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Newton's Turtle Lane Playhouse Closes its Doors

The Auburndale theatre spot has canceled its scheduled production of "Jesus Christ Super Star."

After more than three decades in Newton, the Turtle Lane Playhouse in Auburndale has officially closed its doors.

The local theatre company announced the closure on its website Tuesday, Feb. 5:

Turtle Lane has closed its doors today and canceled our last scheduled production.

We would like to thank all of our patrons and subscribers for these last 32 years and also all of the wonderful actors who have come through these doors.

Sincerely,
The Staff at Turtle Lane Playhouse

Turtle Lane announced last spring its plans to close by the end of 2012. It then decided to extend its final season with a production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," which was scheduled to run April 19 - May 12, 2013. However, as explained in its farewell note, Turtle Lane decided to cancel its final production. 

According to the Turtle Lane website, the non-profit theatre organization started as an offshoot of Wayland's Vokes Theatre in the 1970s. The group of actors started with a production of "Godspell" and held rehearsals at a cast member's house, which was located on Turtle Lane in Dover, Mass.

After success with its "Godspell" production, more actors joined and the group purchased the old Auburndale Club on Melrose Street in 1979. Two years later, the Turtle Lane Playhouse opened its doors with a production of "A Little Night Music," according to its website. 

In addition to its productions, Turtle Lane also offered internships, classes and a Children's Workshop series in the summer. 

As part of its closure, Turtle Lane is selling off its costume supply, including suits, dresses, hats, belts, shoes and fabric. More information is available on the Turtle Lane website

What will you miss about the Turtle Lane Playhouse? Share your memories in the comments section below. 

Ed Simches May 24, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Prior to moving to Florida in 2010, I had been a season ticket subscriber for several years. I am sorry that the theatre has closed. I will never forget The Full Monty Ed Simches

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