Cider Mill Playhouse

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Cider Mill Playhouse
Cider Mill Playhouse Endicott NY 13760.JPG
Front entrance to theatre
Formation 1976
Type Theatre group
Purpose University
Artistic director(s)
Penny Powell

The Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott, New York, is a theater producing comedies, dramas and musicals. It is a member of the Theatre Communications Group.[1]


In the early 1970s, Binghamton University (then known as "SUNY B") professor and soon to be theater department chairman, Dr. John Bielenberg sought to expand the theater department venue to an off-campus site, first, to enhance "town-gown" presence, and second, and most important, to give the department's students more opportunities to practice and hone their craft.


Dr. Bielenberg and his colleagues found The Cider Mill, an apple warehouse on South Nanticoke in the Village of Endicott. After some discussions, Mill owner Orlando Ciotoli agreed and, on a handshake, the Playhouse was launched.

Playhouse Interior


Early Productions[edit]

Early productions included Company, Sleuth, Night Must Fall, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Of Mice and Men, Whose Life Is It Anyway, Da, Agnes of God, South Pacific, A Raisin in the Sun, Equus, The Last meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia, and others. "The professional nature of the theater was all important to us," recalled Dr. John Bielenberg, now-retired BU Theater Department Chairman. "The students were able to work with the professionals, whom we hired as actors and directors, in an atmosphere that they would find in their theater careers." [2]

A Christmas Carol[edit]

Cider Mill mounts an annual production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.[3] Every December since 1982, Cider Mill has produced its own musical version of the story.

Current Season: 2010 - 2011[edit]

"Agatha Christie's BBC Murders" Adapted by David Ossman and Judith Walcutt Sept. 16 - Oct. 10

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" by Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro, Music by Jimmy Roberts Nov. 4 - 28

"Unnecessary Farce" by Paul Slade Smith The official Unnecessary Farce website Jan. 27 – Feb. 20, 2011

"Bach at Leipzig" by Itamar Moses March 10 – 22, 2011

"Sylvia" by A. R. Gurney April 14 – May 8, 2011

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" by Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Conceived by Rebecca Feldman, Additional Material by Jay Reiss June 2 – 26, 2011 [4]


  1. ^ "TCG Member Theatres". Theatre Communications Group. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  2. ^ Grey, Gene (October 1, 1992). "Cider Mill Re-Opens". Press and Sun Bulletin. 
  3. ^ Post, Wendy (2009-12-13). "Cider Mill Playhouse presents 'A Christmas Carol'". Owego Penny Saver. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  4. ^ "". Retrieved February 1, 2011. 

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