Celebrating a century at the Ivoryton Playhouse

Celebrating a century at the Ivoryton Playhouse

The Ivoryton Playhouse has had a long, starry history.

The building was actually created as a recreation hall for the workers of the Comstock-Cheney factory in 1911, and then Milton Stiefel turned it into a summer theater in 1930. He brought in many a luminary to act on the Ivoryton stage - Helen Hayes, Betty Grable, Marlon Brando, Groucho Marx, and Paul Robeson.

And did we mention Katharine Hepburn gave her first stage performance there?

The breakdown on the drama during the theater's existence includes, according to playhouse info: 764 love stories, 2,436 stage kisses, and 522 villains. (Not sure about the overlap between categories there; you'd have to think at least a few of those villains nabbed a kiss.)

In celebration of the site's 100th years, the Ivoryton Playhouse will hold a birthday gala on Saturday featuring a performance of scenes from shows that starred some of those aforementioned famous faces.

While the gala is Saturday, all of Ivoryton gets into the act on Sunday, with such festivities as live music on the green; horse and buggy rides; and free family theater in the playhouse. The Ivoryton Tavern promises to morph into a 1950s soda fountain for Sunday. Kids can make masks at Six Summit Gallery, and people can hear storytellers at the Ivoryton Library. At Aggie's Restaurant, it's cupcake decorating and a tag sale.

After all this time, the Ivoryton Playhouse is still rolling along, staging seasons of shows under the guidance of executive and artistic director Jacqueline Hubbard.

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