Freeport Players provides opportunities for local amateur actors to perform in roles often reserved for professionals. We involve members of our community in all aspects of the process, drawing on their talent and enthusiasm to create the “magic” of theater. Our volunteers are compensated for their time with fun, creative challenges, the chance to learn about the craft of theater, and, often, bonds of friendship that endure long after the curtain closes.
- Freeport Community Players was founded in 1989:
To encourage and promote the theater arts by the development of skills, education, and appreciation in all phases of theater arts for the community;
To produce, stage, and present plays, workshops, musicals, music productions, readings, and other performances of a theatrical or civic nature;
To present speakers, lecturers, demonstrations, and other programs which relate to theater arts;
To do all things necessary, proper, and incidental to these educational and civic pursuits.
- Freeport Players is community-based and runs predominately as a volunteer organization. There are no membership dues, and full participation by Greater Freeport community members in all FCP activities and productions is encouraged.
Our friends come from as far away as Old Orchard Beach, Topsham and Auburn, but over 40% are from Freeport, South Freeport and Pownal. Yarmouth residents make up the next largest group. They come from all age groups and all walks of life, all drawn to the unique opportunities for growth that community theater provides.
- Freeport Players is best known for the dozens of shows it has staged since its first production, 1989’s Hold On Molly. We have offered a range of theater experiences, from comedy to drama, classical to contemporary, plays and musicals.
Through these productions we provide people with opportunities to learn theater arts, both on stage and behind the scenes. Newcomers to theater benefit from working with seasoned veterans to produce high-quality sets, costumes, stage lighting, and performances and to learn techniques for stage management, publicity and other production skills.
- Freeport Players received seed money from Freeport Community Education at its inception, but since that time has been financially self-sufficient. Funding comes primarily from production proceeds, including ticket sales, sponsorships, in-kind donations, and ticket and playbill ad sales. These sources are supplemented by private donations.