OCP gets “Hearts for the Arts” award
The Orange Community Players Inc. was honored at the Southeast Texas Arts Council (SETAC) annual Hearts for the Arts event held Sunday. Named Organization of the Year, the group was presented with a ceramic heart that was sculpted by a local artist. The award was accepted by charter member, Jeff Hattman and Jean Hamerly.
They started out as the Town Theater in 1950. The name changed in 1957 to Orange Community Players Inc.
Their current location on Division Avenue was provided by Edgar Brown Jr. in 1960. The first production in their new theater was “Bus Stop.”
According to Hattman, before they had the playhouse, “We used to do shows everywhere they’d let us do one. We’d go to schools, you know, and one time we had something in the courthouse.”
In May, OCP will present “Hair Spray,” directed by Brook Doss. Last year Doss was honored at Hearts for the Arts as Educator of the Year.