The Murray-Calloway County Community theatre, Playhouse in the Park, was founded January 1977 and the Board immediately began looking for a permanent home. They inquired about the old Murray Freight Depot – an unused, dilapidated building owned by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. This began a 2 ½ year cooperative effort on the part of city officials, county officials, and members of the board to obtain the depot as a home for community theatre.
The Depot was moved to its location in Central Park in the fall of 1979. In June 1980, the depot opened with “Wizard of Oz.” Since that time, the theater has produced countless performances in the depot; continued expanding its education services to include classes for preschool age, Box of Frogs and Pail of Tadpoles Youth Theatre, Penguin Project and Old Duffers & Powder Puffers Senior theatre troupe; held classes for the community; conducted workshops for students in the city and county school systems; and has continued to host a popular annual Summer Theater Camp. In 2019 Playhouse acquired a building at 907 Arcadia Circle right across the street from Central Park. This building serves as classroom and meeting space, as well as storage for sets and costumes.
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