The Jackson County Players was founded in the summer of 2007 after the success of Ripley: The Man & The Town That Honors His Name. The amazing response to that local production proved the community was hungry for live, local theatre. It is through theatre that the Jackson County Players strives to enrich the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the arts and cultural activities.
Our first production was a musical entitled The Ripe Banana, which was written and scored by a local playwright and a local composer. This showcased the talents of our local actors, many of them on the public stage for the first time.
We have since performed a Jackson County Pilot Club dinner theatre, full-length plays such as Our Town and Harvey, several one-acts, a murder mystery dinner theatre, improv and staged radio plays. We have created a summer youth theatre, drawing young people from 5 to 20 year-olds to perform a variety of original and published scripts. We have also been a yearly participant in the Jackson County Community Foundation's Charity Challenge.
Through these humble beginnings, our organization has been able to bring a much needed source of live entertainment to our community. Only through the support of the community are we able to continue bringing quality performances to the local theatre.
Dave Tackett - President
Suzy McGinley - 1st Vice President
Suzette Lowe - 2nd Vice President
Vicki Martin - Secretary
Grant Martin - Treasurer
2009-2011 Board Members (retired) - Caitlin Stout, Dave Pauley, DeDe Cook, Blaine Hess
2008-2009 Board Members (retired) - Twila Miller, Kristin Stover
2007-2008 Board Members (retired) - Carla Long, Cherie Munson, Susan Jones, Ashley Hosaflook, Robin Martin, Marci Stewart
NOTE: At the end of the 90's, two full-stage productions were performed in Ravenswood by a group called the Jackson County Players: Larry Shue's "The Nerd" and Neil Simon's "Rumors". Some of these players are alive in our Players today ... this postscript is in honor of the fine theater that was created in those two summers.