The St. Martha Players, founded in 1968, is the oldest community theater group in the area that performs exclusively musical theater. The group performs a variety of shows each season, set in a unique, historic setting built in 1892.
Costumes play a big role in creating the magic that makes our shows a success.
Regrettably, one of the best costumers in this area, Opera House Players Board member Dr. Solveig Pflueger passed away in July. She was a wonderful and generous person, always giving freely of her time and talent to the Opera House and other theater groups in the Northeast. She loved theater. We loved her. She loved creating costumes with her friend Moonyean Field who will certainly carry on her legacy. She may be gone, but every time I look at a costume on stage I’ll think of her and the love that went into its creation. She truly transformed a stage full of people, sets and props into a wonderful place that made you believe you were in a different time, a different place, a different world full of magic.
At our Annual Meeting, where we propose shows for the upcoming season, Solveig and I voted for Camelot. Did she like Camelot because she wanted to do the costuming for the show or was she a romantic like me? I think both. But true to form, she got there before we did. We can tell the world she’s in a place now where:
“It's true! It's true! The crown has made it clear.
The climate must be perfect all the year.
A law was made a distant moon ago here:
July and August cannot be too hot.
And there's a legal limit to the snow here
The winter is forbidden till December
And exits March the second on the dot.
By order, summer lingers through September
I know it sounds a bit bizarre,
But in Camelot, Camelot
That's how conditions are.
The rain may never fall till after sundown.
By eight, the morning fog must disappear.
In short, there's simply not
A more congenial spot
For happily-ever-aftering than here
We love you Solveig and we’ll miss you dearly.
About The Opera House, Broad Brook, CT
The Opera House was constructed in 1892 by the Broad Brook Woolen Company. The front street level floor area was used as the sales room for the woolen company's cloth and the rear area as the shipping department. In 1920 these departments were relocated and Tyler's Ice Cream Parlor and News Stand and Sargent's Shoe Store occupied the first level. Some of the first level was also occupied by the US. Post Office until 1934.
The Ice Cream Parlor remained in existence until 1965 and closed because a lack of patronage and in 1973 the Fay Insurance Company located to that area.
The second floor of the building was kindly donated as a meeting place for many town activities. There were operettas, stage plays, graduation exercises, minstrels, military balls, dances, card parties, basketball games, town meetings, election voting, and meetings for civil defense during World War II.
In 2003, the St. Martha Players in Enfield (formed in 1968) were looking for a venue to continue presenting Broadway musicals to theater-loving audiences. Bill Stepansky met with owner Scott Fay, who felt the unoccupied second level was perfect for a theater. The name was changed to The Opera House Players.
In 2004, a church in NY was selling cushioned seats for $1.00 each.
A hard-working crew dismantled the seats and constructed our raised seating venue. We now rent the space and continue providing our audiences with top quality entertainment.