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 continue our 85th season, we are reminded “Because of you, our tradition continues…”
Clague Playhouse, Inc.
85 years of Live theater!
photos by James Ely
1371 Clague Road
Westlake, Ohio 44145
From Our 2012-2013 Season...
September 14 - October 7, 2012
written by Don Nigro
directed by Ron Newell
Drawn from facts
surrounding a real murder mystery on Cape Breton Island in 1913. By turns funny, haunting and frightening, this intricately plotted
investigation into what can truly be known about other people and their motives weaves memory, testimony and scenes of twisted confrontation
into a compelling tapestry of darkness and light.
See what the critics said about "Tainted Justice"...
AN AREA PREMIER!
A Broadway Christmas Carol
November 9 - December 9, 2012
Written by Kathy Feininger
Music by Howard Breitbart
- Marc Moritz
Music Director - Jayne Kacik
Choreographer - Monica Olejko
A delightful and unexpected mix of show tune song parodies
and Charles Dickens’ classic tale. It’s laugh-out-loud, roll-in-the-aisles funny, but it also hews close to the Dickens narrative.
Elicia J. Bryant
See what the critics are saying about "A Broadway Christmas Carol"...
Gulf View Drive
January 11 - February 3, 2013
written by Arlene Hutton
directed by Rob Gibb
This is the third play in Arlene
Hutton's Nibroc Trilogy—that began with "Last Train to Nibroc" followed by "See Rock City". In the first two plays, a young pair of
Kentuckians named May and Raleigh meet, fall in love, marry and try to reconcile marital expectations and their opinionated mothers-in-law.
In "Gulf View Drive", the time frame has moved from World War II to 1953, and May and Raleigh have moved to Florida, where the crush
of dreams, families and the turbulence of events just outside their door threaten their comfortable life.
Bobby Coyne as
Bernadette Hisey as Mrs. Brummett
Debbie Lenarz as May
Bette Prendergast as Mrs. Gill
Jackie Scheufler as Treva
See what the critic said about "Gulf View Drive"...
March 8 - March 30, 2013
written by John Cariani
directed by Rose Leininger
On a cold, clear, moonless night in
the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in
the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees
are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night's dream.
See what the critics said about "Almost, Maine"...