Although The Hills Players can’t report on current events due to the Corona restrictions their Archivist, Ann Johnston has shared this wonderful submission. It is an article that appeared in The Hills Echo back in March 2000 about how they began!
The Hills Players Inc has been providing good family entertainment in the Hills District for 20 years and they’re still going strong!
The amateur group was formed in 1980 at Ferny Hills State School with the idea of using the amenities hall as their home. At that time the hall was not completed but it was soon realised that it would not be suitable for the type of theatre the group was performing. It would also be beyond the Players’ means as a struggling group of players to meet the fees asked. The Players then moved to The Hills Neighbourhood Centre at James Drysdale Reserve but this was also unsuitable.
The first production was staged at the Arana Hills Community Centre (Bargo Street) where the players had to erect their own stage using school drama boxes and offcuts of carpet and Players dressed in a caravan (all in together) outside the back door. The programme was shared with a local dancing school and it was quite a success. The Hills Players were off and running!
Fortunately, Father Daley at St. Williams Catholic Church was sympathetic to our plight and offered St. Williams at a very nominal rental. The old church was to be our home with a stage being built by parishioners and husbands of the theatre group members. Father Daley even brought in some old theatre seats he‘d acquired from one of the theatres in town which was being renovated and the Players thought they were just ‘it’!
The original aim for The Hills Players was to perform affordable live theatre to their district. This is still the case and they will be back treading the boards once the world is well again.