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Transformed Theater Rededicated to Allan B. Rogers

Transformed Theater Rededicated to Allan B. Rogers

Central Catholic transformed the Allan B. Rogers Memorial Theater with a $250,000 investment, made possible by a Leadership Gift of $100,000 from the Rogers Family Foundation.

On June 3, 2023, the Theater was rededicated at a celebratory Night for the Arts featuring performances by students and faculty.

Photo Album: Rededication of the Allan B. Rogers Memorial Theater

For over 50 years, the Rogers Memorial Theater - which lies geographically and functionally at the heart of Central Catholic's programs on the CCHS campus - has been home to over 100 plays and musicals, and over 400 performances by a variety of student performers.

On June 3, 2023, members of the CCHS community and Rogers family gathered to officially rededicate the newly renovated theater as the Allan B. Rogers Memorial Theater, in honor of Allan B. Rogers, the late son of Irving E. Rogers (Deceased), former publisher of the Eagle-Tribune newspaper.

Rededication of Theater

Theater Transformed by nearly $250,000 Total Investment

The Rogers Family Foundation, whose generous grant of $100,000 was combined with funds raised by students during Walk 2021 and additional resources, helped launch a full-scale renovation of the Allan B. Rogers Memorial Theater that begin in the summer of 2022.

Enhancements include:

  • surround sound speakers,
  • handheld and Lavalier theatrical microphones,
  • digital touch screen controls for all systems,
  • 32-channel sound and lighting control boards,
  • high-level lighting fixtures,
  • the refinishing all theater walls,
  • new carpeting, refinished floors, and aisle lighting.
Thank you to Bill Berard of Berard Systems, NH, who went above and beyond our expectations in the design and the installation of the theater's state of the art sound and lighting systems.

The Allan B. Rogers Memorial Theater first opened as a 400-seat in the fall of 1971 with the completion of the Hampshire Street Building and soon became home of the Central Catholic Theatre Guild, which has celebrated 50 years and will be launching its 53rd season during the upcoming school year!

Actors fill the stage

Photo above: The Spring 2023 Theatre Guild Production of Disney's The Little Mermaid

The Theater hosts

  • Theatre Guild productions
  • Choral & band concerts,
  • Rehearsals for the performing arts,
  • Student grade-level assemblies,
  • Parent and faculty presentations,
  • Guest speakers,
  • School prayer services,
  • Academic club activities,
  • Classroom-related films,

...and so much more!

The Rededication

Dave DeFillippo speaking

The rededication ceremony was kicked off by Mr. David DeFillippo '66, Advancement Associate and former Principal, who touched upon the history of the theater and the strong connection to the Rogers Family.

"The Allan B. Rogers Memorial Theater provides a beautiful venue for a host of guest speakers, school prayer services, classroom-related films, student grade-level assemblies, choral concerts, rehearsals, academic club activities, and so much more,” said Mr. David DeFillippo '66.

"Generations of the Rogers Family have and continue to play a visionary and supportive role in strengthening the educational experience and mission of Central Catholic."

Central Catholic President Christopher Sullivan '81 also spoke of his years as a paperboy for the Eagle-Tribune and his memorable days in the Theatre Guild as a student performing in the theater. Bro. Kenneth V. Hogan, FMS, member of the CCHS Board of Directors and former principal, offered a rededication prayer and blessing.

Amy Rogers Dittrich, daughter of the late Allan B. Rogers and granddaughter of Irving E. Rogers, spoke proudly of the strong historical bonds that have existed between CCHS and generations of her family.

Amy Rogers Dittrich speaking

The Rogers Family Foundation

Ms. Rogers Dittrich, whose family established the Rogers Family Foundation and who serves as the Managing Trustee, addressed the Foundation's goal of "supporting non-profit, cultural, artistic and educational organizations, such as Central Catholic, who bring vitality to the life of communities in Essex County."

The Foundation is an important partner that has also invested consistently and generously in the Montagne Scholars initiative at Central Catholic, empowering students from low-income families to attend Central Catholic High School.

A Night for the Arts

Students performing

Those who attended the rededication event enjoyed lively performances by students and faculty that demonstrate the technical capabilities made possible by the renovations to the Theater.

Performances featured:

  • Theatre Guild
  • Jazz Band
  • Concert Choir
  • Central Harmony
  • Facultones (faculty band)
  • Studebops (student band)

The evening was capped off with a celebratory reception honoring Amy Rogers Dittrich and the Rogers Family Foundation.

Thank you to Ms. Amy Rogers Dittrich, the Rogers Family Foundation, our student and faculty performers, supporters of Walk 2021, and all who helped transform and rededicate the Allan B. Rogers Memorial Theater!

Students on stage

50+ Years of Central Catholic Theatre Guild Productions


  • Disney's The Little Mermaid
  • Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years At A Certain School of Magic and Magic


  • A Festival of One-Acts


  • Radio Daze


  • Happily Ever After
  • You Can’t Take It with You


  • Superstar
  • Sister Act


  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown


  • A Year with Roxanne
  • Oklahoma!


  • Scrooge: the Musical
  • Back to the 80s: the Totally Awesome Musical


  • Valentines and Mistletoe
  • Once Upon a Mattress


  • The Man Who Saved Christmas
  • Crazy for You


  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Li’l Abner


  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Willy Wonka


  • Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
  • Calamity Jane


  • Inherit the Wind
  • Good News


  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Disney’s Beauty & the Beast


  • Sunnyside Up
  • The Music Man


  • A Christmas Carol
  • Guys and Dolls


  • 13 Past Midnight
  • The Wizard of Oz


  • The Curious Savage
  • Bye Bye Birdie


  • The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • Brigadoon


  • 12 Angry Men
  • Anything Goes


  • The Beverly Hillbillies
  • How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying


  • That’s The Spirit
  • Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


  • Ordinary People
  • Strange Borders


  • Murder by Natural Causes


  • Heaven Can Wait 
  • Godspell


  • Ramshackle Inn
  • South Pacific


  • God’s Favorite
  • Three One-Act Plays


  • Rehearsal for Murder
  • Little Shop of Horrors


  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again
  • The Wiz


  • Happy Daze
  • Pippin


  • Exit the Body
  • Annie


  • Fiddler on the Roof


  • My 3 Angels
  • Bye Bye Birdie


  • Boys and Ghouls Together
  • Annie Get Your Gun


  • Up the Down Staircase
  • Oklahoma


  • Any Number Can Die
  • Guys and Dolls


  • The Beverly Hillbillies
  • Camelot


  • Cheaper by the Dozen
  • Damn Yankees


  • Night of January 6th
  • Lil’ Abner


  • My Sister Eileen
  • South Pacific


  • Arsenic & Old Lace
  • Bye Bye Birdie


  • Heaven Can Wait
  • Bells Are Ringing


  • Don’t Drink the Water
  • Fiorello


  • State of the Union
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum


  • The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • How to Succeed in Business..


  • The Whole Darn Shooting Match
  • Pajama Game


  • You Can’t Take it With You
  • Anything Goes


  • Damn Yankees


  • See How They Run
  • Guys & Dolls


  • Ten Little Indians
Gif of Theatre Guild students dancing on stage during a show