“A Coconut for Me” – Jan Crane

December 14th, 2011. We were about to rehearse “The Pineapple Song” for Northumberland Players’ production of Cabaret in the winter of 2012. David Bryson played Herr Schultz and I was Fraulein Schneider. Rehearsals were going really well. David and I didn’t know each other very well at the time and we were both very serious about our respective roles. For … Read More

40 Years of Memories – Valerie Russell

Valerie Russell gave this speech at the 40th Anniversary Gala in 2017. Forty years ago right around now a small number of Cobourg folk were putting on Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite for the only amateur theatre group in town: The Cobourg Opera and Drama Guild. The Guild was not very active, their board was elderly and their energy was failing. … Read More

The Canadian Music Theatre Project

The Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan College is Canada’s first incubator for the development of new musical theatre works by Canadian and international composers, lyricists and book-writers and has created a permanent headquarters for the development of new musicals. In a year unlike any other, Sheridan’s students and creative teams have bravely pivoted and adjusted their formats online.  The … Read More

“Honky Tonk Angels” Rescheduled to April/May 2021

Dear Patrons: I am sure you are aware that the provincial and federal safety measures have restricted the performing of live theatre. The Northumberland Players production of “Honky Tonk Angels” has once again been rescheduled. The popular live musical with a full country band must follow strict guidelines at this time which makes it impossible to put on a quality show. … Read More

Virtual Youth Programs from the Stratford Festival

Since onsite programming can’t happen this year, the Stratford Festival has developed a number of virtual programs for young people in Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-12. Their hope is that this programming will provide the opportunity for learning, play, joy and connection during this uncertain time. These programs require no experience and all are welcome. Bursaries are available; priority will … Read More

Samuel Hall Wins EODL Scholarship!

Samuel Hall is this year’s recipient of the EODL Student Scholarship! The EODL Scholarship is given out by the Eastern Ontario Drama League to a senior student who shows talent, potential and a willingness to proceed in some aspect of theatrical training. Sam’s first community theatre production was with Northumberland Players, starring as Dopey in the 2013 production of ‘Snow … Read More

“The Shows Must Go On!” Returns

After taking the summer off, “The Shows Must Go On!” returns on September 25 with Fame. Based on the 1980 film, the musical follows the lives of students at New York City’s High School of the Performing Arts from auditions to their seniors years. Fame will be available at 2 PM ET, and will remain online for 48 hours.  While … Read More

Today is the Canada Wide Day of Visibility for the Live Event Community

Tonight we light up the Firehall Theatre! Live events are a $100 billion industry in Canada and employ 1 million Canadians (not to mention all of the volunteers!), and much of this industry has been shuttered by COVID-19. An hour after sundown tonight, September 22, the Firehall Theatre will be lit in red in recognition of the people who create, … Read More

Keep the Fires Burning

Like all theatres, The Northumberland Players are working to survive and reinvent ourselves and no doubt come back even stronger after the pandemic subsides.   For the last couple of weeks several volunteers have worked hard to put our building materials into containers. We are attempting to keep costs down since we have no income until our season starts again. We … Read More

“Boy Falls From The Sky” – Fundraiser for The Capitol Theatre

In partnership with Jake Epstein, the Capitol Theatre and local restaurants join forces to deliver an in-home theatre experience right to your living room! Join Jake live for an intimate journey through his hit one-man show and support of the Capitol Theatre and our Community. Boy Falls From the Sky; Live Online is an intimate and unique take on the … Read More