Founded in 1974 the Columbia Civic Players took up residence, in 1987, in the building that had been the Ghent Town Hall for nearly a hundred years. That year, company founder Barbara Perry suggested that the company take a long-term lease on the hall with an option to buy the building. The troop of local actors had been a nomadic lot up to that time and following reconstruction of the interior, the company opened officially in January 1989 with Brien Friel's "Lovers and Other Strangers."
In 2001 the board of directors finally acquired the building and began, in earnest, to reconstruct it, adding a new backstage area, public bathrooms (replacing the single on-stage restroom), a new lobby and, this season, new seats. The historic structure, seen from the street, preserves its classic look, but the interior provides this company and its audience with a lively and attractive performance space.
The company took on the name of its building only a few seasons back. It takes great pride in preserving its record of never producing the same play twice in its history.
Ghent Playhouse's 2006-2007 season
Oct. 6 - 22 The Oldest Profession
Nov. 24 - Dec. 10 Cinderella
Jan. 19 - Feb. 4 Wait Until Dark
Mar. 16 - Apr. 1 Tintypes
May 18 - Jun 3 See How They Run
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The Ghent Playhouse is located just off Route 66 in Ghent, New York. Tickets range in price from $12 to $20 and the box office can be reached at 518-392-6264. Memberships and season tickets are available. You can also go to their website at www.ghentplayhouse.org.