The TST Theater Troupe began in 1999 with an original cast/crew/band of 13 people. We had minimal scenery, costumes, sets and music. Today we are a group of approximately 75 including cast, crew and band. Our growth has come from congregants seeing our productions and wanting to be a part of the fun. Our audience attendance began around 250 and today we draw in almost 1,000 people.
Our first three shows were written by Norman Roth from New York with editing by our own congregants. They were, in order, The Megillah According to Broadway, The Megillah According to Rock N Roll and The Megillah According to the Beatles. We then produced, 40 Years of Bad Road by Jules Gelade of Rhode Island. Our next production, The Megillah According to TV Guide, was written by one of our own congregants. In 2009 and 2011, an ambitious group of congregants created classic performances of Fiddler on the Roof and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.
Our band originally consisted of one keyboard player. Today it includes keyboard, piano, bass guitar, percussion, saxophones and an electric cello. Over the years a stage was built, and members built sets, props and scenery and created costumes for each show, a tradition that continues.
The TST Players is a unique community of people with a special bond through their Judaism, creativity and talent. For more information, contact Cantor Hollis Schachner.