It's our 20th Anniversary! We are compiling a scrapbook in celebration of this momentous occasion and we need your help!
We need: -Photos of everything: actors, set design, volunteers...they can be digital or prints!
-old program books
-Scrapbooking materials and supplies
-Volunteers to create a scrapbook starting in January Click here to send us pics or ask questions!
1995- Camelot 2005-Grease
1996- Annie 2006-Guys N Dolls
1997-Godspell 2007-The Wiz
1998-The Wiz 2008-Into the Woods
1999-Fiddler on the Roof 2009-Joseph and the Amazing Dreamcoat
2000-West Side Story 2010-Aladdin
2001-Singing in the Rain 2011-Seussical
2002-Hello Dolly 2012-West Side Story
2003-Jesus Christ Superstar 2013-Little Mermaid
2004-Annie Jr2014 Godspell
UPSTAGE PLAYERS PROUDLY ANNOUNCES A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY AND A MOVE TO A NEW PERFORMANCE VENUE!
Players will be celebrating our upcoming 20th Anniversary season at a
new performace venue: a 600-seat auditorium located at the Cleveland Public Library’s Memorial-Nottingham branch! There will also be at least 250 parking spaces at our new venue.
UpStage Players and
the Cleveland Public Library are natural collaborators, as both
organizations have goals that concern the welfare of children and
adults. This combination is a win-win for all who take the stage, sit
in the audience and help support either the library system or UpStage
Councilman Michael Polensek, who worked closely with both the Cleveland
Public Library and UpStage Players in nurturing this partnership,
expressed his endorsement of the collaboration at UpStage’s V.I.P.
performance of The Little Mermaid, Jr., in March. “I’m in total support
of a theatre group utilizing this great space,” he said. “I look forward
to bigger and better shows and performances. Everyone in Northeast Ohio
will know where UpStage Players is located.”
Our new venue allows us to peruse new goals over the next few year:
-Laying the groundwork to produce another play or musical during the year—one that would be geared towards and include teens.
-Increasingly look to the alumni of the organization to get more
involved, both financially and as collaborators and volunteers. With
additional seating and a larger facility, we can now plan homecoming
extravaganzas to coincide with performances, as well as work to
introduce our current participants to our alumni. We hope that
experiences like these will enhance our current group’s overall
experience, as well as bring back memories for former cast and crew
members, while also allowing our staff and volunteers to catch up with
"I appreciate the library’s offer to collaborate, as well as the hard
work of those involved in negotiating this move for our 2014 season,
which will be our 20th year as UpStage Players. The move is a welcome
one, as our growing audiences can be accommodated. We work for the kids
of Greater Cleveland. The value of the arts in a community cannot be
underestimated. We proudly foster teamwork, service, self-confidence,
self-esteem, responsibility, leadership and creativity, and provide a
fun social outlet within the safe environment of a theatre experience. A
new facility that meets our ever-evolving needs will go a long way in
helping UpStage continue to provide a top-notch experience to the young
people of Northeast Ohio.”
-Executive Director, Bernadette Walsh
guys were awesome on Saturday and you definitely know how to hold an
audience! It was really great to see how far the kids had come from the
last time I watched them rehearse...and even more impactful that there
was a packed and attentive audience who hopefully learned a thing or two
about the importance of taking
care of our Great Lakes. Thank you again for all your hard work in making this project a
reality. I really hope the program was impactful and meaningful for the
kids. I think it would be great to continue to partner in the future!"