Spotlight Issue: August 1999

County Players Delivers Baby

County Players opens its 42nd season with the upbeat Musical – Comedy Baby by Sybille Pearson, David Shire, and Richard Maltby, Jr. Production dates Sept. 17, 18, 24, 25, 30 & Oct. 1 & 2, 1999 at 8:00 PM at the County Players Falls Theater, 15 West Main Street in Wappingers Falls. Tickets for Friday and Saturday nights are $15 ($12 for seniors and children under 12). This upbeat and endearing show depicts the lives of three couples as they anticipate parenthood: one older and caught off guard, (played by Betsy Silverman & Carmine Garritano), one experiencing difficulty conceiving (played by Holly Padworski & Al Cavalari) and one unmarried and unprepared, (played by Amy Slader & Marco Paz). As these three couples share their journey, Baby never strays from the joys and problems each couple faces. Baby is first and foremost an uplifting comedy exploring one of the most complex human experiences. Supporting the principal characters are a talented ensemble: Rian Keating, Doug Propfe, Jeff Wilson, Chris Yeckel, Gerald Weiss, Heather McNeil, Sylvia Propfe, Laura Nilsen, Pam Quenzler and Melodi Lawson. The entire cast is extremely talented and will take the audience through a joyous roller coaster ride as they wait for the blessed event.

Joseph Gayton directs Baby. When speaking to Joe about, Baby, he replied, “I first saw Baby with a group of friends in 1983 and was deeply moved by the sentimentality and the rich score by Maltby and Shire. A few years later, I was fortunately a part of the Hudson Valley premiere in Middletown, NY. I’ve always thought the show had plenty to offer. Although I may never be a father I can relate to the heartbreak and joy of the unexpected situation.” Gayton’s recent directing credits include, “Twilight of the Gold’s” for CP and “Beyond Therapy” for TAG Team in Poughkeepsie. Melinda Aaron makes her CP musical directing debut, but Melinda is no newcomer to County Players or to musical theater. Melinda has been involved with numerous shows among a few “La Cage aux Folles”, “Chorus Line”, and “Anything Goes” for CP. Melinda has also performed with various Hudson Valley Theater companies. Denise Wornell is the Choreographer, and if anyone saw her last endeavor (Anything Goes) for CP you know she is up to the task. Denise has been a dancer for 29 years and has taught and choreographed for 16 years.

To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 298-1491.

Upcoming Auditions

Auditions for Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel will be held Monday and Tuesday, September 6 and 7 at 7:00 PM at County Players Falls Theater, 15 W. Main Street, Wappingers Falls. This award-winning play is about a man remembering the summer of 1936, when he was a boy, living with his mother and four aunts in a whitewashed cottage in Donegal, Ireland. Needed are five women ages 20 – 45, and three men ages 20 – 55. Production dates are in November and December. For more information, call director Bill Peckham at 473-5807.

County Players History

Twenty years ago: In September 1979, County Players’ season consisted of three productions and a fund-raiser. That year the fund-raiser was a musical revue featuring the musical talents of Bernice Edman, Bill Peckham, and Hank Taylor to name a few. The admission price: $3.00.

Ten years ago: In September 1989, County Players 32nd season was about to open with a production of the autobiographical play Look Homeward, Angel telling the story of American Author Thomas Wolfe. Auditions were delayed until September that year due to theater renovations including the dressing rooms and sound systems.

Call for Directors

County Players is seeking directors for our 43rd season. Individuals interested in directing during the 2000-2001 season should submit a resume and a list of proposed play titles by September 15th, 1999 to: Play reading Committee 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.

Season Tickets Available

County Players will continue to offer season memberships until the end of the run of Baby (October 2,1999). Season membership offers several benefits: guaranteed seating for each show, reduced ticket prices, and voting rights at CP’s annual meeting. If you are interested, please call Julie at 485-3002 or visit the box office when you come to see Baby.

From the President


After many years of [posterior] service, the old orange and red seats at the Theater have been ripped out and new seats installed. New carpeting has also been installed in the House. The aesthetic enhancements done to the performance space will make attending our productions more enjoyable and more relaxing. Many, many thanks to the Buildings & Grounds Committee, especially co-chair Peter Edman, for the work done on this important project.

On September 17, we launch our 42nd season with the musical “Baby“! If you haven’t already done so, consider a season subscription and mark your calendars for some quality entertainment at an immensely affordable price. You’ll be glad you did.

Tom Lawrence – President

Administrative Notes

Our season is starting a little later that usual this year. Normally we open our season on the first Friday after Labor Day. This year we delaying the opening one week due to the timing of Rosh Hashanah. The Board of Governors felt it would be insensitive and inappropriate to schedule an opening on a holy day.

We’ll be performing a mailing list purge very soon. We currently have over 1800 names on our mailing list. The larger the list, the more difficult and expensive to maintain. Within the next two months we’ll be mailing a card with instructions on how to keep your name on the mailing list.

Theater Trivia

1. Who claimed to have a degree from the “Gary Conservatory of Music”?
2. Who fell in love with a girl named “Fred”?
3. Who was described as a flibberdejibbet, a will-o-the-wisp, a clown?


1. HAROLD HILL from “The Music Man”
2. PRINCE DAUNTLESS from “Once Upon a Mattress”
3. MARIA VON TRAPP from “The Sound of Music”