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60th Diamond Jubilee Gala – June 15th, 2018

County Players 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Gala
Take advantage of Early Bird Ticket Prices until March 15
Gala is on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Ticket Reservations: online at www.countyplayers.org
Visa, MasterCard, Discover accepted
Discounted Tickets Available until March 15, 2018 for County Players June Gala

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY – County Players, Inc., one of the longest-established community theaters in the area, currently recognizing its 60th Anniversary Season, will bring down the curtain on its special year-long celebration and festivities with a fabulous Diamond Gala on June 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Held at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie, the evening will include an elegant cocktail reception (with specialty cocktail), four-course dinner, dancing to DJ Mad Mike, special entertainment, silent auction and raffle prizes, and the best view of the Hudson River!

Special Early Bird pricing is $125 per person available until March 15, then all reservations are $150 per
person. Reserve online at www.countyplayers.org Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted. All
proceeds support our artistic programs and our ongoing expansion efforts. Sponsorship opportunities are available, contact David Ringwood at david.ringwood@countyplayers.org

County Players was born in 1958 Now celebrating 60 years of producing quality community theater, during its lifetime County Players has presented over 300 productions and served thousands of theatergoers. In 1977 the troupe acquired the old Academy Theatre in the Village of Wappingers Falls, and through countless hours of volunteer efforts, turned a crumbling relic into a living venue – The County Players Falls Theatre. Over the many years it paid off the mortgage, and continue to make improvements to the building, all the while managing to keep ticket prices at an affordable level. Its promise for the future is to continue on the proven path of fiscal responsibility, theatrical improvement, and entertainment! County Players continues their mission to delight, educate, and challenge the community and to nurture creative expression, through theatre and the performing arts of the highest quality.

County Players recently announced it had been recognized as the 2017 Arts Organization at the 31st Annual Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards presented by Arts Min-Hudson, and were also once again selected Best Community Theater 2017 by the readers of Hudson Valley Magazine.
The Platinum Sponsor for the 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee is IBM. Event sponsor is Bonura Hospitality Group. County Players 60th Anniversary Season is sponsored by Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.

Contact:
David Ringwood, Gala Co-Chair, email: david.ringwood@countyplayers.org

AUDITIONS – YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU – 11/12 & 11/13 at 7pm

 

You Can’t Take It With You
Directed by Michael J. Frohnhoefer
Sunday, November 12 at 7 p.m.
Monday, November 13 at 7 p.m.

Performance Dates: February 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 2018

Meet the Sycamores – a madcap clan who sets the bar for eccentricity. When Alice brings her high society fiancé home to meet the parents, fireworks (figuratively and literally) nearly bring the house down. Despite their zany antics and unconventional ways, this tight-knit family offers hope that love and laughter lead to happiness, even in the hardest of times. One of the most popular and successful comedies in American theatre, this Pulitzer Prize-winning, depression era classic has a timeless appeal.

Needed are nine men and seven women / extras. Character descriptions are listed below.

The Women (7 Roles)

Penelope Sycamore – 50’s/60’s  The daughter of Martin Vanderhof, mother of Essie and Alice, and wife of Paul. Penny is a loving and caring mother and wife, charmingly blunt and an eternal optimist. Penny is constantly concerned with the welfare of her family and the closest thing to a ruler the family unit has. She has also a zest for pursuing different artistic outlets, whereas the journey is the reward of the pursuit.

Essie Sycamore – Late 20’s/Early 30’s The eldest daughter of Penelope and Paul, granddaughter of Martin Vanderhof, and wife of Ed. Essie is kinetic, happy and is always looking for approval. She has a charming innocence about her that is refreshing. Her lifelong goal is to be a ballerina and all else falls in second.

Alice Sycamore – 20’s/Early 30’s/younger than Essie  The youngest daughter of Penelope and Paul, granddaughter of Martin Vanderhof, and sister of Essie. Alice is warm, compassionate and perky. Has been exposed to the outside world and has assessed that her family doesn’t fit into the standard norms of society although her familial devotion and love are plainly apparent. In the course of the play she falls in love with and is engaged to marry Tony Kirby, her boss’s son.

Rheba – Ageless will need to be compatible to Donald. The African-American maid and cook to the Sycamore family. Bright, perky and takes enormous pride in her job. She probably understands this unusual family better than anyone. Dating Donald and really in love.

Marium Kirby – 50’s/60’s Tony’s mother. Extremely prim and proper, concerned with outward presentation. Conservative and repressed. Socialite with an air of aristocracy.

Gay Wellington40’s/60’s An actress whom Mrs. Sycamore meets on a bus and invites home to read one of her plays. She is an alcoholic, gets very drunk and passes out shortly after arriving. When conscious, she is boisterous and egotistical.

Olga Katrina / The Grand Dutchess40’s/60’s She was one of the Grand Duchesses of Russia before the Revolution. Since then she has been forced to flee to America where she has found work as a waitress in Childs Restaurant. She is larger than life and still carries herself as royalty.

The Men (9 Roles)

Paul Sycamore – 50’s/60’s The husband of Penelope, father of Essie & Alice and son-in-law of Martin Vanderhof. He is calm, cool and collected with a youthful air. He has a quiet charm and mild manner with a passion for fireworks and erector sets.

Mr. De Pinna – 40’s/60’s Stoic, good natured and quiet. Has been welcomed into the family as a member after delivering ice years ago and never leaving. He has clearly taken to this family’s way of life and basic beliefs.

Ed Carmichael – Late 20’s/Early 30’s  Loyal and devoted husband of Essie, son-in-law of Paul and Penny. Driven, quirky and friendly. However, he has two passions: the printing press and the xylophone.

Donald – Ageless – will need to be compatible to Rheba. The African-American boyfriend of Rheba. Quiet, simple and helps out around the house as a volunteer handyman and an errand runner. Really in love with Reba.

Martin Vanderhof – 70’s/80’s Father of Penny, grandfather to Alice and Essie. The patriarchal head of the family, a man whom the years have treated kindly. He has made his peace with the world long, long ago, and his whole attitude and manner are quietly persuasive of this. He is serene, playful and wise. He lives his life by the philosophy ‘don’t do anything that you’re not going to enjoy doing’.

Tony Kirby – Late 20’s/Early 30’s The boyfriend and later fiancé of Alice, Tony Kirby is a personable young man not long out of Yale and Cambridge. Although he fits all the physical requirements of a boss’s son, his face has something of the idealist in it, invoking in him a certain fondness for the Vanderhofs’ quirkiness. He is charming, spirited and boyish.

Boris Kolenkhov – 40’s/50’s A Russian who escaped to America shortly before the Russian Revolution. Essie’s ballet instructor. He is hearty, explosive and blunt, with a quirky sense of humor.

Anthony P. Kirby – 50’s/60’s Husband to Marium Kirby, Tony’s father and Alice’s boss in the Wall Street office. Conservative and repressed. He is a traditional authority figure who represents the conventional worldview.

Wilbur C. Henderson – Ageless. An employee of the IRS. HE is fastidious, regimented and a huge proponent of rules and regulations.

Extra’s (3 Roles)

G-Man 1, G-Man 2 (Jim), G-Man 3 (Mac) – 30’s/60’s. Three special agents for the government who come to investigate a situation at the Vanderhof house. Typical FBI persona’s.

For more information contact the director: Michael J. Frohnhoefer – MICK0626@aol.com

“Wait Until Dark” opens tonight at 8pm!

Written by Frederick Knott
Directed by Anna Marie Paolercio

Performance Dates: November 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 2017

Are you afraid of the dark? Wait Until Dark is one of those rare experiences in the theatre, a true thriller that has the potential to make you jump out of your seat. Written for the Broadway stage in 1966 by Dial “M” for Murder scribe Frederick Knott and turned into a film starring Audrey Hepburn in 1967, Wait Until Dark still has the power to horrify us. Woven with secret identities, a seedy drug smuggling ring, murder, and the cruel cat-and-mouse game between a blind woman and the trio of criminals who stalk her, this play possesses a white-knuckle suspense. Wait Until Dark is a slow burn that builds in menace until the gripping climactic confrontation between its protagonist Susy Hendrix and the terrifying Roat. We apologize in advance for the increase in your electric bills when you refuse to turn off your lights after seeing it!

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Season Sponsor: Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

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