Flowertown Players is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization and has been creating magic for audience members in Summerville and the greater Charleston community for over 40 years. Each season, The James F. Dean Community Theatre stage comes alive with children shows, comedy, drama, and musical theatre, bringing education, entertainment and thought- provoking productions.
The mission of the Flowertown Players is to produce and present quality community theatre to encourage and promote educational and literary performing arts projects for all segments of the tri-county population, and to provide a venue for thespians, artists, technicians and other creative people to practice their crafts.
Built in 1930, our theatre originally acted as a movie theatre until 1977 when the almost condemned building was purchased from the city by a group of enthusiastic thespians that would later renovate the historic building, inch by inch, into The James F. Dean Theatre. Founded by James F. Dean and with the help of numerous community members, The Flowertown Players was created as a non-profit organization in 1977. The movie theatre that once adorned animal heads on the walls, (yes, I said animal heads) has seen many changes of the past 40 years. I look forward to many more improvements over the the course of the next 40.
Our Main Stage series is comprised of 6 productions a year. Our main stage productions are a mix of musicals and plays ranging in content and ratings. These shows are produced in our 200 seat main theatre.
Our Underground series is comprised of 3-4 productions a year. Our Underground productions are a mix of musicals and plays ranging in content and ratings. These shows are produced in our 60 seat black box theatre.
Our youth series is comprised of 1-2 productions a year. Our Youth productions are made up of youth actors and the content is geared towards families and children 4+. Our youth shows are produced in our 200 seat main theatre.
We have a collection of special events throughout the year including live jazz, stand-up comedy, and more. These are produced as limited time shows and may be on the Main Stage or in our Studio.
As a not for profit organization, we are governed by a board of community members that dedicate their time to the livelihood of the theatrical arts in Summerville. Our staff is comprised of multi-talented individuals.