Warren Players hosts members picnic

Photo from WarrenPlayers.com Cast photo from a 1930’s Warren Players production.

“A Warren Players member is anyone who has ever been involved in any production.”

Warren Players board member Jen Koebley said — as one of the longest-running, if not the longest-running community amateur theater groups in the country — there are a lot of members of the Warren Players Club.

Warren Players got its start in 1930, according to Koebley, and this is its 87th year of providing community theater to the county.

With the 87th season starting, the group is hoping to wrangle as many past and present members as possible for its upcoming picnic to open the season, which will kick off with a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.”

“We are really trying to get back to our roots and create a sense of membership and fellowship in our organization,” said Koebley. But with anyone who’s ever been in a production over the past 87 years, she said, “it’s hard for us to reach that many people.”

Photo from WarrenPlayers.com Cast photo from a 1930’s Warren Players production.

The goal is to reach as many as possible.

The Warren Players season kickoff picnic will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at the North Warren Pavilion. All members are invited, and seeing as how the opening show is “South Pacific,” the theme of the picnic will be a luau.

The menu includes Hawaiian ham, pulled pork, and beverages.

Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or desert to share. Everyone who attends the picnic, said Koebley, is also encouraged to dress in “South Pacific” themed clothing. Anyone who does will be entered into a drawing for show tickets.

“Come help us celebrate one of the longest-running amateur theater groups in the country,” said Koebley.

All past and present crew members from any show at any time are welcome, and are encouraged to bring their families along for the opening picnic.