Fendig Summer Theatre began as Rensselaer Children's Summer Theatre in 1976. Through the diligent work of its first Board of Directors: William Moriarty, Pat Collins, Robert Garrity, Bonnie Louck, Gwen Potter, Judy Steiner, Ralph Shaw, and Helen Watts, the theatre produced its first production, The Pied Piper.
The goal of this non-for-profit community organization is to produce one full-length musical play each summer. Began as a cautious experiment, the Theatre grew. The first production allowed children in grades one through eight to participate. Soon it became necessary to limit its actors and actresses to students in grades three through eight and then grades four through eight where it remains today. Every child who auditions is given a role. Children who wish to assist the production with make-up, set construction, publicity or as a member of the technical crew are welcomed.