Quality Community Theatre Entertainment
Skippack’s local theatre, Playcrafters, is full of history as it is one of the oldest continuing operating groups in Montgomery County community theatre! The organization strives to provide quality community theatre entertainment for all families. The theatre is located at 2011 Store Road in Skippack Village. Playcrafters Incorporated owns the property and Sherry Yerger is the current president. Members are 100% volunteer and the organization is not for profit. Playcrafters takes pride in partnering with other businesses in Skippack to create a positive synergy within the village. Recently, they collaborated with Skippack Sweet Spot to create the candy a character was depicted making in a recent production. After the show, the same candy was for sale in the lobby. Playcrafters also supports other organizations and businesses with donations, mainly in the form of free tickets. Any member of the Skippack Business Owners Association is given 2 tickets to any opening night of their choice. Playcrafters also offers the Bill Moyer Theatre Arts Award Scholarship. The scholarship is a $500 presentation to a high school senior from the area. Submissions require an essay describing how the student was involved with theatre, how it helped them grow as a person, and how the experience will benefit in whatever career they choose. Typically, there are 1 or 2 winners but this year there are 3!
The history of Playcrafters as an organization is truly a captivating story. The organization presented their first play in 1949, and for the next 8 years audiences watched the group perform in rented venues across the Lansdale area. In 1955, Playcrafters struggled to book auditoriums which resulted in a lack of income. The group needed to find their own theater, ideally in a smaller, more affordable community. Things quickly fell into place when the then current President’s father-in-law bought a 40 square foot barn at an estate auction with intentions of protecting the value of his own store located next door. Playcrafters bought the barn for $10,000 with a $500 down payment and 10-year mortgage. The group had one year to convert the barn into a theater. Volunteered hours and several donations turned their dream into a reality. Within a year of purchasing the barn they had converted it into a fully functioning theater and were ready for show time! Today, the barn features some well-deserved updates. An addition was added in the early 2000’s to create cast dressing rooms, facilities, extra storage, and redesign the stage. Otherwise, there have been no major changes to the barn since it was purchased. the stage is located on the second level and the theatre seats a maximum of 115 people. Lights and sounds from the orchestra come from the loft above the stage. On the first level, you will find a lobby where intermissions and receptions are held. The space downstairs was previously used to put on productions and Playcrafters is hoping to utilize the space for that reason again in the future.
Playcrafters continuously sets their goals high for successful seasons, they would love to sell out every performance. Their large season subscriber base helps them meet that goal. Season tickets are reserved seating, so you’ll know exactly where your seat is for each performance, which is not common. Playcrafters are proud to say that their membership has grown significantly over the last 3 years! Usually, audience members are not loyal to specific theatres, but a growing membership base proves that Playcrafters is giving their audience a reason to return! Opening nights are the best time to schedule your first visit to Playcrafters. After the show, complimentary refreshments including wine and cheese are served and you have the chance to interact with the actors and crew. The next production, The Gazebo, opens May 31st click here for tickets or visit their site for information on upcoming shows!