What began as the Auburn Children’s Theatre in 1958 has grown to become a multi-venue, growing operation currently known as Merry-Go-Round Playhouse Inc. — celebrating its milestone 60th Anniversary in 2018!
The Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre has grown to become the nation’s largest resident touring youth education program. This well respected program offers workshops and performances to students in grades K-12. Currently, these programs reach 125,000 students in over 70 districts and 23 counties throughout New York every year.
In 2012, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Inc. formally launched the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, propelling a standard of excellent, professional productions at its iconic Emerson Park location – the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. The Festival presents classic and contemporary works, new musicals, and arts education for a diverse audience, to spur social awareness and cultural development in the Finger Lakes region. The Festival prides itself as a growing, distinct and powerful arts organization dedicated to engaging audiences, challenging thought, developing new works and creating a workplace that is creative, rigorous and fulfilling.
Not only has the organization grown exponentially, but the breadth and depth of the artistic standards and experiences have set new standards in the region and industry. The Festival now serves as a magnet for audiences and artists to celebrate and intersect with theatre of the highest caliber while also serving as an economic engine for the city of Auburn and the entire Finger Lakes region of Central New York.
Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival – 2018 Season
Mamma Mia! June 6 – June 27
Anne of Green Gables July 5 – July 25
Holiday Inn August 1 – August 22
Murder for Two August 29 – September 15
Beehive September 21 – October 6
The PiTCH – 2018 New Works Series
Dates: (Shows TBA) July 11 – August 10
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