Peninsula Players Theatre, America’s Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theatre and Door County’s theatrical icon, is thrilled to announce the artistic company for its 84th season, running June 18 through October 20, 2019. Nestled along Door County, Wisconsin’s scenic shore, the award-winning acting company of Peninsula Players has been enthralling generations of audiences in its 600-plus seat, all-weather pavilion, since 1935, presenting hundreds of pre-Broadway tryouts, world premières, classic dramas, comedies and musicals.
“It’s an exciting week at the theater as a majority of the creative staff, 11 college-age interns and the cast of our first show arrive to begin rehearsals for our first show of the season,” said Artistic Director Greg Vinkler. The line-up of shows, designers and casts were selected by Vinkler, who celebrates his 31st season at Peninsula Players. He is currently performing in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of “Hamlet.” Vinkler will direct the autumn Midwest première of Mark St. Germain’s new fast-paced comedy, “George Washington’s Teeth.”
The “must-see” 2019 season includes a world première comedy, a riveting whodunit, a thrilling and romantic musical fantasy, an enthralling drama and a new madcap comedy. Peninsula Players is a professional, not-for-profit theater, which employs professional actors and collaborates with members of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers; United Scenic Artists (USA), a labor union and professional association of Designers, Artists and Craftspeople; and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), a theatrical union of stage directors and choreographers.
Company members work in regional theaters from Los Angeles to New York and internationally, as well as in film, television and radio. Many of the directors, designers and cast members are recipients of or have been nominated for Chicago’s prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award, After Dark Award, Black Theatre Alliance Award and other regional theater awards such as the Sarah Siddons Award and Florence Herscher Award.
“The artists of the 2019 company are exceptionally talented and very versatile,” Vinkler said. “Ten actors will make their Players debut, and many familiar and loved performers, designers and musicians will return as well. The shows slated for this season comprise a wide variety of styles needing singers, comedians and dramatic actors who can take audiences from America in the 1890s to a small English village in the 1940s all the way to contemporary urban settings.”
“‘Ghost The Musical’ has a cast of 10, six of whom will also perform in ‘A Murder is Announced.’ We have ten returning Players in the acting company and 13 staff members. Our small army of artists also includes 16 designers, 11 interns, six administrators, seven musicians, three scenic painters, two stitchers, three draftsmen/carpenters, two union stage managers, two cooks, a master electrician, a properties manager, a costume shop manager and lots of collaborative creativity. It’s non-stop busy all season. It’s a very multi-talented group coming together – which is, of course, absolutely necessary for our diverse line-up of shows.”