History of the Towne Players of Garner
The Towne Players was formed in 1998 as a means of increasing the awareness of the performing arts in Garner and Wake County. Run by a governing board made up of citizens from the Garner, North Carolina and greater Triangle area, the Towne Players produce three or four theatrical plays each year and offer theatre classes for children. As a community theatre, we depend upon many people who enjoy the beauty and sense of community that an organization can bring.
Since its first production in 1998 of Harvey, the Towne Players have received praise for the shows they’ve brought to life on the stage. The group was nominated for “Best Community Theatre” group for 2000 and 2001 by Spectator Magazine as well as by Robert’s Reviews in 2003, and won the award from Robert’s Reviews in 2004 and 2002! The production of “Driving Miss Daisy” was named one of the top 10 theatrical productions in the Triangle in 2000, and “The Last Train to Nibroc” received the same honor in 2001 and 2003, as did the encore presentation of “Dearly Departed” in 2002 and the production of Sylvia in 2004. For more information on our past performances, please click here.
The Towne Players have had productions named in the top 10 Triangle productions by Robert’s Reviews since 2000, including “Sylvia,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Last Train to Nibroc,” and “Dearly Departed.” Recent accolades for the group have included being named the best community theatre in the Triangle area by Robert’s Reviews in 2002 and 2004. Also in 2004, Robert’s Reviews named Janet Doughty best actress in a comedy, the cast of “Sylvia” best comedy ensemble, and Scott Honeycutt best scenic designer for comedy for “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”
A not-for-profit organization, our mission is “To involve, develop, and enrich our diverse local community by producing traditional, engaging, and challenging theatre.” The Towne Players is supported by grants from United Arts and the Town of Garner and encourages anyone with an interest in theatre to participate, whether on stage or behind the scenes.
Artistic Director Beth Honeycutt
As Artistic Director and one of the founders of the Towne Players, Beth Honeycutt has always enjoyed living a life filled with drama. She received her BA in theatre at Atlantic Christian College and taught high school prior to her marriage to Garner native, Scott Honeycutt (with whom she has two children, Arlie and Jack).
In addition to appearances in numerous productions including The Merchant of Venice, Bus Stop, Steel Magnolias, Blithe Spirit, Ghosts, Same Time Next Year, A Flea in Her Ear, Spoon River Anthology, Painting Churches, and Equus, Beth has directed Tarheel Tales, Drop Dead, Harvey, Greater Tuna, Driving Miss Daisy, Boys Next Door, The Fantasticks, Blithe Spirit, The Odd Couple, The Last Train to Nibroc, You Can’t Take it With You, My Three Angels and two of the most memorable productions in the Garner area — the incredibly popular Dearly Departed and the witty and touching production of Steel Magnolias.
Honeycutt was named best director by Robert’s Reviews in 2003.
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