History of the Broadway Players and the Princeton Theatre

The Broadway Players are the performing troupe that calls the playhouse home. Originally started in June 2003 as the Gibson County Theater Company, the group was founded by educators who were working with children who perform. 

They wanted to be performing themselves, so, naturally, they started a theater company for adults. However, children would not be excluded from performing in plays and musicals and are still needed for productions as casting allows. 

For a time, the company performed mainly out of the Princeton Community High School auditorium, then found a home base at the activities building at the Gibson County Fairgrounds. The goal was always to acquire a permanent home for productions that allowed for a more professional and overall better experience. Then, a near miracle happened! The Princeton Theatre was to become the permanent home of the Broadway Players. Renovations on the theater — which originally was built in the late 1940s and opened in 1949 as a movie house — began in 2014 with a goal of restoring it into a performing arts theater and community center. Funded by a multi-million-dollar Stellar Communities Designation Program grant awarded to the city of Princeton in 2012, the city’s mayor at the time Bob Hurst, the Broadway Players theater group, architect Jonathan Young of Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf in Indianapolis, and contractors with Danco Construction, Inc. of Evansville worked together to develop a plan for the facility. 

Photos from During Renovation