On December 21, 2021, the Stoughton Village Players Board was pleased to announce a very special designation in our lobby. The custom-designed, art deco piece was unveiled indicating to all that our auditorium and performing space is now named the Tony and Anne Hill Playhouse. This was done not only for their involvement in starting SVP but also their leadership throughout our history.
2022 marks the 50-year anniversary of SVP which will be celebrated in many ways throughout the year. The Board could think of no better way to start off this special time than with acknowledging our founders. As Tony said at the unveiling event, there were many that met in MaryLou Fendrick’s kitchen in 1972 with an idea to start a theater group so he wanted to accept the recognition on their behalf. He also mentioned that SVP is the sum of many people’s hard work and he was humbled that he and Anne were singled out.
Of course, members and friends understand that the Hills have been an unparalleled driving force for our group in many ways over these decades… making sure we survived, grew and prospered. Of course, we would not have been able to purchase our beautiful, historic landmark building without Tony’s involvement but both he and Anne have been our “first couple” in many other ways as well.
In an organization of volunteers and teams of people all contributing their time and talents, it is often difficult to pick anyone out of the crowd for special recognition… but this was a no-brainer. We were lucky to have Tony and Anne there at the beginning and even luckier that they are still here making sure we create, evolve and build for our next 50 years.
Congratulations to Tony and Anne Hill… and all those who make SVP special.