The early days
The South Shore Players debuted in 1993, presenting Dickens’ timeless classic, A Christmas Carol. The troupe was the brainchild of Roy Portchmouth, who was inspired by the amazing talent in the community. At the time, there was neither a theatre, nor costumes, sets, lights or money. Undeterred, Roy and fellow thespians Jon Allen, John Letson and Ron Swan overcame all obstacles and the show was a hit.
From that time, at least two shows have been produced annually. Of course, there have been hiccups. Jitters was a 1996 dinner theatre held at Lunenburg’s Bluenose Lodge. It was a critical success but a financial flop that necessitated a fundraiser to pay creditors. Since then, it’s been (almost) all standing ovations.
Over the years, SSP has become known for its holiday pantomimes, which started with 1997’s Cinderella. This entertaining form of English musical theatre is hugely popular among audiences, drawing hundreds of people of all ages.
Now we have a theatre, Now we don’t
In 1997, we performed at what we hoped would be our permanent home – The Pearl Theatre in Lunenburg. Without that theatre and the support of HB Studios Multimedia, SSP would likely have dropped our final curtain long ago. Alas, The Pearl closed in 2015 and we have been without a permanent home since. We continue to stage shows at venues throughout Lunenburg County, while doggedly pursuing a permanent theatre.