Lake Country Play House

221 East Capitol Drive
Hartland, WI 53029

The Lake Country Players have been providing entertainment to audiences for nearly 50 years, presenting dramas, comedies, and musicals (over 100 at last count!) in a variety of locations around the Lake country of Waukesha County.

In early spring of 1959 an article appeared in the Lake Country Reporter asking that any area people interested in forming a community theatre group meet at Arrowhead High School. Marvin Solomon, an AHS English teacher, initiated the article. About 40 people responded and got busy at once to produce a play. They elected officers, set up a play reading committee and by-laws committee. Within a few weeks tryouts were held, and in June 1959 LCP presented its debut production, "Sabrina Fair", for 2 performances. Solomon became the founding President of the organization, as well as directing its first play. By the end of the year, the Lake Country Players were incorporated as a non-profit arts group, and we were off and running!

During our first five years, we performed all our shows at Arrowhead High School's South Campus gymnasium. Increased school enrollment made stage availability difficult, so we began a four-year residence in the second floor of the old Hartland Community Hall. A tent ceiling was created to improve acoustics, and some memorable shows were done, including a production of "Deadwood Dick" where the hall was converted into a Saloon, with players mingling among the spectators.

The second floor of the Community Hall was condemned in 1967, so LCP became an itinerant troupe, performing in a variety of locations over the next four years, including the Swallow and Merton Schools, Lakeside Country Club, and Oconomowoc High School. In 1971, LCP returned to Arrowhead High School, which had constructed the Little Theatre on its North campus. This became the LCP "home base" for the next 3 decades.

The LCP's association with Arrowhead High School has been long and fruitful, but there was a long-standing dream to eventually acquire a home of our own. This dream became a reality in 2002 with the acquisition of the Masonic Lodge building at 221 E. Capitol Dr. in Hartland. After extensive renovations, we unveiled the Lake Country Playhouse with a series of events including a revival of our spring production of the Kander/Ebb revue "And the World Goes 'Round". We are currently producing the majority of our productions at the Playhouse, with an eye towards an occasional large-scale production at Arrowhead.
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