The Hurrah Players Timeline

Hurrah Timeline

Through The Years

While the primary purpose is education, Hurrah strives to go beyond simply teaching dramatic skills, endeavoring to instill in our students and audiences a full and enduring appreciation of the theatre. Our professional quality work is provided to the public at affordable prices in order that a wide diversity of the community might be able to attend live theatrical productions.

Recognized repeatedly by local and regional media and theatrical organizations, the Hurrah Players have received many awards for our creative and innovative work. Our students have been invited to perform in Washington, D.C., New York City, Disney World, Pearl Harbor and London. In keeping with our policy of public service to the citizens of Hampton Roads, Hurrah students are pleased to perform for numerous civic groups, community organizations, and local charities each year.

Since its incorporation in 1984, The Hurrah Players have been, and will continue to be, a shining example to both our students and our community that theatre arts can be a vehicle not only for educational enrichment, but for the emotional and social well-being of the participants as well.

Through The Years

While the primary purpose is education, Hurrah strives to go beyond simply teaching dramatic skills, endeavoring to instill in our students and audiences a full and enduring appreciation of the theatre. Our professional quality work is provided to the public at affordable prices in order that a wide diversity of the community might be able to attend live theatrical productions.

Recognized repeatedly by local and regional media and theatrical organizations, the Hurrah Players have received many awards for our creative and innovative work. Our students have been invited to perform in Washington, D.C., New York City, Disney World, Pearl Harbor and London. In keeping with our policy of public service to the citizens of Hampton Roads, Hurrah students are pleased to perform for numerous civic groups, community organizations, and local charities each year.

Since its incorporation in 1984, The Hurrah Players have been, and will continue to be, a shining example to both our students and our community that theatre arts can be a vehicle not only for educational enrichment, but for the emotional and social well-being of the participants as well.

1984

January 1, 1984

1984

Hurrah Players Incorporated (HUgh RAiford Copeland = HURRAH). Classes were held in the lobby of The Riverview Theatre, at Old Dominion University and the basement of Ghent United Methodist Church.

1993

January 1, 1993

1993

Loyal volunteers renovated an old Brinks Security office/ warehouse on 935 Woodrow Ave. in Ghent to include classrooms, office space, a Rehearsal Hall and a small Black Box Theatre. Performances were held at Willett Hall, and Virginia Beach Pavilion.

2001

January 1, 2001

2001

Hurrah helped open the renovated T.C.C. Roper Performing Arts Center on 340 Granby St. in Norfolk with The Wiz. Hurrah continues to produce many of their main-stage shows at The Roper Center.

2009

June 1, 2009

2009

As the company continued to grow, both in size and caliber – it soon became clear it was time to establish a permanent home. A Capital Campaign was launched and a building search began. In June 2009, The Hurrah Players purchased their first permanent home: the historic Old Norfolk Academy building on 485 St. Paul’s Blvd. in Downtown Norfolk.

2010

April 1, 2010

2010

After several months of renovations, Hurrah moved into the new space, complete with two large Rehearsal Halls, a Student Resource Center, a centrally located Box Office, costume and prop storage, and a 100 seat performance venue. Made possible by The Patricia and Douglas Perry Foundation, in April 2010 Hurrah dedicated their home performance space as The Perry Family Theatre. Hurrah continued to rent warehouse space for set/prop design and storage.

2013

January 1, 2013

2013

A second Capital Campaign is launched to purchase a permanent space for the set/prop design & storage. After an exhaustive search, Hurrah Players purchased property in Norfolk’s emerging Arts District. Located on 112 – 116 W. Wilson Ave, this enormous 12,000 sqft building would not only provide crucial space for the set and props, it would allow Hurrah to expand their education/outreach programs and performance space.

2014

January 1, 2014

2014

Renovations to the scene shop/warehouse portion of the building are completed and the scene shop is relocated from the rental warehouse to its permanent home.

2017

May 20, 2017

2017

After another successful Capital Campaign, renovations are completed on Wilson Ave. On May 20, a ribbon cutting ceremony is held to formally dedicate The Hugh R. Copeland Center. The Copeland Center, in addition to the set/prop shop, houses a Box Office, and two education centers. The Perry Family Theatre is also rededicated to this location and serves as a beautiful, multi-functional space for Hurrah and the community to enjoy.

1984

January 1, 1984

1984

Hurrah Players Incorporated (HUgh RAiford Copeland = HURRAH). Classes were held in the lobby of The Riverview Theatre, at Old Dominion University and the basement of Ghent United Methodist Church.

1993

January 1, 1993

1993

Loyal volunteers renovated an old Brinks Security office/ warehouse on 935 Woodrow Ave. in Ghent to include classrooms, office space, a Rehearsal Hall and a small Black Box Theatre. Performances were held at Willett Hall, and Virginia Beach Pavilion.

2001

January 1, 2001

2001

Hurrah helped open the renovated T.C.C. Roper Performing Arts Center on 340 Granby St. in Norfolk with The Wiz. Hurrah continues to produce many of their main-stage shows at The Roper Center.

2009

June 1, 2009

2009

As the company continued to grow, both in size and caliber – it soon became clear it was time to establish a permanent home. A Capital Campaign was launched and a building search began. In June 2009, The Hurrah Players purchased their first permanent home: the historic Old Norfolk Academy building on 485 St. Paul’s Blvd. in Downtown Norfolk.

2010

April 1, 2010

2010

After several months of renovations, Hurrah moved into the new space, complete with two large Rehearsal Halls, a Student Resource Center, a centrally located Box Office, costume and prop storage, and a 100 seat performance venue. Made possible by The Patricia and Douglas Perry Foundation, in April 2010 Hurrah dedicated their home performance space as The Perry Family Theatre. Hurrah continued to rent warehouse space for set/prop design and storage.

2013

January 1, 2013

2013

A second Capital Campaign is launched to purchase a permanent space for the set/prop design & storage. After an exhaustive search, Hurrah Players purchased property in Norfolk’s emerging Arts District. Located on 112 – 116 W. Wilson Ave, this enormous 12,000 sqft building would not only provide crucial space for the set and props, it would allow Hurrah to expand their education/outreach programs and performance space.

2014

January 1, 2014

2014

Renovations to the scene shop/warehouse portion of the building are completed and the scene shop is relocated from the rental warehouse to its permanent home.

2017

May 20, 2017

2017

After another successful Capital Campaign, renovations are completed on Wilson Ave. On May 20, a ribbon cutting ceremony is held to formally dedicate The Hugh R. Copeland Center. The Copeland Center, in addition to the set/prop shop, houses a Box Office, and two education centers. The Perry Family Theatre is also rededicated to this location and serves as a beautiful, multi-functional space for Hurrah and the community to enjoy.

Our Sponsors

OUR Sponsors