Live from the Finger Lakes!

About

History

What is now Bristol Valley Theater (BVT) was originally founded in 1964 as Bristol Valley Playhouse on Seman Road north of Naples, NY by George and Mary Sherwood. After twenty-two years, stewardship was taken over by a not-for-profit foundation, The Friends of Bristol Valley Playhouse. In 1991, the original playhouse “on the hill” closed its doors, and the Friends purchased the vacated Trinity Federated Church on Main Street in Naples.

BVT played one season at the Canandaigua Academy as supporters and volunteers donated $40,000 and countless hours of labor to transform the church into a theater space, which opened for the 1992 summer season and is still our home today.

Mission

The Friends of Bristol Valley Playhouse Foundation, Inc. (doing business as Bristol Valley Theater) is a not-for-profit corporation with a three-fold mission: To produce life-affirming theater for a diverse rural and regional audience; To present a variety of performing arts; To provide training to young actors and offer scholarships for that training based on need and merit.

Our Vision

Bristol Valley Theater is dedicated to the vision that the performing arts should be a part of every New York citizen’s life, and that every community needs a theater, as they need a hospital or a library. We are proud to have provided access to the professional performing arts to the Finger Lakes region for over 50 years. Our mission statement specifies “life-affirming” theater as our focus, by which we mean theater that examines, enlightens and enriches the human condition.

Production History

2016
Avenue Q
Shooting Star
Peter and the Starcatcher
The Foreigner
The Cookie Fight (world premiere)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

2015
Godspell
Who Is Theo? (world premiere)
Rent
Black Comedy
Becky’s New Car
Family Matters

2014
Oh Coward!
Next Fall
Deathtrap
Les Miserables
What the Butler Saw
365: A Year in Revue

2013
Marvelous Wonderettes:  Caps and Gowns
boom
Accomplice
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Big Bang
Pass the Remote

2012
The Marvelous Wonderettes
Mary’s Wedding
Agatha Christie’s Go Back for Murder
A Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum
Barefoot in the Park
Pass the Popcorn: GetAway to the Movies

2011
A Dash of Rosemary: The Music of Rosemary Clooney
A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking
Cabaret
Charley’s Aunt
The 39 Steps
The GetAway Cabaret

2010
Let’s Misbehave: The Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter
Red White and Tuna
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Boeing Boeing
Murderers

2009
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing
Red Herring
The Unexpected Guest
Evita
Private Lives

2008
Musical of Musicals, the Musical
Rough Crossing
The Robber Bridegroom
The Mousetrap
Bell Book and Candle

2007
The All Night Strut
Lend Me a Tenor
Man of La Mancha
The Drawer Boy
Sleuth

2006
I Left My Heart
Nevermore
Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Absurd Person Singular
Mercy of a Storm

2005
Sisters of Swing
Barbra’s Wedding
Wait Until Dark
Dames at Sea
Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music

2004
My Way, A Tribute to the Music of Frank Sinatra
I Hate Hamlet
Seven Keys to Baldpate
Romance/Romance
Vanities

2003
And the World Goes ‘Round
California Suite
Passion of Dracula
Five Guys Named Moe
The Gin Game

2002
Godspell
Prelude to a Kiss
Corpse!
Pump Boys and Dinettes
Same Time, Next Year

2001
Pets!
The Odd Couple (female version)
The Butler Did It
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Driving Miss Daisy

2000
Forever Plaid
Love Letters
Dr. Cook’s Garden
Steel Magnolias
Little Shop of Horrors

1999
The Fantasticks
Chapter Two
Office Hours
Waiting for the Parade
The Mystery of Irma Vep

1998
Death Trap
Don’t Dress for Dinner
The Marriage Fool
Our Town
Back to Bacharach and David

1997
Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
Lost In Yonkers
The Woman in Black
Sylvia
Blues in the Night

1996
Always…Patsy Cline
Bus Stop
Murder on the Nile
Shirley Valentine
Tuna Christmas

1995
The Taffetas
Towards Zero
Broadway Bound
The Cocktail Hour
It Had to Be You

1994
Closer Than Ever
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Night Must Fall
Voice of the Prairie
LUV

1993
Count Dracula
I Ought to Be in Pictures
Verdict
And a Nightingale Sang
Oil City Symphony

1992
Godspell
Murder at the Vicarage
A Shot in the Dark
The Dining Room
Greater Tuna

1991
Little Shop of Horrors
Educating Rita
Murder at the Howard Johnson’s
The Unexpected Guest
Hot Gershwin on a Cole Night

1990
Amadeus
The Nerd
Dial M for Murder
Crimes of the Heart
It’s a Dog’s Life
All in a Night’s Dream

1989
Evita
Same Time, Next Year
Witness for the Prosecution
The Foreigner
The Hound of the Baskervilles

1988
The 27th Wife
The Mousetrap
Snoopy!
The Night of January 16th
Barefoot in the Park

1987
They’re Playing Our Song
Alibi
Table Manners
A Fitting Confusion
Angel Street

1986
The Fantasticks
The Hollow
Miss Firecracker Contest
My Cousin Rachel
Private Lives

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