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The Presque Isle Community Players was incorporated in July, 1989 as a non-profit organization and in 2016 was granted 501(c) (3) not-for-profit status.  Presque Isle Community Players was established for charitable, benevolent, educational, and professional purposes. As stated in its bylaws, “The purpose is for literary and cultural activities – fostering and developing an interest in theatre and its related activities, both for local audiences and for interested performers.”

Founding members

An organizational meeting of people interested in community theatre met in 1989. Those founding members were Margaret Coffin, Julie Daly, Barbara Dempsey, Barb (Frick) Ladner, Dan Ladner, Rick Landen, Cissy Libby, Jeanette Perry, Glenna Smith, and Sylvia Weinberg. The group was interested in finding alternatives to already existing theatrical performances in Presque Isle. From that meeting sprang The Presque Isle Community Players, with its focus on dinner theatre productions, as yet an untapped source for local entertainment.Old Show-1

The first production of The Players was in the fall of 1989, a very successful musical revue “A Celebration of Irving Berlin,” was held at the Northeast land Hotel. In the spring of 1990, two one-act plays were performed by the group: “An Episode in the Life of An Author” and “A Thurber Carnival.”

Other earlier productions included: “Nunsense,” “You Can’t Take It With You,” “A Tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein,” “Love Letters,” “25 Years of the Great White Way,” “God’s Favorite,” and “Popcorn and Matinee Memories.”

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Through the years, The Players continuously performed musical tributes in the fall, and plays (usually comedies) in the spring. The group graduated to producing full Broadway musicals with several hits under its belt: “Guys & Dolls”, “The Music Man" and “Annie,”“Oliver”and“The King and I.”  (See our complete list of shows under Shows and Past Shows Tab.)

It’s hard to believe, but 2019 marked our 30th anniversary! We’re no doubt the longest running community theatre group to have existed in Presque Isle’s history.