In addition to our public performances, Oyster Mill Playhouse stages Private Performances for each of our productions.

What is a Private Performance?

We sell our 91-seat house to an organization and they sell the tickets. And, if they choose, they can hold a reception in our lobby before the show, during intermission, or after the performance. We provide a sample poster and printed tickets, and even supplies paper products, punch bowls, coffee pots and tables for the reception.

The cost of a Private Performance is $700 for a play and $1000 for a musical, but a Private Performance can be scheduled by paying a deposit of only $100 for a play and $200 for a musical. (The balance is due two weeks prior to the date of the performance.) The price of private performance tickets must be NO LESS than our ticket price ($18 for a play and $25 for a musical), but it can be higher!

When an organization sells out the house at our ticket prices, they make a profit of approximately $500 for a play and $750 for a musical — and have a good time while earning the money!

Interested in an Private Performance
at the Playhouse?

Email us with the name of the ORGANIZATION and the NAME and PHONE NUMBER of a person we can contact. We’ll follow up to see if the organization is interested in scheduling a Private Performance at the Playhouse!!!

PRIVATE PERFORMANCE DATES

GO BACK FOR MURDER (MYSTERY)

Sunday 28-Jan 2:00 pm – SOLD
Tuesday 30-Jan 7:30 pm – SOLD
Tuesday 6-Feb 7:30 pm  SNOW DATE

Carla has come of age, and has just received a letter from her deceased mother, whom she thought had died in an accident, but had actually died in prison years earlier, convicted for murdering Carla’s father. Upon reading the letter, Carla is convinced her mother was innocent and asks solicitor Justin Fogg to help her find the truth.  Can bringing together all the people who were there on that fateful day 16 years before, bring the real killer to light? A brilliant edge of your seat Agatha Christie whodunit!

ON GOLDEN POND (DRAMA)

Sunday 4-Mar 2:00 pm – SOLD
Tuesday 06-Mar 7:30 pm
Tuesday 13-Mar 7:30 pm

This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.

CURTAINS (MUSICAL COMEDY WHODUNIT)

Sunday 22-Apr 2:00 pm – SOLD
Tuesday 24-Apr 7:30 pm
Tuesday 1-May 7:30 pm – SOLD

It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage the entire cast & crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan!

DEATH BY DESIGN (MYSTERY/COMEDY)

Sunday 3-Jun 2:00 pm – SOLD
Tuesday 5-Jun 7:30 pm
Tuesday 12-Jun 7:30 pm

Edward Bennett, a playwright, and his wife, Sorel Bennett, an actress, flee London and head to Cookham after a disastrous opening night. But various guests arrive unexpectedly – a conservative politician, a fiery socialist, a nearsighted ingénue, a zany modern dancer – each with a long-held secret. When one of the guests is murdered, it’s left to Bridgit, the feisty Irish maid with a macabre interest in homicide, to solve the crime!

FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON/THE INSANITY OF MARY GIRARD (DRAMA)

Sunday 8-Jul 2:00 pm
Tuesday 10-Jul 7:30 pm
Tuesday 17-Jul 7:30 pm

ACT 1:  This is the compelling story of Charlie, a mentally retarded man, and the strange interweaving of his life with that of Algernon, a mouse. Experimental surgery has been performed on Algernon increasing his intelligence fourfold. The operation is tried on Charlie, who rapidly changes from a moron to a genius, far more intelligent than his teacher, Alice Kinnian, or the doctors who created the operating technique. As Charlie approaches the peak of his brilliance, Algernon shows frightening symptoms of regression. The play becomes a race against time in which Charlie tries to keep his new intelligence long enough to save himself and thus continue what he and Alice have found.

ACT 2:  In 1790, Mary Girard is committed to an asylum. After Mary became pregnant by another man, her husband had her declared legally insane. Now, Mary sits in a chair as the “furies” dance around and impersonate people from her past. By the end of this haunting and highly theatrical piece, she has grown rather convincingly into her diagnosis.

I HATE HAMLET (COMEDY)

Sunday 19-Aug 2:00 – SOLD
Tuesday 21-Aug 7:30 – SOLD
Tuesday 28-Aug 7:30

Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew’s series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew’s agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, in Andrew’s apartment. This prompts a seance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew’s life is no longer his own. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, presses Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor’s destiny. The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew’s deal-making friend from LA, spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions of dollars. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and the fact that he fails as Hamlet in Central Park.

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (MYSTERY)

Sunday 23-Sep 2:00 pm – SOLD
Tuesday 25-Sep 7:30 pm
Tuesday 2-Oct 7:30 pm

Cut off from the outside world by its remote location and shunned by all who know its forbidding and sinister reputation, Hill House has remained empty and silent except for the daily visits of its grumbling caretaker. Its isolation is broken by the arrival of Dr. Montague, an investigator of supernatural phenomena who has been granted a short lease by the present owner. His mission is to delve into the morbid history of the house and to come to grips with the occult forces that have made it uninhabitable for many years. He is joined by three others, all having their particular reasons for accepting Dr. Montague’s invitation to share his Hill House sojourn. Their visit begins with jovial informality, but their sensibilities are soon jolted by strange and eerie occurrences. As they struggle to disguise their mounting fears they are joined by Dr. Montague’s wife and a friend, who have come to Hill House for purposes of their own. They too are absorbed by the supernatural, but their approach is via direct communication with the departed spirits—a type of psychic research which is regarded fearfully by Dr. Montague and which, as subsequent events bear out, brings on a crisis in which the evil forces of Hill House are goaded to a new and, for one of those present, fatal fury!

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (MUSICAL)

Sunday 4-Nov 2:00 pm
Tuesday 6-Nov 7:30 pm
Tuesday 13-Nov 7:30 pm

Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome, National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid, pulls into her driveway seeking directions, though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca’s life.