We are very lucky to have a little piece of Broadway right here on Cape Cod. The legendary Cape Playhouse is America’s oldest professional summer theater and has been presenting quality theater on Cape Cod for over seventy years. The playhouse, located in Dennis Village off of Route 6A and just up the street from Corporation Beach, features talented theater folks from all over starring in professionally-run productions throughout the summer months.
Raymond Moore had spent several summers in Provincetown where he was involved in painting scenery, writing plays, and acting in theater. But his vision was to have a theater of his own that would bring Broadway to Cape Cod. So in 1927, he purchased a 19th century former Unitarian Meeting House and had it moved to a pasture land fronting the Old Kings Highway in Dennis and converted it into a theater. The original pews, now with cushions, still serve as theater seats. Over the years, the Playhouse has undergone many changes and improvements, including the addition of air conditioning.
The Playhouse is now owned by the The Cape Cod Center for the Arts (CCCArts), a Massachusetts non-profit established in 1996. The CCCArts’ mission is for the education and benefit of the public by the promotion and fostering of music, drama, horticulture and the fine arts. They are dedicated to maintaining a viable center for the cultural enrichment of the diverse population residing on and visiting Cape Cod. The CCCArts also owns the Cape Cinema, a props barn, a scene show and other ancillary arts buildings, and shares a campus with the Cape Cod Museum of Art and Summer Stock Restaurant.
The 2011 lineup for the historic Cape Playhouse has several exciting productions including Footloose, Crazy for You and Unnecessary Farce. Currently playing is The Graduate, the classic 60’s movie which comes vividly to life on the playhouse stage through July 23rd. Adapted from the hit 1967 movie, the play is about a recent college graduate who is trying to find his way in the world. His joyless affair with the older, married Mrs. Robinson complicates his budding relationship with her daughter Elaine. Performances are running Monday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. with matinees on Wednesday and 2nd Thursday at 2:00 p.m. and the 1st Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Tickets prices for The Graduate are Premium Orchestra for $69.25, Regular Orchestra for $49.25, or Balcony seats for $29.25. Go to www.capeplayhouse.com to purchase tickets or call 877-385-3911 for more information on tickets.
Starting July 25th, Footloose the musical comes to the playhouse stage. It’s one of the most explosive and popular contemporary tales of a strict small town turned upside down when a kid from the big city moves in and falls in love with the preacher’s daughter. For tickets to this production, again go to www.capeplayhouse.com for more details.
And what’s better than a night out to dinner during the summer months on Cape Cod followed by a great night of quality theatre. For some suggestions, just a short distance from the Cape Playhouse is Chapin’s for leisurely dinning, with specialties that include Lobster Quesadilla, Cobb Salad, Lobster Pie, Open Flame Steaks, Italian Specialties, Native Seafood and Prime Rib. For something a little more upscale, try Blue Moon Bistro where they use fresh ingredients whenever possible from local purveyors – even from the Chef’s garden near the main rear entrance. And if you are planning a weekend, check into the Historic Inns of Cape Cod for a truly memorable stay.
Why not ‘break a leg’ this summer and make a visit to the Cape Playhouse.