Kentwood Players was founded by the late Arky and Jan Marcom, Elizabeth Thornberg and Betty Francis in December 1949, and performs out of the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue.
In 2009-2010, the group celebrated its 60th anniversary season during which the musical, "Li'l Abner” was presented The production was directed and choreographed by Victoria Miller and produced by Susan Goldman Weisbarth, and both went on to win the group’s Marcom Masque Awards as Best Director and Best Producer for the season.
Director Dan Guntzelman’s award-winning documentary film "Opening Night" captures the rehearsal process leading up to the Kentwood Players production of "Li'l Abner.” And it does so with no small debt to jazz great David Benoit, who composed the original score. Guntzelman interviewed many in the cast, production team members, and the Kentwood Players Board of Directors who all shared how they participated in the musical’s production as well as heartfelt stories from the all-volunteer group’s 60-year history.
“Opening Night” will be shown on KCET's "Open Call" series on Thursday, October 11 at 9 pm and Tuesday, October 16 at 11:59 pm on KCET-HD.