The Valley Playhouse

Harrisonburg's Community Theater


Welcome to the Valley Playhouse, the premier live theater for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The Valley Playhouse was founded in 1966 by a group of James Madison University faculty members from the departments of Theater and Speech Communication. They were known as the Valley Players. Plays were performed in different venues until the mid-1990s when the group renovated a building at 111 East Water Street. Learn more about our history on our About Us page!

Valley Playhouse is excited to announce that they will be holding open auditions for the classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring. 

What: Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace!

When: Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26  at 6: 30 – 8:30 pm (only need to attend one evening)

Where:  Offices of Harrisonburg Homes Team at Kline May Realty, 83 S. Main St., Harrisonburg,         VA 22801

Roles for 14 performers, 11 males and 3 females, ages 14 +, performances July  28 - 31 and August  4 – 7, 2022 at Court Square Theater. 

Valley Playhouse is pleased to be holding auditions for the comedy classic Arsenic and Old Lace.  Directed by Kyle Legore. 

Auditions will be conducted with a performance of cold readings from selections from the script.  


Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring is the famous comedy classic originally produced on Broadway by Lindsay and Crouse. Frank Capra converted the famous script into the successful, screwball comedy in 1969 starring Cary Grant and Pricilla Lane.  


In Arsenic and Old Lace, the audience meets the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers; and the antics of their nephew who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt. When their other nephew Mortimer returns home and learns of his aunt’s “hobby” mayhem ensues. 


Rehearsals are planned for Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 6: 30 – 8: 30 pm. Location for rehearsals will be Blue Ridge Community College. 


For more information, please email us at Or email the director Kyle Legore at