About Us

Who We Are, What We Do

We do professional theatre- we just don’t get paid. Out goal is to give our community the very best in theatre by tapping into the incredible pool of talent that walks by you in the grocery store and sits near you in the restaurant at lunch.

We create beauty on the stage today, and we nurture the seeds of tomorrow’s beauty together through scholarships for worthy students of the arts.

The Hartford Players is a 501 (c) (3) organization. Please consider donating today.

Years in Existence

Members

Scholarships Awarded

History

The Hartford Players were founded in 1988 by local lawyers – Jim Mohr and Jerry Becker. They were both very active in Community Theater and wanted to create a group that would offer opportunities for theater people to participate in the Hartford area. They developed a set of bylaws, put up the initial money for a show, gathered a group of interested people and the group was formed. The first production was A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in the summer of 1988. Proceeds from this show were used to begin a scholarship program for students pursuing an education in the arts, while the remainder was used to fund future shows.

In the Hartford Union High School’s 300 seat, Drama/Lecture Hall the Hartford Players mounted productions twice per year…a straight play in February/March and a musical in June/July…for the next 12 years.

Once the Schauer Arts and Activities Center was completed in 2001, the group moved its productions to the Ruth Knoll Theater and became a resident tenant at the Schauer Center. The group has continued to put on two productions each year and has added a benefit production for the Schauer Center during the Christmas holidays every other year.

A sample of shows presented by the Players over the past years includes: Nunsense, Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma, Music Man, Anything Goes, Brigadoon, Hello Dolly, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Ten Little Indians, The Nerd, Godspell, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The King & I, South Pacific, Arsenic & Old Lace, and Cinderella.

Benefit shows have included: Holidayzed, Gift of the Magi, Best Christmas Pageant Ever and now A Wonderful Life, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!, Wake Me When I’m Dead, Pump Boys & Dinettes, The Leader of the Pack, and Random Acts of Comicality.

Board of Directors

Jerry Becker

Jerry Becker

President

Term Ends 2019

Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson

Secretary

Term Ends 2018

Fred Wittenberger

Fred Wittenberger

Member at Large

Term Ends 2018

Matthew Beier

Matthew Beier

Vice President

Term Ends 2018

Jim Gottfried

Jim Gottfried

Member at Large

Term Ends 2019

Tim Dondlinger

Tim Dondlinger

Member at Large

Term Ends 2018

Jo Ann Hussein

Jo Ann Hussein

Treasurer

Term Ends 2019

Trina Justman Reichert

Trina Justman Reichert

Member at Large

Term Ends 2019

Zachary Klahn

Zachary Klahn

Member at Large

Term Ends 2020

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