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Okay, You’re in Charge!

Just this week we paid the fees to secure the rights for our 2014-15 season. The season’s directors and producers are on board, and the schedule for auditions/rehearsals/shows is in the books. At this point there is not much more to do than to let the plan run its course. Without having expressly said so, I am sure all 160 dues paying VP members hope and believe the next season will be both an artistic and financial success. I hope…

Amusement or Art, That is the Question.

Why do we do this? Why does a small group of people give their time, energy, and some money to “put on plays?”  There must be something to it. In our local area alone, you find a lot of people engaged in this activity.  But again, why?  I suppose individually there are those of us who long for those moments on stage: The silence of the drama when you know that every eye in the house is on you as…

The 60/40 Rule

Regular readers of this blog (assuming there are such people) will note that I have been absent for a number of weeks. Many thanks to those that filled in while I was basking on the very sunny shores of our 50th State.   Vacation, however, like all things including this brutal winter, must end, and it is high time to get back to work! With the closing of the successful “Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” we are now 60% through our slate…

Happy Birthday VYT!

February 14 is a special day. For most, it’s a day to celebrate love. For VYT, it’s a day to celebrate a birthday. Seven years ago on Valentine’s Day, VYT was incorporated and officially became a partner of the Village Players. VYT was founded, as its mission states, to offer theatrical programs that inspire and challenge young actors to develop their artistic talents and their self-confidence, self-awareness, compassion and leadership and teamwork skills. The famous playwright, Luis Valdez once said:…

That’s Why It’s Called a ‘Produc”-tion

Theatrical Producer: In the world of professional theater, the producer generally is in charge of raising or providing and managing the financial resource for a play, and has overall responsibility the financial success of the production. One of my favorite movies is the 1968 production of The Producers starring Zero Mostel as Max Bialystock, a once great Broadway Producer, and Leo Bloom, his hapless accountant, played by Gene Wilder. The story has Bialystock ensnaring Leo Bloom in his get-rich scheme by…

So It’s 2014!

So it’s 2014! Sounds like a very futuristic date from a Ray Bradbury Sci-Fi novel I am sure I read back in the 60’s! It is  hard for me to imagine that I have been a member of Village Players for 35 years! A lot of ‘past’ (for me) to review as well as a bunch of ‘future’ (of Village Players) to look forward to! I like to think that I have contributed a lot of sweat equity to bring…

Village Players Gives Back

Village Players Gives Back: The local community theater is supporting The Pink Fund during its upcoming production of “Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.” The theatre world is no stranger to supporting charitable causes. In the professional theatre world, the organization Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids supports programs and organizations that offer treatment and service for individuals with Aids or other critical health issues. BC/EFA is the result of a 1993 merger of Equity Fights Aids,…

Scrooge Visits the Playhouse

It was inevitable. In spite of the festive season and holiday spirit, good old Ebeneezer Scrooge has stepped forward to warn us that we need to raise some money. In drafting a year-end request for donations, I could not help but note the unanticipated slate of expenses we have run into as of late. Without going into too much detail, we are already at least $17-20,000 “over budget.” Our cost overruns have nothing to do our on stage activities. Rather,…

All Things Annie

This is “Annie” week at the playhouse. The Youth Theatre is most pleased to report that the five performances are 100% sold out, and have been since October.  VYT is opening up the final dress rehearsal on Wednesday, December 11 to the public. That show will start at 6:30 and will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are free and donations are gladly accepted. The holiday would not be complete without 40 orphans and a dog!…

A Day of Thanks at VP

Village Players Thank You List Thanks to the Members–You keep the place alive with you talent, hard work, membership fees, sponsorships and overall support. Thanks to the Production Teams–Those who go the extra mile by directing or producing a show (a somewhat thankless role) or by taking responsibility for a Committee, building a set and more. Thanks to our Advertisers –Those in the community who support VP.  Members: check out our program advertisers and be sure to thank the businesses…