Priscilla and Harry Gardner founded the Bedford County Players in 1983.
The Gardners, with years of theater experience to draw from, came to Bedford with a dream and definition of Community theater. "An involvement of people of all ages and walks of life, who energize their talents in various phases of the theater under inspired direction. The purpose of such a group-to enrich lives with fellowship, cultural development and artistic accomplishments."
The Bedford County Players, over thirty years later, continue to see this as the definition of Community theater. Many of our members from the 1980's are still involved with the group, along with their children and grandchildren. New members, over the years, have brought their talents to the Players and made our group larger, stronger and more diverse. Actors and Technical crew members, from 5 to 85, have added their skills and varied abilities to our productions, allowing us to broaden our repertoire of shows and to continue our mission...to entertain our loyal patrons and enrich our own lives.
Many people across the world enjoy the arts in one form or another. That includes our little historical town of Bedford, Pennsylvania. The arts are alive and well within our community and the Bedford County Players have been making sure of that for many years.
With annual productions just for youngsters, the Players are able to help kids grow to love live theater. From the first time they hit the stage, they are infected with the "love of the stage" that only comes with live theater. They continue to grow with each performance, then before you know it, they are the ones molding minds! It is important to the Players to continue to educate the young and to continue bringing joy and laughter to audiences for many years to come.