Clarksville Fine Arts Center
The Clarksville Community Players were formed in June of 1973 as an outlet for anyone wishing to participate in any facet of the dramatic arts and to provide theatrical entertainment for the community. The group is chartered as a non-profit organization with four officers and five directors.
Performing mainly in the Clarksville Fine Arts Center, the Players usually produce three productions per year: two plays and one musical. The group also offers performances through its Guest Artist Series, where a variety of artists showcase their talents. During the summer, a Children's (ages 7 - 12) and Youth Theatre Workshop (ages 13 - 22) are held to teach all aspects of theatre to children (technical theatre, acting, scene construction, etc.).
The Players have strong support from the community from a successful patrons program, through which people contribute to allow the arts to continue in the area. Also, the Town of Clarksville continues its gracious supporting role. The Players gratefully acknowledge partial funding by the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
What is now the Clarksville Fine Arts Center was once part of a complex of buildings making up Clarksville High School (1913-1955) and later Clarksville Elementary School (1955-1982). The original building was built in 1913. The current Fine Arts Center was built in 1934, with four class rooms and an auditorium.
The 1913 building was razed in 1985 to make way for the Clarksville Crossing Shopping Center. The Clarksville Players managed to save the cupola from atop the building, and reused it as their marquee.
Pictured to the right is the Clarksville High School Main Building in 1929.
In January of 2011, the 98 year old marquee / cupola underwent much needed repairs. This marked the start of a complete renovation of the 1934 building. Funding came from the "Clarksville Fine Arts Center Preservation Committee."
The Clarksville Community Players, Inc. exists to enrich, educate and entertain the people of the Lakes Region of Virginia by providing a superior theatre experience in a state-of-the-art facility.
- Cooperation: Work with the community, government and various organizations to enhance the creative process. Special emphasis is placed on fund-raising for the restoration of the Clarksville Fine Arts Center.
- Education and Training: Provide training to all age groups for all facets of theatre – – both on the stage and back-stage.
- Outreach and Opportunity: Provide the community a chance to participate and showcase their talents.
- Diversity: Offer a variety of types of theatre performances to appeal to the diverse population of the area.
- Promotion: Inform our public about what we represent and make them fully aware of theatre and events.
Note: Mission and Objectives recently modified by the Clarksville Community Players, Inc. Board of Directors on July 11, 2017.