President’s Message

Message from the President

This year marks our 90th Season since Dr. and Mrs. Edward Goodman were able to interest a number of Dorset residents in producing a play.  So began the history and legacy of The Dorset Players.

Hundreds of productions have been mounted since 1927. We have seen many actors, musicians, technicians and tons of volunteers come and go. You can see the last 40 years of productions in the pictures displayed on the walls in the Playhouse lobby and outside the auditorium.

The Dorset Players, owners of the Playhouse, have developed an active Fall-Winter-Spring season.  The Players have expanded far beyond their original nucleus of Dorset residents to all those in the Northshire and beyond who love theater.

We are the “community theatre” that provides opportunities for all kinds of amateur (and occasionally professional) theatrical talent to shine and show off their stuff.

  • Our season begins with the Fall Show in October, which really begins in August with auditions.
  • The Holiday show in December is a gift to the children of the community.  Usually a youth or holiday theme show, children are invited onstage after the show to meet the cast and receive a holiday treat.
  • January brings The Missoula Children’s Theatre, a week long residency starring 50-60 local school age children in a full-scale musical.
  • March is our Winter Show and no matter the weather the “show has always gone on!”
  • April brings us to the One Act Play Festival, which gives members an opportunity to direct a play without taking on a full production.
  • Then comes May bringing with it – the Spring Musical – always a popular production.

We are very fortunate to live in a community that has many fine actors, directors, and producers who volunteer their talents and skills.  As well as many skilled technical people behind the sets and scenes who don’t always get public recognition but without whom there would be no production. Whether starring in the show or sweeping the stage (and many times it has been one and the same person), these volunteers are the heart and soul of our productions.

Finally, our success as a community theatre is due in no small part to the generosity and support of the community through memberships, donations, ticket sales, rental income and of course, our very dedicated members and volunteers. Thank you all for your continued support.

See you on the boards,

Angie Merwin