To produce a broad range of theatrical presentations of the highest quality;
To provide hands-on learning experiences in all aspects of theatre production and management;
To provide a program of educational experiences in all aspects of the theatre for youth and adults;
To celebrate the achievements of our cast, crew, volunteers, and staff;
To provide value for our community.
Objectives to support this mission are:
- To sponsor approximately 3-5 productions per year;
- To be recognized as a significant cultural asset by the local community;
- To develop and draw from local talent to the maximum extent possible;
- To enhance development of youth in the theatre arts through cooperative ventures with local schools via workshops and sharing of resources.
- To sustain and increase recognition and financial support to talented youth through scholarships and other means.
Welcome to Foothills Community Players!
Foothills Community Players is a Nonprofit 501c3, all-volunteer community theatrical company… a theater of, for, and by the Blount County community. It was founded by people who love live theater and have a passion to share it with our families, friends, and neighbors. For more information regarding our Board Members, please see the side bar.
Foothills Community Players furnishes an outlet for the creative talents of its volunteers, offering opportunities for individuals, with or without formal theatrical backgrounds, to get involved in all areas of theatrical production - both on stage and behind the scenes: auditions, costumes, properties and set decoration, directing, producing, programs, box office, season tickets, rehearsals, publicity, set design and construction, hair and makeup, fundraising, newsletters, lighting and sound, ushering, and refreshments. Except for a small stipend paid to the directors of our summer musicals, all of this support is provided to FCP on an unpaid, volunteer basis. Income to cover FCP's operating expenses is derived from box office ticket sales, season ticket sales, grant and personal donations, and fundraising activities.
FCP has grown very quickly in our first four years of existence because of the support and encouragement of so many in our community. With four seasons behind us and now well into our fifth season, we've outgrown our core group's garages, basements, and carports we've used for storage and workshops. Our rehearsals have been held at local churches who have very graciously allowed us to utilize their space. However, as a nonprofit, all-volunteer arts organization, with an eye toward being extremely frugal, we are looking for a facility where we could combine our storage, workshop, rehearsal, and meeting needs.
The Clayton Center for the Arts on the Maryville College Campus is a complex of entertainment venues which includes an outdoor Plaza, an expansive recital hall, the Haslam Family Flexible Theatre with a seating capacity of 200, and the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, a spacious proscenium theatre with continental seating in the orchestra and balcony. We will be performing some of our shows in the Flexible Theatre and our summer musicals will be performed in the Nutt Theatre.
Thank you so much for your interest in Foothills Community Players, and we look forward to entertaining and serving Blount County for generations to come.
"The arts are at the very center of community development in this time of change… change for the better. It is essential to the future of our country that the arts be encouraged and supported."
—Robert Gard, Rockefeller Foundation
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