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Mission Statement

We are an incorporated not-for-profit membership theater group based at the Eclipse Grange Theater in Thetford Hill, Vermont, staffed and run by volunteers.  We've been at this continuously since 1966, when a small theatre group formed by Ed and Gillian Tyler, and David and Linda Strohmier, staged Thornton Wilder's The Long Christmas Dinner at the Thetford Hill Congregational Church -- and the Parish Players was born.

In the nearly 40 years since then, The Parish Players have performed close to 200 productions. Today, we continue as an all-volunteer community theatre organization to stage plays drawn from the classics, to musical comedy, contemporary drama, and original plays by members of the Upper Valley community.  The Parish Players is an organization dedicated to presenting high quality dramatic productions created by people who participate for the love of the work.

We are committeed to: offering an intimate theater venue that is accessible, affordable, and welcoming to both audiences and artists; challenging participants to stretch their abilities and expanding their understanding of theater and the world it describes; presenting new and challenging works, including those created by local artists; inspiring, encouraging, and supporting the arts and cultures of our communitiies; and raising expectations of community theater.

Founders: David Strohmier, Linda Strohmier, Edward Tyler, Gillian Tyler.


The Answers You Need

Is the theatre handicap accessible?

Yes. The theater is handicap accessible for wheelchairs and other mobility devices. A select number of handicap parking spaces are designated outside of the theater as well. If you will require special seating accommodations or other types of accommodations please contact us at and we will be happy to discuss your needs.

What happens if a show or a performance is canceled?

There will be a notice on the on the website and a voice recording at the phone number at the theatre. Tickets are non-refundable but can be exchanged for another performance through Brown Paper Tickets.

Are there group ticket sales?

There may be options for discounted group ticket sales depending on the number of tickets needed and the performance. If you are interested, please inquire via email:

What are the options for parking?

The parking spaces directly outside of the theater are reserved for handicap patrons. There is also a turn-around outside of the theater for those that would like to be dropped off. Patrons will be directed to a designated parking area a short distance down the road from the theater.  There is usually parking behind the library on Academy Hill Road and/or at Thetford Academy down the road past the theatre.

The Parish Players

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