Lemon Bay Playhouse

Don't Miss the Drama!

We strive to improve diversity and enrich the greater Englewood community through live theater, volunteerism, education in the performing arts, and to provide a venue for other cultural activities.

Lemon Bay Playhouse, The Englewood Community Theatre, Inc., was formed by a few local amateur actors and incorporated in April 1987. The group took over a rented store-front space in July of that year and acquired a non-profit 501 (C) 3 organization status.

In August a two-performance talent night was held to raise funds needed to convert the space to a theatre. The first full production, “Play On”, opened September 24, 1987.

Mystery, Comedy, Drama and more...

The first few years were a struggle to find directors, actors, sets and props, even audiences, to support the productions. Traditional opening night galas were started in December 1989 and this got each future production off to a good start. Beginning with the fall, 1991 season, arrangements for group sales and whole theatre rental were made and for the first time season ticket holders were given the opportunity to reserve their seats. Since then all seats are reserved. In the 1991 season there were 23 season tickets sold. Now there are almost 900.

Lemon Bay Playhouse has matured to a successful community theatre because of the supportive community and the tireless volunteers.

In the last few years, community awareness and appreciation for Lemon Bay Playhouse has increased markedly. The demand for our performances has increased to the point where our plays presented in season, even with additional performances, sell out, often by opening night. Consequently, many people are turned away at the box office because of lack of seating capacity. The Showcase performers that are scheduled on the weekends between our plays bring Lemon Bay Playhouse to the attention of many more people, adding further demand for our tickets.

Lemon Bay Playhouse has once again reached a point where a solution is needed to compensate for the increased demand. That is our current challenge.