The Lake Country Players, formerly The Greene County Players, presented its first production, The Dixie Swim Club, February 24-26, 2011 at Festival Hall in Downtown Greensboro, Georgia. Founding Artistic Director John Copelan was gratified by the response from lake area residents and a new theater troupe was born.
The company continued to grow, offering two to five productions each year. In 2012 we added Tasties, Toddies & Theatrics, a dinner theater concept that each season offers a one-act comedy and cabaret of Broadway songs. We expanded from our signature southern comedies to include such popular shows as “Suite Surrender” (2015) and Scrooge’s Christmas” (2017) and Broadway shows such as “The Curious Savage” (2013) and “Moon Over Buffalo” (2014). The off-Broadway trilogy “Smoke on the Mountain” (2014), “Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming” (2017) and “Sanders Family Christmas” (2018) marked our first ventures into musical theater, ultimately culminating in our largest and most ambitious production to date, the Broadway show “Big Fish” (2019).
We have been fortunate to have passionate and committed leadership from our talented Artistic Directors over the seasons: John Copelan, our founding director, Carolyn Fears and currently, Maureen Brower. Sadly we lost John Copelan in 2017 and Carolyn Fears in 2021. Their legacies will live on in the vibrant community theater LCP has become.
In December 2015 we incorporated as a non-profit organization, changing our name to The Lake Country Players. The new name more accurately reflects who we are, drawing both troupe and audience members from the entire lake area, not just Greene County.
Our performances are currently held at Festival Hall on Main Street in Downtown Greensboro, Georgia. With 144 comfortable seats on risers, we have the most intimate environment for live theater imaginable. The theater is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system, and there is not a bad seat in the house.
2020 marked our 10th anniversary season! Unfortunately, due to the Covid pandemic, for the first time in the history of LCP, the Board of Directors made the difficult decision to move all scheduled productions to 2021. Due to the continued threat of Covid, “Southern Fried Funeral”, a genuinely funny and affectionate comedy was held in August (2021) and was very well received by our audiences who were excited to see community theater back. “Tasties, Toddies and Theatrics” has been cancelled for 2021.
We are pleased to announce our first show for 2022 – “Clue: On Stage”, which is derived from the Paramount Pictures File (1985). It is a fast-moving farce-meets-murder mystery, based on the popular board game, Clue. Additional 2022 productions will be announced as they are finalized.
We believe that theater, especially COMMUNITY THEATER, matters. And you are an integral part of this journey. Without you, there is no LCP. Because the genius, the “magic” of live theater is the moment in time as the curtain opens when the audience and actors agree to become part of a special shared experience that brings us all together… to laugh, to cry, to ponder, to respond… You support us with your presence, your dollars, your counsel, your belief in us and, at times, your standing ovations! And we are so very grateful. Our commitment to you is to continue to strive to bring the very best in theater to the lake country.