A Brief History of The Georgeville Troupe

The Georgeville Troupe was “born” one night after a series of play readings at the home of John and Sarah Hoblyn, in Georgeville. John and Sarah had already been responsible for 14 productions of The Georgeville Review, and felt the need to do something different.

The Troupe brings together members of the community, either as actors or as audience, to enjoy English language theatre in the best tradition of amateur dramatics. Enthusiasm is more important than talent and anyone is welcome to try out for a part. However, we have seen some wonderful individual performances and talented writing, and our audiences have thoroughly enjoyed the 40 productions over the last 25 years. Occasionally some of our performers have come from outside the immediate Georgeville community, and sometimes we have to be flexible in our casting as to gender and age.

In 1995 the Troupe started with “The Attempted Murder of Peggy Sweetwater”, and because there was a shortage of men, three women took male parts. Our 2015 production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” featured actors in some of the leading roles who were ‘of a certain age’, which was almost certainly not the age that Oscar Wilde had imagined them.

As well as a major production of a full-length play in the late fall, the Troupe also presents the “Midwinter Laugh” in February, which features a series of sketches while the audience enjoys a three-course dinner. For all productions the actors design and build the sets, put them up and take them down. The Murray Memorial Hall in the centre of Georgeville is briefly transformed into a theatre, with seating for about 75 people. Proceeds from the sale of tickets go to offset the cost of the production and the surplus is transferred to the Georgeville Community Association.

During the time of Covid live productions have been on hold, but we were able to put together a virtual presentation of our “Midwinter Laugh” which went out over Zoom and YouTube. We eagerly await the time when once again we will be able to ‘tread the boards.

Consult the full list of past productions here.

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