Archive for the "News" Category

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Kate Hamill OPENS Friday 7/9!

By Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Michael J. Frohnhoefer

Friday, July 9, 16, 23 (8pm), Friday,  (8pm)
Saturday, July 10, 17, 24 (8pm)
Saturday, July 24 (2pm), Sunday, July 18 (2pm)

This isn’t your grandmother’s Austen! Bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely, this Pride and Prejudice for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life. Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent adaptation.

Scan QR code or click image to view online program for “Pride and Prejudice”.



Gold Show SponsorDutchess ProPrint





Click here for PDF version

Single Tickets for “Pride and Prejudice” Now On Sale!

Click the “Pride and Prejudice” logo for single tickets. 

AUDITIONS – PRELUDE TO A KISS – June 27/28 at 7pm

By Craig Lucas
Directed by Christine Crawfis

Auditions: Sunday June 27 (7pm) & Monday June 28 (7pm)

When Peter, a man from a broken family, meets Rita, an insomniac bartender with no faith in the future, only one thing can happen: they fall in love and get married. Then, on the evening of their nuptials, an elderly stranger appears at the wedding reception, bearing a kiss for the new bride. In this magical story, it is a kiss that tests the boundaries of the couple’s love.

A not-so-old fashioned love story. A whirlwind romance. A storybook wedding. A kiss for the bride that suddenly changes everything. Prelude explores the enduring power of love and the nature of commitment in this breathtaking and life-affirming comedy.

Peter (30 – 40)
Rita (30 – 40)
Taylor (30 – 40)
Tom/Jamaican Waiter (20 – 50)
Mrs. Boyle (late 50s – late 60s)
Dr. Boyle (60 – 70)
Minister (40 – 60)
Aunt Dorothy/Leah (50s – 60s)
Uncle Fred (50s – 70s)
Old Man (60 – 75)


WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY – County Players, one of the longest running community theatre companies in the area is excited and proud to announce the reopening of the theater for their 64th Season!

The company is pleased to reopen the theater with the July 2021 production of the romantic comedy “Pride and Prejudice” by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen. The remaining Main Stage Production schedule includes: September 2021 – “Prelude to a Kiss” by Craig Lucas; November 2021 – “The Price” by Arthur Miller; February 2022 – “Seven Keys at Baldpate” by George M. Cohan, based on the novel by Earl Derr Biggers

Finally the 64th season culminates with the main stage production in May 2022 of the hilariously funny Mel Brooks musical: “Young Frankenstein”, with book by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, and based upon his comedy film of the same name.

County Players will also continue the well-received CP2 Readers Theater Series with three mini-festivals beginning with:

Mini-Festival #1 October 2021: Reading #1 “The Children” by Lucy Kirkwood; Reading #2 “A Number” by Caryl Churchill

Mini-Festival #2 December 2021: Reading #1 “Mary’s Wedding” by Stephen Massicotte; Reading #2 “Molly Sweeney” by Brian Friel

Mini-Festival #3 March 2022: Reading #1 ‘Grand Concourse” by Heidi Schreck; Reading #2”Uncanny Valley” by Thomas Gibbons

Complete information about the 64th Season of main stage productions kindly visit And for CP2 Series of Readers Theater visit Audition dates for all upcoming shows as they are announced, all information will be found at the County Players website at under the banner heading for “auditions”.

Covid Plan and Protocols for Theater Safety

In order to reopen the County Players Falls Theatre the company, with guidance from NY State as well as Dutchess County, has created a comprehensive plan to keep everyone safe – from the volunteers to our patrons and audience members. While the governor recently announced a significant easing of COVID-19 restrictions, in order to reopen the theater company must follow the official, written guidance standards from New York State Department of Health for “Small and Medium Scale Performing Arts & Entertainment”. This will include social distancing, timed arrivals and departures, mask wearing when not seated, and electronic ticketing. These protocols and processes will be modified accordingly and as appropriate according to the proper agencies.

Hudson Valley Credit Union proudly sponsors County Players’ 64th Season. This project is made possible, in part, through funding from the Dutchess County Executive Office and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

About County Players:

One of the longest running community theatre companies in our area, County Players is an all-volunteer organization which has presented more than 200 productions and has served thousands of theatergoers since 1958.  Located in the Village of Wappingers Falls the all-volunteer theatre company acquired the former Academy Theatre and renamed it the County Players Falls Theatre, their home since 1977.

Accessibility:  If you require wheelchair accessibility, please contact our Box Office at 845-298-1491.

Contacts:          Christine Crawfis, President                845-380-0155

Joseph Pettignano, Publicity Chair          845-489-3086

Annual Meeting – June 13 at 2pm


Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact, Governor Cuomo in Executive Order 202.18 amended Section 603(b) of the Not for Profit Corporations Law to the extent necessary to permit annual meetings of members to be held remotely or by electronic means.

Accordingly, the County Players, Inc. Annual Meeting will be held:

DATE: June 13, 2021

TIME: 2:00 pm

LOCATION: Remotely via a password protected Zoom meeting.

During the meeting one voting item will be brought before the membership for a vote:

1. Election of the Board of Governors

We encourage all current members to participate by utilizing a proxy ballot form to vote and, if you desire, by attending the meeting remotely.

If you are interested in attending the meeting, please feel free to email Christine Crawfis at by June 4, 2021 at 11:59 pm to receive information to gain access to the password protected meeting.


Annual Meeting Information