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, put together as a series of vaudeville acts.
- 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.
- 2008 Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite received many compliments for the work of the actors and volunteers and in December presented The Christmas Bus, (with our own bus set piece) which proved very popular.
- 2009 Dumped, a locally written and directed play, set in a garbage dump which was a fun set to create and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in December.
- 2010 presented Canadian playwright David French’s play Jitters and The Nutcracker, our first musical, in December.
- 2011 mounted our first full musical, Burger Town, and A Neverland Christmas Carol, in December.
- 2012 the production was the comedy, Is There Life After Fifty? which was one of our best spring shows and in December A Walk in the Woods.
- 2013 a comedy, A Bad Year for Tomatoes and a family show The Princess King in December 2013
- 2014 the production was the Broadway musical, Bye Bye Birdie and a family show, Everything’s Groovy, the musical, played in December.
- 2015 – a comedy, Nana’s Naughty Knickers, which had many 'hidden' set devices and in December, an updated version of Alice called Alice@Wonderland
- 2016 – a comedy, Larceny and Old Lace – our 10th Anniversary year production and Monster in the Closet in December
- 2017 – Perils of Persephone, which author Dan Needles attended and the family show, in December, Robin Hood and the Heroes of Sherwood Forest, complete with sword fighting
- 2018 - our second Broadway musical, The Wizard of Oz, to sell out crowds and in December the family show, Bedtime Stories (as told by Dad) (who messed them up).
- 2019 - Sex Please, We're Sixty! an American farce. In December, Sleeping Beauty, the panto (our first!)
FORTUNATE TO USE the Town of Hanover Civic Theatre which we rent for as many rehearsals as possible and for our productions; a space we share with others using the facility. We are also fortunate to rent rehearsal space in St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church for rehearsals when the theatre is not available and we thank them for their support.
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. Partnering with Kerry Moore School of Dance, in 2015 we purchased two LED lighting fixtures and cabling. In 2017 we obtained a grant from the Community Foundation of Grey Bruce for $3000 and with matching funds from us, we installed a Hearing Assist System in a section of 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 group organization that helps youth.
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 IS SEEN AS AN IMPORTANT addition to what makes “Hanover, the Place to Be”.
Hanover, in Grey County with a population of 7,500 and growing, is considered to be ‘the hub’ for services in rural central western Ontario and thus draws many people into the town.