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July 17-19, 2015
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Here are some lovely shots of our grand lady, Gates Hall. Built in 1825, this lovely old building is a NY State historical site whose deed is held by the Pultneyville Historical Society.
Originally a non-denominational church in 1825, it soon became a community theatre in 1867. That makes it the oldest continuous community theatre in America.
After The Pultneyville Players, The Gatesingers Company, Ltd.companies became the residents of the Hall. Pultneyville Civic Light Opera Company (PCLOC), a Gilbert and Sullivan theatre group, was born in 1961. Gatesingers started putting on Broadway musicals and plays in the 1970’s and the youngster of the group,YouTHeatre, turned 21 years old in 2005.
The living, breathing home of an active community theatre company, Gates Hall has had it stage tranformed into a Japanese town in “The Mikado”; the English countryside in “The Secret Garden”; and a fairy tale land in “Into the Woods.”
To maintain a historic building takes energy and resources. The historical society and Gatesingers are both non-profit organizations that count on patron support to keep the building in working order. The organizations also work to preserve historic integrity while operating a functioning theatre.
Situated on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, Gates Hall sits at the intersection of Lake Road and Hamilton Street (Lake Ave / Rte. 21), in the hamlet of Pultneyville, NY. Cast members leave their signatures for posterity in the lighting “coop” above the stage.
Take the backstage tour with us!
Photos taken for Gatesinger Company, Ltd. by Eliza Pope Collins and some photos by Matthew Conheady of NYHistoric.com