The St. Bart's Players Celebrate 90th Season with Special Gala Tonight
The St. Bart's Players is incredibly excited to celebrate its 90th season in 2017! Before the group's spring play, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the Players will kick the season off with a special Gala tonight, February 25th!
St. Bart's Playhouse opened its doors for the first time in October 1927, and New York City's longest continuously running, non-profit community theater company, The St. Bart's Players, was born. The group has survived the Great Depression, World War II and the turbulent Sixties, remaining a sanctuary for those seeking to take part in or to see affordable theater. Its continued existence is a testament to its unrivaled endurance in the toughest theater city in the world.
St. Bart's Playhouse was once home to child stars Braden Danner (Broadway: Les Miserables, Oliver, and Starlight Express) and Jenna Von Oy ( Television: Blossom); both appeared in the 1986 production of the Sound of Music, among other shows.
Former artistic directors of the St. Bart's Players include Tom Jones, the librettist and lyricist of The Fantasticks and lyricist of 110 in the Shade. Many composers, lyricists and playwrights have attended the Players' revivals of their works, including Yip Harburg (Finian's Rainbow); Betty Comden and Adolph Green (On the Town); Charles Strouse (Applause); Sheldon Harnick (Fiorello!, New Faces of 1952 and She Loves Me); Mary Rodgers (Once Upon a Mattress); Clark Gesner (You're a Good Man Charlie Brown); Harvey Schmidt (110 in the Shade) and Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood). Steven Press, who played Peter van Daan in the first Broadway adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank, directed the Players' 2004 production of that play.
While The Players receives significant administrative and logistical guidance and support from St. Bartholomew's Church, the group is managed by a board of directors, all of whom are members volunteering their time and energy.
Many performance opportunities are presented in the beautiful landmark church of St. Bartholomew's. Most recently Company, Our Town and The Crucible were performed in the church, while audiences cheered a production of Nunsense in the Chapel and prior to that filled the Chapel for a production of 12 Angry Jurors (Men). In 2015-16, the Players held its productions of Urinetown and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Hudson Guild Theatre on the West Side of Manhattan, where in November 2017 it will be performing the Sondheim musical A Little Night Music. Visit our website, www.stbartsplayers.org for upcoming auditions and information on becoming a member.