Board Meeting - Wednesday, Feb. 21 and March 21 at 7pm at the Quinebaug Valley Center for the Arts111 Main Street, Southbridge.
Gateway Players Theatre membership includes everyone interested in helping the organization grow and continue to be a vital part of the community. The monthly board meetings are open to all.
The organization's continued growth needs the ideas, suggestions and help of everyone interested in Gateway. Please plan to come.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE CONCERNING THE FUTURE OF GATEWAY PLAYERS
A structural engineer has examined the Barn and informed the Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities that the building has severe structural damage and is not safe to occupy. With a heavy heart, we are sad to say that due to the cost to repair it, we will need to look for a new home for Gateway.
The Gateway Board has already begun to explore what our options are. We have established three committees, a Facility Committee, a Fundraising Committee, and a Grants Committee. We have already identified a few locations which could serve as a temporary location for our productions. We feel that it is vital that we continue to perform shows for the 2018 season.
We have also begun looking into possible spaces for our new theater. We feel that it is very important that we remain in Southbridge. We are estimating that it could take almost three years to find a new location, renovate it, and most importantly, raise the necessary funding to do this. Due to the cost of renting any type of commercial property, we are hoping we can find a person or business in Southbridge that would be willing to provide us with a vacant space that they may own, at a relatively low cost. If you know of anyone in Southbridge who may have space, please contact a member of the Gateway Board directly. We would be looking for approximately 5,500 square feet.
The most important element of this entire process will be fundraising. We really cant begin to consider a new location until we raise the funds to do this. We have established the Gateway to the Future Fund. All donations and money raised at events will go to this fund. In a few weeks, we will be announcing several fundraising events that will be taking place. In addition, we will be setting up some form of online donation site, reaching out to local businesses in the area, and applying for grants that will allow us to rebuild.
Please check back frequently to both our Facebook page and our website for more information concerning our plans. We would like to thank all of you who support Gateway Players, and community theater. While it is a sad time in terms of losing the Barn, we need to remember that its not the building, but all of the members of Gateway that makes it such a special place. Moving forward, we will need your support now more than ever. For the past 42 years, Gateway has been presenting quality theater to the greater Southbridge community. With your help, we are confident that this will continue for many more years to come.
If you have any ideas, suggestions, information or questions, please contact any or the Board members listed below.
Lou-Ellen Corkum, Kathi Grenier, Barbara Day, Jeanne Dupuis, Mary Gahagan, Mike Dupuis, David Corkum, Pat Haddock, Sierra Trudel, William Guy.
Gateway to the Future Fund
This fund has been established to cover all
costs associated with finding a new performance space in Southbridge. We are currently exploring a few different
options, and we are anticipating this could take at least two years to find and renovate a new permanent home.
We expect the cost to do this could be upwards of $500,000. In the next year we will be holding several
fundraisers, reaching out to local businesses in the area, and applying for grants. You can also donate directly on our Facebook Page.
Login to your FB account, go to to FB/GatewayPlayers and The "Donate" button is located on the right, below the cover photo.
All donations are tax deductible. We thank you very much for your continued support of Gateway Players Theatre.
There are several committees currently working to raise money and make future plans for Gateway. If you would like to get involved, or have ideas and suggestions to share, please contact a committee or board member.
Temporary Space/ Permanent Space: Mike Dupuis, Pat Haddock, Bill Guy, David Corkum, Stewart Haddock
Fundraising: Sierra Trudel, Jeanne Dupuis, Mary Gahagan
Grant exploring: Sierra Trudel, Jim Douglas, Billy Bolster, Lee Anne Madursky, Barbara Day
Storage space: Kathi Grenier
Gateway is Proud to Present our 43nd Seasonof Quality Live Theatre Productions
February 9, 10, 16, 17 & 18, 2018 - "Sex Please, We're Sixty
April 13, 14, 20, 21 & 22, 2018 - "The Lost World"
June 1, 2, 8, 9 & 10 - "Ten Times Two- The Eternal Courtship"
August 17, 18 & 19 - "The Rocky Horrow Show"
September 7, 8, 14, 15 & 16, 2018 - "Love Sick"
December November 30, December 1 & 2, 2018 - "It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play"
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2017 TWIZZLER AWARDS WINNERS!!!
Congratulations to the 2017 winners!
Outstanding Costumes: Jeanne Dupuis - The Little Mermaid
Outstanding Set: Bobby Hunt - 100 Lunches
Outstanding Performance by a Youth Actress in a Supporting Role: Emma & Alli Provost - Flotsam & Jetsam in The Little Mermaid
Outstanding Performance by a Youth Actor in a Supporting Role: Nathan Lafaille - Flounder The Little Mermaid
Outstanding Performance by a Youth Actress: Anjolina Fantoroni - Scuttle The Little Mermaid
Outstanding Perfromance by a Youth Actor: James Cooper - Terry 100 Lunches
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Billy Bolster - The waiters 100 Lunches
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Caitlyn Gaughan - Sybil Cliffert The Cover of Life
Outstanding Performance by an Actress: Sydney Campbell - Tood Cliffert The Cover of Life
Outstanding Performance by an Actor: Patrick Bracken - Chuck 100 Lunches
Outstanding Director: Lou Ellen Corkum - The Cover of Life
Outstanding Production (Producer): The Cover of Life - Kathi Grenier
The Aileen Lau-Dickinson Award: Linda Bouthillier
MA Cultural Council Grants Received
Gateway Players is the recipient of several grants awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Charlton Cultural Council has funded a comedic movement workshop led by Nicole Portwood. This workshop will focus on movement, pratfalls, stage combat- theatrical type movements. Nicole is known as Maggie the Clown and has an extensive background in teaching and performing. This workshop will take place in April.
Charlton Cultural Council also approved a stage and Halloween makeup workshop, scheduled for September, led by Caitlyn Gaughan. This will be for teens and adults.
The Southbridge Cultural Council approved the comedic movement workshop led by Nicole Portwood. Date TBD.
Thanks Very Much to Charlton and Southbridge Cultural Councils, who are funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Nice article about Gateway in Worcester Magazine
Read "The Show Goes On At Gateway Player Theatre" by Jonnie Coutu in the March 26, 2015 Worcester Magazine