In 1952, a group of Suffieldians gathered to begin a new theatrical group. The officers were Phillip H. Graham as president, Mrs. Louis E. Spencer as vice President, Mrs. Marshall Seeley as secretary, and Mrs. E. W. Broder as treasurer. Their first production was Dear Ruth followed by You Can't Take it With You. Prior to moving to their current home, the Players mounted productions at Spaulding Elementary School, Suffield High School, Suffield Academy, Suffield VFW Hall, and staged readings in multiple locations. The group has been in constant production.
The Players originally did two shows a year, one in the fall and one in the spring until 1977 when a winter show was added with Picnic and it became an annual tradition in 1983 with Tartuffe. There are now three main-stage shows annually. The holiday benefit began in 2005 with A Dickens Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts, focused on raising funds to help with the ongoing building renovations and maintenance.
New Faces began in 2011 as a way to encourage new actors and actresses to join our troupe. Featuring talent who have never been on the Mapleton stage or who have had only a minor role, the program is educational in nature. The program expanded in 2015 to involve new directors, playwrights, and techies to provide even more opportunity for the community to dip their toes in the magic of theatre!
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