About the Gilbert Players
A Brief History
The Gilbert Players was formed in 2003 when Linda and John Tomasi, two very passionate theater lovers, leased an old school building in Gilbertville, Massachusetts. They recruited talent from area towns which developed into a strong and entertaining core of actors and singers. The first production opened as an original cabaret and love story for a Valentine weekend. The response was overwhelming, and a full house for all performances was an unexpected surprise.
As news of their successful original productions spread, they were approached by Eagle Hill School to become the "Resident Theater Company" at the Archipley Cultural Center on the school's campus. Since 2008, the partnership and support from Eagle Hill has allowed them to present top-notch productions, including The Little Mermaid, Shrek, Annie, The Producers, Into the Woods, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast...and more!
The Gilbert Players' 100% commitment to each theatrical detail is noted in rave reviews from the Worcester Telegram, The Republican, Ware River News, the Barre Gazette, and Athol Daily News. Some cast members have been with the group for 15 years and all new cast members are welcomed with open arms. Every person, cast or crew, is in it for the same reason...to put on the best show possible.
Directors and Owners
John and Linda Tomasi met onstage years ago while performing together on Martha's Vineyard. Both of their theatrical careers started in high school and continued through college. After years on the Vineyard, they moved on to New York City and continued to be active on stage and off.
In 1997, they moved back to Linda's hometown of Hardwick and immediately became involved in acting and directing at the Barre Players, Stageloft in Sturbridge, Quabbin Pro Musica, Hubbardston Community Theater, Ware After School Program, and the Valley View School. John, Linda, ad the Gilbert Players also give hundreds of hours each year donating time and talent to organizations and groups as fundraisers.