Decades Challenge

The NDP Decade Challenge

During the 41st Season of the New Depot Players, everyone is invited to help us celebrate our history of live theatre in Conyers by asking you to support our Decades Challenge.

If you have loved a particular show that we have presented over the last 40 years or if you have enjoyed being a part of a past production, we invite you to join the Decade Challenge!  We will be raising money throughout this season to help upgrade our technical needs, expand our youth programming, and, most of all, continue to provide quality theatre for future generations.  We encourage you to show your support and join one of our Decade Teams.  We want to have some fun with this fundraiser and are challenging the five teams to a contest to see which team can raise the most money by the end of the season.  Take a look at the team descriptions on the inside of this flyer and pick your favorite team.  The overall goal is to raise $25,000, but we also want to capture some great memories of our history in the process.  Please take the time to share some of your special memories of past performances or do a “shout out” for your favorite actor or actress. See donation form on the back of this flyer.  
LET THE CHALLENGE BEGIN……
Periodic updates on each team’s progress will be posted on our Facebook page, in an email to our donors, and in our programs throughout the season.  The Challenge will begin on June 15, 2017, and conclude on May 31, 2018. Announcement of the winning team will be made at the last show of the 41st season (June 2018)

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In 1976 the Depot Players began their forty year journey led by the vision of founder Linda Wise and a small group of dedicated actors, singers, directors, and technicians. During this first 5 years, they “travelled” from the barren-plains of the West during the depression to the coast of Mexico during WWII to a Greenwich Village Townhouse in the 1960’s. It was only fitting that this journey began in the old Conyers train station. The Depot Players danced through the streets of ancient Rome, sang about the perfect weather of Camelot, and fought with the windmills in La Mancha. Above all, this decade sent us on a “quest” to build the best live theater in the area.

Here are a few shows you might remember: The Rainmaker; Born Yesterday; Camelot; I Remember Mama; Footsteps of Doves; Beginnings; Mr. Flannery’s Ocean; Barefoot in the Park; The Good Doctor, Man of la Mancha; Godspell, Pippin; Night of the iguana; Blithe Spirit; A funny thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Country Wife; Harvey; Beckett; The Robber Bridegroom; Lion in Winter; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; A Bad Year for Tomatoes; and The Fantastiks

This decade brought a rich variety of live theater to the stage, introducing us to a country wife, a miracle worker, an aristocratic vampire, and some strong southern women. The actors retold a few favorite Biblical stories through song; they danced with gamblers in New York and cowboys in Oklahoma; and some even got eaten by a giant green plant. These shows gave us insight into love, marriage, loyalty, loss, and the frailties of the human spirit.

Here are a few shows you might remember: Godspell; The Rose Tattoo; Come Blow Your Horn; You Can’t Take It With You; Vanities; Apple Tree; Celebration; Working; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf; Festival; A shot in the Dark; Two By Two; Guys and Dolls; The Miracle Worker; Murder Room; Oklahoma; On Golden Pond; Little Shop of Horrors; Dracula; A My name is Alice; I Do, I Do; Laundry and Bourbon; Steel Magnolias; Quilters; The Man Who Came to Dinner; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Jukebox Saturday Night; and Nunsense.

This was the challenging decade for our community theatre. Only three shows were performed in the train Depot before it was closed as a theater. Our actors spent the next 10 years as nomads. They performed in area schools, restaurants, and community spaces. The collaborated with other groups and under other names like the Old Town Players. Through it all, they still maintained a passionate dedication to bring live theater to the community.

Here are a few shows you might remember: Pump Boys and Dinettes; I Ought to Be in Pictures; Into the Woods; Sweeney Todd; Nunsense; Pippin; Aladdin; Cinder-elle-mee; Graceland; Asleep in the Wind; Damn Yankees; Odd Couple; and Sweet Simon Suites.

In 2001, the Depot players found a new home and a new name. All Because of Agatha premiered at the Black Box theatre in 2001, but it was all because of the Vaughn family who donated the building at 910 Center Street and remodeled it into a small black box theater to help support and grow the arts in the Conyers community. Shortly thereafter, the actors regrouped their organization under the name of The New Depot Players. The audience laughed in the trailer park and cried on golden pond—and we were all thankful for the comfort of real theater seats and a climate controlled venue! This sense of renewal also made us mindful of the hard work of those onstage and behind the scenes. In 2007, we held our first Awards Night to recognize the talent and hard work of our members…and appropriately named the event “The Wise Awards” after our founder, Linda Wise.

Here are a few shows you might remember: All Because of Agatha; A My Name is Alice; Steel Magnolias; Rumors; The Robber Bridegroom; Love Letters; Always Patsy Cline; Nunsense; Dearly Beloved; Boys Next Door; Crimes of the Heart; Working; Curious Savage; Murder is a Game; You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown; Daddy’s Dying and Who’s Got the Will; On Golden Pond; Great American Trailer Park Musical; and Dixie Swim Club.

During this present decade, the New Depot Players commemorated their Ruby Anniversary, expanded to a five season schedule, instituted Season Tickets, and just initiated a series of youth programs—we have a lot to celebrate! During our anniversary year of 2016, we performed our first show outside under the Conyers pavilion and then travelled back to our roots and performed three shows in the old train depot. In addition, the future holds some exciting opportunities with our youth advisory council on board with big plans!

Here are a few shows you might remember: Honky Tonk Angels; Red White and Blue Christmas; Red Velvet Cake War; Little Shop of Horrors; Doubt; Tradin Paint; Almost Maine; Great American Trailer Park Musical; Til Beth Do Us Part; The Glass Menagerie; Christmas Belles; Lost in Yonkers; I love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Driving Miss Daisy; Rabbit Hole; Best Christmas Pageant Ever; Blithe Spirit; Nunsense Mega Musical; Dearly Departed; The odd Couple (Female); Always Patsy Cline; Sister Robert Ann’s Cabaret Class; Moon Over Buffalo; Greater Tuna; The Sugar Bean Sisters; Wizard of Oz in Concert; The Diviners Sweeney Todd; Dixie Swim Club; Driving Miss Daisy; Rumors

Get In Touch

The New Depot Players
Historic Olde Town Conyers
912 Center Street
Conyers, GA 30012

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1344
Conyers, GA  30012

678-374-3224
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Our group performs at various locations. Please check the show list for performance location.

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