The Kanawha Players, one of the oldest community theaters in the country, is still continuing its legacy that has started 87 years ago. This amateur theater company has been producing season after season of live production since 1922, owing mostly to the community’s positive response to the project.
The group’s workshop in MacCorkle Avenue has been standing since the 1940’s, when it was built by a team of volunteers. It was renovated with a bright interior in 2002, but in 2005, a new and permanent location for the group was purchased: a former church renovated to become the Kanawha Players’ new performance and workshop space.
The mission of the group is simple: to produce quality theater in a nurturing community environment, while providing a place for education, training and encouragement to those interested in participating in the dramatic arts. To fulfill this mission, the group hold Audition FunShops, that teaches interested parties how to prepare for an audition, and what to expect. Sessions like this lets the participants learn and experience the joys and pains of auditions in a relaxed environment. In the summers, basic acting technique workshops are held free of charge for the community actors.
309 Beauregard St
PO Box 3956
Charleston, WV 25301-3956
Phone: (304) 343-7529