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By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Frank Licato
Produced by Arnold Buchiane

November 7 - 23   
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December 12 - 21    Tickets

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Wanda Petronski lives way up in a shabby house in Boggins Heights, and she doesn't have any friends. Every day she wears a faded blue dress, which wouldn't be too much of a problem if she didn't tell her classmates that she had a hundred dresses at home-all silk, all colors, velvet too. The children at Franklin Elementary don't know what to make of this peculiar new girl with the strange accent. Soon Maddie, Peggy, Jack and their classmates make a game of teasing Wanda about her hundred dresses until one day she disappears from school, leaving just an empty seat where she once sat. As feelings of guilt overtake the children, Maddie and the others decide they must find out what happened to Wanda and make amends for the way they treated her. But is it too late?

Based on the beloved Newbery Honor Book by Eleanor Estes, this acclaimed musical adaptation masterfully handles such topics as bullying, friendship and forgiveness. Packed with humor and filled with colorful characters and memorable songs such as "Bright Blue Day," "Penny Paddywhack" and "Never Do Nothing," The Hundred Dresses is a timeless tale that explores the bonds of friendship, the willingness to be yourself and the courage that it takes to stand up to others - even when you're standing alone.

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.

Harvey: April/May 2014
April/May 2014
The Last Night Of Ballyhoo: February/March 2014
The Last Night Of Ballyhoo
February/March 2014
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: April/May 2013
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
April/May 2013
The Game's Afoot: November 2013
The Game's Afoot
November 2013
God Of Carnage: February/March 2013
God Of Carnage
February/March 2013
The Best Man: October/November 2012
The Best Man
October/November 2012
Over The River and Through The Woods: April/May 2012
Over The River and Through The Woods
April/May 2012
All My Sons: Feb/Mar 2012
All My Sons
February/March 2012
Meet Me In St. Louis: November 2011
Meet Me In St. Louis
November 2011
Closer Than Ever: April/May 2011
Closer Than Ever
April/May 2011
Speed-The-Plow: Feb/Mar 2011
February 2011
The Late Christopher Bean: November 2010
The Late Christopher Bean
November 2010
Sylvia: May 2010
May 2010
Murder In Green Meadows: February 2010
Murder In Green Meadows
February 2010
The Constant Wife: May 2009
The Constant Wife
May 2009
The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie: November 2009
The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie
November 2009
Doubt: Feb. 2009
Doubt, A Parable
February 2009
Baby: November 2008
November 2008
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof: May 2008
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
May 2008
Brooklyn Boy: Feb. 2008
Brooklyn Boy
February 2008
You Can't Take It With You: Nov. 2007
You Can't Take It With You
November 2007
Forum: May 2007
May 2007
Living Out: February 2007
Living Out
February 2007
The Children's Hour: November 2006
The Children's Hour
November 2006
The Sisters Rosensweig: May 2006
The Sisters Rosensweig
May 2006
The Lion In Winter: February 2006
The Lion In Winter
February 2006
The Miracle Worker: November 2005
The Miracle Worker
November 2005
A Delicate Balance: May 2005
A Delicate Balance
May 2005
Fiorello!: November 2004
November 2004
Inspecting Carol: February 2005
Inspecting Carol
February 2005

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