I assume this also impacts the Eileen Boevers Performing Arts Workshop and Theatre for Young Audiences — two highly respected programs, founded by the recently deceased Boevers, that educate students and children about the arts.
Apple Tree has been producing professional plays and musicals for nearly 30 years. During this tenure, their work has earned them 117 Jeff nominations and 32 Jeff Awards.
They are represented this season with two Jeff nominations for their leading ladies’ musical performances in Wings (Mary Ernster) and John and Jen (McKinley Carter). Doug Peck is also recognized for his music direction in Wings.
Recently, Apple Tree was the first theatre outside of New York to produce Ahrens and Flaherty’s Dessa Rose.
For whatever lame reason, I didn’t visit Apple Tree until this season, where I caught Wings (my review here) and Third (my review here). Three things I noticed about these productions: 1) great acting; 2) inventive, resourceful and intimate staging; and 3) incredibly small audiences.
So, not a surprise they are closing their doors. But very, very unfortunate.