Cape Rep Theater History

As mentioned in last week’s post, the Theater and the Inn’s parent company, Cape Cod Sea Camps, have a shared history.  CCSC was formed with the merger of Camp Wono and Camp Monomoy and relocation to its present property.

After several nomadic early years, Cape Rep Theatre found a spot to call home and now occupies land that the state purchased in 1983 from the former Camp Monomoy. In 1991, Cape Rep Theatre successfully sought legislation to enable the Commonwealth to enter into a long-term lease with Cape Rep Theatre to rehabilitate several former camp buildings into a performing arts center. That project is comprised of the following structures:

The Indoor Theatre was built in 1959 and used as a dining hall by Camp Monomoy. We opened this 135-seat theatre in 1997 and are currently raising funds to complete renovation of the backstage areas. We now operate a five-play indoor theatre subscription season from May through early December.

The Outdoor Theatre is the only outdoor theatre on Cape Cod. We rehabilitated this structure in 1992 with the help of the Edward Bangs Kelley and Elza Kelley Foundation, a dedicated group of volunteers, and some terrific contributions from the local business community. We have produced everything from Shakespeare to Agatha Christie in this performance space in evenings during the summer. We also produce daytime children’s shows all summer long. This year we are producing Pitter Patter Puppets on Tuesday mornings and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, a new musical, on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. With a generous donation from the Mary Louise and Ruth Eddy Foundation, we refurbished the benches, stage, shell, lighting and electrical service. And no need to worry – if it rains, we can take these performances into our indoor theater.

The Cape House is the yellow building by the entrance on Route 6A. Portions of the house date to 1790, but Isaac F. and Sarah Crosby “modernized” the house in the late 19th century. The Camp used it to house summer employees. Last year we completed renovation of the Cape House into housing for employees and artists and meeting space for the theater and the community. We received a $200,000.00 grant from the Town of Brewster Community Preservation Act Grant Program, $150,000.00 from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, $42,000.00 from the Department of Conservation and Recreation Partnership Grant Program, generous support from the Mary Louise and Ruth Eddy Foundation and countless donations from individual supporters of the theater. We now have a home for creativity and have preserved an historic structure for future generations to enjoy.

The Barn You parked behind this building and walked by it to get to the Indoor Theatre. It was built in the late 19th century by Isaac F. and Sarah Crosby just to the rear of the Crosby Cape House on Rte. 6A. The camp moved it to its present location, altered it in a variety of ways over the years, and used it for arts and crafts and movies. We have an option to take over the barn and put it to use.

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