Thousands of people have participated in Gallery Players over its 60 seasons, and the community theatre group is seeking alumni for a reunion celebration.

Thousands of people have participated in Gallery Players over its 60 seasons, and the community theatre group is seeking alumni for a reunion celebration.

"We're planning an event in October and we'd like to see as many people as possible," said Pam Scheer, who is co-chairing the reunion celebration committee.

The reunion and 60th anniversary celebration is still in the planning stages, Scheer said.

Scheer and co-chair Rena Vesler are looking for volunteers to help with the event.

"It's really a work in progress," Scheer said. "We're open to any input that comes along."

The committee is holding a meeting to discuss the reunion at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Jewish Community Center, 1125 College Ave.

Help also is needed with such things as compiling a list of actors and people involved with the group, and identifying people in old photographs.

"Right now, we are sifting through boxes of photographs and slides taken throughout the years of the various productions in order to get them organized into a keepsake program and also display them during the celebration," Scheer said. "The trouble is that we're having difficulty identifying everyone in the photos."

Vesler said the committee also is looking for additional photos.

"We don't always have all of the photos taken during a certain production, so we're looking for more," she said.

Anyone interested in assisting with the project can contact Scheer at (614) 231-3401 or Vesler at Rena@columbus.rr.com.

The group began in 1948, when a group of Hadassah women met at the home of Florence Zacks Melton to organize a theatre activity in which members of the Jewish community could take part. At that time, Jews and blacks were not permitted to participate in Columbus community theatre, according to the Gallery Players' Web site, www.jccgalleryplayers.org.

Melton offered the drama group loft space of her R.G. Barry Corporation factory at 80 ? E. Long St, where it produced its first production in May 1948, the Web site says.

The group now holds its productions are held in the JCC.

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