Welcome to the Hyde Park Community Players website.

Happy New Year from the Players!

AUDITIONS! And a Staged Reading! February 6th

Auditions for our Spring musical, will be held Friday, February 6, from 5 to 9 pm, at Quaker House, 5615 S. Woodlawn Avenue

We’ll be auditioning for acting, singing and dancing, so we’ll audition people in waves:

  • the people who arrive at 5 pm should be in the first wave,
  • the people who arrive at 6 pm will be second,
  • 7 pm will be third,
  • 8 pm will be 4th.

So, unless you have specific conflicts, please arrive on the hour: by 5, by 6, by 7 or by 8? (And if you are planning to perform in or attend the Friday Staged Reading that evening, remember to audition early.)

You should be prepared for a cold reading, and either :
1. Singing 32 bars of a song and perhaps having your range tested (You should bring sheet music for the accompanist or a pre-recorded accompaniment- no a capella singning tryouts), or
2. Learning a short dance and performing it for the choreographer.

If you would like to be considered for a principal role or the dance ensemble, you will be trying out for both singing and dancing.

The performance dates of the Spring musical are April 10-12 and 17-19, 2015.

If you have questions, or if you’d like to audition but have a conflict on the 6th, please contact Corinna before the audition date at director@hydeparkcommunityplayers.org

February’s Friday Staged Reading: That SAME DAY!

Friday, February 6, 8 pm

Appeal to the Grammarians: an Evening of Asks, Pleas, and Ponders

Selected & directed by Nathan Agin
Pieces from modern poets, a Roman philosopher, online satires, and more–Paul Violi, George Bilgere, Theodore Bikel, and Donald Barthelme, Seneca the Younger–not the usual stuff.  Be prepared to be entertained, challenged, provoked, and possibly even changed, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn.  Following the reading, we’ll have our usual light refreshment and conversation.  Admission $5 at the door.

(If you’re involved in the Staged Reading or plan to attend, and you want to audition, you can do both. Just plan to audition in one of the early slots.)

(To learn more about our monthly series of Friday Staged Readings and how you can get involved, and for a schedule of upcoming readings, click here.)


are now up on our Facebook page of our most recent production, Drones, Clones, and Phones: I Know What You Did Last Summer, our first-ever improv show, directed by Dan Friedrich. Check them out. And while you’re there, please “Like” us. Thanks.

Follow the excitement of staging Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard, directed by Paul Baker. Check out the show’s blog for a look into a production in the works.

And by the way,

The Romeo & Juliet Blog

is the blog that just keeps on giving.  Susan has been kind enough to share a blog entry she wrote in her own personal blog, sparked by her part as Juliet’s Nurse.  Click over to the blog and scroll down to April 23 for a good read.

And More

Click here to see our entire 2014-2015 Season!

Watch our upcoming events page for details of HPCP meetings, auditions, productions and other gatherings.

And if you’d like to be on our e-mail list or involved in the Players, drop us a line at info@hydeparkcommunityplayers.org

HPCP presents: PAY TO PLAY!

We read your feedback forms. So we know that some of you want more comedy. And some of you want more drama. And it’s too close to call. So in proud Chicago tradition, we’ve decided to let you vote on it…for a price.  Click here to learn more.

Who are we?

We are a not-for-profit, all-volunteer group dedicated to creating and nurturing vital community theater in the greater Hyde Park, Chicago neighborhood.  We are always happy to welcome new people who would like to join us in our planning, our activities, and our productions. We emphasize genuine engagement in the project of creating both community and theater.  Active members commit to working on the implementation and the promotion of each HPCP production. (And, by the way, this is a growing website.  We hope it has what you needed today; we look to be able to offer much, much more in the future.  Thanks for visiting.)

Our Productions to Date page is your gateway to records of past productions in pictures and words.  Photos from past productions are up on our Facebook page.  Check them out, and while you’re there, why not say you “like” us?  And if you tweet, you can also follow us on @HPCPlayers

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