The Boomtown Players
The Boomtown Players are an amateur theatrical troupe that was founded in 1986 by the late Jim Kish. Jim’s vision was to provide cultural entertainment to the community and a creative outlet for local talent.
In the early 1980’s, the Bothwell Town Hall had undergone a refurbishment under Mayor Audrey Kelly and her council. At that time the building was also designated as historically significant and the auditorium was of special recognition. Jim felt that the theatre was under-utilized and he envisioned a theatre group that would focus on local talent and would also serve as a social outlet for the community. Tragically, in 1995 Jim passed away at the young age of 39.
Fortunately, Jim’s legacy continues to this day. The Boomtown Players continue to provide cultural entertainment to the community by producing one or two plays a year but also by hosting events such as concerts and variety shows. Shows such as Arsenic and Old Lace; The Odd Couple; The Cemetery Club; and Kitchen Witches have been well received. As well, the group has shown stewardship of the hall by raising funds for theatre lighting, air conditioning, a thrust stage and many other additions. Currently the Players are anxiously awaiting the completion of fire-safety upgrades to the building and anticipate September 2015 for their next production.
A particularly successful aspect of the group is the Boomtown Kids. The youth theatre group is very popular with young and old alike and it is hoped that this much appreciated cultural outlet for children will grow in the coming years. Past plays include Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine; Beauty is a Beast; and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. A youth theatre camp is also a goal of the group.
With recent upgrades to the historic Jim Kish Theatre, the Boomtown Players are excited about the potential of this beautiful venue. Please check this page often for new productions and please feel free to contact us about performances. Also if you wish to volunteer or make suggestions that would be appreciated. We look forward to seeing you soon.