Millbrook Case Study

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1) Millbrook opened for the 1963 summer season on July 2nd, Finished 52 years at the end of 2015. (Dark in 1998)

2) Through conversations among Dan Reinhold, Peter Gstalder (Williamsport artist), and Kelly Yeaton (PSU professor of theatre, the idea of using the abandoned barn as a summer stock theatre was born. Reinhold ran with the idea initially and organized a corp group which volunteered both time and money to get the theatre opened.

3) Always called Millbrook Playhouse.

4) Only original member of the board left is Chuck Stein, although he was not a member of the board after the first year or so. Nobody else is still alive as far as I know.

5) The most special thing about Millbrook is that is still alive and well. It is
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We annually produce 8 plays and musicals during the summer season and 3 shows for young audiences as well as 3 theatre camps for children btw 6 - 18 years of age. This past year we have expanded our season to include a Fall show and a new Youth Ensemble.

8. How many attendees can the theater handle? We have two venues at the barn, the Ryan Main Stage and the Poorman Cabaret Theatre. The Main Stage can seat 275 patrons and the Cabaret can seat 100.

9. What is it like to put on a production from beginning to end? (Who is involved from start to finish).
I alway say it takes a village (or a community) to produce a Millbrook summer season we hire a staff of close to 80 people a season. Including, Actors, Designer, Marketing, Box Office, Eduction Director, we have an Intern program we hire 10 interns a season. Most of the staff come from all over the US. Last summer we had people from Florida, Texas, New York City, as well as many local performers. We use lots of local young people in our shows, many of which have gone on to be professional actors in New York City.

10. Are the technical crew (lighting, sound, etc.) profession or volunteers?
We hire all professional Designers, the support staff are generally working on their undergrad
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But I think we are the same as many of our local theatre 's, we feel that the theatre essential to having a diverse community, it can boost local economy. 75% of our patrons go to dinner before or after a performance, shop in local stores and a stay in local hotels and B&B 's. All this is needed to have small town America thrive. But the theatre in not often as well attended as sporting events or concerts, plus cost to produce theatre keep growing. We must pay for licensing to produce shows, sets, costumes, running crew all eat up much of our budgets. We must constantly fundraise and fine ways to cover cost. We are lucky at Millbrook the community support is amazing, but we want to keep

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