Fishing Creek Players Inc is a 501c3 incorporated non-profit theatrical group dedicated to bringing arts and entertainment to the Northern Columbia Region of Pennsylvania. Our 7 member board of directors are busy working on bringing the next theatrical event to our area and we’d love to have your help! Check out the CURRENT PRODUCTION for upcoming events or click “GET INVOLVED” to contact us and become part of our growing group.
In July of 2009 the Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center sponsored a festival in Benton Park to commemorate a Civil War event. M.R. Daniels wrote and directed a one act play, The Dividing Line, which was met with great success and provided a taste of Community Theater in the area. The cast decided it was too much fun to end there, and so The Fishing Creek Players was formed as an outlet for a performing art activity for established and developing talents of all ages. This group keeps growing, and the production of Rumors in January of 2010 was a product of that growth.
Fishing Creek Players is not just about acting. Theater encompasses so many skills that even the stage-fearing members have an active role. Advertising specialists, a refreshment committee, hair stylist and makeup devotees, seamstresses and program managers are all essential. Costumes are made, thrift-shopped, or borrowed. Props are scavenged, the set is a group effort of carpenters, painters, and “gofers” who spent two hours every Saturday working in a donated barn, then an hour and a half having lunch together and socializing! Rehearsals are a lot of work, and a lot of laughs, and M.R. threw in a lot of information about acting techniques and theater in general.
M.R. Daniels wrote Damaged Trust, a sequel to The Dividing Line, for July 2010s festival production. This one act play was directed by Brandon Hartman.
The play selection committee then chose Dracula and Best Christmas Pageant Ever for our fall and winter productions. Then The Murder Room was chosen as our next production. Anyone with an interest in the performing arts, be it on the stage or behind the scenes, is welcome to become involved.
Our group has since reorganized and is now under the leadership of all those listed on our Board page. Our first production since incorporating was Steel Magnolias then Lend Me a Tenor was chosen as our comedy for the year.
Lend Me a Tenor turned out very well and was loved by all those in attendance and the cast with one member saying it was “more fun than I’ve had in years!” We’re now looking to expand our group as we plan for our next production!
God of Carnage was chosen to be performed at the Danville Elks as a dinner theater event and joint fund raiser for both groups, the show turned out well and the audience response was incredible!
After a short break the group decided to team up with the Old Filling Station and the Benton Volunteer Fire Hall to have a murder mystery dinner theater called Sugar and Vice, the community loved it, selling out both performances!
The group has since learned from that show and has invested heavily in sound equiment and lighting for our productions. We now have full wireless mics for every actor in our shows.
Taking what we have learned from from the last event we are mounting another murder mystery dinner called Murder is Served. We hope to correct the stumblings from the last show and grow our audience even more!
Murder is Served was a success! The audience enjoyed the show and our investment in additional equiptment was well spent. Our next production was It’s a Wonderful Life, this narrator driven show brought new players into our group and allowed us to test our boundries.
After having gone large we next decided to go small. Our next show will be a very intimate affair with under 20 seats. Dinner will be provided, every seat is the front row and the actors will be with you at your table. We’re very excited to see how the audience reacts to this type of show and are having a ton of fun rehearsing it!
The audience enjoyed The Bob and Al Show and liked the intimate climate we set it in, next up we plan to do another Murder Mystery Dinner event but this time with an interactive element! Join us to help our cast determine who done it!