Melbourne Civic Theatre, then known as Indian River Players, was born in 1951 and is the oldest community theatre in Brevard County. It was incorporated as a Florida Not For Profit Company in 1965.Make Melbourne Civic Theatre a centerpiece of your Melbourne vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Melbourne driving holiday planner.
MCT is currently located in Le Gallerie, in Downtown Melbourne (in the space formerly occupied by The Phoenix Theatre).
Its first production was Big Hearted Herbert in February of 1952. MCT (then IRP) staged its first three seasons in the municipal auditorium at Trailer Haven. In 1953, Indian River Players began renovation of a partially burned Navy Mess Hall and turned it into a theatre that was their home for over 23 years. When maintenance costs became too high Indian River Players decided to join the effort to renovate the Henegar Center changing its name in 1988 to Melbourne Civic Theatre to further identify itself with the community it serves. MCT began operation as the resident theatre group when the Heneger Center of the Performing Arts opened in 1991. In 1999 MCT moved into its own space in the Metro West Shopping Center in West Melbourne, renovating the former Meadowland Library into a theater. MCT staged many a show and dinner theater production at that location until moving into the former Phoenix Theatre location (MCT’s current home) in Historic Downtown Melbourne in the summer of 2006.
MCT (IRP) has won many awards over the years. Some of the most notable are Winner of Florida Theatre Conference in 1980 with The Dumb Waiter and Winner of Florida Theatre Conference in 1990 with Painting Churches. Actress Gillian Wilson won Best Actress. Through its 58 seasons of producing fine entertainment and education for the community, MCT has had its ebbs and flows, changes and moves and many of the usual situations that any volunteer organization goes through. People have come and gone, but without exception they have left behind them a wealth of memories and a healthy dose of the magic that is theatre.
As Melbourne Civic Theatre continues to grow in this new century along with the rest of Historic Downtown Melbourne, its goal is to continue in the fine tradition of those who have gone before and to continue enriching the quality of life in Brevard County.
Melbourne Civic Theatre Reviews
This charming little theater is home to some big talent! While visiting from out of town, I had the opportunity to see "I Hate Hamlet", a witty comedy that was thoroughly enjoyable. Clever script... more »
We love this little theater. There no bad seats and the shows are fantastic. Today we saw I Hate Hamlet. Great acting and a fun show. more »
This is a very small venue - maybe 100 seats. The plays are well done and the volunteers are amazing! I love this place!
Amazing experience. Play was done very well. Would recommend
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