In the Bicentennial year of 1976 STS was formed and produced its first full production, The Sound of Music. In 1978 STS incorporated as The Shandaken Theatrical Society, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit corportation. Since then STS has mounted over 80 full-scale productions and countless other smaller projects. Our productions include performers from all walks of life, from former professional to first time actors, college students, community theatre veterans, young folks, old folks, and local children enjoying their first stage experience. Our creative staff and our crew people dedicate their time and energies to provide a great venue and the most complete sets, costumes, props, lights, and sound possible. Over the decades we have produced a diversity of events including musicals, contemporary and classical plays, original works by Hudson Valley playwrights, cabaret performances, a film series, our annual free family Christmas show, readings, events performed by local musicians, and workshops for adults and children. We are committed to keeping our ticket prices and fees as low as possible so our programs can remain accessible to everyone. We proudly support the village of Phoenicia as a theatrical ensemble, cultural space, and social venue.
In 1998 STS purchased its current home at 10 Church Street in Phoenicia. The building was constructed in 1887 by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.). This building has housed the original charitable and fraternal organization, an auction house, a movie house, and now one of the Catskill's longest-lived artistic institutions. In 2006, with the help of grants and local donors, STS renovated the second floor of the building, making repairs and improvements to the costume shop, prop shop, and the make-up and dressing areas. Around 2010 the Raise the Roof Campaign funded replacement of all the lower roofing and made some repairs to the roofing over the main structure. In November of 2015 the main roof will finally be re-shingled which will protect the structure for years to come.
In 2016 STS Playhouse will celebrate its 40th Anniversary.
Plans are underway to develop an even more diverse and frequent menu of future programs and events. We are also developing plans for preservation, improvement, and modernization of our theatrical home.
Thank you for your continuing to support of our productions and programs. We can't do it without you in the audience and with the help of your generous memberships and donations.