Can you imagine being an institution in the City of Houston and then undergoing an incredible makeover to become an even bigger institution? In fact, you can even say, this institution is a gift to Houston, Texas and has been for the past 60 years, but under the old name of the Country Playhouse. Now with a new name and a brand new top of the line theatre, Queensbury Theatre has officially kicked off its season, and long may she reign.
The Country Playhouse
The Country Playhouse has been a part of the Town & Country landscape for many years and a favorite for theatre goers who wanted good quality productions without going downtown. The Country Playhouse was originally founded in 1956 and had several homes throughout Houston over the years, but settled in Town & Country on Queensbury Lane in 1981. The theatre never hired a single employee for 58 years, and ran on ticket sales and love. But, with times that have changed, they also realized that they must change as well and after working out a deal with Dan Moody III, the Country Playhouse was reborn.
After much deliberation, the rebranding of The Country Playhouse to the Queensbury Theatre seemed fitting. After all, the theatre sits on Queensbury Lane, and the new theatre is fit for a Queen. The new structure, designed by Kirksey Architecture, is a modern structure of glass and steel that rivals the theatres of downtown Houston. With 21,000 square-foot, the building houses a main theatre that seats up to 250 and a black box theatre that will seat up to 90. The theatre has a full size rehearsal stage, dressing rooms, concession areas, offices, a conference room, a green room and also houses the Tribble School of the Performing Arts.
The Queensbury Theatre has a 10 show season, 5 shows on the main stage and 5 shows in the black box theatre. The theatre is also available to rent out for parties and events and there are also naming rights still available at the Queensbury Theatre as well as sponsorships available for productions that are put on throughout the season.
In 2012 the Tribble School of the Performing Arts had to close its doors, but is once again open for business to train and teach young people, grades K – 12, theatre arts under the direction of Kristina Sullivan within the Queensbury Theatre. This summer, they are offering a summer camp program, and during the school year, they will be offering after school classes that will include courses, such as acting, auditioning, dance, voice, Broadway 101 as well as an all theater collaborative production that will be put on by the students periodically.
The 2015 – 2016 Season at Queensbury Theatre
If you happen to be in the mood for some theatre, the ticket prices at Queensbury Theatre run from $28 – $48. You can also purchase season tickets as well.
This season you can enjoy:
Man of La Mancha – Directed by Andrew Ruthven, with Music Director Kathy Elder, and features Alex Stutler as Don Quixote, and Katie Fridsma as his love interest Dulcinea. Show dates are July 24 – August 23. Mainstage.
As Bees in Honey Drown – A satire on the extreme measures taken to achieve fame and fortune and the price that must be paid for success. Spetember 24 – October 11. Black box.
Wait Until Dark – Classic thriller written by Frederick Knott and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. October 29 – November 15. Mainstage.
The Break of Noon – In the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in America the lone survivor sees the face of God, but at what price salvation? November 19 – December 6. Black Box.
The 39 Steps – Fast paced, hysterical farce based on Alfred Hitchcock’s film and adapted by Patrick Barlow. January 7 – January 24. Mainstage.
K2 – On an icy ledge high up on K2 two climbers, one badly inured, are stranded, will only one make it down? February 4 – February 21. Black Box.
Big River – American musical based on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. March 10 – April 10. Mainstage.
White Whore and The Bit Player and Bobby Gould In Hell – Two darkly comedic and edgy one-acts paired for a front row seat to witness a descent into madness and a trial in Hell. April 14 – May 1. Black Box.
Isn’t it time to go to the Queensbury and watch a show like a Queen…or King?