On September 21, 1983, the Machickanee Players theater was born. The county-wide effort was the dream
of Victoria Bostedt, the first president of the Machickanee Players. M*A*S*H was performed to sold-out
audiences. The 1984-85 season opened with something unique in this area - a dinner theater held at
Sandalwood Country Club in Abrams.
The 1987-88 season heated up as we moved into our new home; the theater you now enjoy on Park
Avenue. During that summer, we painted the entire building, installed stage and interior lighting, and
renovated the stage area. The fall production opened on schedule with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the
directors of “Send Me No Flowers.”
The 1990-91 season sported our first all-female cast with “Steel Magnolias,” and our smallest cast of two
with “Love Letters.”
In 1995-96, we offered the first season that featured all productions presented in our hall. We ended with
our first children’s production of “Close Encounters of the Third Grade” and “The Prince Who Wouldn’t Talk.”
“Nunsense,” our first musical production, set attendance records during the 1997-98 season.
The 1998-99 season saw the beginning of the building remodeling, such as: painting the interior and
exterior, insulating the hall, refurbishing the buffet room, putting up an outside marquee, dealing with the
fire, new seat cushions, and the new stage. Remodeling continues to this day.