If you haven't seen a Langhorne Players' production at the historic Spring Garden Mill, come prepared for a unique experience. The Mill, which is part of Tyler State Park, was originally built in 1819, and has been renovated numerous times. Because of its age and historical character, molding and maintaining it for theatrical use has been a continual work-in-progress ever since the Players, which is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, began leasing the Mill in 1976. The Mill's location, next to Neshaminy Creek, both adds to its charm and puts the structure at risk of flood damage—a risk that has been realized enough times to have surely strained both the Company's finances and its resolve.
Why mention these challenges? Keep them in mind when you decide to see a Langhorne Players production. Make sure you get to the Mill early enough to walk around a bit, both inside and out. Breathe in the some of the atmosphere and history of both the Mill and Langhorne Players. Note the intimacy you experience with the action on stage from any of the 73 seats in the theater. Even first-timers may begin to feel the organic connection between the production and the place.
If the setting and the play aren't enough to give you the warm fuzzies by intermission, consider the free soft drinks and salty snacks provided at the break. The self-acknowledged "signature" snack is the incredibly popular "cheese curls." [Donation jars are strategically situated in the lobby to cover the costs of the snacks, but there is no pressure to contribute.]
Seeing a production of Langhorne Players at the Spring Garden Mill is more than just going to see a play. It truly is an experience greater than the sum of its parts.
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