The Playhouse Association was founded in 1918
as a World War I relief organization.
Since then, we have mounted over 300 productions,
make us one of the oldest continuously operating
community theaters in the United States.
We present three shows a year:
a fall show in November,
a winter show in February and March,
and a spring show in April and May.
During the summer, Kaleidoscope Theater for Youth
presents one (or more!) productions for and with! children and young adults.
Our community service includes a benefit performance of each
of our regular plays, scholarships for Dramatic
Arts students, and donations of books on theater to
the Summit Free Public Library.
We have our own theater,
off Springfield Avenue just west of the Summit business district.
The old stone part of the building was constructed in 1891
to house Summit's first library.
At that time, the library was run by the Summit Library Association,
a private, non-profit organization
created by a group of Summit residents
who felt the town needed a library.
In 1900, the City of Summit established a municipal library
(the Summit Free Public Library),
and took over day-to-day operation of the library.
In 1910, the city constructed a new library building,
near the site of the current public library,
and abandoned the old building at 10 New England Avenue.
It was standing empty when our founders
began using it as a theater in 1918.
For the next fifty years, the Summit Playhouse Association rented it, for one dollar a year,
from the Summit Library Association.
During that time we maintained and improved the building,
and in 1960, we added a 120-seat auditorium
and converted the original 1891 building into a stage.
In 1968, the Summit Library Association, now essentially defunct,
officially deeded the building, its last remaining asset, to us.
Click here for a movie of the Playhouse.
It includes clips from past productions, as well as a backstage tour.
(11 meg download; requires
Windows Media Player.)
If you prefer, we also have that movie in mp4 format,
but that's 22 megs.