The Opportunity to Have So Much Fun – Heather Stubbs

When do you get to be as wacky as you want in front of people who paid to be there, and the wackier you are, the happier it makes them? That’s what it was like to play Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, and one of the reasons it was some of the best fun I’ve ever had. I lead … Read More

Help us reach our fundraising goal

Each year, the Northumberland Players supports 6 post-secondary students in the community through a $3,600 scholarship program, recognizing their contribution to performing arts. This is usually done with funds raised through our 50/50 draws at our dinner theatre. With the COVID pandemic, we have had to suspend all of our productions, which means we have not been able to raise … Read More

Support Allows Us to be Brave – Mary Schultz

I was introduced to the Northumberland Players in its very early days when I was still in public school. My father was heavily involved directing shows, building sets and even occasionally taking a starring role. My mother was also involved backstage with costumes, helping with make up, feeding people etc. and my sister starred in the very first musical they … Read More

Community Becoming Family – Ashley Larrimore

When I was first asked to write for the Stage Stories Scrapbook, I searched my brain for humorous anecdotes and found there were many; revealing wardrobe malfunctions, unintentionally overheard quips caught by a live mic, or countless backstage shenanigans I could talk about. But those are not the things I would choose to write about my experience with theatre. My … Read More

Join Us For Dinner!

Every year The Northumberland Players provide scholarships for 6 students in local secondary schools who are pursuing a post-secondary education in the arts. In normal years, the $3600 needed for these scholarships is raised through the 50/50 draws at our dinner theatres at the Best Western Plus Cobourg Inn & Convention Centre. Without these draws during a full year of … Read More

Sharing the Joy and Magic of Successful Shows – Brenda Worsnop

Some may think of this as a love story.  And it is in a way.  Love for theatre and love for my partner in crime!  You can decide. After about 40 years and well over 160 community and professional productions across Southern Ontario, acting, directing, stage managing, designing and painting sets, heading up props and costumes, pulling ropes, climbing ladders, running lights, sweeping … Read More

The Most Amazing Gift a Guy Could Ask For – Craig Martin

I grew up in a small town called Petrolia, and developed a love of theatre from a young age. As a teenager, I spent my summers volunteering at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia (VPP), the local summer theatre which operated out of the beautiful old Victorian Town Hall. I saw first hand how a dedicated group of people can take words … Read More

She Will Always Be My Leading Lady – Evan Soutter

Summer of 2014, I was fresh off my first Musical Theatre production ever and looking to chase that with the next big show that the Northumberland Players would be putting on. That show just so happened to be Les Miserables. After auditioning, I got the call to say I had gotten the role of Marius on the condition that I … Read More

Honk! – Grant Coward

During a 2016 matinee performance of The Secret Garden at the Capitol Theatre, Ricardo Canlas Jr. and I were waiting for our cues. We decided to go to the backstage door, open it up for a breath of fresh air and take in the lovely sunshine for a brief moment.  As we were enjoying the beautiful day a train happened to come along letting out … Read More

This Old Boat? We Found It In A Ditch… Dan Goldring

I remember many of the sets I designed and built for the Northumberland Players, but Talley’s Folly was one of my favourites.  The set was an old boathouse in rural Missouri in 1944.  We were doing the show for dinner theatre on the second floor of the Best Western. The set had lots of gingerbread and I knew I wanted … Read More