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Upcoming Board Meetings - Tuesday, June 18 and Thursday, August 8 at 7pm at the Southbridge Community Center, Southbridge.

Annual Meeting of Gateway Players Theatre. June 18th at 7pm at the Southbridge Community Center, 153 Chestnut Street. All members are encouraged to attend the meeting and vote for the Gateway Board of Directors. If anyone wishes to run for a spot on the board, please contact Lou-Ellen Corkum by calling 508-764-4531

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.

 

August 1 - Proposals for Season 45 (2020) Productions Due

It is time to start reading scripts for the 2020 season. Proposals are due by August 1. The show proposals must be submitted with a script to allow board members to read, prior to setting the season. If you have participated in a New Director Workshop at Gateway, assisted directed under an experienced director at Gateway, or have directed before at Gateway you can propose a play/musical by August 1. Proposal forms are available here. You may drop off your proposals at the next Gateway Board meeting on June 20th at 7pm at Elm Street Church, or you can give it to any member of the Board prior to August 1st.

Directors should keep in mind that productions planned for the church do have some limitations in staging and lighting. Simple sets work better than elaborate ones. A large cast may not fit the space. Plays and musicals should be an audience draw. Proposals may include dates desired, if the board can accommodate. Flexibility will help to set a successful season.

 

JACOB EDWARDS LIBRARY AND GATEWAY PLAYERS PARTNER FOR A SUMMER READING CLUB PROGRAM

Mary Darling is writing a play to be used as a readers theater program for the summer reading program in the Childrens Room. Children's librarian Liz Gendreau will have a sign up sheet for kids wishing to participate. Be sure to check it out, kids. Gateway is happy to be part of this community event. Mary and the other members of Gateway's Marketing Committee will assist with the program.

 

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR "TRIAL OF THE WICKED WITCH"

Auditions were held recently and the cast selected for this July family musical. The cast included youth and adults for this exciting show: Brianna Baumgardner (Gretel), Audrey Clark (Wicked Witch) , Mark Cleveland (911 Operator), Tiffany Cleveland (Red Riding Hood), Allison Cowden (ensemble), Jonah Cowden (Prince Charming), Merrick Cowden (Gingerbread Man), Jack Dembinski (Rumplestilskin), Anjolina Fantaroni (Rapunzel), Mary Ellen Fantaroni (ensemble), Victor Garden (Hansel), Stewart Haddock (Big Bad Wolf), Caleigh Hendrick (Denny), Cole Hendrick (ensemble), Alex Holt (Jack the Giant Killer), Emily Jajliardo (Benny), Kate Jajliardo (Snow White), Chris McTigue (Fairy Godmother), Chamira Santiago (Sleeping Beauty), Jennifer Trethway (Evil Stepmother) and Gracie Turpin (Jenny).

Pat Haddock is directing, Chris Rubinacker is music director and Kathi Grenier is producing.

"Trial of the Wicked Witch" a Musical will be performed July 19, 20, 21 at Elm St. Congregational Church

 

ROAD SHOW--- "STRANGERS IN THE ATTIC"

Rehearsals are underway for the 2019 road show, "Stranger in the Attic" by John Kaasik, directed by Lynn Boucher. This production will be performed at several locations, including Old Sturbridge Village. More information will be shared next month. The cast includes Billy Bolster, Lou-Ellen Corkum, Ed Humphries, Steven Jean, Joni Metras and John Turpin. Chris McTigue is the stage manager and Barbara Day is producer.

Story: 'Strangers in the Attic' is set in the country home of freelance writer Brian Hollander and his wife Dana, their quiet life is unexpectedly upset by the arrival of a stranger named Kendrick, who is offering an exclusive story to Brian about a murder that has not happened yet! Brian pursues discussions of the story with Kendrick, and meets his neighbors Douglas and Margaret Brendan who tell Brian and Dana a disturbing story about a stranger who may be stalking them. Detective Hal Nelson comes into the play to try and unravel these interlocking stories and prevent a murder from happening.

This play is available for booking- just call 508-764-4531 for information and price. Suitable for fundraisers, company events, a very fun party- use your imagination!!

 

    

 

GATEWAY'S 2019 SEASON

The Butler Did It - February 8, 9, 15, 16 & 17, 2019
Everyone knows the Butler did it. That’s how all the old mysteries end. After a womanizing cad is found stabbed to death in an old English manor, the family's loyal butler is accused of the crime. Now he's out to prove his innocence--while tied to a chair. Written by Todd Wallinger. Directed by Joe Sawyer.

Sylvia – April 5, 6, 12, 13 & 14, 2019
Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after twenty-two years in the suburbs. As Kate tells Greg: "The dog phase of my life is definitely over." But life has a way of giving you what you think you don't want. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to hilarious and touching effect. Written by A. R. Gurney. Directed by David Corkum.

The Savannah Sipping Society – June 7, 8, 14, 15 & 16, 2019
In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. Directed by Mary Gahagan.

Trial of the Wicked Witch: The Musical – July 19, 20 & 21, 2019
The Wicked Witch is on trial for her crimes in the land of Once Upon a Time in this madcap musical featuring several favorite characters from many fairy tales. The cast of characters includes the Fairy Godmother as the judge, the Three Little Pigs as bailiffs, and Jack the Giant Killer as the guard. Witnesses for the prosecution and defense provide a variety of toe-tapping tunes such as a swinging Big Bad Wolf in "The Wolf of Wall Street," an operatic Rapunzel in "I Love to Sing," and a rocking Gingerbread Man in "Go, Gingie, Go!" The Wicked Witch herself casts a musical spell with "Escape Velocity." The audience acts as jury in this trial and gets to determine the fate of the Wicked Witch. Guilty or innocent, you can be assured that this show is "Wicked Awesome."

Tuesdays with Morrie – September 13, 14, 20, 21 & 22, 2019
The autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie's appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig's Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life. Written by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on the book by Mitch Albom. Directed by Sue Adams.

There’s a Monster in My Closet – October 4, 5 & 6, 2019
Fantasy and reality collide in this eclectic and fun musical romp! Emily’s having a sleepover with her best friend Stephanie when they discover there’s a monster in her closet! To investigate further (despite the incessant teasing of her big brother and his friends), Emily and Stephanie recruit their friends — sarcastic and skeptical Kelly, vain Mary, studious Brain, tomboy Tara and avid reader Megan — to help capture the monster. Book by Angela D. Stewart, Music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur. Directed by Lou-Ellen Corkum.

A Murder is Announced – November 15, 16, 22, 23 & 24, 2019
An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house's several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain. Written by Agatha Christie, Leslie Darbon. Directed by Erin Morin.

 

 

IMPORTANT (UPDATED) MESSAGE CONCERNING THE FUTURE OF GATEWAY PLAYERS

It has been almost a year since we started the “Gateway to the Future Fund”, our drive to raise funds for a new theater facility. To date, we have raised almost $15,000. The majority of these donations have come from individual members, friends of Gateway Players Theatre, and fundraisers. We want to give everyone an update on our quest for a new facility. We have explored many possible locations during the past year and are still looking for a space that meets all of our needs, both space wise and financially. We have one potential location, but there are many details that would still need to be worked out, and it wouldn’t be available until at least 2020.

Ideally, we want to remain in Southbridge, and have a facility that is not shared with anyone else. We need between 5,000-6,000 square feet that would house the main theater, office space, lobby, bathrooms, storage for costumes and props, set building area, and hopefully some rehearsal space. The main theater would occupy roughly half of that space, and would seat approximately 100-125 people, with a stage ceiling height that needs to be at least 15 feet for proper lighting. If you have any knowledge of a space that may be available that meet these criteria, please let us know. Also keep in mind that since we are a non-profit organization, we need a location that has very reasonable rent.

The cost to design and renovate the space we find, could be extremely expensive. The majority of the funding for this will need to come from grants, and from a major fundraising drive that will target our friends in the greater Southbridge business community. Unfortunately, we cannot apply for grants until we have found a location and have an agreement in place with the owner. We are also looking for volunteers who have experience in grant writing. Please contact a Board member if you are interested. In the meantime, we will continue our fundraising efforts in numerous ways, such as raffles at shows, special fundraising productions, selling our cotton candy at community events, the donation link on our Facebook page, and other activities that are currently in the planning stages.

We would like to thank Elm Street Congregational Church for allowing us to use their hall during the past year. This has allowed us to present a full season of productions, and most of the shows next season will be held there as well. Most importantly, we would like to thank all of the members and friends of Gateway Players Theatre for their continued support. Please visit our Webpage and Facebook page for upcoming fundraisers, and remember that you can always support the “Gateway to the Future Fund” by selecting the “Donate” button on the Facebook page. Donations may also be sent to Gateway Players Theatre, PO Box 171, Southbridge, MA 01550.

 

 

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2018 Bill Mastro Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations to SYDNEY CAMPBELL, this year's scholarship winner. A graduate of Sheperd Hill in Dudley, she will attend Western Connecticut State University, majoring in Theater Perfomance. At Gateway Players, Sydney was very active on stage and behind the scenes working on costumes and props, as well as acting, singing and dancing. A versatile actor, she was in musicals and plays, playing a wide range of roles.

Scholarship contributions are welcome at anytime- just indicate it is a scholarship donation. The goal of the scholarship is to recognize our youth for their time and effort on behalf of the organization. The application form recognizes that while not everyone can be cast in a role- there is always room for backstage help, painting, offering refreshments....

 

 

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

 

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