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…”
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photos by James Ely
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From Our 2013-2014 Season...
written by Sam Bobrick
directed by Skip Corris
September 13 - October 6, 2013
The Psychic follows the chaotic
life of Adam Webster, a down-on-his-luck writer, who has put a sign in his apartment window, in desperation to make the rent: “Psychic
Readings $25.” The sign soon draws the interest of the lovely and conflicted Laura, her shady husband, Roy, Roy’s mistress,
Rita, a gangster named Johnny Bubbles, and ace Detective Norris Coslow. In the surprising twists that follow, The Psychic entangles
Adam in a hilarious murder mystery that you won’t want to miss!
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written by Kathy Feininger
directed by Marc Moritz
music direction by Ryan Bergeron
by Lora Workman
November 8 - December 8, 2013
A Broadway Christmas Carol returns to delight audiences again this year.
The script follows Charles Dickens’ classic tale and includes an unexpected mix of Broadway show tune parodies. It’s laugh-out-loud,
roll-in-the-aisles funny. Creator Kathy Feininger only gets serious when talking about Dickens. “We’re very reverent towards
Charles Dickens,” she once noted. Reverent, however, does not mean dull.
Read a review about "A Broadway Christmas Carol"...
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written by Michael Hollinger
directed by Anne McEvoy
January 10 - February 2, 2014
Franklin Woolsey dies mid-sentence, but his secretary Myra continues to take dictation. Attacked by skeptics, the press and Woolsey’s
jealous widow, Myra sets out to prove she is more than just an artful forger. Is she trying to steal Woolsey’s legacy now that she
cannot have his love, or might she truly possess a gift the world can’t understand?
Laura Starnik, Lou Will and Meg Parish
Lost in Yonkers
written by Neil Simon
directed by Tyson Douglas Rand
March 7 - 30, 2014
America’s great comic playwright, set the first
of his autobiographical plays in 1942. Bella is 35 years old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern
Grandma Kurnitz. Then ne’r-do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to
the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with a small-time hoodlum,
Uncle Louie, in a strange new world called Yonkers.
Cast & Crew:
front: Mary Kahelin-Lights/Sound, Marylee Gotch, Jenny Snyder and Jeff Lockshine-Light Designer back:
Jeremy Jenkins, Richie Lynch-Stage Manager/Assistant to Director, Dennis Runkle, Skip Corris-Director, Ellyn Kilpatrick-Prop Manager,
Neil Donnelly and Tim Walsh
"Lost in Yonkers" reviews...
Sean Cahill, Derrick Winger & Bernadette Hisey
front - Elliot Lockshine as Arty, Meg Parish as Grandma Kurnitz and Elaine Feagler as Aunt Bella back- Jake Ingrassia as Jay,
Jeff Lockshine as Eddie, Lisa Margevicius as Aunt Gert and Chris Bizub as Uncle Louie
The Fox on the Fairway cast: (left to right): Donna Case as Pamela, Margy Haas as Muriel, Debbie Lenarz as Louise, Lance Switzer
as Dickie, Lou Will as Bingham and Jeremy Jenkins as Justin
written by Ken Ludwig
directed by Ron Newell
The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp that pulls the
rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top
romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about
love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with...golf.
"The Fox on the Fairway" reviews...
87 years of Live theater!