Foothills Playhouse and Mill Town Players sever ties

Easley's Foothills Playhouse produced "Godspell" in collaboration with the Mill Town Players. But the two theaters are going their separate ways. Drew Whitley, foreground, is featured as Jesus in "Godspell," which runs through Oct. 21 at Foothills Playhouse. Photo Credit: Escobar Photography.

Easley’s Foothills Playhouse and Pelzer’s Mill Town Players have decided to sever ties.

The two community theaters announced plans this past summer for a partnership and eventual merger.

In July, Will Ragland, founder of the highly successful Mill Town Players, was appointed
executive artistic director of Foothills Playhouse.

The hope was that Ragland would help to revive the fortunes of Foothills, which had struggled in recent seasons.

The first fruit of that collaboration was the musical “Godspell,” which continues through Oct. 21.

But the two theaters have now decided to go their own ways.

It appears that the season of shows, which Ragland designed based on community input, will not change at this time.

Ragland released a brief statement:

“I’m very proud of the hard work of all those who are a part of ‘Godspell,’ and I encourage the community to enjoy the show over these next two weekends and to support Foothills Playhouse as they move forward.”

The two theaters released a joint statement:

“The Boards of Directors of Mill Town Players and Foothills Playhouse previously entered into a plan of partnership and eventual merger. However, both organizations have mutually agreed to discontinue that plan at this time. Mill Town Players and Foothills Playhouse wish each other the best in their upcoming productions and shared mission of quality, affordable theater for the community.”


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