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Clarksville Players mark 40th anniversary
SoVaNow.com / November 13, 2013Forty years ago, with $100 donated by the town of Clarksville, the Clarksville Community Players put on their first show for the public. When the show was over, the Players paid back the $100.
At first, the new theatre group fit its productions around the day-to-day schedule of the town’s old elementary school. (The locale remains the Players’ home today, as the Clarksville Fine Arts Center). After the school building was vacated, it looked as though the Players might lose their home to the demolition ball, with the town making way for the Clarksville Crossing Shopping Center.
The late Carl Dean, then town manager, stepped in to save the site and keep the Players from becoming a footnote in Clarksville’s history.
In addition to the four shows that the troupe staged each year, the Clarksville Community Players over time added children and youth theatre workshops to its offerings. More recently, the Players has spawned an offshoot, the Double Nickel Players, for the 55-and-over crowd who want to act “in a limited capacity,” said Nancy Barden, one of the founders of the group.
This year, thanks to the generosity of the area citizenry, the Players have begun in earnest the work of renovating the Fine Arts Center. So far, they’ve installed a new large projector screen and restored the seating. More recently, construction began on a new lobby, office and classroom for the theater, along with a handicap-accessible bathroom.
Those who have graced the stage as actors or directors include Charlie Simmons, Carole and Rich Henderson, Georgene Glasscock, Nancy Barden, Sally Morgan, Dyan Willis, Willard “Moose” Yeates, Reagan Booths, the entire Grendahl family, and of course, Zach, Luke and Josh Glasscock.
On Saturday night, Clarksville Community Players thanked the town for its support with a night of music and acting, followed by a gala reception at the Clarksville Community Center.