Your Community Theater for Over 70 Years
While the first production of Colonial Playhouse was staged in
1940, our ancestry is traceable to the resurgence of the 'Little Theatre' movement which swept the country in the early 1930s.
About 1953, a group of local people interested in the amateur stage formed a theatre group called the "Aldan Funsters. In
1937 the "Funsters" rented our building, which had been erected as a local clubhouse by the Aldan Improvement Association
In 1940 a dispute among the Funsters over incorporation and ownership of the property broke up the group.
The dissenting faction united into a nonprofit corporation known as the Colonial Playhouse. The members purchased the building
and launched a unique dramatic program, combining the best features of the professional and amateur stage. Since that day,
an unbroken schedule of plays has been presented to audiences from all over Delaware County and the surrounding areas.
original playhouse, a majestic white structure with two stately pillars and large double doors gracing the entrance, was rightfully
called The Showplace of Delaware County. Unfortunately, in May of 1964, a fire destroyed the main part of the building, which
stood in what is now our cast parking lot. Thanks to a fire wall, the rehearsal hall, dressing rooms, and storage area were
saved from destruction. Through the dedication and hard work of the members, the remains were remodeled into our present day
We are proud of our playhouse, the members who started 'Colonial" in 1940, those who restored the building
in 1964, and the audiences who have faithfully supported our efforts throughout the years.
We hope you enjoy your
visit to Colonial Playhouse. We have worked hard to bring you the best in community theatre entertainment, and we hope you
get as much out of viewing our shows as we do in performing them for you. Please come back, and soon!
Board of Directors
President: Lou Wheeler
Vice-President: Pat Molla
Treasurer: John Rocco
Dramatic Director: Ron Hill