Dear Friends and MLT Supporters

The Artistic Enrichment Fund

The Artistic Enrichment Fund provides direct support for Marblehead Little Theatre’s shows, productions and programs and furthers our commitment to bringing performing arts and arts education to Marblehead.

Ticket prices cover only a part of the cost of producing live theatre productions. The Artistic Enrichment Fund helps fill this funding gap enabling MLT to  expand its offerings of both new and classic productions and to grow its outreach programs.

Click the “Donate” icon below to donate to the Artistic Enrichment Fund.

Or just drop a check in the mail (write Artistic in the memo line) to Marblehead Little Theatre, Inc., 12 School Street, Marblehead, MA 01945.

The Firehouse Restoration Fund

The Marblehead Little Theatre Firehouse Restoration Fund was established in 2000, shortly after Marblehead Little Theatre (MLT) purchased the former Marblehead Central Firehouse (located at 12 School Street, Marblehead, MA 01945) from the Town. The challenge: raise enough money to convert the abandoned building into a performing arts center and permanent home of MLT. The 1890 Firehouse is a historic building and MLT agreed to preserve its exterior as part of the restoration process. Over the past eighteen years MLT has raised and invested over $1.65 million in the three story, 6,980 square foot Firehouse. 

Click the “Donate” icon below to donate to the Firehouse Restoration Fund.

Or just drop a check in the mail (write Firehouse in the memo line) to Marblehead Little Theatre, Inc., 12 School Street, Marblehead, MA 01945.

Marblehead Little Theatre, Inc. is a 501 (C) (3) and thus all donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

For additional information or questions about the Firehouse, please contact us via e-mail at

History of the Firehouse Theatre Renovation Project

The first effort was to make the building structurally sound and weather tight. A new roof, all new windows, re-pointed bricks and two beautiful mahogany doors, replicating the original Firehouse doors, did the job. In order to get a permanent occupancy permit for the planned first floor theatre, MLT installed sprinkler and fire alarm systems throughout the building, bringing it up to the current “Public Assembly” building code. At the same time the facility was completely rewired. A new, highly efficient gas-fired hot-water heating system was installed to serve the second and third floors and the cellar, and a modern, very quiet HVAC system was installed to serve the first floor Theatre. Last but not least, two attractive handicap accessible bathrooms were constructed on the first floor. The first floor occupancy permit was issued in 2005.

In 2006 a new terrace and ramp were constructed to provide proper ADA access to the Theatre and enhance the entrance to the building. That same year a group of volunteers built a storage shed in back of the Theatre, and installed a “Sound Down” floor on the second level to reduce noise transmitted to the first floor.

In 2009 a $260,000 3-stop elevator was installed that gave full ADA access to the upper floors – and the town amended MLT’s occupancy permit to allow use of  the entire building. The second floor contains a rehearsal space equal in size to the Theatre stage area and a dedicated “classroom/studio” for the Children’s Theatre. The third floor stores MLT’s vast costume collection along with stage furniture. It also houses the building’s mechanical systems.

MLT Vestibule artThe dream of restoring this landmark building to its full beauty and to create a 92-seat “Black Box” performance space in Marblehead, available to arts organizations throughout the North Shore, was basically completed at the end of 2011 when a new Vestibule Entrance was added to the front of the building. It features a unique interpretation of the “Comedy and Tragedy” theme designed and developed by Marblehead artist Elaine Caliri Daly.  Her clay model was enlarged to a 10’ wide by 2’6” high cold cast bronze installation.

Marblehead Little TheatreTower windowsThe 12 boarded up hose tower windows were replaced in the fall of 2011. The 11’ high units were replicated in Maine and installed with weatherproof frosted Plexiglas behind the louvers to make the tower weather tight.  A light system was installed and Marblehead boasts another “beacon in the sky”. In 2012 – 13 two “wish list” projects were completed: two second floor bathrooms for cast members and Children’s Theatre participants, and the second floor was air-conditioned.

The 92-seat “black box” Marblehead Little Theatre is very well equipped with a modern theater lighting system and surround sound including HD projection capability. The Theatre dimmer system and control board were replaced in 2014 – 15 with a state-of-the-art system and a program to replace the Theatre lighting with LED fixtures is under way. The conversion will greatly reduce energy consumption and allow lighting designers much more creative license.

The Henry Dembowski Endowment Fund

hd-of-the-hdef-web-versionMarblehead Little Theatre has created the Henry Dembowski Endowment Fund dedicated to the preservation of MLT’s Firehouse Theatre on School Street in Marblehead. The endowment is named to honor long time MLT member, performer, producer and past President Henry Dembowski of Swampscott, after his more than 20 years of involvement with Marblehead Little Theatre. The endowment will primarily support significant Firehouse Theatre repair projects as well as the replacement of major systems as they approach the end of their useful life.

More about the Henry Dembowski Endowment Fund

To make a contribution to the Henry Dembowski Endowment Fund please do one of the following:

  • Check – Drop a check made out to MLT in the mail to Marblehead Little Theatre, Inc., 12 School Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. Indicate on the memo line: HDEF
  • Credit Card donations – Click the “Donate” icon below

Marblehead Little Theatre, Inc. is a 501 (C) (3) and thus all donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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