Who We Are
The Tred Avon Players, Inc. (TAP) is a non-profit Maryland corporation, organized in 1982 to present plays and musicals in the Oxford Community Center (OCC), an abandoned school building which was saved from the wrecking ball by a group of public spirited citizens. Since the first sold-out melodramas in August of 1982, TAP has grown in community stature and artistic merit to present four (sometimes five) plays and musicals each year for ever-growing numbers of residents on and visitors to the most livable town on the Eastern Shore.
by John Carini
Directed by Fiona Foster
by Robert Harling
Directed by Joe Tyler
Little Shop of Horrors
By Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Directed By Marcia Gilliam
Move Over Mrs. Markham
By Ray Cooney and John Chapman
Directed by Ed Langrell
Being onstage can be an exciting way to become involved with Community Theatre.
For many actors, performing in community theatre is like dipping your toe into the proverbial pool of entertainment. It has served as a launchpad for some, while existing as a safe haven for others to hone their craft. Regardless, community theatres are nurturing and magical places where performers unite simply for the love of acting. As said by renowned actor Morgan Freeman, “There’s no theatre if there’s no community theatre.” No doubt, we theatre nerds agree.
We need Directors and Assistant Director to give vision to each of our shows
In order to achieve the high quality to which we aspire, we are looking for creative, talented and experienced directors who are interested in creating theatrical magic on our stage for each of our four annual productions.
We need volunteers who like to organize the logistics of our shows and finances.
Stage managers have several key responsibilities and tasks to perform in each phase of a production, including: scheduling and running rehearsals. communicating the director's wishes to designers and crafts people. coordinating the work of the stage crew. calling cues and possibly actors' entrances during performance. Also, the producer serves as liaison between production and Board of Directors and provides production budget to the director.
Every show needs volunteers for lights, sound, props, costumes and set construction.
We're always looking for people to work as stagehands moving props, help with the lights and sound, or run the curtains. If you’re interested in working backstage and are not afraid of the dark this is the job for you. We also need people with electrician and computer skills.
Once a show opens, we need help with refreshments, taking tickets, and helping our patrons.
You will be part of a crew serving the refreshments to the audience during intermission, assisting in collecting tickets, handing out programs, helping the House Manager, and performing other activities when necessary. You may volunteer for a single performance, or a series of dates (we frequently have groups who take certain nights on a regular basis). The job entails setting up coffee, cookies, juice, tea, etc. and cleanup when the intermission is over.
Volunteers For Other Support
We also need help taking reservations, updating our information online, graphics, etc.
We are always on the lookout for new creative talent. If you have experience in live theater we're most interested in hearing from you. If you have a yearning to learn about a particular aspect of live theater many of our seasoned players and creative talent are pleased to teach what they know to an eager student.
TAP is Founded
In 1982 the Oxford School was slated for the wrecking ball. A group of local citizens decided that it might be salvageable as a community center. Among various justifications for the cause was the thought (put forward by the local Postmaster, Bill Tull) that the center would be a “good place to put on amateur shows and such.” The first melodramas used refrigerator crates for flats and tin cans for lighting instruments but the whole idea worked.
Oxford Community Center is Renovated
Tred Avon Players committed to a financial contribution to help the OCC become the LEAD "green" community building it is today. TAP still put on 4 productions during the renovation, moving temporarily to the Easton Historical Society building. TAP additionally sold chair naming rights to help pay for the brand new seats in the renovated building.
TAP Celebrates 30 Years By Moving Back into the OCC
Thirty years later after its start, TAP launched a season of four productions, each for ten performances over three weekends. And the musical presented that February was the first major event in the newly restored, renovated and revitalized Oxford Community Center!
TAP Changed to Meet Patron Needs
The times they are a changin' for TAP starting last season. Topping the list was a major modification in scheduling. Starting in 2017 shows now run two consecutive weekends with four performances per week-Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings plus two Sunday matinees. In addition, start time for all evening performances, including Thrifty Thursday (two for one tickets), is now 7:30 p.m. Curtain for Sunday matinees remains the same, 2 p.m. Doors now open 45 minutes before curtain. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $10 for students.
Looking Towards the Future
How does a community theatre in a tiny town on the Eastern Shore survive and grow? The answer is simple: people who were and are determined to make it happen! Along with a community of knowledgeable citizens who appreciates the performing arts and express that appreciation with their attendance and both individual and governmental financial support.We welcome your involvement this year and beyond.
“A Fine Place to Put on Community Shows.”
In 1982, the Oxford School Building seemed destined for the wrecking ball! The problem was not the building; it still had some years of useful life remaining, but the nationwide trend for consolidating schools had reached Talbot County and the age of the School Bus was upon us. A few public-spirited citizens were determined that the building be saved and, among the many arguments put forth for that action, was that it was “a fine place to put on community shows.” Thus, in August of 1982, the first major event in the newly-created Oxford Community Center was the production of two melodramas for two performances over a single weekend. The response was overwhelming with standing-room-only attendance. Clearly, the community was ready to support amateur, volunteer-based, locally-produced theatre and the Tred Avon Players came into being.
"To Motivate and Train"
TAP's mission statement is simple: to motivate and train local volunteers in the theatrical arts and to present the best possible production of a wide variety of enjoyable shows. Although a number of our stage volunteers have professional experience, each one is an amateur - a lover of the stage!
Maryland State Arts Council
The Tred Avon Players are funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive..
Talbot County Arts Council
The Tred Avon Players are also funded by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council.
Gifts from Patrons and Season Ticket Holders
The Tred Avon Players are additionally funded by gifts from over 200 patrons and local neighbors.