Don’t Be Upstaged
If you enjoy live theater, the Space Coast has many options to take in the pleasures of attending a show.
For those who get it, comedies, dramas, and musicals are sometimes best experienced by watching actors tell their stories on the stage in front of a live audience.
The Brevard County theater scene has been growing in recent years, and now there are several options for theater buffs looking to see a professional-quality performance.
Vote Up Your Favorites. Places below are listed by number of votes.
Local Theaters (7)
Surfside Playhouse is a community theatre dedicated to the performing arts through productions, presentations, education and outreach. In April of 1959, a dynamic and excited group of erstwhile Thespians presented its plans for a live theatre in Brevard County. They called themselves The Surfside Players of Cocoa Beach. The Players began implementing its plans, approved by city officials, civic groups and local residents.In May, 1959, their first production, The Moon is Blue was presented at the Cocoa Beach Fire House. In following years, the Players staged their shows at the fire house, in churches & motels, and even on the beach! On January 6, 1963, ground was broken for a 270-seat theatre at the corner of Fifth Street South and Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Beach. In April of 1963, the dream came true with the official opening of Surfside Playhouse.Since then, Surfside has been Cocoa Beach's primary forum for the performing arts. We produce musicals, comedies, and dramas.
Gleason Performing Arts Center
The Gleason Performing Arts Center is the small college theater of a powerhouse technical university but don't let that deter you from hosting your event here! With seating for over 400 people, all types of events can be accommodated. Our talented technicians work their magic to take all of the technical guessing out of your event so it runs flawlessly. From video presentations to concerts to lectures, Gleason Performing Arts Center really can offer you the intimate setting of the theater with a high tech human touch.
The Henegar (Melbourne)
The Henegar is a Historic 1919 school building in the heart of Downtown Melbourne, Fl.The Henegar is a semi-professional theatre which presents new, avant garde and award winning plays and musicals. The Henegar strives to bring entertainment to Brevard that challenges, enlightens and entertains. In 2015, The Henegar was one of the first Theatres to produce Cry Baby, the Musical working directly with the Authors to create the version that is now able to be licensed around the world.The Henegar is home to two Theatres, our Mainstage which seats 476 and our Black Box Theatre which seats 80-100.
The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse (CVP)
Established as the "Aladdin" theatre, the doors opened to the public on August 18th, 1924, showing silent movies. Later, Brevards first talkie movie house became known as the showplace of the Indian River Section. As the owners changed through the years, the theatre featured vaudeville acts, served as a station for the American Red Cross during wartime and then became the State Theatre featuring movies on the big picture screen.Several owners and several decades later, the building was purchased by the City of Cocoa and renamed The Cocoa Village Playhouse. In August of 1984, Brevard Community College District Board of Trustees acquired the building for $1 with the understanding that the college would take the responsibility of ownership and make the theatre operate in the best interest of the community.
King Center for the Performing Arts
The Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors in 1988. Since that time, it has had a profound impact on the cultural and artistic landscape of Brevard County and Central Florida. The need for a performing arts center in Brevard County had been apparent for many years. Periodically, task forces were formed to try to garner the necessary funds, but each time the costs were deemed prohibitive and the idea was abandoned.Under the leadership of Dr. Maxwell C. King, former president of Brevard Community College, the means to achieve this goal became a reality. Enrollment patterns at BCC indicated that south Brevard was evolving into the population center of the area.
Melbourne Civic Theatre (Melbourne)
Melbourne Civic Theatre began life as the Indian River Players in 1951. We are Brevard County’s ‘longest running’ community theatre! Indian River Players staged three seasons in the municipal auditorium at Trailer Haven, beginning with its first play – Big Hearted Herbert – in February of 1952. Renovation of a partially burned Navy Mess Hall resulted in the theatre that would be IRP’s home for over 23 years. IRP was incorporated as a Florida Not For Profit Company in 1965.
Titusville Playhouse (Titusville)
The Titusville Playhouse, Inc located within the Historic Emma Parrish Theatre is a thriving 501-C Non Profit live theatre in their 53rd season. Providing professional quality entertainment on the Space Coast of Central Florida. In the 4th year of a 1.5 million remodel, you will experience wide and open seating with drinks available, all within a newly refurbished and relaxed environment. From ticket purchase to curtain down our goal is that your experience, at the Titusville Playhouse, be one of enjoyment and excitement!