The Kittatinny Players Proudly Present

Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello

October 2019

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Fall Drama Program

Established by Peter A. Mahler in 1975, the Fall drama program of The Kittatinny Players has set forth high expectations of acting and stage craft for the current regime. The torch was passed to Chris Tryde who directed over 20 Fall dramas. Masterpieces have blessed our stage under his direction including "The Crucible," "Our Town" and the Shakespearean classic, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." For only the third time in the program’s 44 year history, the torch was passed again in 2014 to the current program director, Roy J. Chiariello. His goal is  simply to continue the path of excellence set forth by the past.

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Winter Musical Program

Back in 1989, a group of high school theater students from Hopatcong decided to take a ride over some “Twin Bridges” and make their way to see a musical in the countryside of Northern Sussex County. Rumor had it that the productions were amazing at Kittatinny Regional High School. They were blown away by the quality and professionalism from a high school production.

Almost three decades later, one of those students from Hopatcong now directs the Kittatinny Players and continues to push forward fulfilling the excellence established by its founder, Peter A. Mahler. Established in 1975, the Kittatinny Players have demanded excellence from their cast and crew and today is no exception. The Kittatinny Players prides itself with being one of the largest student based programs at Kittatinny with close to 15% of the student population being involved in our productions. We truly are one big family, living in the past to continue fostering the future.

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The Kittatinny Junior Players


Previously headed by one of Kittatinny’s own prestigious "Mask Award" winners Tara Pastor Poe, the torch was passed to Chris Henke in 2019. He leads the Kittatinny Players' feeder program, The Kittatinny Junior Players. This program provides an opportunity for over 65 7th & 8th grade students every year. Not only is this where the foundation is established for the high school program, but also they truly put on amazing shows. Just recently at the Sussex County Teen Arts Festival, judges were astounded by the maturity and quality of our junior high actors. Check out their production in early May.