Our Production History

In 1951, a dedicated group of non-professional actors decided to meet and, just like Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, put on a show. Thus, the history of the Rochester Civic Theatre Company (The Civic) began with the first meeting to form the Theatre on July 23, 1951. The performers, known as the Log Cabin Players because of their use of the Izaak Walton League Cabin as their venue, each chipped in ten dollars of their own money to produce their first play. It was Moss Hart’s Light Up the Sky and ran for one week-end in September. It was a rousing success, netting a profit of $175, and on November 7, the Theatre was formally incorporated. Blithe Spirit opened one month later and the now officially known Rochester Civic Theatre Company began its three show season with a budget of $300. A successful capital campaign ten years later provided the community with a new 300 seat theatre in a prime downtown location.

Today The Civic has 4 stages: a proscenium theatre which holds 300 seats, a studio or black box thetare with 150-200 seats depending on configuration, a lobby and outdoor stage.

Productions By Year

For a complete listing of productions dating back to 1951 - Click here to download the PDF.


Rochester Civic Theatre - Production History