Melon Patch Theatre

311 North 13th Street
Leesburg, FL 34748

352-787-3013

A Bit of History

1951: Theatre founded 1951: First production, "Father of the Bride" 1951: Frances Lovell first Director 1955: The Melon Patch opened at its present site. 1955: Melon Patch signed 99 year lease with the City of Leesburg. 1957: First Musical performed at The Patch "The Gondoliers".  1965: Children's Theatre started and Bill Dunnagan was the first Director.  2003: Children's Theatre name changed to Patchwork Productions.  2005: Sara Barcus passed away.  She was a member of the founding group; board member; actress and historian.  The Annual Awards presented in June are named in her honor.  2011: Melon Patch Players celebrated its Diamond Jubilee.  2011: The local Leesburg  Chapter of the of the Daughters of the American Revolution rededicated a Plaque on the Main Theatre Building. The Patch was built on the site of the first High School built in Leesburg in 1892.  2013-2014: season of Patchwork Production was referred to Carousel Theatre Production, run by Kellie Menke a past director of Patchwork Productions.  2015-2016 Brought long time Patch veteran John Turcotte, back to President of the board. 

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