Home to the Spring Lake Theatre Company
Since 1978, the Theatre has been the home of the Spring Lake Theatre Company – probably the most well-known and popular member of the Community house “family”. Renovated in 1986, the theater seats over 350 patrons – and usually for every performance. The Spring Lake Theatre Company is known far and wide for producing Broadway-quality musicals, comedies, and dramas, with professionally talented casts, lavish sets and costumes, and show-stopping performances. Each year, the Company puts on six different shows per season, with the opening night ticket sales of each donated to a different, well-deserving area charity.
The highlight of every season is the annual performance of the Christmas classic "Scrooge", with generations of families returning every year to experience its unique magic and spirit of giving. Proceeds from "Scrooge" fund the Community House Christmas Fund which brings new toys and clothing to area families who otherwise would not have anything under the tree on Christmas morning. Over 200 local families in Monmouth and Ocean counties are assisted through this holiday outreach program each year.
The Brown Room and Potter Room
Home to Civic and Community Organizations
In 1923, the first floor meeting room was dedicated as the Brown Room, in honor of Oliver Brown. Along with the Potter Room, these rooms serve as an essential – and only – haven for many groups that do much to help the people of Spring Lake. Many civic and community organizations use these inviting, elegant rooms as their only meeting place, including support groups, service organizations, and other programs and gatherings.
The Potter Room also serves as the hub f the operations of the Community House, the business office of the Spring Lake Theatre Company and Board of Trustees. This is also the place where most of the beautiful costumes in the Spring Lake Theatre Company productions are assembled and coordinated.
Home to the Spring Lake Public Library
For many Spring Lake residents, their first introduction to the love of reading – and the Community House – has been at the Spring Lake Public Library. The Public Library has been a resident of the Community House since its dedication, and it collection has grown through the years.
Now, the library serves the entire community, from beginning readers to students researching their school work, to adults looking for the latest best sellers. Computer technology rounds out the collection, which houses over a thousand books, periodicals, cd’s and dvd’s.
The library is also home to Story Time sessions for its preschool visitors, and book clubs for children and adults. In winter, the cozy fireplace adds to the warm ambiance and gives the visitor a feeling of home.
The Woman’s Club Room
Home to the Woman’s Club
The Woman’s Club has always been home to groups devoted to the advancement of Spring Lake and its people, places, and sites. It is the site of meetings for the Spring Lake Woman’s Club, and 85 year old institution dedicated to helping area needy through fund-raising efforts, as well as scholarship programs.
The Rehearsal Space
Home to the Children’s Theatre Workshop
The Rehearsal Space is just that – a sparsely furnished “space” – but it is also a warm, vibrant home to a very special member of the Spring Lake Community House community – the Children’s Theatre Workshop. Since its inception in 1982, almost one thousand children in the Jersey Shore community have graduated from the program. This exceptional program has provided area children access and exposure to professional-level training in acting, singing, dance and other aspects of theatrical performing. It also provides children with opportunities to gain friendships, skills and greater self-esteem. Each child participates in a performance that often rivals those performed by the Spring Lake Theatre Company – which is where the children often progress to after their always-positive experiences at the workshops.
The Rehearsal Space was designed to be used by large groups, and is ideal for the Children’s Theatre Workshop needs. In the fall of 2010, the space was refurbished with a new hardwood floor throughout. Additionally, many students have been named recipients of the Community House’s Adelaide Heilner Scholarship since it was established in 1986. This scholarship is awarded to the graduating high school senior who exemplifies the true spirit of community during his or her tenure at the Community House.
The Dance Room
Home to the Spring Lake Theatre Dance School
Oliver Brown's original mission of “the furtherance and appreciation of music and art, classes … devoted to specific educational needs” is truly realized through the Dance Room, home to the Spring Lake Theatre Dance School. The Dance Room has been designed to meet to meet all the needs of dancers learning and honing their craft–mirrored walls, barre, and low-impact wooden floors.
The Spring Lake Theatre Dance School has been in residence in the Community House since 1976. Each year, students enter the Dance School program to learn ballet, modern dance, and other dance techniques from professional instructors and choreographers.
The highlight of the year is the annual Spring recital featuring all of the students, from age three to high school seniors. Over a thousand children have graduated from the Dance School since its inception.