The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

By L. Frank Baum

Dramatized by Pat Cook

Have you ever wondered just where Santa Claus came from? L. Frank Baum knew. The same man who created The Wonderful Wizard of Oz lets us in on his secret: the story of Saint Nicholas as told to him by Necile, the nymph who found Claus and raised him as her own in the world of Knooks, Faeries, Ryls and, yes, even the dreaded Awgwas. “Beware the Awgwas,” Necile warns Claus, “they hide under beds to frighten human children!” And so Claus decides he must leave the world of the Immortals and live among the humans, making toys to make children happy. He gets help from Jack Frost, who shows him the Frost Gale, allowing Claus and his sleigh to fly, and from two runaway Knooks, Lem and Barlo, who want to hear children laugh. This delightful tale answers once and for all how Santa Claus made the first toy, why he climbs down chimneys and, most of all, how he learned to laugh that great “Ho, ho, ho.”

Show Dates: December 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:00 pm

December 18 at 2:30 pm

Audition Dates: October 4 & 5 at 6:00 pm

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Wrong Window!

Wrong Window!

By Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore

Off-and-on New York couple Marnie and Jeff enter an even more complicated phase of their relationship when they think they spy their cross-courtyard neighbor do away with his wife. After they draw their torn curtain, the lady vanishes, and suspicion places murder beyond a shadow of a doubt. The bumbling witnesses sneak into their neighbor’s apartment – 39 steps away – and the fun begins. Among multiple door-slammings, body-snatchings, and a frantic flashlight chase scene, two questions remain: Who killed Lila Larswald? And…if she’s not dead…then who is?

Show Dates: October 21, 22, 28, 29 at 8:00 pm

October 30 at 2:30 pm

Audition Dates: August 23 & 24 at 7:00 pm

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The Playhouse Script Reading Committee is accepting script submissions for consideration for future 2nd Stage productions at the Playhouse. If you are interested in directing a 2nd Stage Production submit a script using the link to below. Deadline to submit for the 2023-2024 season is November 1st.

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Exit Laughing - A Playhouse 2nd Stage Production

By Paul Elliot

When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 has been your weekly bridge night out with the “girls,” what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you’re Connie, Leona and Millie, three southern ladies from Birmingham, you do the most daring thing you’ve ever done. You “borrow” the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game, and the wildest, most exciting night of your lives involves a police raid, a stripper and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you’re truly living.

Show Dates: November 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8:00 pm

Audition Dates: September 20 & 21 at 7:00 pm

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New Season Announced

New Season Announced

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“Everything is amazing! From the audition process to the final production- my daughter has highly enjoyed being part of the jr. shows at the Mansfield Playhouse. As an audience member I love coming to this theatre. It’s beautiful and intimate – seating is great sound and lights are always great and the local talent is incredible! Love this community theatre!”

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“Lately I’ve been looking for a reason to laugh, and the cast of this hilarious play delivered. 
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