Board Meeting - Wednesday, August 1 and Tuesday, September 18 at 7pm at the Southbridge Community Center, 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.
August 1 - Proposals for Season 44 (2019) Productions Due
It is time to start reading scripts for the 2019 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.
There is a bookcase of scripts in the Green Room which potential directors are welcome to peruse.
October 6 - Comedic Movement Workshop
Gateway will present a comedic movement workshop on October 6 at 10am at the Southbridge Community Center, Chestnut St in Southbridge. This workshop is funded in part by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency, funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
The workshop is NOT about clowning- it focuses on stage movement- such as pratfalls, funny entrances, facial expressions and other stage related body movement. It is for adults and kids- a terrific and fun family morning.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE CONCERNING THE FUTURE OF GATEWAY PLAYERS
We want to update everyone on our search for a new performance space. As most of you know, we had to move out of the Barn due to severe structural issues. The Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities, who owns the property, has decided that the repairs are too costly, and in all likelihood the building will be torn down. Over the past few months, we have reached out to various businesses and looked at locations in Southbridge to see what space might be available. We are currently in discussion with the owner of one possible location, but nothing to this point has been finalized. We will continue to explore what might be out there. If you know of any possible location, we ask that you contact a Board Member directly. We are looking for a location with approximately 5,500 square feet, including 2,500 square feet for the actual theater.
Whatever location we finally decide upon, we are estimating that it could take up to two years before we actually move in. The location will need major renovations done in order to transform it into a theater, and the cost to do this will be very expensive. That is why we have established the "Gateway to the Future" fund. All funds raised for this campaign will go directly to renovating our new space. You can donate by selecting the blue "Donate" button on our Facebook page. Since November, $9,700 has been raised, and we would like to thank all of you who have donated. But this is only the start. In addition to the many fundraisers we will be holding in the next year, the majority of the costs will hopefully be received through grants we will be applying for. We are currently setting up a committee to work on the grants. We are looking for help from members who may have experience in this process. Please contact a Board Member directly if you are willing to help out.
The good news is that Gateway Players Theatre is still alive and well! For the current season, we will be holding most of our performances at Elm Street Congregational Church. We would like to thank them for assisting us during this transition period. The first show of the season, "Sex Please, We're Sixty", was extremely successful with over 300 audience members. Moving forward, we will need your support now more than ever. For the past 43 years, Gateway Players Theatre 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.
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
To date, the fund had raised $13,356. Thanks to everyone who made a contribution. If you would like to help us with our new home search, go to the facebook page for Gateway Players Theatre, you will find a link to contribute. Thanks so much to everyone, we appreciate your support.
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 9, 10, 15 & 16 - "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon"
August 17, 18 & 19 - "The Rocky Horror Show"
September 7, 8, 14, 15 & 16, 2018 - "Love Sick"
November 30, December 1 & 2, 2018 - "It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play"
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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