About Us

Since 1961 Piedmont Players Theatre has been serving Salisbury and surrounding area by providing quality theatre.

With the help of a tremendous amount of generous volunteers and donors, what started out in 1961 as an idea for a “little theater” has grown to become a Salisbury institution, recognized by the North Carolina Theatre Conference as The Outstanding Community Theatre in North Carolina.

After performing the first few years at Knox Junior High School, a young PPT moved performances to Hedrick Theater at Catawba College in 1964 where the organization remained and continued to grow for nearly three decades. Resident Director Reid Leonard arrived at PPT in 1986 and immediately gained a reputation for doing a variety of top quality shows, from intense dramas to screwball comedies.

In 1992 PPT purchased the Meroney Theater in Downtown Salisbury. After spending three years and $1.8 million renovating the theater, the Meroney reopened to public with Jesus Christ Superstar on October 19, 1995.

On May 20, 2010 PPT opened the Norvell Theater, one of the only all-youth theatres in the state, with the youth production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  In addition to the 5 mainstage shows at the Meroney each season, PPT also produces 5 youth shows each year at the Norvell. The Norvell Theater has established a new era of youth theatre for Piedmont Players and for Rowan County. Students are involved in every aspect of the production, from ushering and concessions to backstage. In the fall of 2014, PPT launched its Youth Theatre Academy.

In December of 2014 PPT purchased Eastern Costume Company, one of the largest and most respected costume companies in the country, and moved the company to Downtown Salisbury. Currently supplying and building costumes for theatre companies from California to the Carolinas, Eastern Costume has a 35 year reputation for building the highest quality costumes in the industry with a focus on style and authenticity. In addition to renting costumes and outfits to various theatre companies throughout the country, the new location also welcomes walk-in customers.