Management: The Musical and Dramatic Direction Company, Preston Gibson, chairman.
Business Manager: Samuel Gerson.
Directors: Victor Mapes, Katherine Corcoran Herne.
Actors and Actresses: Katherine Boyce, Catherine Calhoun, Nettie Douglas, J. Malcom Dunn, James Durkin, Esther Evans, Maggie Holloway Fisher, Walter Green, Gerald Griffin, Ina Hammer, Chrystal Herne, Frederick Hill, Violette Kimball, Charles Laitt, Mary Lawton, George Lesoir, N. Sheldon Lewis, James McKean, John (Jack) Standing, Reginald Travis.
Sainara, Engaged, Marge Covington, The Great Galeoto, Shades of Night, The Spoilers, The Son-in-Law, The Goal, Elga, Kerry, Sweet Lavender, Dora, Masquerade, Margaret Fleming, The Whole World.
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James L. Highlander
NORTHAMPTON PLAYERS. The Northampton Players ( Northampton, Massachusetts) was organized in 1912 by the trustees of the Academy of Music of Northampton, America's only municipally owned theatre. Located on the corner of South Street and Main Street, this imposing building, given to the city in 1893 by a local benefactor, Edward H. R. Lyman, now became the home of the first municipal stock company in the United States. Jessie Bonstelle and Bertram Harrison were hired as directors of the company which opened on October 7, 1912, with a production of Old Heidelberg, adapted from the German by Aubrey Boucicault, a romance of sentiment and song appropriate to initiate this unique venture.
The trustees of the Academy of Music, which included the mayor of the city and the president of neighboring Smith College along with other distinguished citizens, took the bold step of forming their own stock company in order to save the life of the Academy of Music. In accordance with the wishes of the donor, the Academy of Music had tried to use its boards "solely and exclusively for