The Sauline Players

One of the rewards for writing the “Did You Know?” local history column for Harrisburg Horizons newspaper from 2006 through 2012 is that people still tell me they miss it since the newspaper ceased publication. Another reward is that I occasionally receive an e-mail from a stranger asking a question or making a comment about one of my local history column topics.

My most recent such communication came from a woman who was looking for information about the Sauline Players and discovered that I had written about them for the newspaper. I shared my two-part series on the acting troupe with her and we corresponded for a couple of days to compare our memories. She recalled seeing them perform at Marion Junior High School and Glenwood High School in McDowell County, North Carolina in the 1950s, and I have fond memories of seeing them perform in the auditorium of Harrisburg High School in the 1960s.

It is gratifying when someone expresses that a newspaper column or short story I wrote has enlightened them or brought them joy. One of the beauties of the internet is that it makes serendipitous connections possible.

14 thoughts on “The Sauline Players

  1. Hi Tim,
    Thank you for contacting me. Unfortunately, I was unable to determine when the Sauline Players disbanded when I was researching the organization in 2011 for my local history newspaper column. I would be happy to send you the two newspaper articles I wrote about the Sauline Players if you’re interested.


  2. Hello, my name is Reggie Ballard from Forest, Va. and I graduated from Mt. Holly High School in 1962 and during my 12 years in the school system I got to see the Sauline Players several times. Always enjoyed them.


  3. Hi, Reggie. Great to get a comment from you about the Sauline Players. Weren’t they great? Living in Harrisburg in Cabarrus County, the Sauline Players were my introduction to live theater and I loved it! Thank you for reading my blog and for commenting!


  4. Hi Jane, Could you email me the two articles that you published on the Sauline Players? My elementary years, they came to my school and I was thrilled. That was about 1958.


  5. Hi Jane,
    I remember the seeing The Sauline Players a few times when I was in the 5th, 6th and 7th grade when they came to Nebo High School in McDowell County in the late 50s. I moved to Florida in the eighth grade, but still have fond memories at age 70 of those shows . I was telling my husband about them and look them up on Google and ran across your blog. Can you please send me an email with the two columns? Thanks for sharing.


  6. Hi Sandra, I’ll be glad to send the newspaper columns to you. Thank you so much for finding my blog and contacting me. Thank you for sharing with me your memories of the Sauline Players!



  7. When I “Googled”, Sauline Players, Your blog appeared and I am thankful! I will continue to search for them because I remember their performances in the late forties and early fifties. Also, I shall follow your blog and be entertained even more. Thank you.
    Russell Fleming, Burke County product

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  8. That’s great! I’m glad you stumbled upon my blog, and I hope you’ll enjoy following it. I’m glad my Sauline Players piece brought back some good memories for it — as it did for me. Thank you for your comment, Russell.


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