Iron Horse Theatre Company

Iron Horse Theatre Company The Iron Horse Theatre Company is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that began in January of 2016. Our theatre company will provide opportunities for anyone in the area (you do not have to be a member of our company) who wants to attend, volunteer, help produce, and perform in any of the theatrical productions we plan on producing in the future.
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Mission: The mission of the Iron Horse Theatre Company is to provide thought provoking and enteraining theater that will enrich the cultural life in Ambridge.

Operating as usual

NEED A HAPPY HOUR AND A HALF???ONLINE 4 WEEK ZOOM IMPROV CLASS with JUSTIN ZELLFridays from 6pm-730pm on July 10, 17, 24...
06/27/2020

NEED A HAPPY HOUR AND A HALF???
ONLINE 4 WEEK ZOOM IMPROV CLASS with JUSTIN ZELL
Fridays from 6pm-730pm on July 10, 17, 24, 31.
This class is for the AB-SO-LUTE Beginner. Over 4 weeks at 90 minutes each, you will learn the fundamentals of improvisation: Yes and, active listening and commitment. Learn how these principles and other techniques of improv comedians can help everyone be a more comfortable, confident, and committed person. Only 10 spots available.
Click on this link to sign-up: https://steelcityimprov.com/product/4-week-improv-2020-07-14/
JUSTIN ZELL
Originally from upstate New York, Justin is a graduate of Binghamton High School’s Rod Serling School of Fine Arts and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from SUNY New Paltz. During his ten years in New York City, he primarily studied and performed at The People’s Improv Theater (The PIT), The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and The Magnet Theater. For two years, Justin taught and coached improv at The PIT while performing weekly on a PIT house team, The Wilhelm. In 2010, Justin co-founded Steel City Improv Theater (The SCIT) with his wife, Kasey Daley. Since then, they have taught over 3000 people improvisation and have conducted workshops for organizations such as THE UNIVERSITY of PITTSBURGH, BAYER, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY and KRAFT HEINZ. He is currently the Education Director of Steel City Improv Theater Training Program and Lead Facilitator for SCIT Corporate Training.

05/19/2020

Last Saturday was great fun with our Zoom-mates and Ryan McCormick. We are meeting again this coming Saturday, May 23rd--just email [email protected]
by Friday night if you would like to join in the fun on Saturday from 1-2.

FREE ZOOM OFFERING:Drawing Poetry in the Abstract with well-known Pittsburgh Artist and Teacher: Ryan McCormick Descript...
05/12/2020

FREE ZOOM OFFERING:
Drawing Poetry in the Abstract with well-known Pittsburgh Artist and Teacher: Ryan McCormick
Description: Draw and color abstractions of poetry in unique and imaginative ways. Either use your own poetry or the poetry of your favorite author for source material.
Supplies: (You don't even need to put on a mask or go to the store!)
1.Pencil
2. Colored Pencils
3. Drawing Paper
4. Black ink pen of any sort (sharpie, micron, etc.)
5. Pastel, crayons, or charcoal
Day and Time: Saturdays 1-2pm/ Starting this Saturday 5/16
How many people: 10
Email: [email protected] to register!

Dear friends of the Iron Horse Theatre Company, We are saddened to inform you that the Iron Horse Community Theatre will...
04/03/2020
Help Support Our Events, Plays, and Programs organized by London Cain

Dear friends of the Iron Horse Theatre Company,

We are saddened to inform you that the Iron Horse Community Theatre will be closed until further notice. All shows, events and programs are now on hold until we know more. As we monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, your safety and that of our staff, volunteers, and artists is our main concern.

As of today, only one of our plays has been officially postponed. 12:52 The Mike Webster Story has been rescheduled for September 2021. This amazing story will still be at the beautiful New Hazlett Theater on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

If you are a 2020 season ticket holder, you will still be able to see 12:52 The Mike Webster Story in 2021 with your 2020 season pass. Thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility as we work through crisis together.

We look forward to the day when our environment is safe and healthy again so that you come back into the Iron Horse Community Theatre for all of our programs, events, musicals, and plays.

Please continue to check our website (ironhorsetheatrecompany.com) for the most updated information.

We are all living in uncertain times, but if you’re in a position to help the Iron Horse Community Theatre during this crisis, we hope you’ll consider making a donation. Your support will ensure that our local talented kids and adults have a place to perform for years to come.

You are all a valued part of the Iron Horse family. From the bottom of our hearts, We thank you for your support.

Stay safe and healthy, and we hope to see you soon,

https://www.gofundme.com/f/29qt9mk

The Iron Horse Theatre Company is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. Thanks … London Cain needs your support for Help Support Our Events, Plays, and Programs

Sewickley Herald
03/10/2020
Sewickley Herald

Sewickley Herald

Iron Horse Theatre will be hosting a new Silkworm Writing Series beginning April 4.

Iron Horse Theatre Company

'Cause nothing says romance like death and betrayal! Tomorrow and Saturday, 7pm, on the Iron Horse stage... William Shak...
02/13/2020

'Cause nothing says romance like death and betrayal! Tomorrow and Saturday, 7pm, on the Iron Horse stage... William Shakespeare's HAMLET. Presented by the Youth Shakespeare Society of Pittsburgh. Come see this wonderfully fresh presentation of the most epic drama in existence! Tickets: $10, available at the door.

02/02/2020
12:52 The Mike Webster Story

ATTENTION STEELER NATION!

We would like to take this Superbowl Weekend to recognize a Pittsburgh legend.

The Iron Horse Theatre Company (a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization) is raising funds for two related purposes. First, the money raised will help produce a play called, 12:52 The Mike Webster Story, at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side of Pittsburgh in June 2020.

Mike Webster gave so much of himself to the Steeler organization, the city of Pittsburgh, and to Steeler fans everywhere. If ever there was a story that captures the grit, determination, and strength of the human character this is it. We are looking for Steeler Nation to help keep the memory of “Iron Mike" alive by ensuring his important story gets told.

Your donation will also help Webster's surviving family. Once production costs are met, the Iron Horse Theatre Company will donate half the proceeds raised to them. We are asking a $52.00 donation (in honor of Mike's number 52), or any amount that you can, to this worthy cause. Your donation is tax deductible. Any amount you give is invaluable and very much appreciated.

Please visit us at
https://www.gofundme.com/f/remembering-mike-webster-and-his-family

IT’S OPENING NIGHT!! COME TOGETHER: the music of The Beatles
02/01/2020

IT’S OPENING NIGHT!!
COME TOGETHER: the music of The Beatles

Thank you everyone so much for the support!! COME TOGETHER is completely SOLD OUT for both weekends!!! You can check out...
01/30/2020

Thank you everyone so much for the support!!
COME TOGETHER is completely SOLD OUT for both weekends!!!
You can check out our website for more information on the rest of our exciting 2020 season!!
Ironhorsetheatrecompany.com

Ambridge Connection
01/28/2020

Ambridge Connection

Iron Horse Theatre Company Fundraises with the help of Franco Harris to produce the Mike Webster Story

​The Ambridge Iron Horse Theatre is fundraising to produce a play about Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Webster, considered the best center in the NFL.

The play is called “12:52: The Mike Webster Story,” according to London Cain, owner of the Iron Horse. “I just think it’s an amazing story and it needs to be told and people need to know what happened,” Cain said. “It’s a very touching story.”

Pittsburgh Hall of Famer Franco Harris, Webster’s former teammate, made a special appearance at the theatre’s recent fundraiser that also featured musicians, comedians, and local celebrities, to rally around Team Webster.

“Myself, personally, I was able to have a great career with the Steelers and that was only because of that offensive line, and they were anchored by that guy in the middle, Mike Webster,” Franco Harris recalled. “He was the center of it all and he led the charge.”

Harris remembered Webster as “a true champion” when the two played in the 1970s under legendary Pittsburgh Coach Chuck Noll.

“It could be 20 below zero and he’d come out there with short-sleeved shirts with those muscles showing, running out there,” Harris said. “It didn’t matter what the weather was, you know? It doesn’t affect us, we’re the Pittsburgh Steelers. We’d get into the huddle, break the huddle, and run into the line. He led the charge. He set the tone.”

Webster died in 2002 of a heart attack after years of showing signs of severe mental illness. Performing an autopsy, Dr. Bennet Omalu discovered Webster had CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy--a degenerative brain disease--due to the impact of football and concussions on the brain. Webster was the first former NFL player to be diagnosed with CTE, a discovery that changed the way the game is played. The story was dramatized in the 2015 film “Concussion,” starring Will Smith.

Nicknamed “Iron Mike,” Webster’s death was significant. The nine-time pro bowler with four Super Bowl rings was only 50 when he passed.

Franco told fundraiser guests he’s pleased to see the play come to fruition.

“Unfortunately, you know, things happened, and there were some disruptions in life along the way, and that’s going to be all about it for this play. Mike was a true champion, a true champion. So, I’m so happy that this play has come together,” Franco said.

Cain sat in disbelief when he received a long email asking whether his small theatre company would be interested in producing the Webster play.

“I thought if it was real and legitimate, I 100 percent want to do this. Of course, I want to do it.”

Turns out, every other theater in Pittsburgh had turned down the play, he said. While producing the show is a huge undertaking, Cain doesn’t believe cost was the only factor.

“They turned it down because I think they’re afraid of the NFL, afraid of upsetting them, because it is controversial,” Cain said. “It’s a horrible thing that happened to Mike Webster, but it continues to happen and it’s not just Mike Webster. There are a lot of other players who suffered this CTE. It’s a controversial thing that happened.”

Sonny Jani, who represents the Webster family’s estate and trust, agreed that the story is intriguing, heartwarming, eye opening, and important.

“This is a totally opposite story than the ‘Concussion’ movie played. Totally opposite that no one knows about this story,” Jani said. “This is going to open many eyes and it’s going to be wonderful. There is a relationship, there is friendship, and there’s loyalty, this whole thing all in a play,” Jani said.

In reading the script, Cain and his actors felt overcome with emotion.

“My actors all cried when they were on stage. They stood, they clapped, and they were in tears,” Cain said. “It’s an amazing script. People need to know what happened.”

Marcus Taylor, who plays the role of Dr. Omalu, said he was fortunate in that Cain’s wife, Maya Andlig, approached him and asked him to meet up with her husband to talk about being a part of this movement. He’s pleased to be a part of this chapter of Webster’s life and his family.

“I truly believe a lot of the things that have come about, that have happened with his life, there are things that need to be said and need to be addressed,” Taylor said.

Cain said he decided to use the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side, where the Rooneys and the Steelers are from, because the venue is larger than the Iron Horse, which only seats 62 people. Because it’s a bigger venture, sponsors and donations are needed.

The whole cast has volunteered to do the show without pay. Half the proceeds raised will go to the Webster family and the other half toward producing the play and supporting the Iron Horse.

Another fundraiser, “Come Together” Beatles Review, is planned for Jan. 31-Feb. 1 and Feb. 7-8 at the Iron Horse. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4483875

Donations can also be made to the Go Fund Me page https://www.gofundme.com/f/remembering-mike-webster-and-his-family.

Photos by Alan Freed Photography / Ambridge Connection

Ambridge theater stages Beatles tribute shows
01/27/2020
Ambridge theater stages Beatles tribute shows

Ambridge theater stages Beatles tribute shows

“Come Together: The Music of the Beatles” will be staged at the Iron Horse Community Theatre in Ambridge. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and

AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT!Remember our auditions for the 2020 season start tomorrow!! On Sunday January 26th we will be audi...
01/25/2020
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AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT!

Remember our auditions for the 2020 season start tomorrow!!

On Sunday January 26th we will be auditioning for our 2020 season at the Iron Horse Community Theatre!
Auditions for the youth musical
SCHOOL OF ROCK will be held from
11:00am - 1:00pm (ages 18 and under)
This audition is a cold-reading from the script and at least 32 bars of a prepared rock-related song. Headshots and resumes are also accepted, but not necessary.

1:00pm - 4:00pm (full season auditions)
We will be auditoning for our three plays which include: 12:52 THE MIKE WEBSTER STORY,
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR, and OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS.
This audition is a cold-reading. However, a monologue is helpful if you have one. Headshots and resumes are also accepted, but not necessary.

If you are interested in auditioning for any of the above plays or musical please visit our website at
ironhorsetheatrecompany.com
For questions please contact us at
(724) 263-0075, we can also be reached on Facebook!

Art and culture gallery located in Ambridge

Come Together: the Music of The BeatlesPopular songs of the band that inspired multiple generations!Hey Jude, All You Ne...
01/23/2020

Come Together: the Music of The Beatles

Popular songs of the band that inspired multiple generations!

Hey Jude, All You Need Is Love, Twist and Shout, and more!

Make sure you get your tickets! They are going fast!

January 31, February 1,7 and 8
7:30 pm. $10

Get your tickets at
ironhorsetheatrecompany.com
724-263-0075

Come Together: the Music of The BeatlesPopular songs of the band that inspired multiple generations!Hey Jude, All You Ne...
01/21/2020

Come Together: the Music of The Beatles

Popular songs of the band that inspired multiple generations!

Hey Jude, All You Need Is Love, Twist and Shout, and more!

Make sure you get your tickets! They are going fast!

January 31, February 1,7 and 8
7:30 pm. $10

Get your tickets at
ironhorsetheatrecompany.com
724-263-0075

01/21/2020
AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT!On Sunday January 26th we will be auditioning for our 2020 season at the Iron Horse Community Thea...
01/20/2020
Iron Horse Theatre Company - Home

AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT!

On Sunday January 26th we will be auditioning for our 2020 season at the Iron Horse Community Theatre!
Auditions for the youth musical
SCHOOL OF ROCK will be held from
11:00am - 1:00pm (ages 18 and under)
This audition is a cold-reading from the script and at least 32 bars of a prepared rock-related song. Headshots and resumes are also accepted, but not necessary.

1:00pm - 4:00pm (full season auditions)
We will be auditoning for our three plays which include: 12:52 THE MIKE WEBSTER STORY,
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR, and OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS.
This audition is a cold-reading. However, a monologue is helpful if you have one. Headshots and resumes are also accepted, but not necessary.

If you are interested in auditioning for any of the above plays or musical please visit our website at
ironhorsetheatrecompany.com
For questions please contact us at
(724) 263-0075, we can also be reached on Facebook!

Art and culture gallery located in Ambridge

01/06/2020

We are so excited to announce our 2020 season! More information on each show coming soon!!

COME TOGETHER: MUSIC OF THE BEATLES
January 31, February 1, 7, and 8

12:52 THE MIKE WEBSTER STORY
New Hazlett Theater June 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, and 27

THE BOYS NEXT DOOR
July 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25​

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS
September 25, 26 October 2, 3 ,4, 9, 10

SCHOOL OF ROCK: THE MUSICAL
December 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19

Here’s what’s next at Iron Horse!!
12/24/2019

Here’s what’s next at Iron Horse!!

That’s a wrap!! Thank you to everyone who came out to see “Greetings!” Stay tuned for information on our next show! “Com...
12/22/2019

That’s a wrap!! Thank you to everyone who came out to see “Greetings!” Stay tuned for information on our next show! “Come Together! The Music of the Beatles”

Beth Samuel Jewish Center
12/17/2019

Beth Samuel Jewish Center

BSJC Adult Hanukkah Party - A Hanukkah Happy Hour, sponsored by Dan and Sara, was followed by Greetings!, a heartwarming and thought provoking play. Thanks to London at The Iron Horse for providing us with a nice space for the party.

Today’s show is SOLD OUT! You still have a few more chances to see our December show “Greetings!” Directed by Barbara Bu...
12/15/2019

Today’s show is SOLD OUT!

You still have a few more chances to see our December show “Greetings!”

Directed by Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre

Andy Gorski brings home his Jewish atheist fiancé to meet his very Catholic parents on Christmas Eve. With the inevitable family explosion comes an out-of-left-field miracle that propels the family into a wild exploration of love, religion, personal truth and the nature of earthly reality.

"Greetings" runs December 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21. All show times start at 7:30 except the Sunday matinee on December 15. The Sunday Matinee show time is 2:00.

Tickets: $15.00 / $13.00 seniors and students

Get your tickets at ironhorsetheatrecompany.com
724-263-0075

Make sure you come and see our December show “Greetings!” Directed by Barbara Burgess-LefebvreAndy Gorski brings home hi...
12/12/2019

Make sure you come and see our December show “Greetings!”

Directed by Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre

Andy Gorski brings home his Jewish atheist fiancé to meet his very Catholic parents on Christmas Eve. With the inevitable family explosion comes an out-of-left-field miracle that propels the family into a wild exploration of love, religion, personal truth and the nature of earthly reality.

"Greetings" runs December 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21. All show times start at 7:30 except the Sunday matinee on December 15. The Sunday Matinee show time is 2:00.

Tickets: $15.00 / $13.00 seniors and students

Get your tickets at ironhorsetheatrecompany.com
724-263-0075

Behind the Scenes!! "Greetings"Jessica Boothe (Production Stage Manager) is so excited to be a part of this production! ...
12/09/2019

Behind the Scenes!!
"Greetings"

Jessica Boothe (Production Stage Manager) is so excited to be a part of this production! She is a senior at Robert Morris University studying Communication with a concentration in theater. This is Jessica’s second time stage managing for Iron Horse Theatre. Jessica has performed in multiple shows at Robert Morris including: Pippin, Mr.Burns: A Post Electric Play, Evita, and Urinetown. Jessica has also performed in many shows in the Pittsburgh and Beaver area. She thanks Barbara and the cast and crew for this amazing experience.

"Greetings" runs December 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21. All show times start at 7:30 except the Sunday matinee on December 15. The Sunday Matinee show time is 2:00.

Tickets: $15.00 / $13.00 seniors and students

Get your tickets at ironhorsetheatrecompany.com

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348 Maplewood Avenue
Ambridge, PA
15003

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The Iron Horse Community Theatre, located at 348 Maplewood Avenue in Ambridge Pennsylvania, is currently in its first season. This intimate venue provides quality theatre experiences (70 seats) for our patrons. The Iron Horse Community Theatre also offers the after-school programs that include low cost or free lessons in art, music, dance, voice, and acting. We are expanding to include adult sessions in creative writing and will be presenting comedy soon! We cannot offer these options without your support. If you have a talent you would like to lend, or want to be part of our volunteer group, or would rather make a monetary donation, please contact us!

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My husband and I really enjoyed the performance of W;t last night. Kudos to the entire acting and production staff. We are looking forward to future shows.
Wit Rehearsals in full swing
Join us early on Opening Night of On Golden Pond (Oct 5) for a food, music and some pre-show mingling with a wonderful cast!
The Grand Opening!
What amazing acting! Thank you London.. the theater is gorgeous... we were transported to a different time and place. Frankie and Johnny was a great start to this fantastic venture!
Alex Our Lumber delivery guy! Ambridge Lumber, thank you so much for your support!!
What a fantastic day at the theatre!! Volunteers and a delightful lunch delivery by Barbara
It all started with a book