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Nestled in a residential area near Jamaica Pond, The Footlight Club, America’s oldest community theatre, has performed every year since 1877. For over 120 years Footlight Club members have sustained the organization’s mission: To present the best in non-professional theater to a broad-based audience, and to preserve and maintain Eliot Hall as a community resource. Increased membership and audience sizes are evidence that The Footlight Club is once again taking its place among the sisterhood of community theatres. Founded by an energetic group of young socialites. The Footlight Club has evolved along with its neighborhood. Once, wealthy aristocrats arrived in coaches to enjoy the society of their own kind in an atmosphere of gentility and wealth. The performances sometimes seemed secondary to the social function. Today the Footlight Club draws its membership from Jamaica Plain, other Boston neighborhoods and surrounding communities. Members and guests range in age from teens to senior citizens and come from every social and economic stratum. Doctors and lawyers, waiters and cooks, husbands and wives, come together to perform, to enjoy, and to support exciting amateur productions and the other activities that make up live theater. The Footlight Club, through its long history, has held to high standards of creative excellence, working to provide quality amateur entertainment at affordable prices by using the talents and creative energies of the people in its community.
Apr 29 - May 14, 2022
Nov 9 - Nov 23, 2019
Oct 25 - Oct 27, 2019