Steeped in a bath of small town history, the Ivoryton Playhouse is not only iconic for its shows, but also for its narrative. The charming, picturesque building was originally built in 1911 as a recreation hall for the employees of the Comstock Cheney factory. It is the pinnacle of quaint, New England architecture, propped unassumingly in the center of the Ivoryton borough. Dressed in proper weathered shingles, the sturdy structure does not scream with theatrical drama as many of its actors do, instead it is a settled gem, a mark of distinction, calling attention the scenic village area of Ivoryton and all of its beauty.
Once inside the celebrated theatre there truly is not a bad seat in the house, which makes it unique and inviting to everyone; actors and guests alike. There is a distinct magnetism to this rare experience. With a maximum capacity of only 250 audience members, each and every guest can see the dramatic expressions on the faces of every cast member. Each musical note is audible and clear and the live music, which emanates from the air conditioned room beneath the stage, fills up the space with emotion and depth.
“We are never going to get rich having shows here in this small theatre, but we sure can have a good time,” said Jacqueline Hubbard, the executive/artistic director of the Ivoryton Playhouse and the innovative mind behind extending the theatre’s season to include more than just “summer stock”.
Currently, the musical A Chorus Line has taken over the stage with dance, song, humor and emotion. The classic show for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line, examines one day in the lives of seventeen dancers, all vying for a spot in the “chorus line” of a Broadway musical. The production will be playing at the Playhouse until the end of the weekend.
The next show will be Once. This performance will begin on Wednesday, September 19, and run through Sunday, October 7. Once is an original theatrical experience featuring an inspiring ensemble of actors/musicians who play their own instruments onstage. Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.
Next will be, The Queens of the Golden Mask, with performances starting Wednesday, October 31, running through Sunday, November 18. This is a story set in Alabama in 1962, about a group of mothers and daughters taking the audience on a journey from church picnics and summer camp to the secrets and hypocrisy that lie just beneath the surface.
For a special holiday treat the Playhouse will run A Coney Island Christmas from December 13 through the 23rd. This play captures a timeless and universal tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays.
The Playhouse offers season ticket packages, which include a seven show subscription, a five show subscription and a three show block. For more info go to www.ivorytonplayhouse.org.