Carnation City Players was established by several theater minded persons from Mahoning, Columbiana and Stark counties in 1960 and was first known as the Tri-County Players.
Their first production "The Man Who Came To Dinner" was presented at the Strand Theatre in Sebring, as were their next three productions in 1961 and 1962. As many Alliance persons became involved in the group, the troupe moved its productions to the Rockhill Elementary School in Alliance.
In 1972, they changed their name to the Carnation City Players to emphasize their place in the cultural resources of the Alliance Community. The City of Alliance presented the troupe with the opportunity to move into a renovated space at the old firehouse on E. Market Street in downtown Alliance. The stage and lobby of the newly finished Firehouse Theater were completed by 1979 and the ribbon cutting ceremony took place with the production, "Mame".
By 2016, the group had presented more than 217 full-length plays and musicals along with countless shorter presentations around the Alliance area. The Carnation City Players strive to provide entertainment and education in the theatre besides developing the talent of everyone involved intheir productions. Carnation City Players is governed by an elected Board of Trustees.
For a complete list of shows performed by Carnation City Players, see our Archive List.
I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
– Thornton Wilder