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Enter Stage Left Theater

Established in 1999

Enter Stage Left Theater (ESL) is the resident theater of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. In addition to providing quality theater education for people of all ages, ESL produces up to 12 productions every year. Each season brings a wide-array of theater options to local MetroWest audiences looking for a great affordable theater experience. The majority of ESL productions take place in the Hopkinton Center for the Arts’ new state-of-the-art Delbridge Family Performance Space


Auditions for ESL’s plays and musicals take place year-round for older teens and adults. Information is regularly updated on the audition page.


ESL also produces children’s workshops in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. Registration for these popular classes fill-up fast, so early registration is recommended.

Current Season (to purchase tickets, click on "Events" at the top)

Annie Jr. The Musical (Youth Production)

Show Dates: January 26–28, 2024

Songs For Grown-Ups

Show Dates: March 1, 2 & 8, 9, 2024

Villain School (Youth Production)

Show Dates: May 3–5, 2024

Fall in Love with the Treblemakers - Spring concert

Show Dates: May 18 & 19, 2024

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(Summer Stock Jr.)

Show Dates: July 13, 2024 | Two performances

AristoCats for Kids
(Summer Stock Jr.)

Show Dates: July 27, 2024 | Two Performances


Summer Stock (Teen/College)

Show Dates: August 9–10 & 16–17, 2024

A Play, A Pint & A Pie
One act play festival

Show Date: August 24, 2024

A Hatful Of Rain

Show Dates: October 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2024

We Are Monsters musical

Show Dates: November 8–10, 2024

Treblemakers Holiday Show

Show Dates: TBD

Get Your Tickets

Purchase your tickets ahead of time or at the door. All seating is general seating, first come seating, unless otherwise noted.

Performing Art Class


Casting Calls

We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, please submit qualified performers, without regard to disability, race, age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by law unless otherwise specifically indicated. 

Welcome to Family

Family is number one in most everyone’s book. It’s the same with Enter Stage Left Theater. Whether you are new to our organization, or you have been with us a long time, when you are with ESL, you are part of our family. Family can be defined as a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation – a fellowship. We are also thrilled that so many families have become a part of ESL, giving them a chance to connect in ways they may never have before. And what a thrill it is to see young children join the ESL family and to watch them grow into thriving teens and confident adults.

Seek The Zing

ZING: a lively, energetic, almost magical quality that excites emotion. At ESL, it’s the special moments of joy, love, passion and compassion that we strive to evoke on stage, create for our audiences, and experience for ourselves. It’s the fun and laughter we enjoy; and the connection we feel and want our audiences to walk away with. It goes beyond just performing. Seeking the “zing” is going for that unexpected skip of the heart. It’s the very magic of what we love to share. It’s that special thing that only live performance can bring.

Commit to Great

Commitment begins with committing ourselves to putting on great productions… great writing, great directing, great producing, great music, great individual performances, great cast collaborations, and great crew. It’s about committing to quality and personal growth––our own as well as those we help along the way. We work together to continuously develop our craft while helping others to evolve theirs. It’s about having confidence in our product high quality community theater

Inspire the Passion

At Enter Stage Left Theater we are committed to inspiring you to discover or rekindle your passion for theater. We love it when people tell us they pushed themselves out of their comfort zones to become part of an ESL event and are so happy that they did! The journey from nervous fear about auditioning, to receiving encouragement that what you are doing is special, to the joy of creating and sharing this wonderful gift of live theater is one we feel very passionate about. And we hope to inspire that passion in everyone who joins us, in whatever facet they may choose. 

Let Imagination Soar

Theater is a wonderful vehicle that enables and encourages imagination and creativity. From the beginning of a production to the end, there are so many opportunities to let imaginations go and embrace new discovery. We encourage creative energy from all who participate whether behind the scenes or in front of the audience. Usually the result is something that everyone is not only proud of, but that inspires the creative process and a spirit of discovery in each new program, production or event. 

Find A Way

Anyone who has ever been involved in any kind of production knows that there are many obstacles to overcome. But that’s what we love about live performances. When faced with desperation, we are forced to rise to the challenge. And what a feeling it is when we do! At ESL, we believe that what others may say “no” to, we say “yes” to and we put together to imagine how get it done. In every show there is the moment where you say ‘this isn’t going to happen’ but then magically it does, because we find a way. As the song goes, “I can do that!” 

ESL Mission

& Core Values

Bringing community and theater together to inspire, connect, and transform 

At ESL we hope you will find a community where everyone is welcome and accepted; where you can establish new and lasting friendships; where you will find support and encouragement.


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