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Welcome to Parish Players

Eclipse Grange Theater

Welcome to Parish Players, an incorporated not-for-profit membership theater group based at the Eclipse Grange Theatre in Thetford Hill, Vermont. We are a community theater staffed and run by volunteers. Come join us. We welcome your participation, whether as an audience member, on the stage or behind-the-scenes (or all three!). We have lots to offer.

Love, Loss and What I Wore
by Nora and Delia Ephron
Women, clothes, mothers, memories and more


Director: M Carl Kaufman (603.727.8143)

URGENT NOTICE: Sadly tonight and tomorrow night's auditions have been cancelled! We will regroup and let you know how and when we can reschedule. Thank you for your understanding and please help us pass the word.

9th Annual 10-Minute Festival
A feast of short plays


Producers: Barbara Payson (802.785.2727 or email) and Neal Meglathery (802.785.2016 or email)

We have a number of exciting directors lined up.

Show Dates: Friday and Saturday - 7pm, February 13, 14, 20, 21
Thursday - 7pm, February 19
Sunday Matinées - 3pm, February 15, 22
Shows will be at Parish Players' Eclipse Grange

Tickets: General $15, Seniors $12, Students $10

Reservations or information: (802) 785–4344

We also need folks to stage manage, build set, work lights, run the house, and all the other fun things that go into putting on a show.

A ten-minute play is a streak of theatrical lightning. It doesn't last long, but its power can stand your hair on end.
-- Eric Lane, author of Take Ten

Each year, both novice and published playwrights submit their work to our ten-minute play festival. This exhilarating event was an instant hit at its inaugural production in February 2007 — and our audiences have loved it ever since.

Scripts Chosen


Director Author Genre Description Actors

Close Encounter

John Galton
Robin Pond comedy    


Paul Hunt
Nathaniel E. Wayne drama Visiting her brother in a mental hospital can be frustrating Laine Gillespie
Larry Wolkin
Maddy Pryer

The Other Part

Sheila Kaplow
Deborah Savadge drama Pictures a long-married couple at a critical juncture in their lives Faith Catlin
Michael Duggan

An Answer to Their Prayers

Rebecca Bailey
Henry Kimmel drama Sparks fly, and fizzle, in the back pew of a big-city church Leah Romano
Arush Sudhir Chandna


Dorothy Gannon
      Michelle Carlson
Rob O'Leary
Dean Whitlock

Independence Day

Leah Romano
Rhea MacCallum drama A heartwarming story of a mother and her adult daughter who share laughter and tears as they navigate the difficult road of terminal illness Pat Langille
Emily Wood

September in Biddeford

Hetty Thomae
Greg Mandryk farce A heartwarming romantic horror story about with a mother and daughter facing life's larger questions with the National Guard Sandra Dell
Katie Kitchel
Robert O'Leary

3 Sisters Watching Three Sisters

Faith Catlin
Ignacio Zulueta comedy Intermission at a playhouse in Cambridge, MA Sarah Flickinger
Sophie Starr
Christine Williamson

3rd Annual Hunger Benefit Cabaret
Appetizers, song and comedy


Director: Steve LeBlanc (Nights and weekends 603.448.1765, Weekdays 603.646.3199 or email)

Auditions: Comedy skits: Thursday, January 8th
Musical numbers: Friday, January 2nd thru Sunday, January 11th
Auditions will be at director's house in Lebanon, NH (contact him for appointment and location)

Show Dates: Friday & Saturday - 7:30pm, March 13 and 14
Sunday Matinée - 3pm, March 15
Shows will be at Parish Players' Eclipse Grange

A relaxed evening of songs and skits performed by some of the most talented singers and actors in the Upper Valley! Casual seating arrangements and great food!

For reservations call: 802-785-4344

Make your reservation today!

Almost, Maine
by John Cariani


Director: Samantha Davidson Green

Producer: Alex Cherington (802.356.5795)

Auditions: Sunday, January 11, 2-5pm and Monday, January 12, 6:30-9pm
Auditions will be at Parish Players' Eclipse Grange

Show Dates: Thursday, Friday and Saturday - 7pm, April 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11
Sunday Matinées - 3pm, April 5, 12
Shows will be at Parish Players' Eclipse Grange

Tickets: General $15, Seniors $12, Students $10

Reservations or information: (802) 785–4344

Gallery from our recent production Under Milkwood

Windows and Drainage

Parish Players is extremely blessed to own its theater - the historic Eclipse Grange. Between 1998 and 2002, a major renovation made many improvements to the building. Since then, we have continued to maintain and improve our theater. We have replaced old, leaky windows with energy efficient ones in the green room and dressing room. We hope to do the same in the library and costume loft. Last summer we scraped and painted the front.

This summer, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, we have remedied the drainage problem which caused water to collect in the cellar. We will next solve the ice build-up on the porch roof which causes leaking into the foyer. Many thanks go to the Byrne Foundation for their generous contribution and to the many members who have labored and will, hopefully, continue to give loving care to our theater.

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