History

The Grande Olde Players Company was founded in 1984 over a cup of coffee, Bonnie Gill and Mark Manhart decided to start a community theatre of live perfomances for older adults and those who like to work with older generations.

Dr. Mark Manhart

Dr. Mark Manhart

Bonnie Gill

Bonnie Gill

 

Our first play was a one-act play, “Any Body For Tea?” It was mounted to play for three performances in Omaha. The cast included six women and two men who’s average ages hovered from 72 to 84.

The rest is history as the Grande Olde Players Company flourished for 25 years with 12 performances of each of the five shows a year bringing good solid entertainment to the Omaha community. Three years ago we had to close the theatre facilities. It had become Omaha’s finest small theatres. Time had caught up with us, but we contine as a company of older people who love theatre and want to help other small theatres. We now offer our expertise in live theatre highlighting older people any way we can: acting, directing, writing or just good commonsense advice.

Thanks to our loyal patrons and volunteers their still is a special place for older people who love theatre and are exceptionally special on stage. This independent, nonprofit company depends on your support to continue to prosper. If you are enclined to help with sharing your experiences, writing or reading plays, establihing a Grande Olde Players theatre in your city, contributing to this web site, or finanial aid for this project, let us know.