Whyalla Players Inc. (‘The Players’) was first established in 1956 and has grown into the premiere theatre arts group on the Eyre Peninsula. Hosting a variety of events throughout the year, The Players has something on offer for people of all ages, skills and experiences.
The Players also offers its catalogue of costumes to hire to the public from our premises on Ekblom Street.
From a humble beginning as a play-reading group in 1956, Whyalla Players Inc. has developed into the enthusiastic theatrical society you see today, located in the Upper Spencer Gulf regional area of South Australia. Known locally as ‘The Players’, we celebrated our 60th Anniversary in 2016.
The Players repertoire has featured a variety of musicals from many different genres, world famous shows brought to the local stage and well-loved productions that have been popular with community theatre groups over the years. Its first, back in 1956, was Gilbert and Sullivan's "Trial by Jury". Pantomime was introduced to The Players in 1992 with "Santa in Space" followed by our 1999 journey into theatre restaurant through "Bail 'em up Cobbers".
Early productions began at the former Whyalla Institute, with The Players being supported to present theatre restaurant and one-act plays by various other venues both in Whyalla and other regional towns throughout its history. The opening of Middleback Theatre in the mid-1980’s further enabled The Players to bring bigger, blockbuster productions to the community. The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, Grease, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins to name some of the most memorable.
The society has given many aspiring young actors, singers, dancers, musicians and technicians the opportunity to develop their creative talents within the performing arts area. Through an ongoing program of musicals, plays, pantomimes, theatre restaurants and other events, The Players continues to bring quality entertainment to thousands of theatre-lovers in Whyalla and its surrounding areas.