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State of the Theatre - January 2019

Executive Director Suzanne Hudson-Smith shares her thoughts about Players by the Sea in January 2019.



Six months has flown by since I walked through the doors, entering far stage left, to lead this creative organization. The performance quality has soared this year … and that’s thanks to the creative production teams for each of the shows. Jereme Raickett is our Production Manager and makes sure we are on track to WOW you for each production.


Our summer 2018 musical In the Heights and the 53rd Season opener The Color Purple – what can I say? If you got a seat to either you were lucky. We couldn’t add enough shows to satisfy the patrons need to see them. There were pyrotechnics and zombies in Pontypool for the Halloween season and a high energy cast in Noises Off! that had audiences laughing out loud…. And listening to the sound of 150 patrons bursting laughter at that farce brought me great joy for the holiday season.


My vision for Players by the Sea is a cultural facility that is used .. all the time. Not just for our community theatre productions, but by other organizations looking for a space to hold a meeting, special event, comedy shows … Well, that’s starting to happen. Take a look at our Activity Schedule and you may find another reason or two to walk through our doors.


Here’s to 2019! A great list of musicals and plays are coming! And just wait, our Repertory Committee is working on the 54th Season. More surprises around the corner.


As always, thank you for your support of the Creativity Behind the Curtain year-end campaign and for purchasing a season ticket and for buying tickets and being so supportive of theatre. We couldn’t do it without you.


Happy New Year!  


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