202 E. Long Ave

New Castle, PA 16101

Mon - Fri: 9:00 - 3:00

NCP Office

(724) 654-3437

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History of The New Castle Playhouse

History

In 1958 New Castle Playhouse (NCP) was incorporated as a non-profit organization and since then has been enriching the lives of our locality through live theatrical performances. The New Castle Playhouse exists to foster community, pride, civic renewal, and cultural enlightenment through quality theater arts experiences, produced by the community, for the community.

During the early years, The New Castle Playhouse used a myriad of venues to present its productions. A decision was made in 1987 to purchase the Old State Movie Theater building and provide a permanent home for the theater group. Since that time NCP has expanded and improved its programming, production schedule, physical facilities, and has become the symbol of revitalization in a changing south-side neighborhood.


The New Castle Playhouse has improved its creative programming for children and youth through a variety of programs. The Youth programs now include a full-scale Children’s Theater production, the Rising Star Summer Workshop, Stars of Tomorrow, and the NCP Mini-Stars who are now seen as the young, talent ambassadors of NCP who perform throughout the community.

NCP renovated an on-site garage into a smaller more intimate (100 seat) Annex theater. With it’s cabaret seating, it is a perfect setting for small musicals and plays. Major improvements have been made to the old theater. In 1999 new seating was installed in the theater and in 2003 an atrium was added to the building, adding more lobby space. Most recently, air-conditioning upgrades and improvements to the west exterior wall have been completed, thanks to the support of the Hoyt Foundation.

Past Seasons

2023

Arsenic and Old Lace; Disney Descendants; Children of Eden; The Mad Tea Party; Disney Newsies; The Crucible; White Christmas

2022

Move Over Mrs. Markham; The Sunshine Boys; Disney Frozen, Jr.;

They’re Playing Our Song; The Princess Who Had No Name;

The Rocky Horror Show; Seussical, the Musical

2021

Fools; Elf, the Musical

2020

Move Over Mrs. Markham; Frozen, Jr.; A View from the Bridge;

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Cinderella: A

Dream Come True; The Dining Room; Elf, the Musical

2019

Crowns; Play On!; Aladdin, Jr.; How to Succeed; Our Town; The Snow Queen; Barefoot in the Park; Mamma Mia!

2018

Moon Over Buffalo; Company; The Lion King, Jr.; The Odd Couple; Guys and Dolls; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; A Chorus Line; Elf, Jr.

2017

Shrek, the Musical, Jr.; King O’ the Moon; Fool for Love; South Pacific; The Cemetery Club; The Drowsy Chaperone; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Holiday Spectacular

2016

Beauty and the Beast, Jr.; God’s Favorite; The Fox on the Fairway; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Bedroom Farce; The Addams Family; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

2015

Peter Pan, Jr.; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical; Damn Yankees; Incorruptible; The Wizard of Oz

2014

Other Desert Cities; Seussical, Jr.; The Music Man in Concert; Moonlight & Magnolias; State Fair; Pinocchio; The Sound of Music

2013

A Tuna Christmas; Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.; 9 to 5; Boeing Boeing; Sweet Charity; Rabbit Hole; Tick…tick…Boom!; A Christmas Carol

2012

Greater Tuna; Disney’s Mulan, Jr.; Grease; Broadway Bound; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Fifth of July; Postmortem; Cinderella

2011

Don’t Drink the Water; Alice in Wonderland, Jr.; Oklahoma!; The Rose Tattoo; Bye Bye Birdie; Biloxi Blues; Rent; The Wizard of Oz

2010

Fuddy Mears; Aladdin, Jr.; Brigadoon; The Mousetrap; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Annie

2009

Laughter on the 23rd Floor; Seussical; Lend Me a Tenor; Fiddler on the Roof; All My Sons; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Beauty and the Beast; 101 Dalmatians

2008

Brighton Beach Memoirs; Forever Plaid; Echoes of the War; South Pacific; The Glass Menagerie; The Apple Tree; Forum; Legend of Pocahontas

2007

The Sunshine Boys; The Wizard of Oz; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; The Sound of Music; Diary of Anne Frank; Man of La Mancha; Quilters; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

2006

The Octette Bridge Club; Assassins; Wind in the Willows; Have a Nice Day; Murder, Sweet Matilda; Damn Yankees; Jake’s Women; Oliver

2005

Over the River and Through the Woods; The Pajama Game; Snow White; My Way; State Fair; Last of the Red Hot Lovers; Baby; Inspecting Carol

2004

Breaking Legs; Annie Get Your Gun; Pinocchio; The Gin Game; Deathtrap; Evita; The Seven Year Itch; The Taffetas; The Wizard of Oz

2003

The Boy Friend; Star Spangled Girl; Dial M for Murder; Blood Brothers; Over the Tavern; Steel Magnolias; Fiddler on the Roof; Carousel

2002

Play On! ; Music Man; On Golden Pond; Guys and Dolls; Last Night of Ballyhoo; Scrooge; Nunsense; The Odd Couple

2001

South Pacific; Black Comedy; Death of a Salesman; Waiting in the Wings; Annie; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Come Blow Your Horn; Camelot

2000

1776; The Foreigner; Equus; Gypsy; Grease; Word Goes Round; Communicating Doors

1999

Hello Dolly; Will Rogers Follies; Chapter Two; Indiscretions; Who’s on First; Drood; The Sound of Music; They’re Playing Our Song

1998

Kiss Me, Kate; Fools; Pippin; Godspell; Forum; My Scrooge; Wait Until Dark; Moon Over Buffalo

1997

The King and I; Forever Plaid; Crazy For You; Barefoot in the Park; Three Tall Women; Mame; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Christmas Carol

1996

Cabaret; Anything Goes; Rumors; Sleuth; 1940’s Radio Hour

1995

My Fair Lady; Lost in Yonkers; Blithe Spirit; Annie Warbucks; Little Shop of Horrors

1994

Annie; Love Letters; Once Upon A Mattress; Nunsense; You Can’t Take It With You

1993

Oklahoma!; Oliver; Not Now Darling; Noises Off; Fantasticks; Taming of the Shrew

1992

Bye Bye Birdie; Nunsense; Working; Damn Yankees; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Lend Me a Tenor

1991

The Sound of Music; Snow White; Caine Mutiny; I Do! I Do!; Send Me No Flowers; You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

1990

Inherit the Wind; Cinderella; Joseph; Romance & Broadway; The Odd Couple

1989

The Wizard of Oz; Scrooge; Godspell; Arsenic & Old Lace; Love, Sex, & IRS

1988

South Pacific; Camelot; Count Dracula; N.Y., N.Y.; Impossible Years; Here’s Love

1987

West Side Story; Barefoot in the Park; The Gypsy’s Curse; Scrooge