King’s Players is a full-scale student run theatre production company at King’s University College. We have conduct two major stage productions, weekly improv meetings, and several other minor productions and events thought the year. Some of the events and shows produced by the club include a Fall play, a Winter musical, Improv Survivor, a scavenger hunt, two 24 Hour Theatre events, among others. King’s Players is a dedicated group of individuals who strive to build a welcoming club in which members, both old and new, feel comfortable to join in and experience the creativity and fun that it has to offer.
King’s Players meets every Thursday evening at 9:30pm in the basement of the Dante Leonardon building. These meetings consist of club discussion and news which is then followed by a series if improv games. Anyone in the King’s community is welcome to attend and join in on the fun or even to come out and just watch others act!
Every year, King’s Players produces a Fall play. Auditions for the play are in September and there are rehearsals twice a week until the show at the end of November. In previous years, the King’s Players has produced many well-known plays such as The Princess Bride, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, and The Real Inspector Hound.
This year's Fall play is "Dog Sees God". An "unauthorized parody," the play reimagines characters from the popular comic strip Peanuts as degenerate teenagers. Drug use, child sexual abuse, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion, sexual relations and identity are among the issues covered in this parody of the works of Charles M. Schulz. The show cleverly disguises the identity of each character, so that the issues of the play draw more focus than attempting to guess "who's who". However, the use of these famous characters is what gives the show its emotional punch: even these beloved child characters must some day grow up and deal with a harsh reality as they find their place in the world.
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Near the end of January, King’s Players presents a major stage musical production. Auditions for the musical are in September with rehearsals twice a week from October until the show in January. The spring musical has a high success rate with some previous shows including Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Reefer Madness.
A series of challenges and a group of challengers get together for the ultimate improv battle on an evening at King’s. The contestants are divided into two teams and take turns playing improv games, until only one remains. The audience gets to vote for the winner at the end of the event, so everyone is welcome to attend to participate or just watch.
Every school year, King’s Players hosts two 24-Hour Theatre events in each semester. Participants get together for the first (and last) time, and in 24 hours learn and rehearse for a show throughout an evening at King’s University College. Then, when the time is up, the students involved present the show to anyone interested in coming out to watch it.
Many members get together and form teams to battle in this KP scavenger hunt! Those involved will have to go around different areas in London to find all their clues and do the assigned (silly) tasks to win.
There is a $20.00 club membership fee, and anyone who is involved with the Fall play or Spring musical is required to pay this fee whether or not they partake in the weekly improv meetings. All memberships include a King’s Players t-shirt and free access to all events excluding the Fall play and Spring musical.