The Launceston Players Society is one of the oldest theatre companies in Australia. lt has an unbroken record of continuous operation in the local and Northern Tasmania community, being formed in September 1926. It was started by people with a passion for fine performance, and bringing the best of contemporary works to the theatreÂgoing public a tradition which continues to this day.
Since 1926, the Launceston Players have had many hits, with both state and national recognition in Drama Festivals, and world first community performances of staging rights for international hits such as Lock Up Your Daughters, My Fair Lady, and Evita. Musicals, dramas, comedies, Theatre Restaurant, street theatre, play readings and commercials have all been part of the repertoire of the Company, not to mention the many social functions which have been staged to entertain first night audiences and party goers alike.
The major attraction in 2001 was the first staging in Northern Tasmania of the world's most popular musical, Les Miserables. This production involved more community input than any other show staged by the Players, with local government agencies, private enterprise, business houses and commercial companies all contributing to the final product.
For many years the Launceston Players had a costume hire shop which catered for the public and community and theatre groups. The retail business has now been closed and the Wardrobe relocated to storage at Coats Patons. A management plan is in place to make the stock accessible to other theatre companies and community groups.
The papers, Minutes, programs, photographs, scrapbooks and other ephemera, which forms part of our history are being collated and donated to the Community History Museum. Some of this has happened already but there is still much to be done. This is on going, as material is continually being acquired and catalogued.
The Launceston Players has a web this is kept up to date with news of auditions, current show information, contacts etc. That site is www.launcestonplayers.com
The contact phone number for the Players was changed in October last year. The new number for all Launceston Players matters is 0408 599 900.
The membership subscription for 2004 (Jan - Dec)is: Single: $ 15 Family: $20 Student/Concession: $10.00
The Launceston Players welcomes your interest in the Society and hopes that you will contribute to its continuing success.
0408 599 900
|Weed||08/10/2003 - 11/10/2003|
|The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Operatic Society’s Production of ‘The Mikado’||27/06/2003 - 05/07/2003|
HIVE (Her Infinite Variety Ensemble) presents
By April De Angelis, by arrangement with Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd.
Directed by Helen Doig
Starring Rhoda Lopez as Nell Gwyn and Angelique Malcolm as Mary Betterton, Claire Munday as Doll Common, Tiffany Barton as Elizabeth Farley and Summer Williams as Rebecca Marshall