Welcome to Gateway!

Gateway Players Theatre, Inc. is an all-volunteer community theater providing quality live theatre performances and workshops to Southbridge, Sturbridge, and Charlton, Massachusetts and surrounding areas.

Gateway offers a full season of productions, usually held at the Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, in Southbridge, MA, as well as workshops for youths and adults. Auditions are open to all, and new members are always welcome.

Up Next At Gateway


Nov 1- 7pm- Staged reading of "Eclipse" by Jeff Coggins
Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge, MA

On Friday, November 1, at 7pm, Gateway will hold a staged reading of "ECLIPSE" an original play written by Jeffrey Coggins. This is free and open to the public and will be held in Fellowship Hall at Elm Street Congregational Church. "Eclipse" tells the story of a man dogged by uncertainty and despair, trying to make his way through life- accompanied by a shadow. A staged reading means that this is a work in progress and the audience is welcome to offer comments after the readings. Gateway is always proud to encourage new works and is happy to showcase Jeff's writing. He may be remembered for his appearances in "Rocky Horror Show" and "It's a Wonderful Life". Free, open to all adults.



Nov 9- "A Minute of Your Time"- 6:30pm - (Very) Short Plays
Starlite Gallery on 39 Hamilton St, Southbridge

On Saturday, Nov 9, the Gateway Marketing Committee will host an evening of (very) short plays at 6:30pm at Starlite Gallery on 39 Hamilton St, Southbridge. "A Minute of Your Time" is open to 18+, no cover, with a cash bar. The plays are written by Mary Darling and others and will consist of both staged readings and memorization. People attending are welcome to be part of the Reader's Theater portion (no memorization, just prepared reading). The evening runs 6:30- 8:30pm. The goal of the evening is to promote local playwrights, introduce Gateway to new people and just have a fun night listening to short plays- both funny and introspective. For more information, call 508-764-4531 (hoping the phone is fixed!) or just come on down. If Starlite hosts music at 9pm- you are welcome to stay.



A Murder Is Announced
Nov 15,16,22,23,24, 2019
Elm Street Congregational Church, Southbridge, MA

"A Murder is Announced" by Agatha Christie will be the final production in Gateway's 44th season. Erin Morin is directing, with Mary Gahagan as producer, Ruth Rockwood as stage manager and Pam Soper doing costumes. Production dates are at Elm St. Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge, MA in the Fellowship Hall.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and youth under 18. Tickets may be reserved by calling Gateway at 508-764-4531. Online credit card ticket sales are available: here.

THE STORY: An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house's several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.


FYI, we've added a new feature titled 'Audition Corner' to our Auditions page, with regularly updated tips on how to prepare and (hopefully) get that role! Check it out!



Gateway to the Future Fund

This fund has been established to cover all costs associated with finding a new performance space in Southbridge. We are currently exploring a few different options, and we are anticipating this could take at least two years to find and renovate a new permanent home. We expect the cost to do this could be upwards of $500,000. In the next year we will be holding several fundraisers, reaching out to local businesses in the area, and applying for grants. You can also donate directly on our Facebook Page. Login to your FB account, go to to FB/GatewayPlayers and The "Donate" button is located on the right, below the cover photo. All donations are tax deductible. We thank you very much for your continued support of Gateway Players Theatre.


For Important Updates About Gateway, Please See the News Page


Become a Member!

There are many ways you can help out your local community theater! Come out and volunteer to work on a show, onstage, or behind the scenes! Do you have skill with a hairbrush, make-up brush, or paintbrush? We can use you! Call 508-764-4531 to see if you can help with our next production. Or click here to learn about becoming a Sustaining Member to help Gateway continue to provide quality community theater to the tri-community area.



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