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.
As we kick off our 13th season at the Opera House, we want to thank you again for your support. Thanks to your donations and attendance at our shows, we are in good financial shape. We can look forward to providing many more years of quality musical theater in Broad Brook.
We have a great season planned starting with She Loves Me. Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance.
Then in November, Man of La Mancha. This is a remarkable show and one of the great theatre successes of our time. It is a play-within-a-play, based on Cervantes’ “Don Quixote.”
In February we have Avenue Q. Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere.
Finally in May, Into the Woods. One of Sondheim's most popular works, Into The Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy.
In between you can enjoy a Comedy Night, The Beatles with Number 9, and the popular psychic medium Angelina Diana and more.
Better take your seat – I mean buy a commemorative gold plaque to be placed on a seat in the theater to honor friends and family. They are going fast and we have a limited supply of seats. The money raised ($100 per plaque) will be put to good use, refurbishing the seats in the theater and refinishing our floor among other worthwhile projects. Download the application
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.