The Pend Oreille Players produced their first play in 1997 under the artistic umbrella of CREATE. In 2004 Pend Oreille Players Association incorporated as its own non-profit organization. POPA has been teaching and producing the performing arts in the Pend Oreille Valley since 1997.
In April, 2015 POPA moved into our first permanent home at 236 South Union in Newport, Washington. The first production in this new space was "Oklahoma!", presented in June, 2015. POPA purchased this property from the Fraternal Order of Eagles in December, 2015 with a loan from the USDA Rural Development program.
The original building on the property was the Newport Creamery, of stick-frame construction. During the Great Depression, when dairy products, particularly butter, were in short supply, a robbery took place at the Creamery. The Sheriff responding to the call was shot and killed during the robbery, and his murder was never officially solved. A cinderblock building was built in the late 40s to replace the original building, which was destroyed by fire. The Creamery operated in the newly constructed building for another decade or so.
The building housed a small furniture repair shop for a short time, and sat unoccupied for a while. Eventully, the Newport Eagles moved in and called this building home for much of the latter 20th century and into the 21st century. The Eagles generously shared their space with the community until they closed their doors in 2015.
As the new Pend Oreille Playhouse, the building is the perfect space for POPA to continue to produce plays and musicals for all ages, hold summer drama day camps, and offer workshops for teens and adults covering several aspects of theatre. POPA also holds an annual One Act Play Festival and a New Play Workshop for new, unpublished works, and the Playhouse is home to a monthly Open Mic Event as well concerts by local and non-local artists.
Pend Oreille Players is a 501 (c) c Non-Profit, Charitable Organization.
The Pend Oreille Players Association does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, patrons, volunteers, and subcontractors.
Contact Us at: email@example.com (509)447-9900 236 South Union, Newport, WA 99156