If you choose to purchase your tickets at the door, our box office opens an hour before each show (6:30 pm for Friday and Saturday shows, 2:00 pm for Sunday matinees).
Doors to the theater open a half hour before each show (7:00 pm for Friday and Saturday performances, 2:30 pm for Sunday matinees).
If you have purchased an online ticket, you may arrive 45 minutes prior to the show to have your tickets scanned at our side door entrance (6:45 pm for Friday and Saturday shows, 2:15 pm for Sunday matinees).
Seating is by general admission, so please arrive early to claim your favorite spot!
For general information about the latest show and ticketing, call 850-629-8680.
If you have specific questions about ticketing, please contact us at [email protected].
The Panhandle Players have been bringing community theatre to Franklin County and surrounding areas since 1987. It all began with the first production of An Evening of Comedy in 1987 at the old Carrabelle High School gymnasium. The Players performed there with productions like Arsenic and Old Lace, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty-the Musical, All Because of Agatha, and Plaza Suite. After performing Pump Boys and Dinettes in 1994, the Players went on hiatus until 2001, when they decided to re-organize and had the opportunity to perform on a real stage at the newly restored Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola.
Panhandle Players, Inc. started off its revitalization with the comedy The Curious Savage and have been bringing quality performances to Franklin County and the surrounding area ever since. Over the years, other venues welcomed the Players in Eastpoint, Port St. Joe, and Carrabelle. Along with the Dixie Theatre, the Players have performed in firehouses, church reception halls, and even at the St. George Island Lighthouse Park, under the stars, with a raised platform as a stage.
Included in our repertoire have been Broadway classics, mysteries, whodunits, comedies, dramas, holiday shows, and more. Check out Show History for a full list of our past productions.
In 2016, a new era began with the beautiful Chapman Auditorium as our home. In this historic venue, we have continued to bring community theater to both residents and visitors alike, always looking for and encouraging new talent, and always hoping to please our audiences.
Are you interested in joining us, whether on stage or behind the scenes? Click here for more info!
The Chapman Auditorium was designed by E. R. James to serve as an auditorium and classroom space for Chapman High School. Work on the Chapman Auditorium building began in 1931. The cast stone structure was to contain eight classrooms and an auditorium. The initial contract called for the completion of the building within 250 days, but construction did not progress as rapidly as anticipated.
The School Board took over direct supervision of the work in 1932, with George Marshall placed in charge of construction. Eventually the Depression era Civil Works Administration took over construction of the building. When the Civil Works Administration was phased out, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration took over the project and finally completed it in 1934.
The Chapman High School class of 1934 was the first to graduate from the Chapman Auditorium. This building housed high school classes at the Chapman School. When the Apalachicola High School was constructed on 14th Street in the 1970s, the classrooms were converted into offices for the Franklin County School Board. The School Board deeded the property to Franklin County in 2009, and the County leased the Auditorium to The Panhandle Players, Inc. in 2016.
The building is the finest example of Art Deco architecture in Franklin County. It is adorned with cast stone details of crabs, owls and pelicans. Above the auditorium stage is an intricate scene in cast stone depicting a mariner scene with a sailing vessel and sailors rowing a boat. The scene includes a depiction of the Chapman Auditorium in the background.
The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation nominated the Chapman School and Auditorium to be added to its list of Florida’s most endangered historic sites in 2013. Since 2016, the Panhandle Players have been fundraising to renovate and preserve this beautiful space. We have added new curtains, lighting, and sound equipment, but we have much more work to do. Future plans include landscaping, painting the floor of the auditorium, and restoring light fixtures.
If you would like to support the continued maintenance, preservation and revitalization of this extraordinary public space, please click here.