ABOUT US

Trinity Playhouse

Our Mission- (Expanded July 2021)

Stage Left Players is a non-profit arts organization that provides a safe space to nurture performers, directors, designers, artists, makers and writers of all ages and abilities who work together to create community.

 

Our Vision- (Expanded July 2021)

 Transforming, inspiring and creating community through the arts.

 

Our History ...

In 1992, Stage Left Players, a community theater troupe, now based in historic Lisbon, Ohio, began as a small group of theater enthusiast who wanted to tackle lesser-known plays. With no permanent home, the troupe produced small musicals, comedies and dramas in a variety of venues including church basements, community halls and even an old ambulance garage. Despite having little-to-no budget and ever-changing venues, Stage Left acquired a small, but dedicated following of fans who appreciated the troupe's cavalier spirit and quirky approach to the arts.

Stage Left eventually found a permanent home in the unlikeliest of places. In 1997 in Lisbon, Ohio, two Presbyterian churches merged. As a result, the smaller of the two churches, the Trinity Presbyterian Church, established in 1859, was left empty as the congregations gathered at the larger New Lisbon Presbyterian Church. Stage Left approached the church's governing body and was granted permission to produce Roger & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" at the unoccupied church in January 1998. The show drew an audience, and most importantly, revenue. for troupe.
 

Stage Left continued to perform in the historic church building. In 2007, the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church sold the Trinity Presbyterian Church to Stage Left and the building was renamed the Trinity Playhouse to honor the building's history.

Stage Left impacts the lives of thousands of children through a robust children's theater outreach program. In addition to performing several children's plays each season, Stage Left hosts a multi-week children's theater camp every summer. Under the direction of Resident Artistic Director Kandace Cleland and Resident Musical Director Jodine Pilmer, the camp gives children in grades K-8 an opportunity to grow artistically, emotionally  and socially through performance. The camp culminates in a full-length performance that showcases the children's singing, acting and dancing talents.

 

Though the camp's focus is on the performers, the camp also gives older students a chance to grow their skills. Camp counselors are often previous attendees. They play an active role in teaching and directing the students. Counselors are also in charge of designing and constructing the set. During performances, counselors are back stage making sure the shows run smoothly.

To date, several former Stage Left students have continued their careers in the arts. Some have pursued Broadway, while others have taken their talents into classrooms across the United States. The skills they learned at the Trinity Playhouse have had life-long impacts.

 

Since 1992, Stage Left has performed hundreds of shows, both large well-known musicals and small, intimate dramas. But, the troupe has also given life to shows written by Northeast Ohio playwrights including Kandace Cleland and Michael Dempsey. 

The impact Stage Left has had on Lisbon, Ohio, and Northeast Ohio is immeasurable. The Trinity Playhouse is a safe space for performers young and old. The troupe truly embodies what it means to be a community theater.

 to access a 3 D View of our house
during our production of "Once On This Island."

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President: Janet Rice
Vice Pres.: Kellie Ryan
Treasurer: Peggy Ceci
Secretary: Michelle Hall
Members-at-large
Kari Beil
Mark Hall
Linda Hempstead

Business Office

Please mail any correspondence to our Business Address
PO BOX 178
Kensington, OH 44427

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TIMELINE

1992
Stage Left Players is formed. The scrappy troupe performs in basements, community halls and even in an old ambulance garage. 

1998
Stage Left finds a permanent home in the unoccupied Trinity Presbyterian Church in Lisbon, Ohio. The troupe's first performance in the new space is "The Sound of Music."

JULY 2001
"Kidz On Broadway,"
Stage Left's youth summer camp, begins with 28 kids grades K-8.


MAY 2007
Stage Left Players purchases the Trinity Presbyterian Church with the generous help
of Kathleen Presley.
The Trinity Playhouse is formed.


OCT. 2011
"Eureka!," an original one-act musical is performed in front of more than 1,000 students.

NOV. 2011
"Wake Up, Aurora!," an original play that modernizes "Sleeping Beauty," is performed for more than 1,000 Lisbon-area students.

JULY 2012
 Year 10 of "Kidz on Broadway" attracts 52 kids, grades K-8.

OCT. 2012
"Snap the Whip!," inspired by Winslow Homer's painting, an original one-act play about the struggles of pioneer living debuts.
 
APRIL 2019
"Saving Salina," an original one-act play about the voyage of a Mama Sea Turtle premiers with two unique casts who raise $1376 for the Loggerhead MarineLife Center in Juno Beach, FL and $1376 for the "Raise the Roof" capital fund drive.
 
June 2019
A NEW ROOF on the Trinity Playhouse- $20,500 Raised!

March 2020
Pandemic Shut Down
of the Trinity Playhouse 


July 2020
Kidz on Broadway holds two weeks of musical theatre daycamp with staggered arrivals and socially distanced protocol in place. The show is recorded and projected on an LED screen as a Drive In premier in the United Local High School parking lot.

Sep. 2020
Rehearsals resume for "Sherwood, The Adventures of Robin Hood "with cast members in PPE masks.  Scenes are recorded with 3 IPhones and a Zoom sound recorder, synced and accessed online via YouTube. 


Jan. 2021
Jr/Sr High production of "Guys & Dolls" rehearsed and recorded and accessed online.

June- July 2021
Trinity Playhouse repainted and front landscaping begins.

July 2021
"Kidz on Broadway"
Year 20 sees the return of LIVE theatre with 27 courageous kidz who rehearse at the Trinity Playhouse and perform socially distanced in the United Local High School Auditorium.

OUR BOARD

Repainted July 2021!