Feb 082015
"Proof" - February 26-March 1 & March 5-8, 2015

TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!! Essex Community Players presents David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama, “Proof”. PROOF explores the world of mathematics and mental illness through Catherine, the mourning daughter of a genius mathematician who has recently passed away. Throughout, the play explores Catherine’s fear of following in her father’s footsteps and her desperate attempts to stay in control. PROOF is directed by Eric R. Hill and produced by Frank Weston. Show dates are February 26-March 1 & March 5-8, 2015.  Evenings at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm. All performances at Essex Memorial Hall (directions). Get your tickets!

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Feb 072015
"The Tempest" Auditions: March 9 - 12

ECP Presents William Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST Performances: 7:00pm May 15, 16, 22 & 23 1:00pm May 16, 17, 23 & 24 Auditions: Memorial Town Hall General Auditions: Monday & Tuesday, March 9 & 10 – 7:00-9:00pm Prospero, Caliban & Ariel: Wednesday, March 11 – 7:00-9:00pm Children (Sprites): Thursday, March 12 – 7:00-9:00pm Call-backs: Friday, March 13 – 7:00-9:00pm No preparation required. All materials will be provided.   Character Descriptions Alonso King of Naples M 40-60 Regal Sebastian Brother to King M 40-60 Grasping Prospero Former Duke of Milan M 40-60 Bitter, powerful Antonio Brother to Prospero, now Duke of Milan [...]

Feb 072015
Shakespeare Workshop

ACTING SHAKESPEARE Having fun with the “BARD” Sponsored by Essex Community Players (Grades 5 – adult) “Thou art like a toad; ugly and venomous.” Shakespeare Workshops Directed by Cherie Gagnon Join us to learn creative and enjoyable tools for acting in Shakespeare’s plays. Workshops offered in preparation for auditions for ECP’s May production of “The Tempest”. Cherie Gagnon studied Theatre Acting and Directing at the University of Alaska Anchorage and UVM, with special coursework in Shakespeare studies. When: February 28, 2015 1-5:30pm (Grades 5-7) and March 1, 2015 1-5:30pm (Grade 8-adult) Where: Location: Essex Center United Methodist Church, 119 Center [...]

Feb 062015

On Friday, January 30, 2015, Essex Community Players of Essex, presented a donation to the organization Women Helping Battered Women of Burlington. The check for over $800 represented the donations collected by Essex Community Players during the two-week run of our fall musical, The Spitfire Grill. Through its “Essex Gives Back” program, ECP gives its patrons the opportunity to make donations to a local charitable organization to support their activities. Thank you to all who made this possible! More…

Feb 052015
Announcing the cast of our production of "PROOF"

It is with great pleasure that we announce the cast of our winter show David Auburn’s “PROOF” CATHERINE:  Kristin Silverman CLAIRE:  Andy Krackow ROBERT:  Richard Hibbert HAL:  Adam Silverman PROOF is directed by Eric R. Hill and produced by Frank Weston by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Show Dates:  Thursday-Sunday, February 26 – March 8, 2015.  Evenings at 8pm;  Sunday matinees at 2pm  

Oct 192014
2014 Holiday Extravaganza Radio Show!

Are you looking forward to another appearance by that grand old merry man in the red suit? Well, then, you’ll be happy to know that Santa himself is visiting ECP December 4 – 7 during our annual holiday variety show production. Santa will be part of our home grown production featuring your friends and neighbors.  So take a break from the hectic pace of life, sit back for a spell, enjoy some songs and skits set to days gone by in a radio show and have some good cheer!  Get your tickets today! Production Dates Thursday, Dec. 4, 7:00 PM [...]

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Oct 192014

It is late in the 15th century. The Italian city states are in turmoil. The king of Naples, Alonso, and his court are returning from the wedding of his daughter to an Algerian prince in Africa, when their ship crashes on an island in the Mediterranean Sea. Accompanying the king is his son Ferdinand, the king’s brother Sebastian, the present Duke of Milan Antonio, and various courtiers and sailors. On the island is Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, who has caused the shipwreck by his magical arts, and who 13 years earlier had been set adrift with his infant [...]

May 172014
"Our Town" Almost Sold Out

This weekend is the final to see our production of “Our Town”.  As someone who worked behind the scenes and is in the production I can say, without hesitation, that it has been a wonderful experience to be in “Our Town”.  The cast and the crew have created one of those “once in a while something comes along that is truly special” productions.  Last night the audience was rising to their feet in applause before the lights were down.  Sunday’s “we are done” is going to need some hankies to wipe away the tears. The show is (today) Saturday night [...]

Apr 062014

Well, Our Town has passed the halfway point in rehearsals, and the play is starting to lift itself off of the printed page and come alive. It is very exciting to see. The challenge with great plays is to be able to do them justice – to rise to the level the playwright set. The entire cast has shown a wonderful sense of commitment, and I think that Mr. Thornton Wilder would approve of our efforts. Then again, I may be a tad biased. Nevertheless, it is a joy to watch these rehearsals unfold. In many ways, community theater is [...]

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