Are you interested in drama? Crystal Springs Players now has a Drama Club and we are always looking for people to act and to help backstage. No experience is required. In addition to impressive full-scale productions the Crystal Springs Players also regularly give small chancel dramas to enhance Sunday worship services. We’d like your help and you don’t have to be a church member to participate.
The Crystal Springs Players Celebrate their Twentieth Season
For over twenty years now The Players have been fulfilling their mission to allow people to develop their gifts and talents through drama and to positively affect our audience with quality productions that are thought-provoking, entertaining, and inspiring.
Twenty years ago a number of members from the Crystal Springs UMC in San Mateo, with more bright ideas than sense and no experience except for one of us, decided that we wanted to put on plays for the community. Having little idea of the effort, time and commitment necessary to pull off this bold idea we blithely started on our way. With a generous grant from the Peninsula United Methodist Foundation we at least had a secure financial base for our first show. Despite the many mistakes we managed to not only actually put on two short plays, but more importantly became bitten with the theater bug. We were hooked.
Learning that we had a theater major within our midst, we made her director and started correcting our mistakes, of which there were many. We drew more actors into our midst and made a profit with each show we presented.
As the years passed we slowly began to convince the local newspapers that we had something important to add to the arts community. We began to receive favorable reviews for our work. And more people were added to the church family as we brought in actors to fill roles that our small church could not.
We convert our unique sanctuary into an intimate ¾ stage. This makes for excellent theater, but some people are reluctant to enter a church being afraid that we would push religion at them. We are more subtle than that. We quite often pick plays that have something important to say about the human condition; that is, there is an underlying religious theme. Of course some plays have been just for fun.
The Players specialty has been comedy, but we have not neglected dramas and have ventured in to the world of musicals with such plays as Godspell. We do two full productions per year. We have also done a number of short plays and we are now reprising monthly Chancel Dramas in worship. We have taken several acts on the road as well.
Our plays have included: You Can’t Take It With You, I Remember Mama, The Shadow Box, Godspell, A Piece of My Heart, The Boys Next Door, California Suite, Many Moons, The Solid Gold Cadillac, and Twelve Angry Jurors. Short plays of note were: The Day Christ Came; When God Comes for Breakfast, Don’t Burn the Toast, and Red Carnations.
Over the past twenty years the Players have been fulfilling their mission of allowing people to develop their gifts and talents through drama and to positively affect our audience with quality productions that are thought-provoking, entertaining, and inspiring.
We look forward to many more years of exciting theater here at Crystal Springs and hope that others will join us. Please contact Steve Schlichter or any other Board Member for more information. They will tell you about the next Crystal Springs Players production and the next meeting of the Drama Club.
- Crystal Springs Players Drama Club
- Pictures from several past productions
- Pictures from Portraits of Christmas performed 12/21/13
- Six serial chancel dramas performed through Easter 2014.
- Learn more about Crystal Springs Players History
- Read more about past plays done by Crystal Springs Players
- Contact: Steve Schlichter or any other Board Member