Quality community theater on Boston’s North Shore

Our Theater

The Porch - 2017

The Quannapowitt Players, Inc. mission is to produce quality and affordable theater, encouraging the arts in our community.

The Quannapowitt Players rehearse and perform on the ancestral lands of the Pawtucket people of the Massachusett tribe, whose name was appropriated by this Commonwealth. We also acknowledge that our organization is named for Lake Quannapowitt, whose name was derived and appropriated from the Native American Quonopohit of the Naumkeag people. We honor these communities as the original caretakers of this land, as well as honoring the diverse and vibrant Native communities who are still connected to the land on which we gather. We recognize this acknowledgement is insufficient and does not undo the harm done through colonization, violence, and injustice, and we commit to ongoing efforts to learn more and strengthen our relationships with all members of our local community. We would also like to thank the Reading Public Library for their research into this important local history.


QP has provided this quality community theater for over 85 years in a converted historic 1853 Little Red School House in the town of Reading  Massachusetts. Our delightful black-box performance space, with intimate seating for 150 patrons, has full handicap accessibility and parking.

QP mounts four full productions each year, with a balanced season of comedy, mystery, drama and farce, so there is something for everyone!  We guarantee you will be delighted by the talent and craftsmanship of our performers and designers.

We are an all-volunteer organization – from our actors who are featured on stage as well as the designers who build, light and produce the stage “magic.” Our volunteer membership is comprised of approximately 100 thespians, and our ticket sales/season subscription base is over 500 patrons. Our membership comes from all walks of life, and we prosper from the diversity these dedicated people bring to our theater.

QP is a proud member of Arts Reading,  American Association of Community Theaters (AACT), and Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theater (EMACT),

If you would like to join us in creating great theater please see the Membership description below.  We hold quarterly membership meetings, generally on the first Friday night of the month. Meetings are open to all members, and anyone interested in joining in the fun with us!

Suburban Holidays - 2018


Here at the Quannapowitt Playhouse, we are proud of the many wonderful volunteers who make up the Quannapowitt membership. We are always happy to have people join in on the fun! Our members come from all walks of life and each bring their own individual talents to the shows that QP produces year after year.

Membership fees are $25 annually, which includes Member BBQs and Holiday Parties, QP e-notices  and Audition notices.

Membership meetings are typically held monthly on the 1st Friday of the month during the season (September thru June). Membership meetings are open to all members and anyone interested.

Please call our Box Office Ticket Hotline at (781) 942-2212 and add your name to our mailing list today! Or send email to qpvolunteers@gmail.com.


Quannapowitt Players COVID-19 Policies

Updated 6/8/2022: As QP resumes live performances, we are committed to the health and safety of all of our artists, volunteers, and guests. Per local and national guidelines, we are no longer requiring masks in indoor spaces, though we continue to  recommend them for all compromised patrons, regardless of vaccination status. 

Based on local health conditions, we reserve the right to change this policy and reinstate any measures deemed necessary to maintain the health and safety of our cast, crew, and patrons. For further information, please feel free to email us at boxoffice@qptheater.com.

QP thanks you for your cooperation with this policy, and your ongoing support of the theater!  ~The QP Board of Directors.

By clicking on this button to purchase tickets, all members of your party agree to adhere to Quannapowitt Players’ COVID-19 policies. Details on our full policies can be found here (link) but includes proof of vaccination, and masking in all indoor spaces. Failure to adhere to these policies will result in denial of entrance to the theater without a refund.