The mission of Lyric Theatre Company is to produce musicals and other performing arts of professional quality for northern New England. We offer both members and the public opportunities for learning and growth with an emphasis on volunteerism within the organization. As a community theatre, we are committed to cultivating a culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging, making our activities and programs accessible and affordable, offering educational activities, sharing resources, and working cooperatively with schools and other community groups.
Lyric Main Stage Productions
1974 – How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying | Gypsy
1975 – Pajama Game | My Fair Lady
1976 – Guys and Dolls | Oklahoma!
1977 – The King and I | Mame
1978 – Gigi | Fiddler on the Roof
1979 – Hello, Dolly! | Camelot
1980 – Carousel | Kismet
1981 – The Music Man | Kiss Me, Kate
1982 – Annie, Get Your Gun | South Pacific
1983 – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum | West Side Story
1984 – Brigadoon | Cabaret
1985 – The Sound of Music | Oliver!
1986 – Man of La Mancha | Funny Girl
1987 – Peter Pan | A Little Night Music
1988 – Annie | A Chorus Line
1989 – My Fair Lady | Jesus Christ Superstar
1990 – Anything Goes | Guys and Dolls
1991 – Li’l Abner | Babes in Toyland
1992 – 42nd Street | The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd | The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
1993 – Fiddler on the Roof | Me and My Girl
1994 – Pippin | Finian’s Rainbow
1995 – West Side Story | The Music Man
1996 – Oklahoma! | Bye, Bye Birdie
1997 – Into the Woods | Show Boat
1998 – The Wizard of Oz | Annie
1999 – Crazy for You | Gypsy
2000 – Peter Pan | South Pacific
2001 – The Three Musketeers | Singin’ in the Rain
2002 – The Sound of Music | Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat
2003 – The Secret Garden | Jesus Christ Superstar
2004 – The King and I | Grease
2005 – Cinderella | A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
2006 – Seussical™ the Musical | Fiddler on the Roof
2007 – Guys and Dolls | West Side Story
2008 – Beauty and the Beast | A Chorus Line
2009 – Hello, Dolly! | The Full Monty
2010 – La Cage aux Folles | Peter Pan
2011 – Chicago | Hairspray
2012 – Titanic | RENT
2013 – Oliver! | Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat
2014 – Les Misérables | The Producers
2015 – Legally Blonde | White Christmas
2016 – Mary Poppins | The Who’s Tommy
2017 – 9 to 5 | A Christmas Story
2018 – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels | Annie
2019 – Mamma Mia! | The Addams Family
2022 – Matilda
On May 1, 1974 at eight o’clock in the evening, the curtain rose for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, marking the inaugural Lyric Theatre Company production on the historic, but largely neglected Flynn Theater Main Stage. Now, forty-five years and nearly one hundred Lyric theatrical productions later, Lyric Theatre Company and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts are enduring fixtures in the greater Burlington community, and constants in the lives of so many of its residents.
First conceived of at a December 1973 meeting between a small group of friends looking for a theatrical outlet, Lyric Theatre Company began the process of mounting that first production in the coming months. The triumph of How to Succeed… and subsequent Lyric productions, caused the community to re-imagine what was possible in the historic art deco Flynn Theater. A community effort spearheaded by Lyric in 1980 led to the purchase and restoration of the Flynn, establishing a regional mecca for the performing arts.
From its beginnings as a group of around thirty friends, and less than ten thousand dollars to put up our first show, Lyric has grown to become one of the largest volunteer-based community theatre organizations in the United States. Today, each Lyric season represents the work of nearly 400 volunteers and 20,000 hours of their time. Audiences numbering 15,000 take in our productions, with a yearly community-wide economic impact measured in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. We are still proudly putting shows up on our beloved Flynn stage, but with many more friends by our side.
In 2019, Lyric marked another milestone with the completion of a years-long Capital Campaign to purchase and renovate a permanent home for its numerous creative efforts, ensuring that Lyric will remain a treasured resource to the community for generations. The Addams Family marked the first Lyric production to be designed, built, and rehearsed entirely in the Lyric Creative Space.
Like the rest of the world, Lyric had to suddenly, and dramatically change course in March of 2020. Due to the pandemic sweeping across the globe, the Lyric Theatre Company Board of Directors made the gut-wrenching decision to postpone Matilda the Musical indefinitely—marking the first time Lyric had to make such a call.
Within weeks, Lyric became a volunteer hub and distribution center at the request of the City of Burlington, and over the coming months would go on to produce more than 24,000 face masks for the region. Lyric harnessed the same creative spirit to find new ways of producing meaningful theatrical productions for socially-distanced and outdoor audiences, as well as virtual presentations that expanded the reach and diversity of Lyric productions. This era also saw Lyric embark on a host of new partnerships with local organizations and venues, and began a proud new tradition of producing Theatre for Young Audiences.
Thank you for being a part of our story. We can’t wait to see you at the theater again!