"I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village, a great theater is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture." - Sir Laurence Olivier.

Community theatre, such as Fayetteville’s Carriage House Players (CHP), enriches the lives of the ones who take an active part in it, as well as the community that benefits from it. And represented on either side of the footlights is a diversity of age, culture, life experience, and an appreciation of the importance of the arts.

Likewise, community theatre promotes creativity for youth by providing a place where they can explore the creative aspects of their minds and express their emotions without fear of rejection. The common goal for local youth and others is to put on a great production, while working as a team.

Carriage House Players is the oldest performing arts organization in Lincoln County and is going into its 35th year of theatrical excellence, featuring four shows yearly. Its first show of the 2022 season – “A year with Frog and Toad” – opens Jan. 27 with performances Jan. 28, 29 and Feb. 3. 4, and 5. Performances will be at the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum. The show is directed by Mickey Johnson, assisted by Jennifer Bradford and Leah Wright. Rehearsals are in full swing and tickets are available.

Spring ushers in “These Shining Lives: The Story of the Radium Girls” held April 28, 29, 30 and May 5, 6, 7; followed by “Red Velvet Cake Wars” with performance on July 28,29, 30 and August 4,5,6. “Happily Ever Before” runs Oct 27, 28, 29 and November 3,4, 5.

“The season is planned with the goal of making available a variety of productions and activities to please everyone,” Johnson said.

Carriage House Players is appreciative of individuals or small businesses who would like to sponsor costumes for the cast of plays. Twenty-five dollars will help with one cast member’s costume and your name will be published in the program. And, if you have vintage clothing hanging in closets that you’re ready to dispose of, donate the items to CHP to be used for costumes.

CHP is also accepting furniture, vehicles, lawn and outdoor items, household items – all in good condition – for the next online auction through Van Massey Auction. Funds will go toward the restoration of the “The Carriage House.”