A Little History
Board meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and are open to all members.
Welcome to Three Notch Theatre, home of The Newtowne Players. The Newtowne Players was formed by former Artistic Director Wendy Heidrich and a large core group of founding executive council. The group quickly began to grow, and it wasn't long before they realized the necessity for a permanent space to call home.
The group tried several different avenues to find places to perform. Its first true production was held in the basement of the former Do-Dah Deli on the square in Leonardtown, Maryland. It was received with much enthusiasm, but the basement could not become a permanent home. They continued to look at a variety of venues, even performing in the streets for "Hot Summer Nights on Fenwick," and presented a "Mystery Dinner Theatre" at the Olde Breton Inn for the Knights of Columbus. Today, The Newtowne Players have achieved what many thought to be impossible. We have a home, appropriately named Three Notch Theatre, home of The Newtowne Players.
Before becoming a theatre, Three notch Theatre served the community for more than three decades as a public library. With the support of the St. Mary's County Commissioners and the Redevelopment Authority, The Newtowne Players took possession of the building in 2005 and began the transformation from library to community theatre - stripping the building down to bare walls and floors, erecting the seating area and revolving stage and setting up space for the lobby, green room, dressing room and box office.
The work was accomplished by an army of volunteers, and we are proud to continue to be an all volunteer organization. We believe Three Notch Theatre is a memorable experience for all of those who step through our doors. It is truly a community theatre: for the community, in the community, and by the community.
NTP endorses the goals of diversity and inclusion, the principle of equal opportunity, and condemns racism, prejudice, discrimination, and exclusion for all participants in NTP activities. To these ends, it is NTP’s policy that no person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in participation, membership, or production opportunities in any theatrical discipline or area of theatrical production based on race, color, culture, age, gender, physical disability, or sexual orientation. While we recognize that there can be no interference with the artistic integrity or contractual rights of the author, director, or other production members, we urge all NTP participants to challenge traditional stereotypes. We acknowledge that the growth and vitality of our theater is dependent upon the inclusion of diverse voices and impulses in writing, casting, directing, and producing.
The Newtowne Players at Three Notch Theater is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.