I had the privilege of seeing my first Mississauga Players show last night; The Marriage Counselor written by Joey Ouellette and directed by Mandi Sosnowski is a play about working through the most odd and seemingly impossible relationships. Upon watching this play, I realized that this crazy, melodramatic, slapstick comedy is not just a show; for The Mississauga Players, it is a means of creating community.
I would have to say that for most people living outside of downtown Toronto, the two determining factors, which often deter people from visiting the theatre on a regular basis, are location and cost. The Mississauga Players recognizes this conflict and strives to bring the theatre to their community, rather than to bring their community to the theatre.
What started out as not for profit organization in 1981, and turned into a charity in 1983, The Mississauga Players has been an underdog in community theatre, but not an underachiever. Moving to and from various venues and rehearsal spaces for the past thirty-three years has not impeded their many successes and the several awards they have been granted from the Association of Community Theatres of Central Ontario Festival.
Currently performing at the intimate Maja Prentice Theatre in Mississauga, this company’s charm stems from their theatrical mission and their inherent desire to include all members of the community – no matter what their theatre resumes look like.
The Mississauga Players encourages any and all members of the community to get involved in the theatrical realm. Whether it be acting work, production work, or attending meetings and events, there are opportunities for anyone to delve into the theatre world and help to create shows for the love of the art.
That is the beauty of it. The audience is not only filled with spectators, but also, family, friends and neighbours. That is what you will inevitably find behind a Mississauga Players production: a prevalent sense of community and an inspiring atmosphere.
For more information about The Mississauga Players and their shows, events, auditions, or sponsorship opportunities, please visitwww.mississaugaplayers.com, or call them at 647-858-2153.