Administration

CRT Administration

Kerby Thompson (Producing Artistic Director) has served in this position at Cortland Rep since 2000. In his time here, he has successfully lead the theatre thru two capital campaigns: one for $150,000 to install an elevator and sprinkler system in the Little York Pavilion, and one for $2.25 million to create "CRT Downtown".  Additionally at CRT, he has performed in The Addams Family (Mal Beinke),  The Full Monty (Harold), Chicago (Billy Flynn - Winner of the Syracuse Area Live Theatre "SALT" Award for Best Actor of the Summer Season), Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Michael Minnetti - SALT nominee), Moonlight and Magnolias (David Selznick - SALT Award for Best Actor of the Summer Season), The Music Man (Harold Hill - SALT nominee), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), and The World Goes Round (Man 2). CRT directing credits include Agatha Christie's Cards on the Table, 1776, Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story, The Ladies Man, Rumors, See How They Run, Unnecessary Farce, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and others.  Previously to coming to Cortland, he lived in New York City for 14 years as an actor/singer/dancer, director and choreographer. Favorite performance credits include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starring Loni Anderson, and The Best Little Whorehouse… starring Barbara Eden.  He said Hello to Dolly! and Bye Bye to Birdie on two national tours, and performed in two international tours with Dolly! and Anything Goes to Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.  


barclay diamondBarclay Diamond (Business Manager) has worked as the Business Manager in the CRT Business Office since 1993. She takes pride in her behind the scenes job and enjoys the different day to day duties involved with working in the office. Some of her duties include handling Subscriptions, Accounting, Gift Certificates, Program Ads, Corporate Sponsorships, Fundraisers and Box Office Sales. Barclay is a member of the Burns McCauliffe Post 465 American Legion Auxiliary where she holds the title of First Vice. You can also find her marching in several parades during the summer with the Legion Post’s Marching Unit. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and sends her love to her husband, Paul, her dog Bear and their three children; Jessica, Cody and Skylar.

 

 


Eric Behnke (Production Manager / Facilities Manager) is overjoyed to be joining CRT full time!  Eric started at CRT in the summer of 2006 as a Stage Manager and Company Manager.  He has worked on Cats, Joseph…, Brigadoon, Fiddler, Trailer Park Musical, and othersIn 2010, he became one of CRT’s lighting designers, and has designed Les Miiserables, The Full Monty, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Andrews Brothers, and others.  Outside of Cortland, Eric has been the technical director/light director for national tours of The Phantom Tollbooth, Chasing George Washington, Knuffle Bunny (The Kennedy Center) The Magic School Bus, Fifty Shades! The Musical Parody (Maximum Entertainment) and the automation carpenter for the international tour of Dreamgirls.  He was an electrician with The Hippodrome Theatre in Florida and at many Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres.  Additionally, he was substitute electrician for the Daily Show with John Stewart.  Most recently, he was a Production Coordinator for the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase. In his full time positions, Eric will oversee the tech aspects of all CRT shows, and is responsible for maintenance and upkeep on all CRT buildings.  He met his wife, Kris, at CRT during the 2009 season, got married at the Little York Pavilion in 2013 and became the proud papa of Rosie June in July, 2015!


Kris Valentine Behnke (Youth Program Manager) is overjoyed to make her home with CRT! Kris first worked at CRT as a Stage Manager/Company Manger in the 2009, ’10 and ’11 summers, working on such shows as Unnecessary Farce, Forever Plaid, Chicago, and The Andrews Brothers. In the years in between and following, she toured nationally with 50 Shades: The Musical Parody, Maximum Entertainment's The Magic School Bus Live!, Strega Nona: the Musical National Tour, and the Nebraska Theatre Caravan's A Christmas Carol. She has also worked with Tada! Youth Theatre in Manhattan, and two Off-Broadway shows: Forever Dusty: The Dusty Springfield Musical, and iLuminate: Artist of Light. Kris also took a summer to manage Field Station: Dinosaurs, an educational dinosaur theme park for kids in Secaucus, NJ (36 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs! Check it out!). She is thrilled to be working with CRT to create a new Youth Program! Kris is equally thrilled to be given the opportunity to work alongside her husband Eric, whom she met at CRT in 2009, whom she married at the Pavilion in 2013, and with whom she welcomed their first baby, Rosie June in July, 2015!

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

President

John Folmer

Vice President

Nicole Cottone

Treasurer

Garrison Marsted

Secretary

Jeffrey Penoyer

Board Members

Kimberly Allen

Michele Ball

Robert Barber

Gloria Crane

Dorothea Fowler

Ingrid Fox

Harriet Higgins

Tom Knobel

Bill Lee

Adam Megivern

A. J. Meldrim

Kellyann O'Mara

Mark Re

Mark Reynolds

Sam Sheehan

Michael Sills

Annamaria Sprague

The History of Cortland Repertory Theatre

Cortland Repertory Theatre: A Brief History

 

cortland repertory theatre history
Oscar winner Holly Hunter in "To Kill a Mockingbird" in 1976 with Forrest Robinson and Scott Reid
cortland repertory theatre history
Two time Tony-award winning director and Tony-nominated actor Joe Mantello (right) in "The American-Italian Reconciliation" in 1990 with Russell Goldberg
cortland repertory theatre history Tony-award nominated Actor Stephen Bogardus (right) in "Capt. Jinks of the Horse Marines" in 1977 with Ted May

Origins:  In the winter of 1971-72, Dr. James Palmer, associate director of theatre at SUNY Cortland, and David Yaman, a local real estate developer, recognized the need for a quality summer theatre experience for visitors and residents of Central New York. Through the generosity of 23 charter members, Cortland Repertory Theatre was born. The theatre opened on July 5, 1972 in the charming, turn-of-the-century Pavilion at Dwyer Memorial Park on Little York Lake and boasted a young, semi-professional company dedicated to bringing popular plays and musicals to theatre lovers in the area. For six years, the theatre played an eight-week season in rotating repertory, after which the format was changed to five plays running for two weeks each.  In 1998, one more production was added to the schedule, with current seasons mostly offering three musicals and three non-musicals. 

Expansion: The theatre has had numerous Artistic Directors, Managing Directors and Business Managers over the years.  In the autumn of 2000, Kerby Thompson was hired as Producing Artistic Director, and under his leadership, CRT has seen many changes and expansions.  In 2005, after a successful $150,000 capital campaign, a sprinkler system and handicapped accessible elevator was installed at the Little York Pavilion.  In 2010, CRT purchased a former bowling alley in downtown Cortland with plans to convert the building into a year-round venue.  After a 5-year, $2.25 M capital campaign, “CRT Downtown” was born which is now home to business and box offices, a scenic and properties construction shop, and a black-box performance space operating in the winter months, which doubles as summer production rehearsal space and dance studio.  The building also includes second floor dressing rooms and a catering kitchen.  While the summer shows are still held at the Little York Pavilion, the downtown venue holds comedy nights, concerts, cabaret nights, community dances and proms along with CRT produced plays and original productions.  Both spaces are rented for weddings, meetings and corporate events.

Youth Programs: In 1988 CRT introduced "Early Stages," a program designed to introduce children to the range of performing arts, which was disbanded in 1996. 2001 saw the creation of "CRT Kids" with summer children's productions, summer workshops called “Showstoppers and Superstars” for K-5 grades, and “Stars of Tomorrow” for 5th – 12 grades and "The Pavilion Awards," an awards program which recognizes outstanding achievement in local high school theatre.  In 2015, a part-time Youth Programs Director was brought on board, who created “CRTYP” – the CRT Youth Programs.  Within this program, theatrical classes and workshops are held on weekends for younger students and The Playmaker’s Club, comprised of high school theatre students, meets once a week to study the performing and technical arts.

Volunteers:  CRT exists because of an ever-changing but always-dedicated support group of volunteers.  The 21-member Board of Directors, which includes two Youth Board members, oversees the staff and day-to-day operations. Board members serve on numerous committees including Budget and Finance, Risk Management, Play Review, Operational Fund Raising and Marketing.  The Board also raises $25,000 a year for general operations.

The CRT Theatre Guild was formed the same year as the theatre with 12 members dedicated to supporting the theatre.  Now grown to over 100 members, the Guild raises up to $26,000 yearly and is a vital part of the yearly budget.  Guild members serve refreshments at intermissions, host fund raising dinners and festivals, provide strike night dinners for crew members and generally serve as positive outreach representatives to the community. These dedicated community volunteers devote countless hours to the innumerable activities that go on behind the scenes of CRT.

Finances: CRT’s annual budget, having started in 1972 at $35,000, has grown to nearly  $950,000 in 2017. This is largely due to ticket sales, though individual donations and corporate sponsorships from the Central New York business community provide invaluable support as well. CRT also receives yearly financial support from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Cortland County Legislature. For capital campaigns and large improvements, CRT has been awarded numerous state grants sponsored by Senator James Seward, Assemblyman Clarence Rappleyea, Assemblyman Dan Fessenden, Assemblyman Marty Luster, Assemblyman Gary Finch and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton. CRT has utilized these grants to add dressing rooms and air conditioning to the theatre in the 1980’s, purchase a warehouse headquarters in the 1990’s, install a sprinkler system and elevator to the Pavilion in the 2000’s, and to create CRT Downtown in the 2010’s.

Actors, Designers and Staffing: Over the years, CRT's acting company has included several rising stars. The most prominent of these is Holly Hunter, a CRT intern during the 1976 season, who went on to win the Best Actress Academy Award in 1994 for "The Piano". Also, Tony-winning director Joe Mantello has acted on the CRT stage and Tony-nominated actor Stephen Borgardis has appeared.  In 1993, Tony nominated actor Andre De Shields directed CRT's production of "Ain't MisBehavin'".  Numerous actors, performing interns and designers have gone on to successful Broadway and national tour careers.  

Day-to-day operations are run by the full-time Producing Artistic Director, Business Manager and at least one Box Office staff member.  In 2015, a Production Manager/Facilities Manager was hired to maintain the Pavilion, CRT Downtown and warehouse.

The History of The Little York Pavilion

History of the Little York Pavilion

Traction Company Park

Little York Lake provided the only resort area between Binghamton and Syracuse in the late 1800's. DL&W excursion trains from Syracuse deposited their passengers here, who would spend the day at the southern end of the lake, boating, dancing and picnicking. The Cortland Traction Company operated a park on the Tioughnioga River in Cortland, which was only accessible by riding the company's trolley across Elm St. Bridge. In an effort to increase ridership, the company extended the trolley lines north to Little York and Preble. At the same time, 1904, it purchased 90 acres of farmland on Upper Little York Lake to develop another park. This was a prevailing custom in the trolley business. However, unlike other traction company parks, Little York's was designed for eating and dancing, rather than for amusement rides.  

boathouseOriginal Park Layout

The original park layout included two large boat houses, close to the shores on either side of a long dock. At the end of the dock was a gazebo-styled structure with benches arounds its interior. An unusually styled water tower stood nearby with an interior stairway leading to an observation area at the top. The path made by the trolley crossed the broad lawns of the park. The park was extremely popular in the years before World War I, when trolley use peaked. However, usage of the first floor restaurant and second floor dance hall fell off in the 1920's as the Traction Company became more focused on supplying electric power to communities.    

Park Abandoned, then Revived

In 1932, the New York Power Corporation, successor to the Cortland County Traction Company, abandoned the park. Various individuals attempted to revive interest with little success. At the urging of the Little York Garden Club in the late 1930's, the County Board of Supervisors eventually purchased the property. But not until 1951, under County Highway Superintendent William Dwyer, were improvements seriously begun. In 1972, the pavilion became the home of Cortland Repertory Theatre.  

Changes Over the Years

No documentary information has been found to tell us who designed the park's pavilion or how the final design selection was made. We can only guess that Cephas B. Barker of Tully and Newark Valley, who is credited with building the pavilion, was also its designer. The pavilion in the City of Cortland's park was torn down and parts were used in the construction of this new one in 1906. The building has undergone many changes over the years. The most prominent addition was in 1961, when a slate-roofed stone restroom facility was added on the north side. A large brick chimney occupies the center of the east wall; a similar one on the north was removed in 1973. Later alterations include the enclosure of the ten foot wide verandahs on the north side to accommodate kitchen facilities and dressing rooms. The roof of the pavilion was originally surfaced with cedar shingles and was edged with white electric lights. Both roof and lighting were removed long ago, and the present roof is a combination of tin and asphalt shingles, newly reshingled by Cortland County in the spring of 2001. Elsewhere, alterations have been carried out more in sympathy with the original design: stairways, porch rails and flooring have been rebuilt, fire doors installed, and wooden steps replaced with concrete. The pavilion is architecturally unique in this area. It is also the only trolley park in the region to remain intact and in use. In 1979, it was named to the National Historic Register. Researched by Shirley Heppel, former Cortland County Historian.

Past Seasons of CRT, 1972 - Present

2017

The 39 Steps

La Cage Aux Folles

Footloose

Appointment with Death

Nana's Naughty Knickers

Life Could Be a Dream

The Velveteen Rabbit

 

2016

Ken Ludwig's The Fox on the Fairway

West Side Story

A Chorus Line

Agatha Christie's Cards on the Table

The Kitchen Witches

The Marvelous Wonderettes

Pinocchio

 

2015

Always a Bridesmaid

1776

The Addams Family

Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror

Miracle on South Division Street

Suds: The Rockin' '60's Musical Soap Opera

The Jungle Book

 

2014

Boeing Boeing

All Shook Up

Les Miserables

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily

Making God Laugh

Ring of Fire:  The Music of Johnny Cash

Alice in Wonderland

 

2013

The Unexpected Guest

Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story

The Full Monty

The 1940's Radio Hour

Shipwrecked! An Entertainment

I'll Be Back Before Midnight

The Heroic Adventures of Puss N Boots

 

2012

The Ladies Man

Grease

Cats

The Hollow

The Drawer Boy

The Mystery of Irma Vep

Aladdin

 

2011

Rumors

Chicago

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

A Murder is Announced

The Smell of the Kill

Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz

 

2010

Spider's Web

See How They Run

The Pajama Game

Brigadoon

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

The Andrews Brothers

The Jungle Book

 

2009

Once on This Island

I Hate Hamlet

Damn Yankees

Unnecessary Farce

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

Forever Plaid

A Bagful of Fables

 

2008 

8 Track: The Sounds of the ‘70s

Leading Ladies

The Mousetrap

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

A Few Good Men

Johnny Guitar

Wiley and the Hairy Man

 

2007

Almost Heaven: The Music of John Denver

How the Other Half Loves

Ten Little Indians

Fiddler on the Roof

Almost, Maine

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

Treasure Island

 

2006

Five Guys Named Moe

It Runs in the Family

Murder on the Nile

Annie Get Your Gun

Moonlight and Magnolias

I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett

James and the Giant Peach

 

2005

I Do! I Do!

Don’t Dress for Dinner

Dial ‘M’ for Murder

South Pacific

Over the River and Through the Woods

Idols of the King

Rumplestiltskin

 

2004

A Grand Night for Singing

Relatively Speaking

They’re Playing Our Song

The Music Man

Corpse!

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Once Upon a Wolf

 

2003

The All Night Strut

Bedroom Farce

State Fair

Deathtrap

The Nerd

Honky Tonk Angels

Winnie-the-Pooh

 

2002

Nunsense III: Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree

The Miss Firecracker Contest

Bye Bye Birdie

Harvey

The Star Spangled Girl

My Way: A Tribute to the Music of Frank Sinatra

Charlotte’s Web

 

2001

Nunsense II: The Second Coming

Barefoot in the Park

The King and I

Sylvia

Steel Magnolias

Always…Patsy Cline

The Secret of the Sea Serpent

 

2000

The Sunshine Boys

Arsenic and Old Lace

Run For Your Wife

The Wizard of Oz

Breaking Legs

Sex Marks the Spot

 

1999

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Perfect Wedding

The Mikado

Chapter Two

Man of La Mancha

Summer Solstice

 

1998

Pump Boys and Dinettes

No Sex, Please, We're British

The Sound of Music

The Miracle Worker

My Fair Lady

Greater Tuna

 

1997

Anything Goes

Love, Sex and the I.R.S.

The Taffetas

Moon Over Buffalo

Guys and Dolls

 

1996

Phantom

The Foreigner

The World Goes ‘Round

The Odd Couple

Oklahoma!

 

1995

Private Lives

Lend Me a Tenor

Something’s Afoot

Driving Miss Daisy

Forever Plaid

 

1994

A Life in the Theatre

The Dining Room

Nunsense

Eleemosynary

Tour de Farce

 

1993

You Can't Take It with You

The Middle Ages

Ain't Misbehavin'

Marvin's Room

Smoke and Mirrors

 

1992

Wait Until Dark

Mornings At Seven

Bus Stop

Educating Rita

Bye Bye Birdie

 

1991

Present Laughter

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill

Talley's Folly

Chester and Grace

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

 

1990

Blithe Spirit

Foxfire

Italian American Reconciliation

Arsenic and Old Lace

1940's Radio Hour

 

1989

The Mystery of Irma Vep

Company

Play it Again, Sam

Steel Magnolias

They All Do It

 

1988

Angel Street

Hay Fever

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

'Night, Mother

Iolanthe

 

1987

The Mousetrap

Waltz of the Toreadors

The Music Man

Sister Mary Ignatious Explains It All For You / The Actor's Nightmare

Little Shop of Horrors

 

1986

Dames at Sea

The Foreigner

The Fantastiks

The Elephant Man

H.M.S. Pinafore

 

1985

Pump Boys and Dinettes

The Glass Menagerie

Summer Stock Murder

The Seven Year Itch

The Merry Widow

 

1984

They're Playing Our Song

Picnic

Kiss Me Kate

On Golden Pond

Pirates of Penzance

 

1983

Tintypes

Barefoot in the Park

Westward Holmes!

Scapino

Damn Yankees

 

1982

I Do! I Do!

Bell, Book and Candle

Where's Charlie?

Witness for the Prosecution

No, No, Nanette

 

1981

Fiddler on the Roof

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Robber Bridegroom

A Little Night Music

Same Time, Next Year

 

1980

South Pacific

Sleuth

Harvey

Ashes of Roses

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

 

1979

Oklahoma!

Vanities

Something's Afoot

The Miracle Worker

Side by Side by Sondheim

 

1978

Man of La Mancha

Count Dracula

Candide

Equus

Carousel

 

1977

Guys and Dolls

Two Times Three

110 in the Shade

Capt. Jinks of the Horse Marines

Once Upon a Mattress

 

1976

Merry Go Round

Gypsy

To Kill a Mockingbird

Little Mary Sunshine

Godspell

 

1975

Oliver!

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Anything Goes

Cabaret

Private Lives

 

1974

Camelot

Butterflies Are Free

The Boyfriend

Marigolds

Sweet Charity

 

1973

The King and I

Plaza Suite

1776

Wait Until Dark

Carnival

 

1972

Fiddler on the Roof

The Fantastiks

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Robin Hood

The Bremen Town Musicians

FAQs / Policies and Procedures

Accessibility

Both the Little York Pavilion and CRT Downtown comply with the ADA requirements for accessibility.

 

Assisted Listening: Both the Little York Pavilion and CRT Downtown are equipped with FM frequency assisted listening devices.  These devices are available at the Box Office during events at both CRT locations.  A valid identification such as a driver's license is needed to be left as collateral, and upon return of the device in the same condition, this identification will be returned. There is no charge for this service.  Personal headphones are allowed as well.  Neck loops are available that are compatible with our listening devices.

 

Large Print Programs:  Copies of our programs, enlarged to 8.5x11 page size, are available at the Box Office.

 

Wheelchair/Walker Accessibility: If wheelchair accommodations are needed, please be sure to request this when purchasing tickets. 

 

Little York Pavilion:  The theatre in the Pavilion is located on the second floor, accessible by an elevator.  The elevator is located in the stairwell at the top of the first floor ramp on the west side of the building.  On the second floor, the wheelchair accessible theatre entrance is located on the west side of the building, a few feet away from the elevator.  12 seats total are available for wheelchair seating in the front row, with companions, on two sides of the stage. The front row seats are also all accessible for individuals with walkers or canes; the rest of the seats are up one to five steps.  CRT requests, for the safety of other audience members and actors, that ushers are allowed to remove walkers during the performance; they will be returned directly following the show. 

 

Please be aware that the rest rooms for the Pavilion are only located on the FIRST floor of the building.

 

Plus” Size Seating: Select aisle seats at the Little York Pavilion are “Plus” size seating to accommodate those guests who wish to take advantage of this opportunity.  Please request this seating when purchasing tickets.

 

CRT Downtown:  Select seats are provided for wheelchair seating at CRT Downtown, though the exact locations of these seats may change as the seating configuration varies from show to show. Please check with the Box Office staff when purchasing tickets as to exact locations of wheelchair seating.

 

Aisles

The Little York Pavilion: For safety and as a courtesy to performers and other ticketholders, please do not sit or stand in the aisles.

 

CRT Downtown: Because of a variety of seating arrangements possible at CRT Downtown, we ask our audience members to be mindful of other ticketholders around them.  Please tuck chairs under the tables if moving from your seat.  Please keep the areas around your tables open as much as possible to allow other ticketholders to move from their seat if necessary.

 

Alcohol Management

The Little York Pavilion:  Alcoholic beverages are not sold during our summer performances.  No outside beverages of any kind are allowed inside the theatre.

 

CRT Downtown: For most events at CRT Downtown, beer and wine is available for purchase. No one under 21 years of age will be served. The Cortland Repertory Theatre staff and volunteers are trained in the Alcohol Training Awareness Program for responsible alcohol management. All guests may be required to show ID to purchase alcohol. Guests are not permitted to bring in alcoholic beverages from outside and may not leave with alcohol purchased inside CRT Downtown. Management reserves the right to refuse the sale of alcohol to any guest.

 

Please be aware that it is the policy of Cortland Repertory Theatre to require all guests who appear to be forty (40) years of age or younger to present a valid form of ID with proof of age in order to purchase alcoholic beverages at CRT Downtown.


Pursuant to applicable state law, Cortland Repertory Theater will accept a valid driver’s license, a non-driver identification card issued by the United States Government or State Government, a valid passport or a valid U.S. military ID as proper forms of I.D.

 

Animals

Service Animals: Service animals are permitted at both Cortland Repertory Theatre locations.  We do ask that if you plan to attend with a service animal that you alert our Box Office to this fact beforehand.

 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as any dog, such as a guide dog or signal dog that is individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.  This includes psychiatric service animals that are individually trained to provide service to individuals with psychiatric or neurological disabilities, such as preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.  Service animals must be harnessed, leashed or tethered at all times, unless special circumstances exist, and will be required to rest in the seating area of the individual with a disability, rather than in the aisle.  A guest whose service animal poses a threat to the safety of other guests and employees, or whose animal is not housebroken, may be asked to escort the animal off the premises.


Emotional Support Animals: 
An emotional support animal may only be used at our facilities by persons with a diagnosed mental or emotional disorder.  While the animal may or may not have specific training for that function, it must be trained to behave appropriately in a public setting.   Animals must be harnessed, leashed or tethered at all times, unless special circumstances exist, and will be required to rest in the seating area of the individual who brought the animal, rather than in the aisle.  A guest whose animal poses a threat to the safety of other guests and employees, or whose animal is not housebroken, may be asked to escort the animal off the premises.

Assisted Listening Devices
Both the Little York Pavilion and CRT Downtown are equipped with FM frequency assisted listening devices.  These devices are available at the Box Office during events at both Cortland Repertory Theatre locations. You will be required to leave valid identification such as a driver's license as collateral, and upon return of the device in the same condition, your collateral will be returned. There is no charge for this service.  You may use your own headphones as well.  Neck loops are available that are compatible with our listening devices. 

Bag/Coat Check

Little York Pavilion:  There is no bag or coat check at the Pavilion. Please note that backpacks and other large bags are not permitted into the theatre; ticketholders are asked to leave such items in their vehicles or if necessary, with the box office staff.

 

CRT Downtown:  A free bag/coat check is available. Tips are accepted and benefit the Cortland Repertory Theatre Guild.  Please note that backpacks and other large bags are not permitted into the theatre. For the comfort, safety and security of all patrons, all such items must be checked. Smaller purses are permitted.

 

Bag Searches

Cortland Repertory Theatre asks all guests to arrive early and travel light. If a concern is raised, persons and bags are subject to search.  Please note that no outside food or beverages are allowed in either location of Cortland Repertory Theatre.

 

Bottles and Containers

Outside food and beverages are not permitted in either of Cortland Repertory Theatre’s locations. Our concession stands offer a variety of beverage and snack options, including coffee, bottled water, cookies and various snack candies.  Proceeds from all sales benefit the fund raising efforts of the Cortland Repertory Theatre Guild.

 

Can I take concessions into the theatre?

Little York Pavilion: Bottled water is allowed in the theatre; coffee/soda and other beverages are not. Pre-packaged snacks purchased at the refreshment counters are allowed in the theatre, though we do ask audience members to be mindful of noise and disturbance of the people around you.

 

CRT Downtown: Bottled water is allowed in the theatre.  The allowance of other beverages and snacks vary from show to show.  Please check with the volunteers at the refreshment counters for clarification of what is allowed in that particular production.

 

Box Office

The year-round Cortland Repertory Theatre Box Office is located at 24 Port Watson Street in Cortland. Please click HERE for more information on tickets and subscriptions

Box Office Hours at CRT Downtown: 

Fall/Winter/Spring:  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Summer: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. 

During the summer months, the Little York Pavilion Box Office is open one hour before each performance. 

 

Broken Seats

If your seat is broken, please contact the nearest Usher or the House Manager for further assistance.

 

Cameras & Recording Devices

Video cameras, monopods, tripods, audio recording devices, cell phone video cameras, and cameras with telephoto or zoom lenses are not permitted inside either Cortland Repertory Theatre location during plays. This policy will be strictly enforced.  Some concerts at CRT Downtown may allow photography and brief video recording, and this will be stated at the beginning of the concert.  However, flash photography at all times is strictly prohibited.

 

Cancelled / Postponed Events

Cortland Repertory Theatre rarely cancels or postpones events. However, should the decision be made to cancel or postpone an event, this information will be posted on our website, Facebook page and Twitter account as soon as we receive it. Please continue to check our website and call our main information telephone line for the latest, up-to-the-minute information.  In such situations, refunds and exchanges will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

 

Cell Phones

Cell phones MUST be turned off for all Cortland Repertory Theatre performances.  We ask that they are turned off, not placed on silence, vibrate or in airplane mode, so that they won't create possible static in our sound system.

 

Children

If you have a question about the age-appropriateness of a play or performance, please check the event description on this website, or call our Box Office PRIOR to the purchase of tickets. While we strive to provide descriptions that will suit all tastes, please be aware that everyone has a different description of what is “family friendly”.  Our description may not match yours, but we will do our best to rank the level of show.

 

Coat Check

Little York Pavilion:  There is no bag or coat check at the Pavilion. Please note that backpacks and other large bags are not permitted into the theatre; ticketholders are asked to leave such items in their vehicles.

 

CRT Downtown:  A free bag/coat check is available. Tips are accepted and benefit the CRT Guild.  Please note that backpacks and other large bags are not permitted into the theatre. For the comfort, safety and security of all patrons, all such items must be checked. Smaller purses are permitted.

 

Code of Conduct

Please be courteous and mindful of our fellow guests with whom you are sharing this experience.  Audience courtesy includes arriving on time, behaving in a manner appropriate to the performance, using the intermission (not during the performance, if possible) to visit the rest rooms if needed and refreshment counter if desired so as not to disturb other audience members, and returning to your seat after intermission when the lights are flashed or the bell has rung.

 

Cell phones MUST be turned off for all Cortland Repertory Theatre performances.  We ask that they are turned off, not placed on silence, vibrate or airplane mode, so that they won't create possible static in our sound system.

 

Little York Pavilion: We ask all guests to be respectful of others around them. Any guest who interferes with the enjoyment of another individual during an event is subject to ejection from the building. During most performances, we ask all guests to remain seated for the duration of the performance.

 

CRT Downtown: We ask all guests to be respectful of others around them. Any guest who interferes with the enjoyment of another individual during an event is subject to ejection from the building. Depending on the demographics of certain events (such as concerts), ticketholders are allowed to visit the refreshment counter during the act, provided that they do so without disturbing their fellow audience members.

 

In both locations, kneeling or standing on seats or any building structure is not permitted and may result in ejection from the event.

 

Concessions

Our concession stands offer a variety of beverage and snack options, including coffee, bottled water, cookies and various snack candies.  Proceeds from all sales benefit the fund raising efforts of the Cortland Repertory Theatre Guild.  At some CRT Downtown events, popcorn and pretzels may also be available for purchase as well as beer and wine. We ask that you use cash to purchase your snacks.

 

Cortland Repertory Theatre does not sell cooked food at either location.

 

Outside food and beverage, including water, are prohibited

 

Can I take concessions into the theatre?

Little York Pavilion: Bottled water is allowed in the theatre; coffee/soda and other beverages are not. Pre-packaged snacks purchased at the refreshment counters, are allowed in the theatre, though we do ask audience members to be mindful of noise and disturbance of your fellow audience. 

 

CRT Downtown: Bottled water is allowed in the theatre.  The allowance of other beverages and snacks vary from show to show.  Please check with the volunteers at the refreshment counters to clarify.

 

Directions

Please click on the links at the bottom of this page for maps to either Cortland Repertory Theatre location.

 

Disabled Services

Cortland Repertory Theatre is happy to provide disabled accommodations and sells tickets to disabled individuals.  Should you need special seating arrangements and companion seating, please be sure to mention this when purchasing tickets. Assisted Listening Devices are available at the Box Office at both locations.  Please see more detailed information under “Accessibility”.

 

Door Opening Times

Doors for events at both Cortland Repertory Theatre locations typically open one half hour prior to event start time.

 

Dress Code

Unless otherwise noted, Cortland Repertory Theatre does not have a formal dress code. We do ask, however, that you use your best personal judgment when dressing for an event.  During cooler summer evenings at the Little York Pavilion, a sweater is suggested.

 

Drinking Fountain

Little York Pavilion: There are no drinking fountains available at the Little York Pavilion.  Please be aware that the Pavilion is located in a County Park and is owned by Cortland County.  Concerns about the building and park should be addressed to the Cortland County Highway Department.

 

CRT Downtown: There are two drinking fountains are located outside the rest rooms.

 

Email Mailing List

To become part of Cortland Repertory Theatre’s email mailing list, please click on the cream colored box titled "Sign Up For Our Mailing List" at the bottom of this page to receive news via e-mail. As new shows and performances are frequently added, any printed materials might quickly become outdated. While we do occasional mailings, we handle the majority of our communications via email. You may also check this website for the latest schedule, or call our Box Office at 800-427-6160.

 

Employment Opportunities

Please click here to learn about employment opportunities at Cortland Repertory Theatre.

 

Exchanges & Refunds

Single tickets for all Cortland Repertory Theatre events are sold on a non-refundable and non-exchangeable basis. Subscribers and flex pass purchasers are allowed to exchange tickets – to a different showing of the same production - for a small fee, at least 24 hours in advance of scheduled performance. There are no refunds for missed performances.  Please consult your calendar before you purchase tickets so as to avoid unnecessary costs.

 

First Aid

Our Box Offices have emergency assistance kits, with band-aids, alcohol swabs, aspirin, etc.  A defibrillator is located in the box office at the Little York Pavilion, and in the Stage Manager’s booth at CRT Downtown.

 

Flash Photography

Flash photography inside both of Cortland Repertory Theatre’s location is prohibited at all times. Flash photography is not only distracting to the performers, but to your fellow patrons as well.

 

Flex Passes / Subscriptions

Please click here for information about Subscriptions and Flex Passes.

 

Food and Beverage

Outside food and beverages are not permitted in either of Cortland Repertory Theatre’s locations. Our concession stands offer a wide variety of beverage and snack options, including coffee, bottled water, cookies and various snack candies.  Proceeds from all sales benefit the fund raising efforts of the Cortland Repertory Theatre Guild.

 

Can I take concessions into the theatre?

Little York Pavilion: Bottled water is allowed in the theatre; coffee/soda and other beverages are not. Pre-packaged snacks purchased at the refreshment counters, are allowed in the theatre, though we do ask audience members to be mindful of noise and disturbance of your fellow audience. 

 

CRT Downtown: Bottled water is allowed in the theatre.  The allowance of other beverages and snacks vary from show to show.  Please check with the volunteers at the refreshment counters to clarify.

 

Friday Night Talkbacks

During summer performances at the Little York Pavilion, Cortland Repertory Theatre hosts Friday Night Talk Backs most Friday evenings, unless otherwise noted.  Talkbacks include question and answer periods with the actors, designers, technicians and administration.  Those audience members interested in taking part should simply stay in their seats following the performance and the talkback will begin as soon as possible.

 

Guest Services

Cortland Repertory Theatre is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable atmosphere. Any guest in need of assistance during an event should seek an Usher, House Manager or a member of the CRT Staff.

 

Handouts/Leaflets/Vending
The distribution of promotional items, flyers, handbills or printed materials is not permitted without written permission of Cortland Repertory Theatre. In addition, vending, peddling or product sampling is not allowed.

Hotels / Restaurants

Please click here for information on hotels and restaurants in Cortland County.

 

Inclement Weather

Cortland Repertory Theatre rarely cancels or postpones events due to inclement weather. However, should the decision be made to cancel or postpone an event, this information will be posted on our website, Facebook page and Twitter account as soon as we receive it. Please continue to check our website and call our main information telephone line for the latest, up-to-the-minute information.  In such situations, refunds and exchanges will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

 

Intermission

Most shows at CRT have one 15 minute intermission.  Please use this time to visit the rest rooms or refreshment counter, rather than during the performance.  On rare occasions, a show may be performed without an intermission. This will be noted in the playbill insert for that production.

 

Large Print Programs

Copies of our programs, enlarged to 8.5x11 page size, are available at the Box Office.

 

Late Arrivals

To cause the least amount of disruption to the performance, the live performers and to other patrons, late comers will be seated at the discretion of the house manager or ushers.  Late comers may not be seated in their assigned seats until intermission or at an appropriate break in the performance.  There is seating in the rear of the theatre for later comers until they are able to get to their assigned seats.  Late comer seating may be required for those returning late after intermission as well.

 

Listening Devices

Both the Little York Pavilion and CRT Downtown are equipped with FM frequency assisted listening devices.  These devices are available at the Box Office during events at both CRT locations. You will be required to leave valid identification such as a driver's license as collateral, and upon return of the device in the same condition, your collateral will be returned. There is no charge for this service.  You may use your own headphones as well.  Neck loops are available that are compatible with our listening devices.

 

Lost and Found

If you've misplaced an item while you're still at the theatre, please visit our Box Office or Refreshment Counters. Any items found by ushers or other patrons will be taken to the Box Office. If you have already left the theatre, please call Cortland Repertory Theatre Box Office at 800-427-6160 for items lost and we'll be happy to check our Lost and Found for you.

 

Lost Tickets

If you have lost or forgotten your tickets, please visit the Box Office on the day of the show with a form of ID and we will be happy to reprint them for you.

 

Merchandise

Occasionally, Cortland Repertory Theatre has gift items or T-shirts available for purchase at the refreshment counters.  Please check with our volunteer Guild members for what might be available during your visit.

 

Messages

During performances, the Cortland Repertory Theatre Box Office will only accept emergency messages from individuals not at the performance.

 

Minimum Age Policy

If you have a question about the age-appropriateness of a play or performance, please check the event description on this website, or call our Box Office PRIOR to the purchase of tickets. While we strive to provide descriptions that will suit all tastes, please be aware that everyone has a different description of what is “family friendly”.  Our description may not match yours, but we will do our best to rank the level of show.

 

Parking

Little York Pavilion:  There is ample parking at the Pavilion, also suitable for bus parking.

 

CRT Downtown:  There is a large parking lot next to our theatre, and also parking across the street in the Cortland Youth Bureau parking lot.

 

Disabled Individual parking spaces are available at both Cortland Repertory Theatre locations.  While not required, those seeking to use these spaces are suggested to arrive early so as to be sure to obtain a convenient parking space.  Please be aware that Cortland Repertory Theatre does not own nor is responsible for the arrangement or maintenance of either parking lot near our theatres.

 

Plus” Size Seating

Select aisle seats at the Little York Pavilion are “Plus” size seating to accommodate those guests who wish to take advantage of this opportunity.  Please request this seating when purchasing tickets.

 

Prohibited Items

We ask all guests to arrive early and travel light. We ask that our guests avoid bringing unnecessary items. If a need arises, theatre representatives may conduct person or bag searches. Bags that have passed inspection must fit comfortably under your seat. Amongst items that are prohibited from Cortland Repertory Theatre locations are: weapons, laser pens, signs, banners, oversized bags, outside food and beverage, including water, cans, bottles, alcohol, drugs, video cameras, monopods, tripods, audio recording devices and cameras with telephoto or zoom lenses.

 

Questions/Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns before or after an event, please call our Administration Office at 607-753-6161 or send an email to info@cortlandrep.org.  If you have questions or concerns during the event, please seek the nearest Usher, House Manager or Cortland Repertory Theatre Staff member.

 

Recording Devices

Video cameras, monopods, tripods, audio recording devices and cameras with telephoto or zoom lenses are not permitted inside Cortland Repertory Theatre locations at any time. This policy will be strictly enforced.

Re-Entry

Cortland Repertory Theatre’s re-entry policy varies from event to event and differs at each location. If you have any questions regarding re-entry, please speak to an Usher or House Manager PRIOR to exiting the theatre.  If re-entry is allowed during a specific event, the re-entry process will start only after the show has begun. All guests must show their valid ticket to the front door staff before exiting.

 

Refunds & Exchanges

Single tickets for all Cortland Repertory Theatre events are sold on a non-refundable and non-exchangeable basis. Subscribers and flex pass purchasers are allowed to exchange tickets - within the same production - for a small fee, at least 24 hours in advance of scheduled performance. There are no refunds for missed performances. Please consult your calendar before you purchase tickets so as to avoid unnecessary costs. 

 

Renting The Pavilion or CRT Downtown

Please click here for information and pricing on hosting an event at either of our locations.

 

Restaurants

Please click here for information on restaurants and hotels in Cortland County.

 

Rest Rooms

Little York Pavilion:  Rest rooms are located on the FIRST floor of the Little York Pavilion (the theatre is located on the second floor).  Please plan your visit accordingly.  Rest rooms are located on the parking lot side of the building.  There is one uni-sex Disabled Persons rest room.

 

CRT Downtown:  Rest rooms are located in the front foyer near the entrance to the theatre.

 

Schedule of Events

Please click here to visit our Events/Show page.

 

To become part of Cortland Repertory Theatre’s email mailing list, please click on the cream colored box titled "Sign Up For Our Mailing List" at the bottom of this page to receive news via e-mail. As new shows and performances are frequently added, any printed materials might quickly become outdated. While we do occasional mailings, we handle the majority of our communications via email. You may also check this website for the latest schedule, or call our Box Office at 800-427-6160.

 

Seating Capacity

Little York Pavilion:  Seating capacity is 240.

 

CRT Downtown: For most events, the seating capacity at CRT Downtown is approximately 250.  However, this capacity does change depending on the seating configuration of that particular show or event.

 

Seating Chart

Little York Pavilion:  A seating chart of the Little York Pavilion is located on each individual show page.  Please click here to go to our Shows and Events page, and then click on the show logo of the performance you would like to attend.  A seating chart link will be on the next page.

 

CRT Downtown: Seating configurations vary from production to production at CRT Downtown. Please click here to go to our Shows and Events page, and then click on the show logo of the performance you would like to attend.  A seating chart link will be on the next page.

 

Seat Locations

Little York Pavilion:  Seats are numbered from right to left in the center section, and starting from the aisles on the side sections.  The 100 seats are House Left, the 200 seats are House Right.

 

CRT Downtown:  Depending on the configuration of the seating and stage, seat numbers may be located on the bottom of the seats.  For cabaret style seating, seat numbers are not applicable.

 

Security

We ask all guests to arrive early and travel light. We ask that our guests avoid bringing unnecessary items. If a need arises, theatre representatives may conduct person or bag searches. Bags that have passed inspection must fit comfortably under your seat. Some items that are prohibited from Cortland Repertory Theatre locations are: weapons, laser pens, signs, banners, oversized bags, outside food and beverage, including water, cans, bottles, alcohol, drugs, video cameras, monopods, tripods, audio recording devices and cameras with telephoto or zoom lenses.

 

Smoking

By law, smoking in all areas of Cortland Repertory Theatre is prohibited. You may smoke outside either of our building, at a minimum distance of 50 feet.  Please be sure to retain your ticket for admittance back into the building.

 

Talkbacks

During summer performances at the Little York Pavilion, Cortland Repertory Theatre hosts Friday Night Talk Backs most Friday evenings, unless otherwise noted.  Talkbacks include question and answer periods with the actors, designers, technicians and CRT administration.  Those audience members interested in taking part should simply stay in their seats following the performance and the talkback will begin as soon as possible.

 

Tickets

Tickets may be purchased in person at CRT Downtown Box Office (please click here for hours, which vary seasonally), by phone (800-427-6160) and online on this website.

 

Ticket Stubs

Please hold on to your ticket. This is proof that you are in possession of a valid ticket for the event that you are attending and also designates your correct seat location. This information will also help our staff locate your party in the event that you become separated. Cortland Repertory Theatre staff may ask to see your ticket at any time during the event. You will also need to keep your ticket in the rare occurrence an event is cut short for any reason.

 

Ticket Surcharges

There is no additional surcharge when purchasing tickets over the phone or in person.  There is an additional charge for online sales, which helps pay for ETix, the online ticket sales company.  This fee does not go to Cortland Repertory Theatre.

 

Upcoming Events Calendar

Please click here to visit our Events/Show page.

 

Click here to join Cortland Repertory Theatre’s email mailing list and receive news updates via e-mail. As new shows and performances are frequently added, any printed materials might quickly become outdated. While we do occasional mailings, we handle the majority of our communications via email. You may also check our website for the latest schedule, or call our Box Office at 800-427-6160.