Forever Separated by the War – Claire Russell

I had the privilege of being born into the Northumberland Players. My grandfather, Ron Templer, was a founding member and lifelong supporter of the arts in our community. I have many fond memories of watching rehearsals at the Firehall, when my mother, Valerie Russell, was directing a show, or falling asleep in the back row of Victoria Hall during a … Read More

A Canadian Play to be Remembered – Tom Quinn

Last Day, Last Hour: Canada’s Great War On Trial When I approach a new theatre project these days, it is always cautiously.  I ask myself, “What if this, for whatever reason, turns out to be my last show?”  Will I be left satisfied that it was a fitting end to the countless hours spent over the past twenty-five years working collaboratively with … Read More

Welcome to the Tribe – Anne-Marie Bouthillette

My first introduction to the Players was when I auditioned for the musical Hair! in 2008. Until then, I had never even heard of Community Theatre. I had been living in Cobourg for 4 years by then and was still just getting to know my community. I’ve always had a passion for theatre – and musical theatre in particular – but until … Read More

“Theatre has truly fed my soul.” – Carol Beauchamp

I have so many wonderful memories of theatre over the course of almost 40 years of being involved – that truly seems wild!  Unlike many others, my only interest in theatre as child and teenager was as an enthusiastic  member of the audience – which I thoroughly enjoyed!  In my early 20’s a business colleague thought I needed an outlet … Read More

Happy Hallowe’en, My Phantoms! – Jeff Schissler

February 27th, 2004 Opening night of ​The Rocky Horror Show. ​It was my first lead role. Dr. Frank ‘n’ Furter. I just turned nineteen, and I was a mixture of scared and excited. I arrived at The Capitol Theatre earlier than the rest to get into full makeup and hair. After my face was powdered, my eyes shimmered with glitter, and my … Read More

Don’t We All Prefer to be Mystified? – Greg Curtis

Twelve Angry Men was one of those shows that was performed twice: a 9 show run in the Firehall, September/October 2012, done in the round. My favourite place to do a show, where the audience is so close, they and the performers often become one; and a one time performance, a play reading at John Joint’s farm in a lovely … Read More

“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