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Eclipse Grange


The Parish Players perform at the Eclipse Grange Theatre in Thetford, Vermont. The Grange is available for rent to community organizations and individuals, subject to approval by the board.  Please contact us for details.

Eclipse Grange History

Early 19th Century

The structure was originally built as a barn on the east side of Academy Road just south of the old Thetford Academy campus.

Late 19th Century

As part of Camp Hanoum, the building – called the "Huntington Play Barn" – was used for camp activities.


Thetford's Eclipse Grange buys the building for use for its activities.


The Parish Players – founded a year earlier – holds its first production in the Eclipse Grange Hall.


The Parish Players takes title to the hall from the Eclipse Grange, agreeing to hold the facility "for the use and benefit of all community objects".


Eclipse Grange Hall is declared unsafe for public events; The Parish Players had to suspend use of the facility after 31 years, 126 productions, and more than 700 performances.

Spring 1998

The Parish Players Board approves a plan by Architect Andrew Garthwaite to renovate the Grange for long-term future use by the Players and other community organizations – subject to raising $200,000 to fund the cost of the project.

Thanks to many generous donors, we raised nearly that sum and embarked on a major renovation of the building. We added furnaces to replace the wood stoves, running water, and bathrooms to replace the old indoor "outhouse," improved the stage, storage and dressing rooms. We re-opened in 2002 with a performance of Lend Me a Tenor by Ludwig. We have produced shows continuously since then, anchored by our annual 10 Minute Play Festival, in its 10th year in 2016.


The Parish Players celebrates 50 years of high-quality community theater! See our up-coming productions, and we welcome your production proposal for future shows.

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