Exhibit of Blue Hill Troupe Memorabilia

calendar icon July 10, 2024 - July 31, 2024

From July 10th through July 31th, the library will display an exhibit of Blue Hill Troupe memorabilia in the Howard Room glass cases. The Blue Hill Troupe, a New York-based philanthropic theater company, can trace its roots to the summer of 1924: Dr. and Mrs. Seth Milliken had decided that a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta would be a healthy family alternative to the traps and snares of the Roaring Twenties. As a result, a group of amateur thespians assembled in East Blue Hill to perform H.M.S. Pinafore on the deck of the Millikens’ yacht Shawna, lit from the land by automobile headlights, and accompanied by Kneisel Hall music students bravely perched on a nearby boat. Thus the Blue Hill Troupe was born.

Headquartered in New York City since 1926, the Blue Hill Troupe has periodically returned to its roots – and when the Troupe last came to Blue Hill in 1999 for its 75th anniversary performance of H.M.S. Pinafore, there were still some in the audience who had performed in the original 1924 production, and were able to join the cast in song. This July, the troupe returns for two 100th anniversary performances.

The Blue Hill Troupe is not only a preeminent Gilbert & Sullivan repertory company, but also a major charitable organization in its own right. Its volunteer members spend untold hours building sets and making costumes, and rehearsing for multiple productions every year, and all net proceeds are donated to other non-profit organizations. The Troupe’s 2024 performances in New York City were for the benefit of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and Kneisel Hall will be the beneficiary of the 100th anniversary performances in Blue Hill.