BROOKE HILLS PLAYHOUSE: A COLLECTIVE MEMOIR, PARTS 3 & 4

Brooke Hills Playhouse GETTING ORGANIZED So, how did the Playhouse incorporators (perhaps more accurately “dreamers”), Bill Harper, John Hennen, and Shari Murphy, go about starting a theatre production company AND turning a barn into a theatre simultaneously?  We started making lists! The first important decision was deciding what plays to do, which play would run… Continue reading BROOKE HILLS PLAYHOUSE: A COLLECTIVE MEMOIR, PARTS 3 & 4

BROOKE HILLS PLAYHOUSE: A COLLECTIVE MEMOIR, PART 2-A

A BREAK IN THE ACTION I’m taking a break from the Memoir posts relating to the history of the Playhouse today in order to write a little bit about the wonderful celebration for the Brooke Hills Playhouse’s 50th Season on Friday, July 9, and Saturday, July 10, 2021. On Friday evening, an appreciative audience of… Continue reading BROOKE HILLS PLAYHOUSE: A COLLECTIVE MEMOIR, PART 2-A

BROOKE HILLS PLAYHOUSE: A COLLECTIVE MEMOIR, PART 1

Brooke Hills Playhouse A LITTLE ANCIENT HISTORY, OUR FOREBEARS The story of Brooke Hills Playhouse begins long before that first opening night on July 5, 1972. Albert (Al) Martin was a wonderful English and drama teacher at Kirk Junior High School in Cleveland, Ohio for years. Eventually, he became a traveling elementary drama teacher, and… Continue reading BROOKE HILLS PLAYHOUSE: A COLLECTIVE MEMOIR, PART 1

BROOKE HILLS PLAYHOUSE: A COLLECTIVE MEMOIR, PROLOGUE

Brooke Hills Playhouse It’s 2021, and the Brooke Hills Playhouse is celebrating the opening of its 50th season. As one of the initial investors, it seemed appropriate for me  to look back over the decades of plays and musicals produced on the Playhouse stage. This then is the story of how a pre-Civil War apple… Continue reading BROOKE HILLS PLAYHOUSE: A COLLECTIVE MEMOIR, PROLOGUE