In 1962 , about fifteen young people, mainly from the Epping Congregational and Presbyterian Youth Fellowships, decide to form a group to produce a Gilbert and Sullivan opera.
This group called themselves The Epping Young Players.
In November 1962 rehearsals started for the Pirates of Penzance witha cast of approximately forty drwan mainly from thye Epping - Eastwood area. But laso from afar afield as Willoughby, Guildford, Strathfield and Blaxland on the Blue Mountains.
The Pirates of Penznace was presented in April, 1963, running for four nights in Epping and one in Penrith. From this, despite heavy production costs, the group was able tp present the World Refugee Appeal with a cheque for 100 guineas.
As most of the group are under 22 years of age and engaged in school, technical college or university, major activitiesand rehearsals are confined to the period after annual examinations in November and thus only one productiona year was possible.
The first two productions were produced under the guiding hands of :-