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Monday, May 22, 2017

A Community Players Reunion

   My pal Dave Lavender wrote a not-to-be-missed story this weekend for the Herald-Dispatch about the upcoming reunion for the community theatre group known as the Community Players!
What do Marshall basketball coach Dan D'Antoni, two-time Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris, Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Keller, award-winning documentary filmmaker Deb Novak, Hattie and Nan's owner Joanna Sexton, Huntington High School teacher Helen Freeman and Academy Award-nominee Brad Dourif all have in common?
They are all players.
Or more accurately, they were players - and that is a good and memorable thing.
That illustrious group of multi-talented people are among the hundreds of talented folks who took to the stage during the six-decade history of the Community Players.
For the first time this Memorial Day weekend, Community Players - Huntington's community theater group that put on more than 250 shows in Huntington from 1937 until 1997 - is hosting a reunion on the street that was the heart of it all.
The main reunion, which is free and open to the public, is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Charles Holley Gazebo, just a couple blocks from the empty lot at 420 14th St. W., that once held The Darwin E. Abbott Theatre, home to the Community Players from 1952 until December 1994.

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