To provide a supportive environment for those 55 years of age and older where they may continue to learn, practice, and participate in all aspects of stage performance and performing arts.
The Double Nickel Players were established as a part of the Clarksville Community Players in February, 2012, by twenty retired people who wanted more opportunities to be a part of the performing arts. Many of them had background in theater but others simply wanted to try something that interested them in their younger lives but which had not been practical to pursue. Coincidentally, the group learned that senior theater was proliferating in the United States with hundreds of amateur actors and writers enjoying success in their communities.
With seed money from the Clarksville Community Players, the Double Nickel Players organized with few rules except—as indicated by the name—all members of the group should be 55 years of age or older and that they should be available for rehearsals, all of which would be held during daylight hours.
Beginning with Readers’ Theater pieces, poems, monologues, and occasional original skits, over the years the group has settled on variety-type shows and dinner mystery formats produced, performed, and sometimes written by the members. Throughout the years since 2012, our mission remains unchanged.
When Irene Chapman, the long-time writer of the Double Nickels Players’ dinner mysteries announced she was resigning from the group to pursue other interests, the group gave a collective gasp and wondered what to do. Giving up the most popular show of the year with sold-out audiences was not an option. With a germ of an idea and Irene’s suggested title, “Murder on the Last Train to Clarksville,” five members—Nancy Barden, Jean Casey, Linda Jurczyk, Patricia Jutz, and Carolyn Leach—set out to write the new show which is coming to the Clarksville Community Center October 20, 21, and 22. As the story opens, excitement is building as the last train of the day arrives in Clarksville bringing seven graduates of the Class of ’25 who are coming home for their 40th high school reunion. Mysteriously, only six of the friends arrive ready to party. One is left on the train—dead as the proverbial doornail.
The large cast will be directed by Leslie Pipan with all Double Nickels participating either as actors or crew. As in the past, diners will enjoy a delicious meal and drinks. Also as in the past, tickets will be sold only at the box office. Watch for its opening and all the tasty, mysterious details!
Tickets will be sold IN PERSON ONLY at the Box Office beginning 10/5 open 12-6 daily (except Sundays) until SOLD OUT!
Center, 914 Virginia Ave. No tickets sold over the phone, but we will take credit cards, cash & checks in person. When purchasing have your choice of salmon, prime rib or chicken marsala ready.
Please know entree choices for your party when you purchase your tickets!
Brief Clip from upcoming dinner theatre
A 'by donation' event on a Sunday afternoon filled with skits, whimsical musical interludes and lots of laughter!