From Term Paper to Triumph, 40 Years Of Affordable Live Theater
The Idea of the Falls Players was the dream of Black River Falls Middle School music teacher Margaret Severson. It began its germination in the summer of 1964 as a term paper. Her idea had to be put on hold due to personal affairs but in 1974 it became a reality breaking loose after a friend suggested it would be fun to put on a “1776” production for the U.S. bicentennial.
In 1975 the Falls Players organized as a non-profit, and debuted their first season with the production of “Come Blow Your Horn”, “The Brave Little Tailor” and the much anticipated “1776”. The unexpected success, and acceptance from the surrounding community prompted Black River Falls Mayor Mike Anderson to proclaimed February 1975 as “Community Theater Month”“. Early productions were held in the Third Street Middle School Gym — a beloved room with huge windows, a hardwood floor, and the acoustical qualities of a vast cave.
Today over 40 years later, the Falls Players has grown into a thriving community of enthusiastic volunteers, loyal donors, and has attracted audiences and acting talents from well beyond the Black River Falls area. We now primarily perform at the modern Lunda Community Theater located in Black River Falls, but have also taken the show on the road with regular full production performances at Hensel’s Castle Hill Supper Club in Merrillan, Wisconsin, The Skyline Sports Bar & Grill in Black River Falls, and smaller scaled productions around the various surrounding venues.
It would be impossible to sustain 40 years of successful productions without the unwavering support of our patrons, the local business community, and local government. We look forward to continuing Margaret’s legacy as the The Falls Players provides live family entertainment, affordability, fun, and camaraderie to the Black River Falls areas for next 40 years.
Ben – President Falls Players