatre as Box Office Staff, Ushers, Run Crew, etc, please click on the links below.  Please note, online reservations for FOLLOW THE STAR are now offline.  Please purchase your tickets at the door for either Fri Dec 9 or Sat Dec 10.  Thank you!


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     Tennessee Backporch comes to the Schuster Theatre on Dec 9 & 10 to perform FOLLOW THE STAR!  

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    Gannon University's Schuster Theatre is proud to welcome FOLLOW THE STAR, a Christmas Tour featuring Tennessee Backporch!  This is the eighth year for the tour, and the first time Tennessee Backporch will be bringing the show to Gannon.  The show has been performed at area churches and has gone to Warren, PA as well.  FOLLOW THE STAR incorporates original music and original arrangements by Chris Moore.  The production showcases some very moving original pieces, as well as creative arrangements of familiar Christmas favorites that will guarantee a special Christmas concert for young and old.  FOLLOW THE STAR will also feature Zach Hyman, a junior Theatre and Communication Arts major, as well as the Gannon University Chorus.

    According to Chris Moore, "We have gotten many comments on how the show was one of the most spiritual experiences they have had during the Christmas season.  Every year it is changed in some ways to make it fresh but there is definitely a core storyline regarding the birth of Jesus, including an interesting perspective of Mary and Joseph as well as the innkeeper.  The story is in the first act and then the second act is much lighter and fun.  At the end, the meaningful storyline is brought back for the big finish."

    FOLLOW THE STAR is being produced at Gannon's Schuster Theatre on Friday December 9th and Saturday December 10th at 7pm.  Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students.  Proceeds from this event will go to support the Gannon Theatre Program's participation in the 2017 International Collegiate Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August.

    If you would like to reserve tickets, you can do so at the top of this page, or call our Box Office at 871-7494 or email  Tickets will also be sold at the door for 30 minutes prior to curtain.  

    Space is limited for this event, so be sure to reserve your tickets early before they sell out!  

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     Gannon's Theatre Program is heading back to Scotland in August 2017!

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        Gannon's Theatre Program will be returning to participate in the International Collegiate Theatre Festival (ICTF) in August 2017.  ICTF is a 12 day experience  that runs in conjunction with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - the world's largest performing arts festival - held each August in Edinburgh, Scotland.  ICTF was developed to offer college and university the opportunity to perform and gain global perspectives in an international experience that compliments collegiate performing arts programs.  In 2017, Gannon's Theatre program will be returning for a third participatory trip to Edinburgh, having first been invited to participate in the inaugural ICTF in 2011.  We are committed to returning on a 3-year cycle, giving all of our students the opportunity to participate in ICTF at least one time during their college career.


        This August, in preparation for participating next summer, Jax Vadney (Technical Director and Design Faculty) will be travelling to Edinburgh to participate in the ICTF Familiarization Tour (FAM).  This 4 day submersion experience allows program directors to experience ICTF on an abreviated schedule, meet with ICTF staff and technical crew, tour performance venues, and gain knowledge about the experience the students will have in the upcoming year.  FAM allows directors to meet with the other colleges and universities that will be participating in a year, discuss production concerns, network, and develop plans for fundraising, international travel, and more.  

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        Gannon's production of APE/ESSENCE written by Fr. Shawn Clerkin, Director of Theatre, is a new work being created this coming academic season.  Based on Aldous Huxley's novel "Ape and Essence", Clerkin will be writing an adaptation that will incorporate puppetry, performance art, devised theatre, and more.  This production will be produced at the Schuster Theatre in April 2017 and then will be the production that will travel and be performed at ICTF in August 2017.


        To learn more about the ICTF Experience, please visit


        For questions and information about Gannon's participation, how you can get involved as a current Gannon student, or if you would to make a donation to support the travel program, please contact Jax Vadney at

     Gannon's Schuster Theatre Hosts Food Drive to Benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of NWPA:  Dec 2-16, 2016

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    In the spirit of the upcoming Christmas Season, the Schuster Theatre is collecting non-perishable food items, as well as household supplies, paper products, baby products, and health/beauty aids in support of the Second Harvest Food Bank of NWPA.

    Are you getting ready to clean out cupboards as you leave campus for Christmas break? Bring your unwanted items to the Schuster Theatre and drop them off in our collection bins to help make a difference in other people's lives this Christmas Season.

    Please, no home-canned foods, glass containers, unsealed or opened packages, outdated baby food or formula, or bulging or severely dented cans.
    Canned Meat (ham, meat spread, beef stew, chicken, hash)
    Canned Fish 
    Canned Nuts
    Peanut Butter
    Macaroni & Cheese
    Dry Beans
    Evaporated Milk
    Fruits & Vegetables
    Canned Fruits
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    Canned Soup
    Canned Spaghetti Sauce
    Dried Fruits (raisins, apricots, prunes)
    Breads & Cereals
    Cake Mixes
    Muffin Mix
    Cornbread Mix
    Dry Cereal
    Rice Cakes
    Baby Products (diapers, baby wipes, powder, lotion)
    Household Supplies (dish soap, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies)
    Paper Products (toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissue, napkins)
    Health and Beauty Aids (toothpaste & brushes, shampoo, bar soap)

    Our Food and Supplies Drive will be held from Dec 2-16. Donation bins are located in the Lobby of the Schuster Theatre Lobby (620 Sassafras Street). All donations are welcome.

    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! 






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  • Schuster Theatre

    Phone: 814-871-7494
    Toll Free: 1-800-426-6668

    Office Location:
    Scottino Hall
    620 Sassafras. St.