St. Andrew’s Players

About the Players

The St. Andrew’s Players is the church’s preeminent theater group and is open to anyone interested in theater, be it on the stage or in the “back of the house.” Productions range from fully staged and costumed plays and musicals to partially staged readings of theatrical works or poetry. They are a mix of religious-based works and better-known shows; past productions include Noah (1972), The Importance of Being Earnest (1982), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1989), The Sound of Music (2012), as well as some staged readings and Broadway Revues.

Originally led by parishioner and award-winning local actress, June Hansen, this ministry will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2022, continuing our mission of “providing quality family entertainment and promoting self-expression, appreciation of the theatrical arts, and fellowship within both the St. Andrew’s and Arlington communities.”

Our productions offer a chance for budding actors of all ages, as well as opportunities for those who want to make the show come to life through stage management, set design and movement, and more. St. Andrew’s Players welcomes anyone – young and old alike – interested in being part of the ensemble or assisting in production to make our shows a success!

Despite major challenges which caused many a theater group to “go dark” these last two years, the St. Andrew’s Players were able to rescue our production scheduled for March 2020 with a video-streamed production of the classic version of “The Wizard of Oz” along with an original add-on series of interviews with the cast. This was made available in June and July 2021. It is with that same determination that we approached this coming Anniversary Year of 2022.

50th Anniversary in 2022

The Saint Andrew’s Player’s Anniversary Committee (SAPAC) has been meeting since November, 2021, to look at ways to mark 50 years of productions, remembering the hundreds of participants who made them possible.  A survey was sent out in December, 2021 to 150 former participants in productions by The Players.  From those responses, task forces  were formed to execute three major events:

  • a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner;
  • a Costume Party scheduled for September 24th, and
  • a fully staged original drama, to be performed November 5th, highlighting our 50 years of productions—including musical numbers.  We hope to attract as many former and potential St. Andrew’s Players as possible.

Whether you are a former participant, parent, friend of the Players or just interested in our ministry, we welcome your involvement with the Costume Party or our November performance, on or offstage.  Just contact Jane Massant for details  via the Parish administrator.

The November 5 event will be dedicated to the memory of our founder, June Hansen, who was the lifeblood of our ministry for many decades.  She passed away at her home in Boise, Idaho, on April 28, 2022.  Her guiding light remains with us.

And then stay tuned.   We are in the process of securing rights for a Spring Musical with a large multi-generational cast.   Auditions most likely in December.

Adults and kids perform onstage with the St. Andrews Players.
Performers from St. Andrews Players form a kick line in the church sanctuary.