Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Priscilla Beach Theatre Restoration, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT), now in its 79th year, is the oldest barn theatre still in operation in the United States. The ongoing restoration work by owners and guardians Bob and Sandy Malone is nearing completion and the venue will soon welcome "Fiddler on the Roof," and "Chicago" this summer to this hallowed space. (You can call 508-224-4888 or go online to get your tickets/reservations. Here's their website -

This update is the latest edition of a multi-part series which I began in May 2014 to chronicle this extraordinary project to restore a precious part of our American theatrical heritage. If you choose, you can read my other blog posts about the construction progress and stage performances by typing "Priscilla Beach" in the search box in the right side column of this blog.

In this update, the new grass is all in, the permanent railings have been installed in the granite entrance steps, the venue sign has been mounted, and the countdown continues to opening night on July 10. (And yes, that is Sandy Malone, co-owner and guardian of Priscilla Beach Theatre, waving, while conferring with Joshua Patino, the recently selected full-time Production Manager for PBT. (He is also an alumnus of PBT, most recently performing in last summer's "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

You know that project completion is very near when the official name sign is hung on the wall to welcome patrons to the magic of this live theatre.

The northeast side view on a cloudy day.

The southwest side view on a cloudy day.

Early evening, the photographer's "blue hour," is pretty special at PBT, also!

A point-and-shoot camera doesn't do too well in the dark but, you get the idea.

And of course, PBT always looks great on a sunny day.

Even a sunny day in winter, too!

Friday night, 7:30 pm, July 10 - that's the date and time when the magic returns live to the restored "PBT Barn Stage." The boards will again echo with the footfalls of actors and actresses, the sounds of voices raised in song and speech, and the rousing and heartfelt applause from an appreciative audience as Priscilla Beach Theatre welcomes, "Fiddler on the Roof," to this great venue - the oldest barn theatre in America, still going strong since 1937.

Come out and support local live theatre in our community.

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