Peninsula Players Announces 2016 Company Members

Peninsula Players Theatre announces its company members for the 81st season, running June 14 – Oct. 16. The mix of plays include a late-in-life romance, an intriguing whodunit, a raucous pop-rock musical, an engaging Midwest première, and a wildly comic thriller.

Peninsula Players is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers and employs professional actors, members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and United Scenic Artists for all of its productions

Company members work in regional theaters from Los Angeles to New York, internationally as well as in film, television and radio. Many of the directors, designers and actors are recipients of or have been nominated for Chicago’s prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award and other regional theater awards.

The season and casts were selected by the Players’ Artistic Director Greg Vinkler, who returns to Peninsula Players for his 28th season.

“The 2016 company is a versatile mix of talent that includes many fresh new faces as well as the return of some familiar and beloved performers,” Vinkler said. “The Hollow has a cast of 12, nine of which will also perform in The Full Monty, with four members of The Full Monty continuing on to perform in Alabama Story. It is a multi-talented group of actors, singers and dancers – a great combination of talent for our diverse line-up of shows.

“I held auditions over the winter and early spring at the regional Equity office in Chicago, traveled to Florida to audition actors there, reviewed many video audition submissions I received and saw a lot of shows (and talent) in Chicago, Cleveland and Sarasota. It’s very gratifying that so many people want to come work at the Peninsula Players. We have 13 returning Peninsula Players in the acting company and 10 performers who will be making their Peninsula Players debut.”

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