The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Inc. is a professional, not-for-profit theatre comprised of two unique creative entities with a combined budget of $2.4 million: The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse Musical Theatre and the Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre. The Playhouse is funded, in part, by the New York State Council for the Arts, Cayuga County, the City of Auburn, area businesses, local foundations and our patrons. The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse is dedicated to making live theatre an integral part of the lives of the people of New York State.
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Our Musical Theatre, known as Broadway in the Finger Lakes, will open its 36th season of performances in the Historic Carousel building in Emerson Park on Owasco Lake in 2007. Each season, we produce five spectacular Broadway musical productions. The facility, which underwent a $2.5 million renovation between the 2003 and 2004 seasons, has been dedicated as the Preston H. Thomas Theatre in the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. The project allowed for a remarkable transformation of the facility, significantly widening our technical abilities and providing our audiences with greater comfort and accessibility. In 2004, our first season in the newly expanded theatre, we performed for nearly 40,000 patrons, an audience which grew an impressive 13% over the 2003 season, a rate over 3 times the national average. In 2005, our audience swelled to just under 50,000 and we experience our first sold out production run in our new facility. Disney’s Beauty and The Beast sold out for its entire extended production run of 27 performances, that’s 13,500 patrons in just 3 1/2 weeks. In 2006, our audience crossed the 50,000 benchmark increasing some 7% to 53,351.