The Summit Playhouse is a theater in Summit, New Jersey and home to one of the oldest continuously operating amateur community theaters in the United States producing a new show each calendar season. In 2011, it presented Meet Me in St. Louis, Closer Than Ever, and Speed the Plow.
Original 1891 building
|Location||10 New England Avenue|
Summit, New Jersey
|Architect||Arthur Bates Jennings|
|NRHP reference #||09001177|
|Added to NRHP||December 30, 2009|
|Designated NJRHP||September 29, 2009|
The original stone Romanesque building designed by Arthur Bates Jennings was constructed in 1891 as the town's first library. A municipally-operated Summit Public Library was established in 1900, and in 1910 the library was moved to another building, leaving the Romanesque building under-utilized but still belonging to the library. In 1918, The Playhouse Association was founded as a World War I relief organization, and the theatrical group rented the empty older library from the Summit Library Association for one dollar a year for the next fifty years on condition that the group maintain the facility. In 1960, a 120-seat auditorium was added and the original 1891 structure was converted into a stage. The Summit Library Association officially deeded the building to the theater in 1968.
- Norman Lee Swartout (1918)
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
- "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Union County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. April 1, 2010. p. 19. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 24, 2012.
- John De Bellis (January 19, 2011). "A Challenging Work in Progress at Summit Playhouse". Summit Patch. Retrieved 2011-09-12.
... the historic community theater–one of the oldest amateur companies in the nation–...
- "Summit Playhouse". Summit Playhouse Association. Retrieved 2011-09-12.
- "SUMMIT PLAYHOUSE PROUDLY PRESENTS 94TH SEASON". The Alternative Press. September 9, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-12.
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS is running at the Summit Playhouse November...
- Liz Keill (April 28, 2011). "'Closer Than Ever' at Summit Playhouse; a light-hearted musical romp across the life span". Independent Press. Retrieved 2011-09-12.
Director Susan Speidel brings the music to life in a spirited production at The Summit Playhouse.
- Patricia E. Meola. Summit: Wish You Were Here.
The first director was Norman Lee Swartout, the first stage manager was Jack Manley Rose, and the first costume manager was Marjorie Cranstoun Jefferson ...