Lancaster Players, Inc.
P.O. Box 731
White Stone VA 22578
Mission Statement

I: To present theatrical entertainment of the highest possible caliber, theatrical education and development for the membership and the public.

 II:  To own and operate a theatrical group in the widest sense, which shall include but shall not be limited to the ownership and/or leasehold and operation of appropriate facilities in order to accomplish the above-stated purpose.

CEO/Executive Director Mark Favazza
Board Chair Mark Favazza
Board Chair Company Affiliation YMCA
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 731
White Stone, VA 22578
Telephone 804 435-3776
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1979
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $85,000.00
Projected Expenses $80,000.00

I: To present theatrical entertainment of the highest possible caliber, theatrical education and development for the membership and the public.

 II:  To own and operate a theatrical group in the widest sense, which shall include but shall not be limited to the ownership and/or leasehold and operation of appropriate facilities in order to accomplish the above-stated purpose.


Accomplishments: 1) PROGRAM DELIVERY: "A viable, balanced business plan that enabled the delivery of quality community theatre on a consistent basis to the Northern Neck."

2) HUMAN CAPITAL: "A broadened base of volunteers who support community theatre with financial capital and human capital, which enabled us to serve more patrons."

3) RECORD ACHIEVEMENT: "A record number of seats filled for productions during the calendar year." 

Goals for Current Year: 1) PROGRAM GOAL: "Increase stage presence with each production: to include quality of set design, seamless delivery of in-house product, and "the recognizable brand of entertainment" in the Northern Neck."

2) STRATEGIC GOAL: "Begin the process of developing/mentoring the next tier of volunteer leadership and production volunteers for the playhouse."

3) MANAGEMENT GOAL: "Draw into coalition and communition five key service-stakeholders in the community for a combined effort at developing a nonprofit servicable campus."


1) Create 2nd and 3rd tier line of succession for leaders volunteers for the six key front-of-house and back-of-house committees.

2) Permanent facility, complete with dressing rooms, storage and a stage sufficiently-sized for productions with 12-16 viable on-stage persona.

3) Reserve/endowment account with $300,000 allowing interest-only for annual program development and/or facility upgrades/repairs.  

4) Replace sound system. ($9,000) 

The Lancaster Players is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Community Theater with local talent.  

The organization’s origin dates back to the 1970, when a group of mothers sought to create something to fill their children’s time outside of school. Though successful, children’s plays and puppet shows quickly gave way to plays and musicals for the entire family. As a community theatre, the small and enthusiast band of thespians began staging productions in various facilities in the area. In the mid 80s, The Lancaster Players found its very own home, a former fire station in White Stone that was transformed into a small and intimate playhouse.

Now, in its fifth decade, the community enjoys a robust program of live theater that typically includes:

·  3 adult productions – ten performances each – over three weekends each

·  Youth Theater Workshop – two weeks of classes – two performances – 30-50 children

·  Northern Neck Home Schooler Association production – 3 performances - 25-35 children

The Lancaster Playhouse has 86 seats set cabaret-style for adult productions and converts to 125 seats theater-style for children’s productions. The facility is fully handicapped-accessible and the cabaret seating is especially beneficial for the unusually large senior citizen population in the area. 

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Lancaster County
Middlesex County
Northumberland County
The Northern Neck 
The Middle Peninsula
White Stone, VA
Kilmarnock, VA
Irvington, VA 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mark Favazza
Company Affiliation YMCA
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Robin Blake Chesapeake Academy
Mari Bonomi Community Volunteer
Sheila Broderick Brown The Dandelion
Sally Cark Community Volunteer
Ben Estes Community Volunteer
Mark Favazza Executive Director YMCA
Bob Hardesty Community Volunteer
Ann Paparella Lancaster by the Bay Chamber of Commerce
Luke Rawls Community Volunteer
Wilma Tripodi Community Volunteer
Bob Walker Community Volunteer
Mandy West Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mark Favazza
Experience The Lancaster Players, Inc. is an all-volunteer managed organization. Mark Favazza is President and functions as CEO.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 140
Contractors 0
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
"The Actress"
  • Boy Peter Quilter
  • Directed by Mark Favazza
  • March 10-25, 2017
  • Nine performances
  • Cast: four women and two men
"The Queen of Bingo"
  • By Jeanne Michels and Phyllis Murphy
  • Directed by Randal Tyler
  • June 9-25, 2017
  • 9 performances
  • Cast: two women and two men
 "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"
  • Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
  • Additional Material by Jay Reiss
  • Music and Lyrics by William Finn
  • Book by Rachael Sheinkin
  • Directed by Robin Blake 
  • November 3 - 18, 2017
  • Nine performances 
  • Cast: four women and four men
These community theater productions are presented by volunteers, including actors, directors, stage managers, lighting and sound technicians. Most are amateurs who have no professional experience and some are retired professionals. Additionally, each performance requires approximately 20 volunteers in addition to the cast: director, stage manager, 2 back stage, 2 sound/lights, 3 ushers, 6 wait staff and 5 kitchen/bar/clean up. 
Population Served Adults
Youth Theater Workshop
  • Class of 45 children (ages 7-18)
  • 10 Workshop classes - July 5-14, 2017
  • 2 Performances open to the public - July 14 & 15, 2017

During the two weeks of fun and preparation, the students (ages 8-18) will learn about lighting, costuming, set construction, backstage management and special effects in addition to performance skills. The workshop will conclude with two evening performances open to the public. These young actors will perform scenes from Greek tragedy and comedy, Shakespeare, contemporary theatre, avant-garde theatre, theatre of the absurd, existentialistic theatre and Broadway musicals.

Rebecca Tebbs Nunn will direct the 7th annual Youth Theater Workshop offered by The Lancaster Players. Nunn acted professionally for twenty years including the Helen Hayes Repertory Theatre on Broadway and has directed over 50 major productions from New York to Florida. The faculty, Nunn and three others, are all unpaid volunteers. 

Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
The next production of the Northern Neck Home School Association is "Beauty and the Beast." Performances will be on November 11, 12 & 13, 2016. Rebecca Tebbs Nunn directs these productions with the assistance of home school parents. They usually feature 25 - 35 children ages 6 through 18, who audition, rehearse for eight weeks and present four performances open to the public. 
 Previous productions:
  • "Alice in Wonderland"
  • "A Christmas Carol"
  • "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" 
  • "Robin Hood"
  • "Annie"
  • "The Wizard of Oz"
  • "The Princess and the Pea"
The children experience all aspects of theater, including props, sets, costumes, memorizing lines and performing on stage in front of 125 people at each show.
Indeed, several of these students have continues studying theater and music. 
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
CEO/ED/Board Comments
The Northern Neck of Virginia has a unique character defined by the rural landscape and a population with a high median age. The abundance of waterfront property and mild seasons have attracted retirees for decades, resulting in several counties with large elderly populations.
This abundance of senior citizens provides a pool of experienced volunteers who need to be engaged in activities that utilize their talents and who seek opportunities to learn and experience new things. Community Theater delivers both engagement and opportunity.
During the past seven years, The Lancaster Players presented 18 plays targeted at adult audiences. These productions were directed by nine different people, three directing their first productions, three with prior community theater experiences and three with professional theater experience. Additionally, over 70 local residents performed on stage, some for the first time and a few others with professional theater and movie backgrounds.
The age demographic of the directors and actors is consistent with the population, about half in the work force and half retirees. The other 100-150 volunteers, who are predominately retirees, deliver back stage, business, wait staff, usher, marketing, playbill, costumes, set construction playhouse maintenance and many other services. The point is that the retirement community volunteers enable community theater to prosper in this rural community.
Two of the primary beneficiary groups of this little theater are the elderly and the youth. The elderly attend live theater productions at a modest cost in a small playhouse that is handicapped-accessible.
The youth of the community have annual theater workshops and the Northern Neck Home Schoolers Association produces a play each year. These summer workshops teach theater to 45 to 50 youth ages 8 – 18 and the Home Schoolers play usually has a cast of 25 – 30 children.
This small community theater delivers engagement to senior citizens, education to young people and entertainment for the community.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $85,000.00
Projected Expenses $80,000.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$52,358$50,733$51,076
Administration Expense$14,533$11,290$9,808
Fundraising Expense$4,891--$1,417
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.291.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%82%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue26%0%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$217,134$215,448$197,280
Current Assets$47,643$62,199$29,485
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$217,134$215,448$197,280
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2015View