summer theater

Princeton Summer Theater

Princeton Summer Theater was founded in 1968 by a group of Princeton University undergraduates under the name 'Summer Intime' as a high grade summer stock theater company.

In the 1930s, members of student-run Theater Intime , initiated summer theater at Princeton. From the 1930s until the 50s students called the summer company the University Players. The University Players operated from Hamilton Murray Theater for years. In 1968, the group became semi-independent from the University under the name "Summer Intime",and in the late 70s it was renamed Princeton Summer Theater.

Every summer a new company of Princeton students forms to present a season of four main stage shows and two children's shows.
Dedicated to training future leaders of the theater world, Princeton Summer Theater offers students and young professionals experience working in every area of theatre production, from performance, to design, to marketing, to theater management. In recent years the company has also included members from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Rutgers University and Rider University. Notable alumni include John Lithgow, Bebe Neuwrith, William Hootkins, Geoff Rich, Mark Nelson and Winnie Holzman.

Hamilton Murray Theater was dubbed a "jewel box of a theater" by Stuart Duncan of the Princeton Packet.

Current Season

The 2008 Season is the 40th anniversary of Princeton Summer Theater in its current form. It is the 36th season and the 8th consecutive season. It runs from June 12th to August 10th, 2008. The 2008 Season consists of

Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard
Bus Stop, by William Inge
An Inspector Calls, by J. B. Priestley
Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward

The season also includestwo children's plays, The Princess and the Porcupine and Snow White and includes several children's workshops.

Past seasons

Bell, Book and Candle
Buloxi Blues
10 Little Indians

Wait until Dark
Little Shop of Horrors

The Voice of the Turtle
Dial M for Murder
Picasso at the Lapin Agile

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Scenes from American Life
Private Lives

The Importance of Being Earnest
You’re a good man Charlie Brown
Rosencratz and Guilderstein are dead
The Star Spangled girl

Direct from Moscow
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Fantasticks
How I learned to Drive

Barefoot in the Park
Much Ado about Nothing
Joseph and the Technicoloured Dreamcoat
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

During 1999 and 2001 extensive renovations carried out to the theater leaving it 'dark.'

She Loves Me
The Taming of the Shrew
The Sea Gull

Arsenic and Old Lace
The Merchant of Venice
Our Town

The Fantastiks
The Crucible
Romeo and Juliet
Lend me a Tenor

The Glass Menagerie
Real Inspector Hound
Much Ado about Nothing
Wait Until Dark

External links

Princeton Summer Theater


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