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 outdoor shows over twenty weeks, and 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 a three-year period,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 years, we aim to raise $2.2 million for this project.
As we grow, we are committed to continuing our legacy of FREE outdoor theatre, and to tripling our present economic impact to over $1.55 million dollars per year, providing living wages to theatre professionals, while maintaining the best aspects of community theatre. With continued support of our community, the future of the Montford Park Players looks very bright!