Elmwood Park Zoo and The Centre Theater Partner to Support the Arts

tuck everlasting
Image via the Centre Theater at Facebook.
Centre Theater's production of "Tuck Everlasting" opens tonight, March 3.

Elmwood Park Zoo has partnered with the Centre Theater to produce all cultural exhibitions and theater productions hosted and performed at the historic building, located in the heart of Norristown

The partnership was forged when the zoo played an integral role in opening the Charles L. Blockson exhibition at the theater in 2022.

The collaboration will continue through 2023 and beyond, with stage musicals that include Tuck Everlasting, which debuts today, Mar. 3.

“We believe this collaboration between the zoo and the theater is a crucial piece in the revitalization of Norristown,” said Al Zone, Elmwood Park Zoo’s Executive Director and CEO.

“Like the zoo, the Centre Theater is a destination for guests to learn and have fun. We hope that through the zoo’s support, the theater will attract more visitors and increase support of the arts in Montgomery County.” 

The Charles L. Blockson Exhibition opened at the theater in June 2022. It features elections from Blockson’s private collection of over 700,000 items and artifacts related to the global Black experience.

The theater’s staging of Tuck Everlasting runs through Mar. 19. Tickets are available online at the Centre Theater.

The Greater Norristown Society for the Arts owns the Centre Theater, which has been the anchor of Norristown’s Arts Hill since 1996. Elmwood Park Zoo currently leases the theater space and runs its daily operations.

The zoo has begun including the theater in various promotions and benefits it offers to its visitors.

Future plans in the relationship include shuttle service that will whisk guests from the zoo to the theater and back via a vintage trolley car. 


A glimpse of Tuck Everlasting on Broadway.

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