The Wimberley Players presented their first performance 33 years ago and they continue to amaze the village with the quality of their productions today.
“We’re always striving to amaze,” says Players’ vice president Julie Ray. “In fact that’s our new slogan: ‘Amazing Theater.’”
That first performance back in 1979 took place in an elementary school auditorium with lighting hidden in coffee cans above the makeshift scenery. They converted a greenhouse in Woodcreek and opened their Greenhouse Theatre the next year. And in 2006, they opened the Wimberley Playhouse just off the Square.
“The facility has great lighting and the stage sets have been incredible,” Julie says. “We can pull off extravagant performances like our recent Once Upon A Mattress. We can do a serious small show or a really large production.”
The Playhouse now has updated lighting and a remodeled lobby thanks to grants. The stage curtain was a gift. Additional funding has come from support by local groups like the Wimberley Lions.
The Players are a non-profit organization and anyone may join.
“What has thrilled me is to see how dedicated the players have been to quality performances. And that’s been our goal. Our standards are high and we’ve found some great folks and some great directors,” Julie says.
It’s a sign of that dedication and quality that the Players have survived for so many years in such a small community.
“Wimberley is a community that attracts people with an artistic attitude,” Julie explains. “It’s really impressive. Credit Wimberley for a great source of talent and for being a vibrant audience. Plus, our reputation has grown so that we’re drawing talent and an audience from a much larger area.”
The Players strive to present a variety of plays during each season.
“We look for a balance among musicals, comedies, serious plays, maybe a thriller, maybe some Shakespeare,” Julie says.
The 2013 season will offer two musicals, a classic that has garnered praise far and wide, and a play that will see its premiere in Texas at the Wimberley Playhouse.
Performances will include:
- Death of a Salesman from February 8 to March 3. Arthur Miller’s classic tragedy of unrealized dreams.
- The Canterville Ghost from April 12 to May 5. Based on a story by Oscar Wilde, this is a musical about a ghost in an old country house bought by a sophisticated professional couple.
- The Taming of the Shrew from June 21 to June 30 and July 12 to July 21. The battle of the sexes as only Shakespeare could tell it.
- Stay from September 13 to October 6. The Texas premiere of a new psychological thriller.
- You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown from November 15 to December. A revised version of the Broadway hit musical.
The Wimberley Playhouse is located at 450 Old Kyle Road in Wimberley. For tickets, call 512-847-0575. For more information, call 512-847-1592 or visit the web site at wimberleyplayers.org.