Past Productions

It was in 1989 that June Hamilton, the director of the Bloomfield Hills Schools Department of Recreation and Community Services, decided to add an artistic element to their sports-heavy curriculum. She was assisted by a Community Arts Advisory Committee, composed of school principals, teachers, and prominent community leaders. "Town Hall" meetings were held, and the decision was made to create a community choir, a youth theater program, and a full-blown community theater.

Bloomfield Players Productions
1989 The Music Man2002 The Sound of Music
1990 Hello, Dolly2003 The Wiz
1991 South Pacific2003 You Can't Take It With You
1991 The Wiz2004 HONK!
1992 Fiddler on the Roof2005 The Music Man
1992 Li'l Abner2006 Anne of Green Gables
1993 Annie Get Your Gun2007 Bye Bye Birdie
1993 The Hobbit2008 The Wizard of Oz
1994 Guys & Dolls2009 Seussical
1995 Bye Bye Birdie2010 Anything Goes
1995 Babes in Toyland2011 Annie
1996 Crazy For You2012 Oliver!
1997 Will Rogers' Follies2013 Oklahoma!
1998 Annie2014 Fiddler on the Roof
1999 The Wizard of Oz2015 The Music Man
1999 Meet Me in St. Louis2016 The Addams Family
2000 Fiddler on the Roof2017 Beauty and the Beast
2001 Oliver!2018 Willy Wonka
2001 The King and I2019 The Little Mermaid
2020 The Wizard of Oz

Bloomfield Players' first production, The Music Man, garnered 160 auditioners of all ages, producing a cast of 56, and featuring Larry Miller and Judy Zorn as the leads. It was overwhelmingly received and a new "theatrical star" was born!

Producing one or two musicals a year, BP draws a wide variety of participants, and is dedicated to family-oriented theater. Only three productions to date have had totally adult casts. June was adamant about getting many children into the shows. We may have staged the only productions with "children's choruses" in South Pacific (Bali Hai natives) and The Sound of Music (there was an orphanage at the abbey). Our first Annie was reviewed by one reporter, writing, "I have never seen so many orphans on stage, but it worked!"

BP casts often include family members (even exchange students) performing together. Many parents start out as chauffeurs, but end up on stage, even after their children may have moved on. Just ask the Lurias, Devines, Dittuses, Beldens, etc.

Our relationship with the Bowers School Farm has been put to good use. In our Li'l Abner, a live pig and chickens joined the cast on stage, with predictable outcomes…

When June retired in 2002, a group of members led by Kay-Ellen Murphy worked with Mike Cowdrey, the current director of the Recreation Department, to continue the BP organization as an independent nonprofit corporation. Under the leadership of our presidents, Steve Harris, Kevin Merlo, Udi Kapen, Larry Miller, Lisa Rich, Jessey Laba, and currently Jenn Friedman, and the work of so many dedicated volunteers, BP has continued its mission to provide a fun and enriching opportunity to showcase the talent of local residents and to nurture young talent through quality community theater at a reasonable price. In fact, several of our young members have gone on to pursue careers in the performing arts.

Once again, we want to thank June Hamilton for her vision for Bloomfield Players, and for her leadership and involvement in every aspect of the productions. We hope we have "done her proud" and look forward to our next 30 years of wonderful entertainment for and by our community.