Long before there was a Shakespeare Festival, Croton residents were entertained by "The Metropolitan Players".
Courtesy of the archives at The Croton Historical Society, it's a forgotten chapter for most. A review of the file also shows that the performances largely benefited local causes such as the unemployed of Croton in the years following the depression. To cite another example, a performance of "Laff That Off" in 1932 was sponsored by Croton's Chemical Engine Company for the benefit of an injured member. Ads from the assorted play programs also feature old Croton businesses such as The Log Cabin Restaurant; and it appears nearly all the performances were at the high school. Incidentally, the "Help the Unemployed of Croton" poster below is from a prior Historical Society exhibit: Portraits of a Moment Past 1930.
Click on the scans below. SEE PART 2 OF THE METROPOLITAN PLAYERS HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/06/part-2-metropolitan-players-forgotten.html
You may also have an interest in Croton's Shakespeare Festival; see an index to the series here at EverythingCroton at the link below:
See PART ONE HERE: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/11/crotons-shakespeare-festival-part-one.html And PART TWO HERE: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/11/crotons-shakespeare-festival-part-two.html and PART THREE HERE: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/11/crotons-shakespeare-festival-part-three.html and PART FOUR here: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/11/crotons-shakespeare-festival-part-four.html