Who We Are
Mill Town Players is a community theater whose purpose is to entertain, inspire, and enrich our community by providing quality and affordable live theater.
Through the production of remarkable shows and the operation of quality educational programs, Mill Town Players works to be an extraordinary community theater in the Upstate and a valuable member of the South Carolina arts community. Mill Town Players features and develops local talent, fosters an environment of inclusion and creativity, and inspires individuals and families to make live theater an active part of their lives.
Mill Town Players was launched on July 1, 2014, in the Historic Pelzer Auditorium with the announcement of the inaugural season and the unique mission of offering quality and affordable theater in Pelzer, SC. Local theater educator and artist Will Ragland had dreamed of starting a new company that would bring live theater to new audiences in the Upstate. Always Patsy Cline was the first show directed by Ragland, starring Upstate stage veteran Katie Rockwell, and played to packed houses. MTP was officially born.
Since its humble beginning, Mill Town Players has been recognized for artistic achievement and its positive impact on the community. In 2016, MTP received the Founders Award from the SC Theatre Association. It is the most prestigious award SCTA bestows to recognize the individual or organization that has made the most significant contribution to theater in SC. MTP has also won top honors in the state community theater festival in 2014, 2016, and 2018, 3rd Place in the Southeast in 2017, and winner of the Southeastern Theatre Conference Community Theatre Festival in 2019. MTP competed at AACTFest 2019 in Gettysburg, PA, winning Best Costumes and recognition for Ensemble Performance and Acting. This was the first time a SC team has competed at Nationals since 1985.
Offering a full season of shows year-round, there is something for everyone at the Historic Pelzer Auditorium, including classic American musicals and dramas, Southern comedies, themed concerts, and youth shows. Season attendance has grown to over 32,000, with patrons attending from all over the Upstate and beyond. Now in its 6th season, Mill Town Players has quickly become one of the most affordable and attended community theaters in South Carolina.
Mill Town Players is your home for quality, affordable theater.
board of directors
Mary Katherine Sosebee
Executive Artistic Director
Will Ragland founded the Mill Town Players in 2014 and is delighted to serve as Executive Artistic Director. He has worked in Upstate theaters for over 20 years, mainly as an actor, director, and scenic designer in over 100 productions. Will holds a BA in Studio Art from Davidson College and an MA in Theatre Production from Central Washington University. He was named as one of the Anderson Independent Mail’s 20 under 40 emerging leaders, was a member of Leadership Anderson Class 34, and currently serves as Vice President of the SC Theatre Association. He is grateful for the opportunity to enrich the community through quality, affordable live theater.