Ohio's Oldest Continuously Running Community Theatre
The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature. His mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And, when the bride's ex-boyfriend crashes the party, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle "Here Comes the Bride!" It's up to the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after in this musical comedy for anyone who ever had parents.
The Coach House Theatre is host to special events in addition to our official season of productions. The theatre is available for rent for private performances of our seasonal productions as well as independent productions.
The Coach House Theatre
Harlequins accepts donations at intermission every show for our scholarship fund. Applications are available in early spring and are open to graduating high school seniors as well as any student currently attending college.
Students can apply for the 2020 Harlequins Scholarship by filling out and submitting the form below. The deadline in March 1, 2020.
Good Luck to all applicants!
Click the Icon below to download the 2020 Harlequins Scholarship Application
THE HISTORY OF HARLEQUINS
In September of 1927, a local physician, Dr. Paul Squire, invited a group of Sandusky men and women interested in the advancement of culture to a meeting in McKittrick’s Tea Room on East Adams Street.
Out of that meeting came an organization that has entertained our area for more than three-quarters of a century: Harlequins Community Theatre.
In the beginning, Harlequins had no permanent
home. Performances were held in churches,
a warehouse, an attic and several local schools.
Finally, Harlequins arrived at its present home,
the coach-house of the fine old mansion at
414 Wayne Street.
The intimate, 97-seat space was first leased as
a work area in 1940 with the first production
being held there in 1958. Before that first show,
however, Harlequins members removed the
horse stalls, laid a concrete floor, erected an
addition to provide the stage area, and
converted the loft into a green room and
storage space for costumes and properties.
Today, Harlequins is the oldest continuously running community theatre in the state of Ohio. We are a non-profit, volunteer organization associated with the Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA) and the American Association of Community Theatres (AACT). We produce three to four shows each year between November and May. Most shows are performed 6 times over two weekends.
Harlequins provides a theatrical experience that demonstrates that an appreciation of the arts is still of vital importance to many individuals in Erie County and the surrounding area. We often recruit young people from local schools for our various shows as a necessary part in a particular play. Their satisfaction in achievement and understanding of commitment and responsibility is immeasurable.
The next time you see one of our shows, take the time to think about the dedication, talent and sincere desire to please our audiences that is “behind” the scenes.