Through the combined efforts of the Geneseo Rotary Club, the State Teacher's College, and the community, Geneseo Community Players was formed in 1950. The first play, The Royal Family, was performed in March of that year. Noon on opening day, the members of Rotary in top hats, accompanied by the high school band, marched down Main St. to publicize the event.
For all but two of the following years, Geneseo Community Players has produced one, two and as many as four full length productions each year. We are lead by a board of area residents with varied experience and background who feel a strong commitment to our community and theater. We are dedicated to engaging local area talent for all aspects of a production.
We have had a long history of encouraging young actors and those interested in technical theater by awarding scholarships to local high school and college students. High school awards include the Patty Moss Scholarship in Acting and the Angela Saunders Award for Technical Theater.
GCP sponsored Awards for SUNY Geneseo students include the Robert Sinclair Award for Acting and the Richard Story Award for Technical Theater. The recently established Eric Grammas Scholarship is awarded to a continuing SUNY Geneseo student majoring in Performing Arts who has overcome great obstacles in the pursuit of his/her dreams.
Although top hats are no longer seen marching down Main St, we tip our hats to the longevity of this local theater group, the joy a play brings to a cold January, the expectation we feel for an upcoming summer musical and the sheer energy, time and love of theater its many volunteers have given for 60 years. Geneseo Community Players has enriched our community and our lives.