Established in 2004, the DACC Players has grown from doing small "black-box" style productions to full-scale musicals such as Hairspray! from our 2012 season and our collaboration with local theater group, Danville Light Opera on Les Miserables in our 2014 season. We have also tackled shows featuring controversial topics ,such as one of the features of our 2015 season, The Rocky Horror Show.
In our 2015-16 season, we were proud to offer another "first:" An original opera/musical written by our own music professor, Dr. Eric Simonson. Ann and Abe is an original compostion looking at the little-known part of Lincoln's early life and his relationship with his first love, Ann Rutledge. Dr. Simonson has composed an all new original musical score, complete with libretto in this 10 scene production of this historic time period. Additionally, historical research and dialogue contributions came from students in the Liberal Art's history and composition departments.
Bringing theatre to those who have never had the chance to experience a live production is the main mission of the DACC Players. The role of a college environment is to expose students to as many aspects as possible of the world around them. By giving all students who are interested a chance to star in or work on a live production, it is our hope to inspire through the Arts concepts and feelings students have never considered or thought possible.
Additionally, our mission is to educate and inform. Building on our college core values of Communication, Critical Thinking, Cultural Awareness, and Technology, the DACC Players hopes to expand the world of the community in which we serve by bringing culturally relevant topics to our campus and our community.