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All the World’s a Stage Community Players, December 1953

Community players, 1953.

Community Players Theatre has been a local cultural treasure since its first staged production way back in 1923. Thirty-three years later, on December 3-4, 1956, the volunteer theater company staged the bewitching romantic comedy “Bell, Book and Candle.” The cast (see accompanying photograph) featured Barbara Price and C.E. “Hank” Mulliken (both seated), though the true star was the Siamese cat Pyewacket (seen resting on Price’s lap). The feline was on loan from Bloomington resident Lyle Snavely.

The Community Players’ permanent home at 201 Robinhood Lane in Bloomington did not open until 1962, so at this time performances were held at the Scottish Rite Temple (now the Bloomington Center for Performing Arts). If you support local museums, support local theater too!

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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