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Villagers Theatre

475 Demott Lane
732-873-2710

Mission Statement :
The Villagers Theatre was founded in 1960 by twenty people who dedicated their organization to bringing ongoing cultural enrichment to the Central New Jersey Area. For over forty years, the Villagers Theater has been providing quality entertainment and community service to Franklin Township. We constantly strive to provide a diversity of theater styles and encourage the participation of a broad spectrum of the population. There are numerous opportunities to participate at the Villagers, either as part of the audience, part of the productions or as part of our business operations and we hope to see you at the Villagers soon.

History:
The Villagers Theatre was founded in 1960 by twenty people who dedicated their organization to bringing ongoing cultural enrichment to the Central New Jersey Area. For over forty years, the Villagers Theater has been providing quality entertainment and community service to FranklinTownship.

The Villagers presented their first production in October of 1960 in the Van Middlesworth barn behind what is currently Oconners Restaurant.   By January 1961 the group swelled to over one hundred people as the Villagers became involved in plays, musicals, children’s theatre, puppet shows, variety shows, playwriting and art contests.  The Villagers used the Van Middlesworth’s barn until 1979 when the property was sold and the building converted to commercial use.

Rather than search for a new home, the Villagers, at that time lead by Ron Schapow, decided to build their own.  They convinced to township to lease them a piece of swampy ground in the back corner of what would eventually become the Municipal Complex.   It was on this spot that the Villagers erected NJ’s first purpose built community theater in the history of the state.

The new theater, a prefabricated metal barn, opened in 1980.  This “new barn” was the Villagers home for the next seven years, until changing fire code and access laws forced the Villagers to close their building.  Rather than give up and move, the Villagers rallied the township residents and raised over $250,000 to renovate and expand the Villagers theatre into the facility that it is today.  The renovated Villagers Barn Theatre opened its doors in September 1988.  The main theater seats 222 people and the Black Box Theater holds 100 spectators.  The building is both air-conditioned and fully accessible for the disabled.



Reviews

Marie Bodnar

Rating:
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Blown away with "Hairspray". Amazing talent, terrific band, best show I've seen all in a local theater. Just a great show that was done so well including the props. Thank you for a very very entertaining afternoon.

Patricia Farris

Rating:
Monday, June 11, 2018
I love this theater. They always have affordable top quality shows. I just saw a production of "Hairspray" and it was fantastic.

mr Boston

Rating:
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Very nice venue to see plays, shows I was a very nice place great parking and nice people .And the play Hairspray was terrific .

Gary Levin

Rating:
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Their black box performances have been uniformly great. Edgy plays, not the old chestnuts.

Richard D. Smith

Rating:
Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017
Outstanding, frequently professional-level regional amateur theater since 1960. Great productions of both dramas and musicals. Reasonable ticket prices. Plenty of free parking.

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Performance - 'Our Town' by Thornton Wilder

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Performance - 'Our Town' by Thornton Wilder

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Performance - 'Our Town' by Thornton Wilder

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Performance - 'Our Town' by Thornton Wilder

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