Gateway News

Board Meeting - Tuesday, January 15 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.





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.

Doctor Doolittle – July 19, 20 & 21, 2019
The musical tells the classic tale of a wacky but kind Doctor who can talk to animals. The show takes the audience on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world. Doctor Dolittle is wrongly accused of murder and, once pronounced innocent, continues with his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail – the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth. Book, Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. Directed by Patricia Haddock.

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.




Twizzlers Awards Night will be here before you know it! This event is the Gateway version of the Tonys- awards given for theatrical excellence. We also have the tongue-in-cheek awards- The NEAT awards (Not Exactly a Twizzler). The event will be held January 19 at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center. Cocktails 6:00pm Dinner 7:00pm (Dessert will be served at Intermission). Award Show 8:00pm. Billy Bolster and Patrick Bracken will co-host the evening- and promise that special guests will be featured.

Tickets are $35, which includes the buffet meal and awards ceremony. Call Gateway Players 508-764-4531 or Pat 508-864-2595 or go online to: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4019347 to get tickets. Tickets must be paid in advance prior to January 12th. If you need a gluten free meal please tell us when you purchase your ticket.

This is a fun time for all to recap season 43 with great food, friends, awards and a fun way to continue the holiday season. Tickets also make great gifts!

Here are the nominees for the Twizzler Awards. Twizzlers ballots have been mailed out to all who attended or appeared in at least 4 shows in 2018

Outstanding Set Design
John Turpin - Sex Please, We're Sixty
John Turpin & Bobby Lamothe - The Lost World
Stewart Haddock - Brother's Grimm Spectacularthon
Bill Guy - Rocky Horror Show
Mike Dupuis - Love Sick
Cynthia Keane - It's A Wonderful Life

Outstanding Performance - Youth Female - Supporting Role
Dakota Schantz - Teen Danielle - The Lost World
Serenity Segura - Teen Hannah - The Lost World
Anjolina Fantaroni - Multiple Roles - Brother's Grimm Spectacularthon
Madeline Grinnan - Brooklyne Raine/Bailey Girls - It's A Wonderful Life

Outstanding Costume Design
Pamela Soper - Brother's Grimm Spectacularthon
Sierra Trudel - Rocky Horror Show
Pamela Soper - It's A Wonderful Life

Outstanding Performance - Youth Male - Supporting Role
Kenny Bond - Teen Parker - The Lost World
Kevin Lotter - Teen Reilly - The Lost World
Sam Pelligrino -Multiple Roles - Brother's Grimm Spectacularthon

Outstanding Performance - Male - Supporting Role
Billy Bolster - Bud Davis - Sex Please, We're Sixty
Michael Swanson - Parker Knowles - The Lost World
Josh Raymond - Multiple Roles -Brother's Grimm Specacularthon
Jeffrey Coggins - Eddie/Dr. Scott - Rocky Horror Show
Mikey Dearn - Obsessive Compulsive Man - Love Sick
Samson Zilic - Todd Hillington/Bailey Boys - It's A Wonderful Life

Outstanding Performance - Female - Supporting Role
Joni Metras - Mrs. Stancliffe - Sex Please. We're Sixty
Mary Darling -Hailey Pierce - The Lost World
Sarah Hart - Multiple Roles - Brother's Grimm Spectacularthon
Cate Boram - Columbia -Rocky Horror Show
Kelly Dearn - Obsessive Compulsive Woman - Love Sick
Angela Grove - Cecilia Rockefeller/Violet - It's A Wonderful Life

Outstanding Performance - Male Lead
Rom Portwood - Henry Mitchell - Sex Please, We're Sixty
Seth Jajliardo - Riley McInnis - The Lost World
Mikey Dearn - Multiple Roles - Brothers Grimm Spectacularthon
Shane Cordray - Dr. Frank N. Furter - Rocky Horror Show
Joseph Sawyer - Ben - Love Sick
John Kennedy - Jackson Petty/George Bailey - It's A Wonderful Life

Outstanding Performance - Female Lead
Lynn Boucher - Charmaine Beauregard - Sex Please, We're Sixty
Danielle Holt - Hannah Belle - The Lost World
Kriss Forgues - Multiple Role - Brother's Grimm Spectacularthon
Robyn Spain - Magenta - Rocky Horror Show
Angela Grove - Louise - Love Sick
Gwen O'Brien - Jacqueline McBurney/Mary Hatch - It's A Wonderful Life

Outstanding Director
Lou Ellen Corkum - Sex Please, We're Sixty
Ed Humphries - The Lost World
Joe Sawyer - Brothers Grimm Spectacularthon
Bill Guy - Rocky Horror Show
Michael Dupuis - Love Sick
Mary Gahagan - It's A Wonderful Life

Outstanding Show (Producer)
Sex Please, We're Sixty - Kathi Grenier
The Lost World - David Corkum
Brothers Grimm Spectacularthon - Mary Gahagan
Rocky Horror Show - Barbara Day
Love Sick - Jeanne Dupuis
It's A Wonderful Life - Barbara Day



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.



Gateway is Proud to Present our 43nd Season
of Quality Live Theatre Productions

2018 Shows


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


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