The theater company left with out a property right after very last year’s closing of Apple Hill Playhouse in Delmont has found new boards to tread.

The Apple Hill Players will share space in The Theatre Manufacturing unit in Trafford, which is getting re-branded as Trafford Performing Arts Middle.

The resident players there will proceed to mount productions underneath The Theatre Manufacturing unit name, though Apple Hill will do the very same. The two teams also will combine for joint productions, children’s theater choices and lessons.

An announcement on the forthcoming season in all probability will be manufactured in May, stated Theatre Factory inventive director Matt Mlynarski of Lessen Burrell.

“We’ll do three reveals each and every and two joint shows,” he said. “We’re aiming for 3 kids’ reveals.”

A children’s summer camp for a generation of “Into the Woods Jr.” is scheduled for weekdays July 12-23.

“I assume I can securely say that we’re all heading to skip (Apple Hill Playhouse) terribly,” explained Apple Hill artistic director Tina Lepidi-Stewart of North Huntingdon. “It had these types of a great environment. But we’re wanting ahead to a great partnership and, most importantly, to building theater once more.”

Apple Hill Gamers dropped their longtime residence in July, when owner Pat Beyer introduced that she was closing the venue, citing her age, well being issues and ongoing uncertainties about how theaters would run under continuing pandemic limits.

“I’m just also outdated to be in this game anymore,” said Beyer, who was 79 at the time.

“We understood (the closing) would materialize finally, but we did not know when,” Lepidi-Stewart claimed, noting that the theater team appeared into paying for the playhouse but resolved it was not economically possible in light of renovations needed to the Civil War-era framework that at first was a barn.

The 2.8-acre playhouse property at 275 Manor Street is detailed for sale at $274,900.

Courtesy of The Theatre Manufacturing facility

A scene from a prior Theatre Factory overall performance of “The Wizard of Oz.”


Following the closure, the Apple Hill Players introduced “A Taffeta Christmas” in November at the Lamplighter Restaurant near Delmont.

“We have been a tiny heartbroken and apprehensive about the team by itself,” Mlynarski stated, but the Theatre Factory-Apple Hill collaboration appeared like a all-natural match.

“There’s a large amount of crossover among the two teams, and so significantly the partnership is going well,” he stated. “It’s difficult to continue to keep reside theater alive, so this is a phase in the appropriate route. We’re hoping to open the doorways in August.

“As extra people get vaccinated, the far more we’re hoping that things will open up,” he explained, noting that the theater seats 128. “We’re hoping for 75% potential by then.”

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Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Evaluation team author. You can call Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or by means of Twitter .