Sunrise Players began in the Fall of 2007 with the very well received debut performance of "Godspell". We began with no budget, no experience, no staff, but only a few folks with a calling and passion. We held our breaths with advertised open auditions. We were blessed with a great turnout! We had a cast of twenty and a wealth of blood, sweat, tears and hysterical good times. Our production crew, especially cast, developed a very tight knit community with a strong family feeling. We dreamed big with 6 shows over two weekends. What we discovered was that there is a niche for family-friendly musical productions on the north end of Colorado Springs.
The following Spring of 2008, we embarked on a more mature directed production of "Jesus Christ Superstar". We received great media attention as a church willing to present a potentially challenging production that was not written to create harmony and happiness between the church and non-believers. However, there is more scriptural truth in that script and real-deal scenarios that really encourage one to consider what they believe and why. We again were well received by our community. We performed with a larger cast and crew that incorporated members from the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, for a memorable rendition of this very difficult production.
In the Fall of 2008, we completed our production of the musical version of "It's a Wonderful Life". We had a cast of 32, and almost that many in crew, orchestra and tech. We had a terrific time with guardian angels on high, Zuzu and her missing petals, and an amazing set and tech crew that created magic on stage!
Spring of 2009 - Resurrection (an original script by Bethanie Neely-Gellerman)
Fall of 2009 - Messenger University (an original script by Bethanie Neely-Gellerman)
Spring 2010 - Fiddler on the Roof
Fall of 2010 - Godspell
Spring of 2011 - Sound of Music
Summer of 2011 - Sweet Summer Sensation (our first summer music review - light hearted good fun!)
Fall of 2011 - Children of Eden
In the Spring of 2012, we performed an adaptation of the Exodus story: Moses - A Prince of Egypt. With a full cast and tremendous musical talent, we delighted our guests with song, dance, food and a great story about restoring family and finding freedom!
Summer of 2012 - Summer Shenanigans I
Fall of 2012 - Messenger University, an original play by Beth Neely-Gellerman. A Christmas story, MU details the rivalry of two colleges and brings an age-old tale to life in an unexpected way. Originally, MU was staged in 2009. We decided to take the script off the shelf, dust it off and add some polish for this 2012 revival.
Spring 2013 - Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Summer 2013 - Summer Shenanigans II
December 2013 - White Christmas
March 2014 - Jesus Christ Superstar
Summer 2014 - Summer Shenanigans III - This is our musical theater "light"! A thematic musical review that is put together in 3 weeks start to finish. It is a fun time to connect with old friends and make new ones! It is free to our audience to say thank you for supporting our ministry!
November 2014 - The Wizard of Oz
April 2015 - Fiddler on the Roof
November 2015 - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
April 2016 - Peter Pan
December 2016 - Charlie Brown Christmas with Sunrise Church Choir and Orchestra
April 2017 - Children Of Eden
November 2017 - Hunchback of Notre Dame - This show marks 10 years of music theater ministry for Sunrise Players!
April 2018 - Willy Wonka
We have grown into a large team of gifted and generous people that share of their considerable time and talents to create a safe environment to serve our community in a fun, musical and non-threatening way.
We hope to see you on stage or at the box office!