Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, Cocoa

4.8
Established as the “Aladdin” theatre, the doors opened to the public on August 18th, 1924, showing silent movies. Later, Brevard’s first “talkie” movie house became known as “the showplace of the Indian River Section”. As the owners changed through the years, the theatre featured vaudeville acts, served as a station for the American Red Cross during wartime and then became the State Theatre featuring movies on the “big picture screen”.

Several owners and several decades later, the building was purchased by the City of Cocoa and renamed The Cocoa Village Playhouse. In August of 1984, Brevard Community College District Board of Trustees acquired the building for $1 with the understanding that the college would take the responsibility of ownership and make the theatre operate in the best interest of the community. The Trustees immediately established a 501(c)(3) not for profit Direct Support Organization with its own Board of Directors who were given the responsibility of raising funds to make the Playhouse self supporting.

Through donations from individuals, organizations, corporations and grants from Foundations, as well as the State of Florida, the Playhouse was restored operational and began producing community based musicals in 1989 featuring local volunteer performers. In 1991, the Playhouse was accepted onto the National Register of Historic Places in Tallahassee and the official corporate name became The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse. As the programming grew and became popular, the Stars of Tomorrow youth program was established in 1992 beginning with eight young people and now has over 264 participants each season featuring youth ages 7 through high school graduation. The program instructs them in not only the performing arts but life management skills as each “Star” is required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average in their classes.The performer base has now grown to over 600 volunteers who rotate throughout the productions each year with a core group known as the “Gold Star Performers” who perform in consecutive performances each season.

An audience base of 4,000 season patrons support the Playhouse each year and performances are known to sell out to the public before the run of each production is finished. Over 55,000 audience viewers participate each year.

Due to the growth of the programs, a Capital Campaign was launched to raise $2.5 million dollars to build a Technical Support Annex on the property east of the historic building which was donated by Harrison Vanderslice. The project totals $2.5 million and the Playhouse is continuing to raise the remaining $485,000 in funds needed for completion.

Known to all as “Broadway on Brevard” this team of artists including performers, musicians, technical staff, costume & lighting designers, set builders, office staff and all volunteers who give so much in each area that is needed, are truly an example of one of the highest quality community theatres in our country.

A very special thank you to the City of Cocoa Council Members and Administration, Dee and Don Hendrick, our many Sponsors for their generosity in underwriting our TWENTY-SECOND SEASON, and to all of our Season Patrons and many volunteers.

Our Programs are sponsored in part through the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners Cultural Grant through the Brevard Cultural Alliance, The Margaret Heins Foundations and contributions from individuals, corporations, and organizations.
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  • This is a great place to spend the day. Cocoa Village always has something going on. Great restaurants and very cute stores.  more »
  • Terrific! Will be returning for future productions. Tickets, seating, other logistics were well-handled. All associates were friendly and helpful. The play was fun with talented performers and beautuf...  more »
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  • Wonderful Historic Cocoa Village Theater!! Opening Night of Cinderella!! My Husband and I flew in from Minnesota last week to stay at our Timeshare in Cocoa Beach and I looked up things to do in the area and it brought up the Plays that were performed at the Cocoa Village Theater and so we booked the play Cinderella a week ago and we went to see it tonight and it was Fantastic!! The Decor was great in the Theater, they had special Candy and Chocolate treats made up to sell and they had Drawings for a Cinderella Basket filled with Mementos!! Half of the monies raised would go to The Theater and the other half to a lucky person whose name was drawn! Everything was so special and the Play was just excellent, it was a large cast and the Performers reacted well with each other! The Colors and the Themes that they painted the Scenery and the Designs of their clothing was Awesome! Everything was just Fantastic... Wonderful job!! Some of the future Plays look Wonderful also... A White Christmas will be put on at Christmas time and The Sound of Music will be put on later In the Spring!! I feel like booking another flight down from Minnesota to come and see these Plays!!
  • We went to see Cinderella on opening night. The cast's performance was phenomenal. The costumes were wonderfully and vibrantly designed. The prop changes were executed beautifully. The community really came together and created a fabulous production. The venue itself is something at which to marvel. With rich dark tones highlighted with huge sparkling chandeliers, the atmosphere is sophisticated, yet inviting.

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