In 1961 the Auburn Players Community Theatre, of Auburn, New York, was formed when a group of seven people came together in response to an ad in the local newspaper, “The Citizen Advertiser.” In the early days the group didn’t have a dedicated “home” theatre, instead choosing to perform in just about any venue they could find. From taverns and restaurants, parks and campgrounds, schools and stadiums, the Auburn Players performed all around the Auburn area to appreciative crowds. As the years grew so did the size of the group, and the need to find a permanent “home” for the Players to perform their ever-more professional approach to community theatre.
In 1978 the Auburn Players found a home at the theatre space at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, New York. Since then the college has hosted over 200 Auburn Players shows, translating into over 1,000 performances at that venue. Over these 50+ years the Auburn Players have welcomed literally thousands of fresh faces onto our stage. The Auburn Players have drawn not just Auburn residents to the stage, but actors and actresses from Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, Oswego, and every village in between.
From ages 3 to 93, one-time talents to career bound theatre experts, classically trained thespians to stand-up side-kicks, the Players have been a shining beacon of opportunity for people who dream of that euphoric energy that can only be gained by the applause of a crowd. We’re proud of our tradition of offering that magical experience. That’s why we’re also proud to say that the Auburn Players Community Theatre is the “Home of your neighborhood stars!”