There’s no business like show business. Under the spotlight: Highfield Theatre in Falmouth. While you may have seen a show there, you may not know that when the Symphony and Conservatory merged in 2010, this theatrical gem came with it.
The mansion next to the theatre, Highfield Hall, was the home of Pierson, Frank and Emily Beebe. It was completed in 1878. In the 1940s, the carriage house was converted into a theatre, and the stable became the patio concession stand.
Since 1947, the theatre has been home to many groups. Currently, the College Light Opera Company uses the performance space during the summer and the Falmouth Theatre Guild stages productions there the rest of the year.
In 1972, Mr. and Mrs. Josiah K. Lilly III saved the entire Beebe Estate from possible development and gave the theatre and 22 acres to the Conservatory to help ensure the future of performing arts in the region.
For over half a century, this theatre has opened doors to vibrant and long-standing partnerships that enhance the artistic community.
The Highfield Theatre Restoration Project
The Highfield Theatre Restoration Project (HTRP) originated in 2006 when a small group of people noticed that the theater was in poor condition and that there was a possibility it might not pass the annual occupancy inspection by the Town of Falmouth. Since then, the committee has raised over $975,000 to pay for various restoration and improvement projects: One corner of the building was raised and leveled. The sagging stage floor was repaired. All the rigging about the stage was replaced. A fire alarm system was installed. A new ramp to the patio was installed to make one-half of the exit doors handicapped accessible. The exterior was painted. In the summer of 2011, the largest and most expensive renovation was completed with the replacement of the bathrooms and box office within the confines of the historic stables. Most recently, the dressing rooms and patio concession area were restored.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Help preserve a piece of history by making a tax-deductible donation directly to the Highfield Theatre Restoration Project. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Or, join our Recognition Wall with a minimum donation of $250. We will honor your gift with a handsome 2"x6" nameplate, placed prominently with other generous donors on the exterior of the theatre. Each nameplate carries two lines with 25 characters per line. Most donors include their name on the first line and use the second line for a personal message or to indicate their affiliation with the theatre.
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Cape Symphony & Conservatory
1060 Falmouth Road, Suite A
Hyannis, MA 02601
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