Totem Pole Playhouse, Pennsylvania’s premiere summer theatre, located in Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, PA, is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for an exclusive screening of the John Putch film, “The Father and the Bear,” primarily filmed right here at Totem Pole Playhouse.  The grand old theatre plays itself in the heartfelt drama.

Byron Temple, a retired character actor (Wil Love) with diagnosed dementia, longs to perform at his beloved summer theater one last time. Against his daughter’s wishes (Dendrie Taylor), he accepts a role from the newly installed artistic director (David Deluise) who is unaware of Byron’s condition.  The film is written, produced and directed by John Putch, son of Totem Pole’s legendary producer from 1954 to 1983, the late Mr. Bill Putch, and the late beloved television star Jean Stapleton.

Nothing is more special than showing this film at the very place that is depicted in the movie. The film’s cast includes Totem Pole alumni CARL SCHURR, RAY FICCA, CATHERINE BLAINE, MISTER ED GOTWALT, KATRINA YAUKEY, PARIS PEET, ROBERT PICARDO, ALICIA FUSTING, RICARDO F. EVANS & LEE MERRIMAN.  Some of the cast will be in attendance along with filmmaker Putch, all to benefit the Totem Pole Playhouse.  A tax-deductible donation of $25 includes the premiere, Q&A with cast and crew and a post-show reception.

The screening will take place on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. For tickets, call the Totem Pole Playhouse Box Office at 888-805-7056 or 717-352-2164, or order online at