A handful of excellent performing arts theaters. A can’t-miss summer destination. An art-centric culture. This is what Door County’s thriving theater community is all about. Come and experience a captivating performance for yourself at the Peninsula Player’s Theater. This ‘Theater in a Garden’ is America’s oldest resident summer theater. Read on to find out which five plays the historic theater is putting on this season. Then, request our free Door County Vacation Guide for more Door County entertainment recommendations.
History of the Peninsula Players Theater
The Door County tradition of seeing a show at the Peninsula Players Theater has been going strong for decades. The theater’s first show, “Hay Fever,” opened in 1935 behind Fish Creek’s Bonnie Brook Cottage Motel. The Fisher family produced the show, and they continued to develop the up-and-coming theater for years.
As the theater gained recognition, they became too big for their current venue. The Peninsula Players Theater moved into their stunning lakeside location at Wildwood Boys Camp in 1937. In the midst of an enchanting cedar forest, the theater found its home.
The theater has been presenting Broadway quality comedies, dramas, and musicals for 84 seasons. Every year, visitors have come back to enjoy their favorite shows under the stars. Now, you’re invited to experience the theater’s professional stage productions and make summertime memories that will last a lifetime.
Peninsula Players 2019 Season
What sounds better than enjoying a play underneath a glittering night sky? A show at the Peninsula Players Theater is the ultimate vacation activity. Here’s what is on the playbill for this season!
“A Trick of the Light” (June 18 – July 7)
This world premiere comedy by Peter Moore focuses on Eddie, a 40-year-old man who suddenly discovers he can become invisible.
“A Murder Is Announced” (July 10 – July 28)
Are you a fan of Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries? This gripping adaptation by Leslie Darbon will have you on the edge of your seat! Can you figure out whodunnit?
“Ghost the Musical” (July 31 – August 18)
Based on Bruce Joel Rubin’s film, “Ghost” is a romantic musical-thriller. After an untimely death, Sam learns that his lover, Molly is in grave danger. Suspense, romance, and fantasy ensue.
“Silent Sky” (August 21 – September 1)
Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky” is a heartwarming story about a female scientist, Henrietta Swan Leavitt. This play is perfect for fans of Hidden Figures.
“George Washington’s Teeth” (September 4 – October 20)
This eccentric comedy is a Midwest première by Mark St. Germain. It features fake teeth, fabricated history, and plenty of authentic laughs.
Tickets & Showtimes
Showtimes for most plays are 8 p.m Tuesday – Saturday and 7:30 p.m. on Sundays. On the final Sunday of each show, the show is at 4 p.m. The only exception is “George Washington’s Teeth.” Showtimes are 7 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday except for October 20th at 3 p.m. Fall matinee shows are also scheduled.
Tickets go on sale March 1st, so don’t forget to reserve your seats from the Peninsula Players Box Office!
Experience the Arts in Door County
If you’re a lover of the arts, you’re in luck! The Peninsula Players Theater is one of many great options for entertainment in Door County. Catch another show at the Third Avenue Playhouse or the Northern Sky Theater, or opt to spend a day strolling through the area’s gorgeous art galleries.
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