Today, the end of summer no longer means the end of our season. Though for decades we have performed A Christmas Carol every December, we have also begun producing additional indoor shows in both the fall and late winter to continued success, with all shows free to the public.
The Montford Park Players is recognized as an Asheville institution. We are currently the longest-running Shakespeare Festival in North Carolina and one of the very few in the country that does so for free. For forty-five years, the Montford Park Players have thrived, even while similar Shakespeare festivals have closed locally and nationwide. What makes us unique?
- The Montford Park Players’ mission of making theatre available and affordable for all sets us apart from any other theatre program.
- Built into the natural curve of a hill and nestled in the heart of the historic Asheville Montford neighborhood, the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater provides an idyllic setting to present Shakespeare and other classics.
- In addition, with five (or even six) outdoor shows over twenty weeks, then nine weeks indoor, the length of our season is unmatched by any other theatre company.
- As part of our community outreach, we sponsor the Montford Moppets, our Youth Theatre division, which rehearses and performs a classical play during our summer season.
No other outdoor drama company in the country has the combination of history, length of season, urban park setting, and dedicated group of volunteers and supporters that the Montford Park Players does.
The next few years promise to be very exciting, as we begin our most ambitious expansion of the amphitheatre since its construction. As part of the larger capital campaign, renovations are set to begin to modernize patron seating with illuminated walkways, better access for the disabled, and a dedicated building for concessions and information. Over the years ahead, we also plan to employ professional production and front of house staff, adding 14 new positions in order to serve our growing audiences.
Over the next three to five years, we aim to raise $2.2 million for this project.
But first and foremost, our ambition is to make Shakespeare and outdoor theatre truly accessible to all. Which means our first goal is to fund the improvement of our lower parking lot and the installation of six handicap parking spots, as well the. building of as a safe path for wheelchairs and a bricked terrace for viewing the performances.
The city will take 10 or more years to put in the appropriate parking spaces if it’s left to them. We are not prepared to wait that long.
Which is why this initiative is at the top of our list.
And YOU can help us achieve all this by sponsoring one of the engraved bricks making up the new terrace. You can learn more by clicking here …
As we grow, we are committed to continuing our legacy of FREE outdoor theatre, and to tripling our present economic impact in Asheville to over $1.55 million dollars per year, ultimately providing living wages to theatre professionals, and all while maintaining the best aspects of FREE community theatre.
With continued support of our community, the future of the Montford Park Players looks very bright!
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We have very big, very exciting plans in the works for taking the Montford Park Players to ever greater heights. And we’d love to have you be part of it all.