Make them laugh, make them cry, and hack to laughter. What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise. I am a servant of the people. I have never forgotten that.
- Mary Pickford
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HISTORY OF THE COCHIN COMMUNITY PLAYERS
The first production, of Agatha Christie’s “The Rats” in December 1996, was a modest affair. Betty Ternier Daniels directed a cast of four--Charlotte Lockwood Baker, Bill Baker, Doug Daniels and Jean Reader. They were joined by Roy Challis of Battlefords Community Players, who contributed a reading of Ken Mitchell’s “The Great Electrical Revolution.” With the assistance of Bill Reader, the director and cast did everything from build the set (with flats and a portable stage lent by Battlefords Community Players) to run sound and lights. Cheryl and Rick Rann catered the dinner theatre production, which ran for two nights.
During the following years, the club steadily continued to grow. People from surrounding communities joined local members, productions increased to two a year, audiences grew to keep pace with additional performances, and the club expanded its mandate. Initially an off-shoot of Cochin Community Club, Cochin Community Players (CCP) soon became an independent organization affiliated with Theatre Saskatchewan. Marilynne Earl became the first executive produce. The club hosted two Art in the Garden events and a Valentine Day dinner & dance, and organized entertainment for Cochin Days. Under the leadership of Doug Daniels and Bill Readers it embarked on a major renovation of its performance space, transforming a bingo hall into a charming theatre. The club premiered two plays by Betty Ternier Daniels, and toured with its locally-written variety shows, “The Dirt on Gardening” and “More Dirt on Gardening.”
Cochin Community Players continues to grow and to change. New members join as old members die, retire or move away. People take on new responsibilities. Performance and storage facilities improve. And the club takes on new challenges as it continues to provide community theatre for Cochin and the surrounding area.