Q&A: The Footlight Club’s President on Upcoming Shows, Volunteering, Auditions and More

The Footlight Club is the longest running community theater in the entire country and it's home is right here in Jamaica Plain. Footlight's President Kristin MacDougall fielded questions about the club's history, upcoming shows and more. Q: Why is it called The Footlight Club? MacDougall: According to our Club historian, Paul Campbell, the founding members met on January 29, 1877 to vote on a name for their new theater club. It was between Footlight, Jamaica Plain or Jabberwocky (from a Lewis Carroll poem.) Footlight won out, with eight yeas and one nay.


Footlight Club’s Psychological Thriller, ‘Blood Relations,’ Digs Into Facts & Speculation of Lizzie Borden

The life of Fall River's Lizzie Borden has always fascinated Americans interested in the macabre. The Footlight Club's "Blood Relations" uses historical facts and speculation to paint a picture of the woman who was accused and acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother. (All photos courtesy of Sacred Harbor Photography)

Directed by Kristin Hughes, “Blood Relations,” opened Feb. 2 and runs for six shows through February 16. Canadian Sharon Pollock's play paints a picture of Borden, who was charged and acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother, in a time when individuality and freedom of women was stifled.


Photos: Footlight Club’s ‘Honk!’ Tells Ugly Duckling’s Story

The Footlight Club's current show, Honk!, is a fun romp for the entire family and there's two more weekends to catch the show. All photos courtesy of Sacred Harbor Photography

The musical, originally performed in the United Kingdom, is based on Hans Christian Andersen's well-known story "The Ugly Duckling." The musical tells the story of an odd-looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother. The cast is lead by Robb Russ as Ugly, Elizabeth Bean as Ida, Colin Gillis as Cat and Greg Quilop as Drake. The production is directed by Eleza Kort, with musical direction by Shawn Gelzleichter and produced by Leslie Sullivan and Gen Ryan Gelzleichter.


Photos: The Footlight Club’s ‘Pippin’

The Footlight Club kicked off its 142nd season with "Pippin" this past weekend for a run of six shows. All photos courtesy of Sacred Harbor Photography. "Pippin" is the story of a young man's journey to be incredible. Pippin is a young prince who is heir to the Frankish throne, and in search of true happiness and fulfillment. Pippin looks for the secret to happiness on the battlefield, through temptations of flesh and the intrigues of political power.


Photos: Footlight Club’s ‘Our Town’ Takes the Stage

In the Footlight Club's "Our Town," director Katie Swimm uses the 1930s play's movement and music to tell the story through an ensemble of actors that reflect the diverse community of Jamaica Plain in 2018. All photos are courtesy of Sacred Harbor Photography. Playwright Thornton Wilder penned "Our Town” in the 1930s when he was in his 30s, as a response to not being satisfied with theater of his era. Uniquely, it is narrated by a stage manager and is performed with minimal props and sets. Wilder wanted to create something that was more direct, which led to the play’s distinctive self-awareness and breaking of the fourth wall, which was not common back then, and is a beloved aspect of the show now.