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State of the Theatre - March 2019

Updated: Mar 19, 2019

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

March is a corner turned into spring and the best weather in the country right here in Jacksonville Beach. At Players by the Sea, we’re shifting gears from a musical to the pure pleasure of some introspective work crafted for you by the vision of a great director and some amazing actors presenting a Sam Shepard play. Spring brings other new awakenings with the announcement of our 54th Season and our most challenging time of the season. We solidify our next season while mounting shows in our Studio Theatre and begin work on our next musical! To keep it all flowing, we're building a sustainer campaign anyone and everyone in Duval County to support if you love live theatre, community theatre at the Beach and theatre education! You’ll see the Ghost Light Campaign launching in April 2019.

Creativity Behind the Curtain had another successful day on February 11. See the work we do for young women as we connect them to technical theatre education and career opportunities.

New Voices/Young Voices Living Room Read was a first time event for Players. We had a wonderful house read of the two one-acts that you’ll see in June, written by two young playwrights Lauren Hancock and Worth Culver. We thank Lisa and Tom Goodrich for opening their home in Atlantic Beach to Players by the Sea. It was a time for our young playwrights to hear their work aloud and share that work with some very special guests. Thank you to Troy Spurlin, Alicia Somers, Doug and Gail Worth for sharing their theatre hearts to listen and give feedback to guide the next steps for these young artists.

Players by the Sea is never just working on one play or musical, we’re already working Shrek! We are always looking to connect what we do with companies and individuals who have the means to support the next generation of theatre artists. As the Beaches (and Duval’s) active community theatre for 53 years, it’s the power of you, our audience and supporters, that will keep our light shining for decades to come.

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