The New Castle Playhouse is much more than a community theater. For many of us, it is a home. A place where we come together to laugh, to sing, and sometimes, to cry. A labor of love by our community members for our community members.

Our patrons, casts, crews, and staff are always foremost in our thoughts when we put together a production. And their safety is a top priority. As always, we thank you for your continued kindness, patience, and support of the New Castle Playhouse and our theater community.

In doing our part to follow the guidelines put forth by Governor Wolf, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel our 2020 productions of Disney Frozen, Jr., Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Cinderella: A Dream Come True.

But, take heart. The New Castle Playhouse will be here, ready to entertain you, as soon as the restrictions are lifted. We know we will see you at the theater soon. Until then, stay safe and stay well.

JOHN W. CHAMBERS-President, New Castle Playhouse Board of Directors


In 1958, the New Castle Playhouse (NCP) was incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization. Since that time, we have been enriching the lives of our community through live theatrical performances, a goal that is clearly reflected in our mission statement:

The New Castle Playhouse exists to foster community pride, civic renewal, and cultural enlightenment, through quality theater arts experiences, produced by the community, for the community.

 

Creative Programming

Being an asset, involves far more than our facilities; it requires fine programming and relationships. We work to improve and expand both.

NCP has worked diligently to improve its creative programming, offering a variety of theater for adults and children. We strive to provide quality productions to the people of Lawrence County, and also to provide those individuals with a desire to express their creativity through theater, a venue to do that.

The quality and complexity of the productions offered to our patrons continue to increase. Those who attend our shows have come to expect a high level of craftsmanship. We draw audiences and performers from as far away as the Pittsburgh area, Erie, and from eastern Ohio. We set new attendance records yearly as more and more people discover the magic of “Live” theater at NCP.

We continue to increase and improve our creative programming for children and youth through a variety of programs. Our Youth programs include a full-scale Children’s Theater production starring children for children, and the Rising Star summer workshops, which provide educational opportunity for local children between the ages of 8 and 16. Stars of Tomorrow, a one-day event, showcases talented young people of our community, and NCP Mini-Stars serve as the young, talent ambassadors of NCP who perform throughout the community. In the near future we hope to add a workshop for young people less interested in being on stage and more interested in being backstage and learning the technical aspects of productions.

 

We strive to provide entertainment for the community; sometimes we are blessed by experiences that sweeten the endeavor.  There are numerous stories of lasting friendships being built at NCP, and people finding a place to express their creative side. Yet a recent incident stands out from other stories.

After a recent production ended, the director received a letter from the mother of one of the cast members. The letter took him by surprise, and serves as a wonderful example of what makes NCP so special. It seems the young cast member had been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis within the past several years. The mother related that her daughter had become angry at the world for all of these setbacks. She had become moody and depressed, feeling that life would pass her by as health issues interrupted nearly everything she anticipated doing. Unaware of any of these issues, she was cast in a production, attended rehearsals, took direction and ultimately performed well in her role. The director remained unaware of the seriousness of her ailments, and thought the few times that she had missed rehearsal had merely been caused by influenza that works its way around schools every winter.

The letter contained the explanation of these circumstances and the highest thanks for the director and the organization for bringing the smiles back to her daughter’s life. She said her daughter became more positive throughout her involvement, and is now more optimistic about her future.

Simply stated, sometimes we change lives, and sometime we are changed ourselves by those circumstances.

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