The Final Bow Channing Smith

As Staples Players seniors take to the stage for their final main stage production, "Urinetown," they reflect on what Players has taught them and what the tight knit community has meant in context of their high school experiences.

The cast made up of 45 students prepares behind the scenes for a final run through.


"Players helped me become more comfortable in my own skin. I have always dreamed of being an actor on Broadway and I feel that excitement every day at rehearsal and especially during show times."


"Off the stage, Players has taught me to appreciate everyone around me and has given me the opportunity to connect and form such a strong bond with a group of kids with similar energy and passions. I look forward to going to rehearsal, because I get to spend time with a group of like minded individuals, and do what i love with the people I love."


"Players taught me respect. Respect for all the hard work that goes in to a show and the respect it takes for everyone to succeed."


"Theres a lot of time spent doing hard work, but it's all time spent with your friends."


"This show means a lot to me personally since this is the first time I've ever had a part in a main stage. I love watching my peers on stage but now that I get to share that with them is the perfect end to my Players career."


"Aside from the social aspect, when I look back at how much my friends and I have grown over the years, I feel so incredibly lucky for the training Players has given me. It's the perfect launch board to give me what I need to take me to the next level as an actor beyond high school, as well as the lifelong friendships for which I am so grateful."


"Everyone here [at Players] is a family - a family filled with super talented, intelligent, and overall amazing human beings. Every member of this organization deserves so much praise for how hard we work. I feel so fortunate to have trained with an amazing director and to have learned from all of these wonderful people around me."


"Players taught me the things you don’t learn in a class. The ability to get things done. The ability to have an endless amount of energy. The ability to do everything you can to the greatest extent. Going that extra mile, you can create amazing things with your friends."

The show is playing March 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 PM and March 19 at 3:00 PM.


Channing Smith

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