The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse
About: Established as the Aladdin Theater, the doors opened to the public on August 18th, 1924, showing silent movies and hosting vaudeville acts. Later, Brevard’s first “talkie” movie house became known as “the scenic place of the Indian River Section”
In 1985, funds were raised through donations from individuals, organizations, corporations and grants from Foundations, as well as the State of Florida, to restore the historic theatre building. The Playhouse made operational in 1989, and began producing community based musicals featuring local volunteer performers. We are a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization and rely on the support of our community to sustain us.
In 1991, the Playhouse was accepted onto the National Register of Historic Places and the official corporate name became The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, Inc. As the programming grew and became popular, the Stars of Tomorrow youth program was established in 1992 beginning with eight young people and now has over 250 participants each season featuring youth ages 7 through high school graduation. The program instructs them in not only the performing arts but life management skills. The volunteer base has now grown to over 600 performers, artists, technicians, and ushers who rotate throughout the productions each year.
Mission: The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, Inc. (The Playhouse) provides quality affordable theatre and encourages lifelong education through participation in the performing and cultural arts.
The Playhouse’s dedication to its mission and the 55,000 people directly effected through our activities are guided by several goals outlined by our Board of Directors.
GOALS: The Playhouse provides quality programming for our audiences that meet the community's diverse and vested interests. We provide children with a secure place of expression and teach them discipline in their academic efforts and the arts. We honor and encourage diversity through outreach, employment, and programming. We engage our volunteers in community service projects. The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse is committed to improve accessibility for persons with physical, mental, and emotional challenges.
Known to all as “Broadway on Brevard”, this team of volunteers and staff strive to be of one of the highest quality community theatres in our country.