Northumberland Players brings the best in musicals, comedies, and drama to theatre lovers in Northumberland County and beyond. The not-for-profit community theatre company has grown over the past 40 years from a small group of dedicated volunteers staging musicals in school auditoriums to over 300 enthusiastic volunteers. We present ten productions in four different venues over the course of a year. Look for stories about our recent productions under Our Season.
The 2016-2017 Season is underway. This is our 40th Anniversary Season. Check back under News for updates about our productions and for special events related to the 40th Anniversary celebrations.
Home for Northumberland Players is the historic Second St. Firehall Theatre, behind Victoria Hall in Cobourg. The ground floor of the historic building protected under the Ontario Heritage Trust has been transformed into the Firehall Theatre. There is comfortable theatre seating for up to 55 and wheelchair accessibility. In addition, the building houses the Players’ administrative office and rehearsal spaces.
Northumberland Players leases the Third Space on Lovshin Road, a workshop for set storage and construction. Northumberland Players Costume House on Campbell Street houses the Players’ vast collection of period and contemporary costumes.
In addition to presenting one major Christmas production, Northumberland Players Youth Theatre runs a Summer Theatre Camp, a March Break Theatre Camp, and workshops to introduce children and teenagers to live theatre performance and production.
Community Theatre Serves Northumberland County on Both Sides of the Curtain
To offer the community opportunities to engage in all aspects of quality theatre.
We strive to be the region’s best, most progressive and engaging community theatre organization, supporting a diverse, active membership and volunteer base.
- We bring quality theatre to our community audiences
- Northumberland Players presently offers three dinner theatre productions, two family productions including school performances, a major musical presentation each winter, and four productions in the intimate Firehall Theatre, including a Christmas radio play that is becoming a Northumberland tradition..
- We provide opportunities for volunteers to perform and participate in all aspects of community theatre
- Over 300 enthusiastic, unpaid volunteers who work as actors, directors, producers, set-builders, costume makers, etc., are proof that the passion for theatre is alive in Northumberland.
We Support our Community
Northumberland Players is a not-for-profit charitable organization that supports our community. We support Buy Local Northumberland and strive to use local businesses and trades to provide the goods and services required for our productions. Profits from our productions go to maintain and upgrade the Firehall Theatre, update technical equipment, and support the Northumberland Players Youth Theatre program.
We also give financial help in the form of donations to worthy causes in our community at our discretion. For example, Northumberland Players has helped Victoria Hall, Cobourg, and the Capitol Theatre, Port Hope, with major renovations. Northumberland Players actively encourages youth in our area who wish to pursue a career in theatre or theatre-related fields by providing qualified students with scholarships to assist with further education. We also offer a scholarship for a student who has spent many hours working on our productions. Northumberland Players supports the passion for live theatre!