Players’ 2016-17 Season Announced

The Players’ 2016-17 season has something for everyone — four fabulous productions are planned! Go to the bottom of this post for more information. And watch for separate postings about auditions for the fall shows. If you’re interested in working on any of the teams doing props, stage managing, set building, painting, lighting, or other backstage roles — please email

November 3-6, 2016
The Fantasticks

Auditions August 29 and 31 at Town Hall Theater
(possible callbacks on September 1)

Music by Harvey Schmidt
Book and lyrics by Tom Jones
Director: Kevin Commins
Music Director: Michael McCord
Producer: Todd Gordon

December 2-4, 2016
The Nutcracker’s Adventure

Auditions September 10 at Middlebury Union High School
Written and Directed by Sarah Stone
Choreographer: Nancy Wollum
Producer: Mary Longey

February 9-12, 2017
Good People

A Play by David Lindsay-Abaire
Director: Kristen Ginsburg
Producers: Mary Longey and Elizabeth Maher

April 27 – May 7, 2017

Book by Nina Fason and Stephen Schwartz
Music and Lyrics by Craig Carnelia, James Taylor, Mary Rodgers,
Micki Grant, Stephen Schwartz, and Susan Birkenhead
Director: Dora Greven
Vocal Music Director: Kerianne Severy
Band Music Director: Glendon Ingalls
Producer: Kevin Commins
Stage Manager: Mary Longey

MCP will present The Fantasticks, the longest running musical in American history, as its fall production, November 3-6, 2016, at Town Hall Theater. When it opened in the Sullivan Street Theater in 1960, nobody would have predicted that it would still be playing there in 2002! Its delightful story of romance, comedy, illusion, magic, and the bittersweet lessons of life has proved irresistible to generations of theater goers.

Much of the show’s appeal lies in its score, one of the finest ever written for a musical. “Try to Remember” is the stand-out song, but songs like “Soon It’s Going to Rain” and “They Were You” have become standards as well.

There are approximately 250 new productions of The Fantasticks every year yet, surprisingly, this is the first time the Players have staged it. Producer Todd Gordon, director Kevin Commins, and music director Michael McCord are excited to bring this wonderful show to Middlebury at long last!

Auditions are at 7:00pm on Monday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 31, with call-backs as needed on September 1, at Town Hall Theater, 68 South Pleasant Street, Middlebury 05753. Details to be posted separately.

MCP Foundations will stage the children’s theater production of The Nutcracker’s Adventure in the Middlebury Union High School auditorium December 2-4, 2016. This will be the third year that Players Foundations has brought to life a fun musical dramatic portrayal of Tchaikovsky’s well known holiday-themed ballet. No matter each child’s unique abilities—dancing, singing, acting, gymnastics and tumbling, juggling, or just plain clowning around—this is a wonderful opportunity to show off his/her talent, learn self-confidence and enjoy a special first experience in Creative Dramatics. It’s also a chance for parent and child to perform together, since there are several adult roles! This is a free activity that only requires commitment and attendance. Open to ages 7-70! All children who come will be cast. Written and directed by Sarah Stone, choreographed by Nancy Wollum and produced by Mary Longey

Auditions will be Saturday, September 10, from 9:30am – noon, at the Middlebury Union High School Auditorium, 73 Charles Avenue, Middlebury 05753. Register 9:00-9:30am. NOTE: Children must be 7 years old by October 1 in order to audition. Details to be posted.

For the winter show, the Players will present Good People, a play by David Lindsay-Abaire, on the Town Hall Theater stage February 9-12, 2017. Kristen Ginsburg will direct this gritty “dramedy” with support from producers Mary Longey and Elizabeth Maher. The play tells the story of Margie, a tough middle-aged “Southie” from the wrong part of Boston, who loses her job and is one Bingo game away from homelessness. In reaching out to an old flame from her youth (who is now a successful doctor), Margie risks all as she tries to find a fresh start. Will Margie’s luck finally change for the better? An insightful comedy of class and culture, this play was a Broadway hit (Francis McDormand won a Tony for Best Lead Actress in 2011), darkly funny and surprisingly touching. Auditions are planned for November.
*Contains profanity and mature themes.

The spring musical will be Stephen Schwartz’s Working, at Town Hall Theater April 27 – May 7, 2017. The hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American are the focus of this unique, extraordinary musical. That the everyday lives of common men and women should be so compelling and moving will surprise and inspire anyone who has ever punched a time clock. Dora Greven directs, with music directors Kerianne Severy (vocal) and Glendon Ingalls (band), Kevin Commins as producer and Mary Longey stage managing.

Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working, paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the parking lot attendant, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman, the housewife, just to name a few. It’s a highly original look at the American landscape that’s simply impossible to forget. With 26 characters and a wide variety of ages (mostly adults but possibility for a few teens & one 9-13-year-old boy), there are some non-singing or non-speaking roles available. Auditions are planned for January.