R 162
2021 -- S 0786
Enacted 04/06/2021

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senator Meghan E. Kallman
Date Introduced: April 06, 2021

     WHEREAS, The Community Players, Rhode Island's oldest Community Theater, was
conceived in 1920, by a troupe of "dreamers" in the City of Pawtucket, dedicated to having fun
and encouraging an interest in dramatics; and
     WHEREAS, On May 9, 1921, The Community Players presented their first performance,
"Milestones", at the Old Star Theatre on Main Street in Pawtucket. It was a resounding success
that benefited the Associated Charities; and
     WHEREAS, In the fall of that same year, The Players presented "Hamilton" to
correspond with the City's 250th Anniversary celebration. It was once again a sell-out; and
     WHEREAS, In 1971, as the City observed its tricentennial, The Players, who were
celebrating their 50th Anniversary, provided highlights of various historic City events; and
     WHEREAS, The Players also present a yearly program of plays, that culturally enrich
Pawtucket and the Blackstone Valley area. Membership has grown exponentially over the years
with nearly 600 current members "offering nine nights of performances for musicals and six
nights for non-musicals during four yearly productions"; and
     WHEREAS, Many of The Players proceeds have gone to charitable organizations
including more than $1,000 to The Blackstone Valley Emergency Food Center. They also held a
performance benefiting the Retarded Children's Association of the Blackstone Valley, which
honored them with a special award for their contribution, and have done performances for local
PTA's and Women's Councils, Lion's Club, Quota Club, Kiwanis, Friends of the Library, Rotary,
League of Women Voters, to name but a few; and
     WHEREAS, Currently located at the After the Star Theatre, The Players have had many
homes over the years, including the old Bijou Theatre on Broad Street, The Grand Army Hall on
Exchange Street, then to the former Jenks Junior High, the Pawtucket Senior High School
buildings, the Oak Hill Tennis Club, the Slater Park boathouse, and auditoriums at the Pawtucket
Congregational Church and St. Martin's Church; and
     WHEREAS, Stated best by the Players themselves, "Good Times and Bum Times, We've
Seen Them All and, My Dear, We're Still Here Here!"; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island hereby joins the decades of
volunteers, performers, behind the scenes workers, and audiences in celebrating the 100th
Anniversary of The Community Players and wishes them many more decades of continued
success; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Ed Mastriano, President of The Community