Hancock County is home to many great hidden treasures. Over the next few months we will be highlighting a few of these little-known gems! This month we are featuring the 2016-2017 season at Fort Findlay Playhouse!
Fort Findlay Playhouse
300 W. Sandusky St., Findlay
Box Office: 567-525-3636
Monday – Wednesday, Noon – 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Arts are important to Hancock County. Between the talented youth involved in The Arts Partnership’s Youtheatre and Hancock County Children’s Choir, the performances through the School Day Performances program and at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, as well as Findlay First Edition, various ballet and dance programs, musical education opportunities, and, of course, Fort Findlay Playhouse. Fort Findlay Playhouse has a long history in Hancock County. In 1933 the Little Theatre Guild was formed but closed several years later. In 1954 the group reformed into what is today the Fort Findlay Playhouse. Shows were shown at different locations throughout the city until 1968 when Fort Findlay Playhouse moved into their new home, the former Grace United Evangelical Church. This community theatre has been up and running since, bringing between 5 – 7 different musicals and shows a year, plus Second Stage presentations. As a non-profit and relying on volunteers for every acting role, as well as musicians, costumers, lighting and sound, and every other aspect, this community theatre is truly that – a theatre for and ran by the community.
The 2016 – 2017 season was recently released and brings many great opportunities for you and your family to enjoy the arts! Kicking off the season is “Legally Blonde: the Musical”, which is based on the movie of the same name about Elle Woods, a sorority girl who, through a series of events, is admitted to and attends Harvard Law School. Other shows this season are “The Mousetrap”, “A Christmas Story: The Musical”, “Run for your Wife”, and rounding out the regular season is “Boeing Boeing”. Also peppered in throughout the year are the Second Stage presentations of “A Minister’s Wife”, “Other Desert Cities”, and “Looking”. Tickets for Fort Findlay Playhouse shows go on sale 10 days before opening night and are $15 for musicals and $12 for plays, making it a great (and affordable!) date night option! While tickets may be available the day of the show, it is strongly recommended that you purchase tickets ahead of time as many shows sell out. Tickets may be purchased one of several ways. You may visit the Box Office at the Playhouse during regular hours, you may call the Box Office and order your tickets, or you may purchase them online at tickets.fortfindlayplayhouse.org. For earlier access to tickets, consider becoming a subscriber! There are four levels to choose from, Benefactors, Angels, Patrons, or Single Patron. Prices for the different levels range from $90 – $480+ and each level include many great benefits. Shows begin promptly at 8 p.m. for evening performances and 5 p.m. for Sunday matinees with the doors opening thirty minutes before showtime. Whether you are planning on attending one show or them all, we hope you enjoy the show!
• Legally Blonde: The Musical • July 21 – 24, 28 – 31 & August 4 – 7, 2016 • General Admission Tickets go on sale July 11
• The Mousetrap • September 15 – 18, & 22 – 24, 2016 • General Admission Tickets go on sale September 6
• A Minister’s Wife (Second Stage) • October 6 – 8 & 14 – 16, 2016 • General Admission Tickets go on sale September 26
• A Christmas Story: The Musical • December 1 – 4 & 15 – 18, 2016 • General Admission Tickets go on sale November 21
• Run For Your Wife • February 9 – 12 & 16 – 18, 2017 • General Admission Tickets go on sale January 30
• Other Desert Cities (Second Stage) • March 3 – 5 & 9 – 11, 2017 • General Admission Tickets go on sale February 20
• Boeing Boeing • April 20 -23 & 27 – 29, 2017 • General Admission Tickets go on sale April 10
• Looking (Second Stage) • May 12 – 14 & 18 – 20, 2017 • General Admission Tickets go on sale May 1
Looking for more of Hancock County to enjoy? Make sure you check out our Event Calendar with everything happening in Hancock County. And, don’t miss our previous post in the Hidden Gems series about Appleseed IGA Bakery Barn, Fort Findlay Coffee & Doughnut Shoppe, the Lima Avenue Rootbeer Stand, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Kathy’s Korner, The Links Indoor Golf, The Mustard Seed Cafe, Mazza Museum & Gift Shop, Archie’s Drive-Thru, Perennial Plant Peddler Garden Tours, Swan House Tea Room, and Triple T Western Ranch.