Business Vice President
Board Of Governors
Term Ending 2015
Term Ending 2016
Term Ending 2017
Alan Van Antwerp
The Cranford Dramatic Club
The Cranford Dramatic Club is a non profit all volunteer organization whose purpose is to:
In 1919 a few local townspeople met, eager to share their love of theatre with friends and neighbors. Over the span of 90 years, that humble group of theatre-loving neighbors has grown into a well-respected community theatre company that produces a full season of musicals and plays and that has family programming featuring the areas brightest talent.
The CDC's first home was the Sherlock Hall of the Trinity Episcopal Church. In the 1920s, The CDC moved to the now-defunct Casino in Cranford. After World War II, many of The CDC's shows were produced at Cranford High School.
In the mid-1950s, a group of the club’s members decided that The CDC needed a home of its own. After placing their own names on the mortgage guarantee, work began on the building that would become The CDC Theatre on Winans Avenue. The theatre officially opened to the public in 1957 and continues to house this vibrant company.
In the decades that followed, The CDC has continued to produce full seasons of musicals and plays, children’s productions, and “members’ only” productions of new or experimental works. The CDC has also recently begun to host visiting performers, artists and theatre companies.
In 1992, the theatre underwent some much needed renovations – replacing its chairs, getting a new façade on the front, and modernizing its plumbing and storage areas. In 2003, just in time for its 85th season, the lighting system was completely re-done; adding a dropped ceiling, new lighting instruments, and a computer operated dimming system. In 2005, a fundraising effort allowed the theatre to add a downstairs handicapped-accessible restroom.
The CDC theatre continues to flourish due to the generosity of its patrons. If you'd like to add your name to The CDC's rich history, visit the Support Us Page.