Spotlight Issue: April 1998

County Players Presents
Anything Goes

County Players presents the smash Cole Porter musical,   Anything Goes, May 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23, 1998 at 8:00 PM at the Falls Theater, 15 West Main St., Wappingers Falls. Tickets are $15.00 ($12.00 for seniors & children under 12).

Cole Porter’s score for Anything Goes is one of the most glorious in the history of the American Musical Theater. Original Book by Guy Bolton & P. G. Wodehouse and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse. New book by Timothy Crouse and John Wieman. Anything Goes is a musical theater classic that is sure to please people of all ages.

The giddy, romantic story takes place on board a luxury liner bound for England. The plot involves an evangelist (played by Mary Ellen Fogarty), her 4 beautiful angels (played by Susan Beberwyck, Maria Calister, Rachel Knight, and Mary-Elizabeth Solomon), a young Wall Street tycoon (played by Joseph Jervais), his girlfriend (played by Erin Sauter), Moonface Martin (played by Joe Gasparini), a gangster’s gal (played by Anna Marie Creighton), and English Baronet (played by Rain Keating) and a variety of passengers, gangsters, and assorted Chinese characters.

The memorable score includes such songs as “I Get a Kick Out of You”, “It’s De-lovely”, “Friendship”, “Blow Gabriel, Blow”, “You’re the Top”, and the title song “Anything Goes”, many which are accented by lively tap dancing. This is a show you’re not going to want to miss! Don’t let County Player’s Anything Goes sail without you. Call for your tickets today!

Tom Lawrence is a veteran director and musical director with County Players and has appeared on stage in many productions with County Players. One of Tom’s highlights as a director was County Player’s production of Nunsense. Lawrence states, “I have wanted to direct Anything Goes for a very long time because it’s such a fun show and this production definitely lives up to that.” Tom most recently directed County Players’ Broadway Melody over the summer. Choreography is by Denise Wornell, who teaches and choreographs for Betty Jeans Dance and Fitness Center. Wornell is new to County Players and states, “I am excited and impressed at how far everyone has come.” Denise has been a dancer for the past 28 years and has taught and choreographed for 15 years.

To obtain tickets for this must see musical, call the County Players Box Office at 298-1491.

Upcoming Auditions

Auditions for Twilight of the Golds by Jonathan Tolins will be held on Sunday, July 12, and Monday, July 13 at 7:00 PM. The cast will be 3 men – one late twenties, one mid thirties, and one over 50 and 2 women – one mid thirties and one over 50. Production dates are in September 1998. For more information, please call director Joseph Jervais at 941-4758.

Ruby Gala Approaching Fast

Don’t miss the fun. On Friday, June 5, 1998 County Players will celebrate its 40th (Ruby) Anniversary with a Gala Dinner-Dance at the Holiday Inn in Fishkill. There will be live music, gift giveaways, hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, and much more! Formal invitations will be mailed shortly to everyone on The Spotlight mailing list. However, if you know anyone who might like to be invited or if you know the whereabouts of formerly active CP folks, please let us know by one of these methods: (1) call and/or leave phone message at (914) 454-1916, or (2) write to Rachel Cassidy, 76 Martin Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, or (3) E-Mail to RAKKCASS@AOL.COM. Please provide the name(s) (correct spelling please) and address(es) (including zip code) where you wish the invitation(s) sent and be sure the information is in Rachel’s hands NO LATER THAN MAY 9, to allow for timely mailing and return of reservations. Tickets are $40.00 per person and MUST be purchased in advance BY MAY 20. Regrettably, we may not be able to accept reservations after that date. Other details pertaining to the Gala will be on the invitation. However, if you have questions, please call Rachel. If no answer, please leave an audible message with your name and number, and she will return your call. Gala Committee Chairman, Rosalind Ashford, and Committee members, Joe Cassidy, Rachel Cassidy, Kim Catucci, Anna Marie Creighton, Bill Peckham, Maria McCarthy-Ringwood, and David Ringwood have been working diligently to prepare for this unique event. You WILL want to be a part of County Players’ once and future story.

Plea From Costume Chairman

If you have any CP costumes to return, please call Dilys Clark at 297-3228 to make arrangements. We are planning to complete the reorganization of the costume loft this Spring.

From the President

As we near the end of our 40th Ruby Anniversary Season, I must again extend sincere congratulations and thanks to all those individuals who helped make this very special year another great one in the history books of County Players! A big round of applause goes out to Director Jewel Geissinger Ratzlaff and her very talented cast and production crew of The Runner Stumbles for presenting another truly sensational piece of theatre.

This year’s Annual Meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, June 12, at the theatre. As with every Annual Meeting, new Board Members are elected or current Board Members are reelected. This year, Terrence Quinn has decided to step down from his seat on the Board after 6 years of service. Terry has been active with CP since 1987, when he first worked the follow spot for Fiddler on the Roof. Since then, Terry has been an integral part of our technical crew, and has designed lights for many, many CP shows. Terry has also worked on many lighting and sound crews, served as CP’s Technical Director, and headed both the Lighting and Sound Committees for several years. In addition to being active with CP, Terry has provided his technical expertise to Gilbert & Sullivan, T.A.G. Team, Ulster Ballet Company, Just Off Broadway, and Rhinebeck Theatre Society. Thanks, Terry, for all of your hard work – and we intend to hold you to your promise that you will continue to be actively involved with CP, and climb those tall lighting ladders for future CP shows.

Congratulations are extended to Board Member Tom Lawrence and his wife, Enza, on the recent birth of their son, Colin Anthony Lawrence. Colin was born on Tuesday, March 31st, and is a very welcome addition to our extended CP family.

Our thanks to all of you for your continued support to County Players. Questions, comments or concerns – please don’t hesitate to call me at home (463-0918).

Annual Membership Meeting

County Players welcomes you to the Annual Membership Meeting at the theater on Friday, June 12, at 7:00 PM. In addition to the normal business of the brief meeting, the election of members to the CP Board of Governors will be held. The following individuals are nominated: Kevin Barnes, Peter Edman, Mark Gleichenhaus, and Tom Lawrence. Following the meeting there will be refreshments. No admission is charged. Please join us!