The Waterbury Festival Playhouse -- Central Vermont's only Semi-Professional Theater

The Waterbury Festival Playhouse Brings You Its 2016 Season

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Steel Magnolias begins 9/22

Steel Magnolias

Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters.

Central Vermont's Professional Theater

We offer some of the best local actors and theater technicians that central Vermont can provide.

Dedicated to producing the highest quality non-musical shows possible, the Waterbury Festival Playhouse brings you the shows you won't see anywhere else. Also, we are so confident of the quality of our productions we guarantee them. If you don't feel you've seen a high-quality production, we'll give you your money back.

Our 2016 season is the 10th season for the Players. It is a little shorter than most of our seasons featuring only one show. We picked "Steel Magnolias" and are featuring some of the ladies of the Waterbury Festival Playhouse ensemble.

See who's making this possible:


  • The Grossman family of Grossman Marketing
  • Louise J Mueller & David G Lagala
  • Jeffrey & Maryanne Larkin of Arvad's Grill and Pub
  • Carol & David Loysen
  • George & Virginia Pierce
  • Paul & Louise Reed of Sundown Corp.
  • John Reynolds of ST Paving
  • John & Val Vincent of Vincent's Pharmacy

About Us

The theatre is a 150-seat black-box style theater set in a unique fabric building (sort of a tent, but not really). It's set along Route 100 between Waterbury and Stowe, and is an easy drive from either direction. The parking lot is bordered by blueberry bushes, providing free preshow and intermission picking (in season).

The Playhouse is home to the Waterbury Festival Players, a professional group offering non-musical productions for adult audiences throughout the season.

The theater and its production company are the realization of the dream of George and Ginger Pierce to make this type of theater available to the performers and theater-going community of central Vermont. They are both active in the theater's performances and operation, and welcome you to enjoy the magic of live performance theater along with them.