In December of 2014, with a rudimentary stage in place and new lighting and sound systems, thanks to contributions by Cheryl Thacker, Peter Wiegand (Jr. and Sr.) and Stephen King, Spring Street launched its premiere show, in collaboration with Apple Tree Productions, entitled, “It’s a Wonderful Life: the Radio Play.” It was a single matinee performance that introduced us to the South Salem community and to Westchester and Putnam counties.
In May of 2015, Spring Street put on its first major production, entitled “7 Up,” which packed the performance space for four nights of fun-filled entertainment. In September of 2015, in collaboration with The Blue Horse Repertory Company, came “Tennessee Williams Straight Up With A Twist of Durang,” which further increased our presence by bringing a highly professional production to our venue.
The performance space was soon enhanced by donations of lumber from Ridgefield Supply and Ring’s End Lumber of Lewisboro for stage sections and risers to improve audience visibility.
Thanks to the efforts of Bill Deickler, heating, air conditioning and a kitchen was installed in the theater space. And donations by Stephen King made additional sound equipment and a screen for video available for future events.
In April of 2016, in collaboration with the Infinity Repertory Company, we produced “Godspell” and, in May, “Short Plays, Big Punch” followed in October by “Little Creek,” an original play by Gayle Hudson and, with Infinity, “Peter and The Star Catcher” in November.
In January of 2017, Spring Street, once again in collaboration with Infinity, presented “The 25 Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” furthering our artistic success and stimulating greater interest in our efforts to bring performing arts to the area.
Spring Street produced a series of one-act plays in April of 2017 entitled “Love Struck!” and two family shows in collaboration with Infinity in May, entitled “Little Red and the Wolf” and “Jungle Book.”
As a ministry outreach, several Spring Street players donated their time and talent by putting on an evening performance of one acts for the residents of The Laurel Ridge Health Care Center of Ridgefield, CT in June of 2016 and in May of 2017. This spirit of generosity brought joy to those who are unable to attend performances outside the healthcare facility.
In 2018, Spring Street Arts changed its name to South Salem Theater.