The excitement felt by both the audience and cast members of Livingston Community Players (LCP) as the curtain rises is a uniquely thrilling experience. To watch a live performance or take part in one is a refreshing change from passively viewing television or spending time on the Internet. LCP is a theater group that provides the atmosphere and talent of Broadway quality entertainment at a fraction of the cost right in our own community.
We were founded in the late 1940’s as a choral group named Livingston Community Chorus. In 1956 we put on our first musical production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado and our name was changed to Music Crafters. By 1972 the group was producing one to two major shows a year including Funny Girl, Hello Dolly, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Gypsy and many more. In the mid 1990’s with a loss of volunteer leadership the organization became dormant. With the strong support of the Livingston Township Council, Livingston Board of Education, and The Arts Council of Livingston, Livingston Community Players was reborn.
Our first production in 2003 was the beloved and wildly successful show Annie. This was followed by a string of hits, Oliver, Sound of Music, King & I, in which many of the Township’s adults and young people became involved. We have been particularly successful in recruiting on-stage and backstage talent from local schools and adult community members. In spite of the generous financial assistance that we receive from the Township, the Arts Council of Livingston and Essex County in the form of grants, support by local business and individual patrons, LCP just about breaks even on our productions, which cost around $30,000 each year! We realize that these are very difficult economic times and we are striving to keep the price of tickets at an affordable level.
We would like to extend an invitation to all those interested in theater to join us, whether auditioning, participating in the backstage or production efforts. If volunteering in our productions isn’t your cup of tea, then please, come, relax and sit back and enjoy the show. We are looking forward to seeing YOU in the audience!
Performances at Mt. Pleasant Middle School, 11 Broadlawn Drive, Livingston, NJ 07039
Livingston Community Players is sponsored by the Livingston Board of Education, Department of Recreation & Parks, Township of Livingston. LCP Is a proud member of the Arts Council of Livingston.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. Additional funding is provided by the Township of Livingston and The Arts Council of Livingston. LCP is a member of the Tri County Theater Association.