Spotlight Issue: August 1997

County Players Proudly Presents
The Sunshine Boys

County Players, Inc. presents the Neil Simon Broadway hit The Sunshine Boys, September 5, 6,12,13,19, and 20, at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for senior citizens and children under 12.

The plot focuses on an ex-vaudeville team, Al Lewis, played by Eli Toplansky and Willie Clark, played by Art Weinberg who, in spite of performing together for 43 years, have a natural aversion for one another. It’s been 11 years since the “Lewis and Clark” comedy team has appeared on stage together, when Willie’s nephew and agent, Ben, played by James DeSalvo, tells his uncle that CBS-TV is preparing a “History of Comedy” special. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without the classic comedy duo. There’s never a dull moment in this classic from Simon.

The cast is well rounded out by Jackie Fiesinger as “the sketch nurse”, Hank Conklin as “the patient”, and Yolanda Rubin as “the Registered Nurse”. Andy Phillips provides excellent backup understudying the leads.

The show is being directed by Lou Miressi who also directed County Players’ Brighton Beach Memoirs in 1996. Lou has also appeared on-stage in several productions, most recently A Few Good Men and Inherit the Wind. Lou is glad to have this opportunity and says “I want people to be entertained, to laugh, and to go home with an understanding of what makes us human beings”. He adds that Neil Simon teaches us about what’s funny while illustrating the pain of relationships….

Upcoming Auditions

Veteran Director Bill Peckham is seeking 9 individuals to fill the roles for the drama, The Shadow Box. Written by Michael Crostofer, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play is about three terminal cancer patients who dwell in separate cottages on a hospital’s grounds. Needed are 1 boy between the ages of 14-17, 1 young woman 20-30, 3 men 30-60, 3 women 30-50, and 1 older woman 50+. Auditions will be held Sunday, September 14th and Monday September 15th at 7:00 PM at the County Players Falls Theatre, 15 W. Main Street, Wappingers Falls. Production dates are November 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22, 1997 at 8:00 PM. For further information, contact the Director, Bill Peckham at 473-5807 after 4:30 PM.

Auditions for The Runner Stumbles by Milan Stitt will be held on Sunday, Nov. 16, and Monday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 PM. Needed are 5 men and 4 women ages 17-60 years old. Production dates in February 1998. For more information, please call director Jewel Geissinger Ratzlaff at 896-4126.

Auditions for Anything Goes by Cole Porter will be held on Sunday, Jan. 18, Monday, Jan. 19, and Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 7:00 PM. A cast of 35-40 people is needed. Production dates are in May 1998. For more information, please call director Tom Lawrence at 485-5848.

40th Anniversary Ruby Season

Forty years represents a lifetime for some, a passing season for others. For two members of our current production The Sunshine Boys, it represents life coming full circle. Art Weinberg and Eli Toplansky were both involved in County Players’ first season. We can’t think of a more fitting way to inaugurate our 40th anniversary season than to have these two gentlemen starring in our season opener.

In preparation for our Anniversary events, we’re developing an address list of people who have worked with and/or supported County Players in any capacity over the last 40 years. If you have a friend or relative who has left the area or someone who may not be on our current mailing list who would like to know of the 40th Anniversary Celebrations, please send their address to us c/o Rachel Cassidy, 76 Martin Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 or E-Mail: RAKKCASS THANKS!

Call for Directors

County Players is seeking directors for our 41st season. Individuals interested in directing during the 1998-1999 season should submit a resume and a list of proposed play titles (by October 15th, 1997) to: George Conrad c/o County Players, Inc., 15 West Main St., Wappingers Falls , NY, 12590. If you have any questions, please call the theater box office at 298-1491.

Ushers Needed

Want to help out at the theater but can’t make a big commitment? Have an extra weekend evening free? Ushering could be just the thing for you! If you could usher for any performance of The Sunshine Boys please call Grace Padworski at 297-8527 or Holly Padworski at 831-7169

From the President

It’s always exciting to open another season. But it’s even more exciting to open this season because it’s our 40th RUBY ANNIVERSARY! Yes – we are 40 years old! What a remarkable accomplishment – and one of which to be very proud! There will be many things happening this season, and The Spotlight will definitely keep you informed about the dates and times of all of our special events as well as the many special surprises which will be a part of these events.

Another congratulations for County Players! Once again, this year we were voted BEST THEATRICAL GROUP by The Hudson Valley Magazine’s Reader’s Poll. If you haven’t already noticed, turn to page 25 of the August, 1997 issue of The Hudson Valley Magazine and see for yourself!

We also hope you take notice of the front of our building. Several of our hardworking volunteers were once again at work painting the front steps and installing a new hand rail which may assist individuals to gain entrance to our theatre. The Board of Governors is currently discussing a variety of capital projects, so stay tuned for more information about what may be coming down the line for the 1997-1998 season.

Don’t forget – the Board of Governors meets every third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. If you want to become more involved, pick up the phone and call me at 463-0918. Thanks for your continued support!

Anna Marie Creighton, President

Box Office Update

For your convenience and so that we may better serve you, we will be extending our Box Office hours. Please call 298-1491where the newly extended Box Office hours will be announced.

To provide more efficient service to our customers, County Players is changing its Box Office Reservation Policy. Beginning this summer, all non-subscription tickets must be purchased as described below. We can no longer accept unpaid reservations. Payment may be made in one of the following ways:

1. Call the Box Office at 298-1491. Purchase your ticket by using your MasterCard or VISA. Tickets purchased at least two weeks prior to the show date will be mailed to you. Others will be held for you at the Box Office.

2. Purchase your ticket by mailing a check to the box office. Tickets purchased at least two weeks prior to the show date will be mailed to you. Others will be held for you at the Box Office.

3. Tickets may be purchased by check, cash or credit card at the Box Office during regular Box Office hours or on the evening of performance.