As summertime approaches, Door County is preparing for its biggest theater season of the year! The art-centered culture of the peninsula has fostered a thriving theater community. This means there will be plenty of productions to choose from during your visit! If you are planning a stay with us at The Ashbrooke this summer, we highly recommend getting tickets for a show at the Peninsula Players Theater. This unique and captivating company is America’s oldest running summer theater and boasts a history as fascinating as the shows they produce. Learn more about this historic Door County establishment and what productions are in the works for 2017!
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Brief History of the Peninsula Players Theater
Also known as the Theatre in a Garden, Peninsula Players began over 80 years ago behind the Bonnie Brook Cottage Motel. Its first show was “Hay Fever” and was performed by a small group of passionate actors before a limited yet friendly audience. The Fisher Family produced the up-and-coming theater by carrying out every aspect of theatrical duties. Mama Fisher designed and built costumes and prepared meals for the company while Papa Fisher served as the theater handyman. Their daughter performed onstage and upheld the company’s business end while their son directed and stage managed.
Word of mouth spread, and the newborn Peninsula Players quickly outgrew its original venue. In 1937, they relocated to the recently vacated Wildwood Boys Camp, which is where the theater still stands today. The gorgeous property boasts striking sunset views, a cedar-scented landscape, paths along Green Bay, and lovely gardens. As you explore, you’ll feel as if you have escaped reality and gotten lost in an enchanted forest.
Ever since the theater relocated, visitors have come back again and again to enjoy their favorite shows under the stars. Now you’re invited to experience the theater’s professional stage productions and make summertime memories that will last a lifetime.
Peninsula Players 2017 Season
Does watching a play performed by Door County locals underneath a glittering night sky sound like the ultimate vacation activity? Then read on to discover which shows are in the works for this season!
The Actuary (June 13th – July 2nd)
Ed Brooks considers himself to be the most boring man alive, but is he really? Recount the major events of his life revealed in reverse! The Actuary is about family, love, and a man who discovers that his life is actually extraordinary.
Peter and the Starcatcher (July 5th – 23rd)
Take a swashbuckling and hilarious adventure that serves as a prequel to the beloved Peter Pan story. This Tony-award winning play follows an apprentice star catcher and a young orphan boy as they learn to understand the bonds of friendship, duty, and love. Peter and the Starcatcher is filled with limitless possibilities of the imagination and magically comes to life before your very eyes.
The Bridges of Madison County (July 26th – August 13th)
Based on the bestselling novel, the Bridges of Madison County is the story of an Italian woman named Francesca who marries an American soldier in order to flee her war-ravaged country. As her family heads for the Indiana State Fair, she meets the ruggedly handsome photographer, Robert Kincaid. What happens next could change Francesca’s life forever.
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (August 16th – September 3rd)
Before Lord Arthur marries the beautiful Sybil Merton, he discovers that he is destined to commit a murder. Since Arthur desires a happy married life, he decides to get the murder over with. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime is a delightfully silly comedy that follows the awkward schemes and murder attempts of a desperate lord and his butler.
Almost, Maine (September 6th – October 15th)
You’re invited to Almost, Maine, a city so far north it is almost in Canada! On a cold and moonless night in this mythical town, residents find themselves falling in and out of love in completely unexpected ways. Hearts are broken, but bruises heal and hearts mend. Well…almost. You’re sure to fall in love with this midwinter night’s dream.
Buy your tickets for your favorite shows from the Peninsula Players Box Office right now!
Experience the Arts in Door County During Your Stay With The Ashbrooke
Conveniently located in the heart of Door County, The Ashbrooke is an adults-only hotel that has become a favorite for couples looking to getaway from it all. Whether you’re eager to see a show at the Peninsula Players Theater or simply relax in your private room or suite, we’ve got you covered! Guests of The Ashbrooke are also treated to unique amenities and exclusive specials you won’t find with any other local accommodation. Your dream getaway is just a few clicks away. Book your favorite room with us today and we’ll see you soon!
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