HANOVER COMMUNITY PLAYERS, A HISTORY

  •  AROSE FROM THE DESIRE  of a small group of local adults to experience some of the joy of theatre that area children and teens had been receiving through school musicals and drama camps.  Hanover has a long tradition of music and theatre and it seemed an appropriate time to once again give area residents an opportunity to participate in a cultural organization.
  • NEWSPAPER ARTICLES and advertisements were placed in local papers in the summer of 2006 asking for interested people to attend a meeting in September.  Approximately 25 people attended and from there a constitution, by-laws and a board were formed.  Membership fees were set and a number of the board members loaned money to the group in order to mount a first production.
  • MANDATE  IS TO EDUCATE and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts by providing performances of an artistic nature for the community of Hanover and surrounding areas.  We put on two productions a year with the December offering designed to give adults and children an opportunity to work together.  It is usually a large cast show to provide many roles for a variety of age groups.  The spring production in May is meant to appeal to the adults with a focus on humour, a genre that usually draws well in our area.
  • ACTORS AND VOLUNTEERS for our productions have come from Owen Sound,  Paisley, Durham, Mildmay, Ayton, Elmwood, Neustadt, Walkerton, Mount Forest, Hanover and points in between.
  • GOVERNED BY an elected board of directors, all volunteers, who run the organization on behalf of its members.
  • FIRST PRODUCTION  in May 2007- Vaudeville: A Matter of Laughs;  a selection of four different plays, Accused of Comedy, Riverview, Tape 23 and When God Comes for Breakfast, You Don’t Burn the Toast, with completely separate casts and directors, designed to involve as many people as possible and put together as a series of vaudeville acts.
  • Christmas 2007 -The One and Only Santa Claus under the direction of Patrick C. Smith of Harriston, had a cast of 30, mostly children from seven years of age to teenagers and was very successful for our group.
  • Spring  2008 Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite and received many compliments for the work of the actors and volunteers.
  • Christmas 2008  presented The Christmas Bus
  •  In 2009 Dumped, a locally written and directed play, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
  •  In 2010  presented Canadian playwright David French’s play Jitters and Nutcracker, our first musical.
  •  In 2011 mounted our first full musical, Burger Town, and  A Neverland Christmas Carol, in December.
  •  spring 2012 production was the comedy, Is There Life After Fifty? and in December A Walk in the Woods
  • .Spring 2013 a comedy, A Bad Year for Tomatoes and a family show The Princess King in December 2013
  • Spring 2014 production was a musical, Bye Bye Birdie and a family show, Everything’s Groovy; the musical played in December.
  • Spring 2015 – a comedy, Nana’s Naughty Knickers and in December, an updated version of Alice called Alice@Wonderland
  • Spring 2016 – a comedy, Larceny and Old Lace – our 10th Anniversary year!
  • December 2016 – Monster in the Closet
  • Spring 2017 – Perils of Persephone
  • December 2017 – Robin Hood and the Heroes of Sherwood Forest
  •  FORTUNATE TO USE the Town of Hanover Civic Theatre facility for rehearsals and productions
  •  COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF HANOVER is very pleased  their heritage theatre facility is  utilized by a variety of  local groups and encourages us  to continue in our efforts to build an audience
  • WE SUPPORT COUNCIL BY  donating equipment or funds to improve the theatre facility.  In 2009 we sponsored ‘Soundly Seated’ a musical concert which raised $4,000 for the new seating project..  In 2010 we donated $2,000 towards the cost of a new lighting console for the theatre.  We endeavour to donate equipment or furnishings to enhance the theatre on an ongoing basis
  •  DONATE  $1.00 from every adult ticket sold for our productions is donated to an area youth group organization.
  • CONTINUE TO SEEK ways in which our non-profit, charitable organization can fulfill our mandate to produce a broad range of theatrical presentations of the highest possible calibre and to provide an outlet for creative community involvement.
  • WE ALSO WISH TO PROVIDE  inclusive, hands-on learning opportunities in all aspects of theatre production and management and to provide an enjoyable theatrical experience to area residents at a reasonable cost.  We endeavour to do this by seeking donations, sponsorships and memberships.
  • OUR ESTABLISHED THEATRE GROUP SEEN AS IMPORTANT addition to what makes “Hanover, the Place to Be”. Hanover, in Grey County with a population of 7,000 and growing, is considered to be ‘the hub’ for services in rural central western Ontario and thus draws many people into the town.