With its historic downtown area and the beauty of the rive, it is no wonder Hollywood has discovered Wetumpka by filming several movies here. But there is another group of actors that is always there, going strong year around. You will not find them on the big screen, but you will find them on stage at one of the best little community theatres in the south.
The group is called Wetumpka's Community Players or Wetumpka's Depot Players, and they are always hard at work. They are the longest running community theaters in the southeast. The group has been putting on performances in Wetumpka for the last 26 years. Organizers tell WSFA 12 News it all started at the old train depot in Wetumpka. That's where the group's name comes from.
The theatre's success is still hard to grasp, even for one of the founding members. Patsy Butler says, "We didn't think we would get through the first year. I remember the first year we cleared 500 dollars. We were jumping and cheering." Now many Wetumpka residents like Watt Jones are long-time performers and board members at the theatre. Watt says he remembers his humble beginnings there when he was called into the spotlight. Now Watt, and many others pull off 40 shows a year there, doing whatever it takes for no pay.
The group says they wash windows, pop popcorn and do several other things to raise money for their performances.