All Y'All Players
We are a small group of folks that love theatre and wanted to find a way to use our enjoyment of the art to benefit our local town. All of our proceeds are donated to a local non-profit organization. It started with a facebook post by John B. Gillis about a mystery dinner show he did at his church for a fundraiser (Cafe Murder). Well, Gigi Smith and I (Kathy Strozak) saw it and commented, “we should do something like that in Smithfield!” The conversation started and lo and behold, we became a group. We started with a show that a group of us SLT (Smithfield Little Theatre) folks had performed for a One Act Festival back in 2010. I started contacting the original cast members about doing it again at a different venue, all but two of them were available and agreed to the show. Thus the process began ..... I spoke with the GM at the Smithfield Inn and she was excited to provide the venue for this show. Everything came together, we had a great show, and everyone had a great time! We were able to donate $400 to the Christian Outreach Program here in town.
We handpick our cast for each show from a large group of fellow thespians. Some are becoming regulars they enjoy it so much! In 2019, we performed a show about a radio show called Murder On Air. Since the previous year's show was such a success, we expanded to two nights. It was a great success also, in spite of the rain storm that threatened to rain us out on Friday night. We were happy to give Gimme Shelter a check for $400. In 2021, we performed several shows of Murder Is Served at two different venues and was able to give a total of $900 to two separate organizations! In June 2022, we performed the show, Just Desserts, and was very happy to give $800 to the organization CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for kids).
Everyone always seem to have a great time! Stay tuned for our next show .....
Until next time, stay safe & well y'all!
John, Kathy, & Gigi
All Y'All Players
Meet The Team
John B. Gillis
Producer, Assistant Director