The Village Players Theatre
The mission of this non-profit community theatre, including those things set forth in the Articles of Incorporation, is to provide and support a variety of opportunities, both educational and practical, which enhance and demonstrate, through community outreach, the various aspects of quality theatre arts.
About The Village
Incorporated in 1956, The Village Players Theatre has evolved over the years into a friendly, open, community theatre presenting a wide variety of productions.
In the early 1950’s, a group of well-off men and women from the Village of Ottawa Hills (an exclusive area on the west side of Toledo) formed a theatre group for entertainment. Their first shows were presented with a tent as their theatre and were held in Ottawa Park, which is about one mile away from our current site. As the group continued to prosper and grow, they began to look for a new, permanent home. A small church building on Upton Avenue between Monroe Street and Central Avenue was acquired in the mid-1960’s, and renovations began to turn the chapel into a true theatre space.
Over the years, new seats, state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, and numerous “work days” have turned the humble chapel into one of Toledo’s most beloved performance spaces. Seating only 190, The Village Players Theatre is also one of the most intimate and friendly theaters in the area.
Renovations and upgrades are always a part of life in any theatre. Currently, the Village is working to expand parking, expand our lobby space, and expand our sights to include new and innovative ideas in the theatre arts.
How We’re Run
The Village Players is 100% volunteer, from the people who man the ticket counter, run the lights and sound, to the actors. Our board is elected each year by the membership, board members are elected to a 3 year term, and board positions are 2 years in length. … Actors are all pulled from local bars and taverns, fed coffee, given tidy positions in the paint room, and made to sweat long hours under hot lights. If you’re interested in volunteering at The Village, please e-mail our Volunteer Coordinator.
About Our Theater
It’s ours! We own it!
About Our Shows
We accept submissions for shows all year ’round, they go to our “Play-Reading Committee” who sifts through and reads every single show. November 1st. is the cut-off date. Normally, at our December or January board meeting, Play-Reading submits its selections for the next year as well as the shows that weren’t selected. Then comes the hard part. The board re-hashes all the work that Play-Reading did, and comes to a final consensus on the next season.
If you have seen a show that you think we could pull off, if you’ve heard of one you’d like to see done, if you have written one you’d like performed, or if you’re interested in directing at The Village Players, please see someone in the lobby, or drop us an e-mail. We’ll put it up for consideration.