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The oldest continually operating theatre in the state of Texas, the Harbor Playhouse Community Theatre in Corpus Christi, has produced first-class performances for 91 years. Just as important as the stories presented onstage are the relationships developed before the curtain ever opens.
At its heart, the Harbor Playhouse is a group of storytellers. Brucie Moore, President of the Board of Directors, says, “Each production tells a story—both on the stage and within our community of volunteers. The dedication of our community to support these productions is profound.”
That enormous volunteer base donates 100,000 hours of their time every year. She explains, “We are not just a place where people come to perform. We are the place where the fabric of our community is woven and strengthened through the process of creative collaboration.”
The playhouse’s illustrious and inspired history began in 1925 when it was first known as the Corpus Christi Players. Until the Depression, the group produced an average of four plays per year. In 1935, they reformed under the name Corpus Christi Little Theatre.
Despite obstacles, the playhouse has always been a place where people of differing economic, social, and cultural backgrounds join to portray an inspiring story.
The Harbor Playhouse’s current name came after another change in 1976. The organization moved into the new facility including a proscenium theatre seating 454 people, lobby with a view of the bayfront, dressing rooms, and a concession stand. In 1985, the Studio theatre and the massive costume loft were completed. The company now boasts a state-of-the-art sound system, professional lighting, theatre wings, orchestra pit, dressing rooms, and a fly system.
Last year, 776 children completed the Harbor Playhouse summer camp program. Thirty percent of the campers came from underprivileged homes or foster care. “For as many kids that want to come, we want to find the money for that. It’s so imperative we level the playing field for these children. We want them to go into school having growth experiences and life skills development. They learn discipline, time management, respect, and how to work in a group. The whole substance of a story relies on each individual member of a cast to do their part. Plus, they absolutely love it!” explains Moore.
The Harbor Playhouse continues to do its part bettering our city, community, and future by creating incredible productions that are works of art both behind and in front of the curtain. Keep the tradition alive, and treat yourself to a show now and again!
1802 North Chaparral - Building #2
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
Main Office - 361.882.5500
Box Office - 361.888.SHOW (7469)
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