Warren Players

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Warren Players was organized on November 6, 1930 by a group of seventeen individuals who shared an interest in theater and wanted “to give Warren something in the way of real entertainment and appreciation of real play production and to develop the talent which abounds in the community.”

Players’ first public play, “Her Husband’s Wife”, opened on February 13, 1931 in the Woman’s Club auditorium. Almost eight decades and over three undred public productions later, Warren Players can rightly claim to be one of the longest continuously running amateur theaters in the United States. Governed by a volunteer board of directors, the organization has continued to draw from an extraordinary pool of local talent to mount its annual seasons.

Productions featuring young actors began in 1948 with “Many Moons”, and in the 1970s, when Jack-in-the-Box Players debuted, youth shows became a feature of most seasons. In 1991, the Youth Connection, a popular high school musical performing group, was formed.

Warren Players has always been a place where one could come to entertain, or be entertained. Many Warren natives have participated in Players productions and gone on to establish careers in the performing arts. Currently several individuals who came of age on the Players stage have successful careers as performers and production specialists in Los Angeles and New York.

For over 40 years, Warren Players struggled with the inconveniences of not having a home of its own. Early productions were held in the Woman’s Club auditorium, and in 1963 Players moved to the Beaty Middle School stage. After a successful community fund drive in the early 1970s, Players transformed the vacant St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Water Street, largely through volunteer efforts, into a unique and intimate theater space. However, as Players approached the end of its third decade on Water Street, property ownership had become prohibitively expensive for the non-profit group, and financial survival had to take precedence. In early 2002, the Players membership voted overwhelmingly to sell Players’ Water Street facility. In an interesting return to its roots, Players worked out a mutually beneficial rental arrangement with the Woman’s Club of Warren and produced its shows there from 2003 through 2005.

The PhantomIn the spring of 2007, Warren Players and the Struthers Library Theatre, with the assistance and encouragement of the Friends of the Library Theatre, signed a cooperative agreement that placed Warren Players in the role of “resident amateur theatre company”. Both organizations retain individual identity and non-profit status, but this historic arrangement allows Warren Players to stage its productions on the magnificent stage of the historic Struthers Library Theatre. By joining together, Struthers and Players have committed to keep the performing arts alive and well in Warren County. This wonderful partnership has been a long time coming and ushers in a positive new era for both entities. Jack-in-the-Box Players youth theatre continues to thrive, and Reader’s Theatre has become a popular form of entertainment, in addition to main stage plays and musicals.

As Warren Players enters its ninth decade of offering classic and contemporary theater for the entertainment of the Warren community, pride in its illustrious past and an enthusiasm for all that lies ahead in the new millennium will carry Players forward to continue its tradition of quality community theater for all ages.

Warren Players Shows

Presented by Warren Players October 25, 26, 27 – 7:00pm, October 28 – 2:00pm The King and I is packed with emotion, cultural differences, understanding, respect, caring, and filled with some of the most beautiful songs created by Rodgers and Hammerstein. You will be enchanted by the March of the Siamese Children, amused by Getting […]

Presented by Warren Players Seymour Krelbourn, a poor young man working at a run-down flower shop on Skid Row, discovers an unusual plant from outer space and his life is changed forever. Seymour and the plant develop a working relationship, and as with all good relationships, complications arise and the relationship grows out of control. Come see who will flourish […]

Student-Directed & Produced Show

July 24-26 - 8pm & July 27 - 2pm

Working with Warren Players’ seasoned directors, producers, costumers, and set designers, students will direct, produce, and cast a show entirely made up of students. The name of the show will be selected by the student director and the show’s mentors. Student-directed productions are a unique addition to the Warren Players season of shows as they are completely directed […]

Jordi Ewing and John Wortman will co-direct Warren Players’ student directed, produced, and performed production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, adapted by Nathan Criman. This renowned tragedy of a warrior’s encounter with witches and the ultimate fulfillment of prophesy is a classic not to be missed. Tickets are $10 per person, with children aged 5 and […]

It's a Wonderful Life

Dec 13-15 - 7pm

Warren Players Readers Theatre presents It’s A Wonderful Life This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. December 13, 14, 15 […]

Love Letters

Feb 14-16 - 8pm

Warren Players’ Readers Theatre presents: Love Letters This piece is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied […]

Disney's Cinderella Kids!

Feb 28 - March 2 - 7pm & March 3 - 2pm

Presented by Warren Players’ Jack-in-the-Box Players Disney’s Cinderella Kids! The timeless fairy tale meets the magic of Disney in this adaptation of the treasured animated film. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the Royal Ball. With a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of […]

Harvey

May 16-18 - 8pm, May 19 - 2pm

Presented by Warren Players Harvey was written by Mary Chase 70 years ago and remains a classic comedy. It is a timeless story of loneliness, friendship, family, life and love. Ellwood P. Dowd’s best friend is Harvey. Harvey is a Pookah. What is a Pookah? You’ll have to come see for yourself. Harvey will take you back and forth from […]

A Christmas Carol: The Musical

November 29-30 - 7pm & November 30 - December 1 - 2pm

Warren Players Club presents A Christmas Carol: The Musical - November 29-30, 2013 at 7:00PM and November 30 and December 1st, 2013 at 2:00PM   Directed by Jennifer Koebley and Charmaine Check. A lonely, greedy miser confronts the ghosts of his past, present and future. The results are a second chance for a life filled with […]

Jack-in-the-Box Players

March 6-8 - 7pm & March 9 - 2pm

Directed by Ellen Paquette. Luigi Jannuzzi’s award winning collection of fast-paced comedic plays and monologues, as performed by 8th through 12th grade youth, will feature paintings, sculptures and antiquities emerging from their molds and frames and speaking directly to the audience. Exhibit This! will have showgoers looking at art in a whole new way. Ticket […]

Jesus Christ Superstar

May 15-17 - 8pm & May 18 - 2pm

Directed by Deborah Murphy. Written by Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award-winners Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice as one of the earliest rock operas, Jesus Christ Superstar is a completely sung-through piece and reflects a 70s musical sensibility. Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to […]