History of Clague Playhouse
The Clague Playhouse had its origin in a small community theater group begun by the Bay Village Women's Club in 1928. The group was known as the Bay Village Players, and performed in any place they could - barns, church basements, school gyms or auditoriums, or any other space they could find.
In the summer of 1967, it was learned that the former Clague home in Westlake’s Clague Park might be made available for rent, along with the nearby barn. The Bay Village Players and the newly formed Westlake Historical Society met with Mayor Roman and a compromise lease arrangement was made. Under the terms of the two leases, the Players, having been re-named the Clague Playhouse, and the Westlake Historical Society would have joint use of the Clague House. On November 30, 1967, the Playhouse performed Sunday in New York to a packed “barn” of dignitaries, inaugurating the new 85-seat intimate theater.
After many successful seasons, of five plays each season, the Playhouse suffered a serious setback in 1986. Water damage caused the barn to be closed for major renovations. After playing in local schools, churches, etc. for five years, the sweat and hard work to renovate and restore the theater was accomplished for the opening of the 64th season on October 4, 1991 with the Cleveland-area premiere of a new musical, Closer Than Ever.
On May 18, 1996, Mayor Clough, the Board of Directors, and members of Clague Playhouse gathered for the ground breaking ceremony for the 20’ by 70’ addition. The addition, dedicated on October 20, 1996 now houses our props, costumes, scene shop and a multi-purpose/dressing room.
Recent renovations include a custom designed Box Office and lobby area due to generous donations from Vera Mang’s family, Patricia McRoberts and George & Joanne Theis.
Throughout its history, Clague Playhouse has been truly a community theater. We are a non-profit organization served by countless hours of volunteer help. The membership of the Playhouse is made up of individuals from all walks of life. This varied membership elects a Board of Directors, who see to the overall operations of the theater. As we begin our 87th season, we are reminded “Because of you, our tradition continues…”
Clague Playhouse, Inc.
1371 Clague Road
Westlake, Ohio 44145
From Our 2014-2015 Season...
An Inspector Calls
by J.B. Priestley
Director - Ron Newell
Sept. 12 - Oct. 5, 2014
A police inspector questions the members of
a respectable English family about the suicide of a young acquaintance. It soon becomes apparent that each of them is implicated at
some level in the girl’s death. Set in one evening in 1912, this engaging drama is a psychological study of the strange twists of
behavior that can surface when people’s consciences are affected.
87 years of Live theater!
The Cast of An Inspector Calls: Rebecca Knab as Mrs. Birling, Monica Zach as Sheila, Richard Lynch as Edward, Dale Hruska as
Inspector, Eric Lucas as Gerald, Lou Will as Mr. Birling and Bryan Heard as Eric
Photos by C. Julia Photography