|Abbr.||Title||Start of activity||End of activity|
|[Bent]||Bent||Jan 15, 2017||May 14, 2017|
|[CoaHTR]||Cat on a Hot Tin Roof||Dec 11, 2016||Mar 19, 2017|
The main building for the theater was originally a gymnasium for The Curtis School for Boys. First established in 1875 in Bethlehem, Connecticut by Frederick S. Curtis, the school was moved to Long Meadow Hill in 1883 and then to the present site that was the former Goodsell Estate in 1886. In 1906 the price for one school year was six hundred dollars. This included “tuition, board, a seat in church, lighting and worming, the care and mending of clothing, and the use of school books.” In the 1920s, girls were allowed to enroll as day students.
This is the second gymnasium for the Curtis School. The first was destroyed by fire in 1906. The present stone building was built in 1907. The Curtis School closed its doors in 1943. The gymnasium remained empty until it was purchased by the Brookfield Country Players in 1959.
The Brookfield Players was a small publishing in the town of Brookfield. It seemed to be active between 1932 and 1934 publishing the works of Virgil Geddes about the history and politics of theater along with some original scripts. Little is known of this early usage of the name "Brookfield Players" although copies of published books still exist.
The Country Players of Brookfield was founded in 1957 by Tillie Ciccala and Susan French. Plays were initially performed in church halls and school auditoriums. After a school complained about an actress appearing on stage in a slip, it became clear that this band of players needed a home of its own. After refurbishing the Curtis school gym, the Brookfield Playhouse became the permanent home of the Country Players of Brookfield.
Each president improved the physical space, developing a changing room for actors, a costume room for dry storage of costumes and props, and a backstage area for actors to prepare. The organization eventually grew to include a wide range of cultural offerings and, in 2003, changed its name to "The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts" (TBTA) to reflect this commitment to be a center for creativity for the greater Brookfield region. At the same time, plans began for the building of a lobby annex to offer a gathering place for social events and concerts, and gallery space for art exhibits. The new lobby was dedicated in 2005.
2017 will mark our 60th anniversary as an all-volunteer, non-profit organization providing quality live performances, cultural events, and educational workshops to the community. We hope you will join us at an upcoming event!
Our regular season consists of five shows chosen to provide a meaningful and entertaining experience that will appeal to a wide ranging audience. Additional workshops and special events are added throughout the year including our annual Paddys Celebration to thank our sponsors and volunteers.
In 2017, Brookfield Theatre will host a new musical competition, "Christmas In July", a battle of holiday musicals. The event is curated by Carol deGiere, author of "The Godspell Experience" and "Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked". Please contact BrookfieldTheatreCT@gmail.com for more information.
We are looking for volunteers. Log in to your ePlays account (or create a free account) and return here to apply.
|President||chief executive officer|
|Vice President||Assistant to the President|
|Treasurer||bookkeeping, bill paying, monthly report|
|Secretary||recording and corresponding|
|Artistic Director||Artistic advisor and manager of artistic functions of the theater|
|Board Member||1 meeting per month, co-produce 1 show each season, fundraising|