Peoria Players originated on
Due to concerns for lack
of space in the facility, the newly-formed building committee approached the
City Council in hopes of purchasing the abandoned firehouse on
As the Depression deepened
during these crucial formative years, Players opted to produce more
“commercially popular” plays.
The 50s had
another potential disaster in store for Peoria Players. This time it was the construction of
Interstate-74 and a bridge which would pass right through the back portion of
the firehouse taking Players’ stagehouse and workshop with it. It was time to find a new home again. During our search for new property, Players
took its 1956-57 season on the road.
Thus, Peoria Players was never “dark”.
Soon excavations were underway at the
Today, Peoria Players Theatre
produces six mainstage shows per season, September through May, 4 musicals, a
drama, and a comedy. Other special
events include our Summer Youth Theatre in August. The Rocky Horror Picture Show in October,
the Peoria Pops Orchestra concert and King Henry’s Christmas Feaste in
December, and Showstoppers, a musical review every June. Peoria Players tries to appeal to a wide
variety of tastes, not only for our customers, but also for our 250 company
members. The mission of the theatre is
a) the promotion and presentation of live theatrical productions, b) the
study of the art of the theatre, and c) the encouragement of original
dramatic works amongst its members.
Peoria Players Theatre is the
nation’s 4th oldest continuously-running community theater, and
the oldest in the State of