Thurston Players is a unique Ann Arbor community theater group dating back to 1974. That year a group of Thurston Elementary School parents decided to write and perform an original musical comedy to benefit the Thurston PTO. Now volunteers gather annually to create an original plot for the play, select songs, write lyrics, and choreograph dance numbers, all leading up to three exciting performances of this original musical comedy each March.
Originally the cast consisted of Thurston parents, teachers and other adult neighbors. In 1997 Thurston students joined the cast. As these children grew up and went on to middle school, high school and even college, some returned to participate in the plays, making this a truly multi-generational group.
Now a typical cast runs well over 100 actors ranging from age 5 to 70, along with many other volunteers who work backstage and in other production areas.