During the days and nights just before Deertrees first opened in August, 1936, volunteers helped sew the "gaily colored Indian - Print Curtain" that hung across the stage.
In the 1980’s, volunteers rescued the historic theatre from years of neglect and restored it to its former glory. And today, volunteers help perform the myriad of tasks that has made Deertrees one of the most active performing arts centers in the Northeast.
Please contact us if you wish to become part of the volunteer team which keeps the theatre alive, vibrant and well maintained.
Regardless of Deertrees Theatre's obvious rural setting we try to make the grounds and building fully accessible for those with handicapped accessibility needs and in wheelchairs. The theatre is equipped with an Assistive Listening System for the Hearing Impaired and we ask that you please advise the Box Office of any special needs in advance.
Back Sitting Porch
To the rear of the stage and what was the original back-stage area, the theatre was constructed with large barn doors in order to expose the audience to the natural setting for such scenes as a pastoral opera may require. Nowadays with reduced sized barn doors the back stage access leads to a good sized deck where shade may be found and charming illuminations adorn at night.
The original barn doors at the rear of the stage were the width of the entire stage and their presence were said to inspire the solution to 'seeing it snow' in the 1954 film White Christmas.
We encourage visitors and patrons to take advantage of the ample grounds which surround the theatre. With the provision of much improved insect control, rustic outdoor furniture and impromptu performances, why not join up with friends - pack a picnic, take in an art exhibit or arrive early for a performance, you will be most welcome.
We are always working to improve the natural environment and make it the perfect setting for your enjoyment.