Spotlight Issue: August 2003

Morning’s at Seven
Opens September 5, 2003

County Players opens its 2003/2004 season with Paul Osborn’s prize winning play, Morning’s At Seven. Performances will be held on September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 with curtain time at 8:00 PM. On September 14, a matinee performance of the play will be presented with curtain at 2:00 PM. Admission is $15.00 regular and $12.00 for seniors and children 12 and under.

Tony Award winning Morning’s at Seven is the sweetly funny, gentle saga of the four “crazy” Gibbs sisters, their impossible mates and quirky offspring, and the hilarious truths and family secrets that hold them together. Set in a small Midwestern town in 1939, Morning’s at Seven concerns the humorously extended family of these maturing sisters. Ida, Cora and Arry have lived next door to each other for fifty years. Esther, the eldest at age 70, lives a few blocks away. The quiet life they share with their husbands becomes unhinged and their manners and loyalties tested when Ida’s 40 year-old son at last brings his longtime girlfriend home to meet the folks. As the fabric of their shared lives frays and is patched up again, the family’s secrets are revealed, surprising everyone with what’s slight and what’s significant.

Mornings at Seven dishes up a double dose of nostalgic pleasures. There is the pleasure of seeing an unashamedly well-made play with a cast of endearing characters. There is also the pleasure of visiting a bygone era bringing the realization that though the life style depicted may be gone, the fears and despair that accompany aging and the binding ties of family connections are timeless.

Osborn’s gentle story of four sisters whose lives are inextricably intertwined living in a small Midwestern town where everything and everyone is cast in a in a warm summery glow that belies that the era we nostalgically think of as tranquil was sandwiched between two monumental and seismically life-changing events, the Great Depression and World War II.

The roles are enacted by the following: Paul Aiello as Homer, Joan Cohen as Ida, Doug Woolley as Thor, Barbara Greenberg as Myrtle, Peter Edman as David, Julia Eads Woolley as Cora, Bernice Edman as Esther, Bill Peckham as Carl, and RoseMarie Navarra as Arry. Direction by Jeff Wilson. Tickets and further information may be had by calling the theater box office at 2681 West Main Street, Village of Wappingers Falls. Telephone: (845) 298-1491.

Upcoming Auditions

Auditions for our November show I Never Sang For My Father will be September 14 & 15 at 7:00 PM at the theater. This moving and perceptive work, by one of our most distinguished playwrights, probes into the disquieting alienation which can exist between father and son. Needed are four women (character ages: 30’s to 80’s), and seven men (character ages: 40’s to 80’s) For more information, contact Lou Miressi at 229-1964.

Auditions for our February show Lettice and Lovage will be held November 9 & 10 at 7:00 PM at the theater. The Daily Telegraph calls it “an original, highly entertaining comedy”. Needed are two strong female leads, mid 40s to early 60s for the title roles, a middle aged character actor to play dottering solicitor, several minor character roles, all ages to play tourists. For more information, contact Rian Keating at 265-4420.

County Players History

Ten Years Ago: In August 1993 we were about to open our 36th season with the moving drama The Diary of Anne Frank. Coincidentally, on August 4, 1944 Anne Frank was captured by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp. Director Jill Zaitchick’s sensitive handling of the subject won critical acclaim from local reviewers.

Twenty Years Ago: At the end of August 1983, CP was holding auditions for its 26th season opener Dracula. We had just elected our Board of Governors for the coming season which included such CP legends as Hank Taylor, Carol DiNonno, Peter Edman, and John Sloper. One of the secrets of our success is the continued involvement of experienced members over the years. You could be one of them.

WANTED:

Interested in handling the publicity/advertising program for County Players? Responsibilities include drafting of stories concerning productions, preparation of public service announcements concerning play auditions and play dates, and submission of advertisements announcing CP plays. Experience not required. On the job training provided by company. If interested in this phase of theater, please call Joe Cassidy at 454-1916 or e-mail him at rakkcass@aol.com.

From the Editor

We are about to open our 46th season and we’re excited about all the upcoming productions. Our president, Jeff Wilson, is directing this year’s first production – Morning’s at Seven. Then Lou Miressi takes the theater for his show, I Never Sang for My Father which opens in November. Rian Keating will bring his unique style to the great British farce, Lettice and Lovage in February. And finally, my co-editor Jennifer Turroff will direct her first show for CP with Once Upon a Mattress – the story of the Princess and the Pea.

We hope you’ll come to see all these shows and spread the word about County Players – still the best entertainment value in the area. We thank you for your continued support throughout the years. We would not survive were it not for you, our audiences. The players and production staffs are so grateful to you and we want to do our best for you.

And think about auditioning! All auditions are open calls and there is no preselection. Each cast has newcomers. Remember the cute redhead in last year’s Over the River and Through the Woods? Mary Beth Boylan had been sitting in our audiences for years before she decided to audition. And she got a part on her first try – even though she’d never been on stage before! So come on down. We’d love to see you!

Kevin Barnes – Co-Editor

Hey! Wanna Play Store?

The Concession Stand needs volunteers. You need no training except how to pour soda, coffee and wine, hand out candy, make change and be charming to our clientele. The math is simple – everything is 50 cents, except water, which is a buck a bottle.

Activity includes setting up a leisurely hour or so prior to show time and a frantic 15 minutes during the intermission, followed by about a 15 minute cleanup time after intermission. Rachel and Joe Cassidy will continue to do the purchasing, and all supplies and comestibles will be at the Theatre when required. Joan Zammit, concessionaire extraordinaire, will be present as well.

If you would like to play store at the Theatre on any night(s) or matinee(s) of any of the performances coming up in the 2003/2004 season, please contact Rachel Cassidy, 454-1916 or e-mail them at rakkcass@aol.com

Training time is about 8 minutes long and lasts a lifetime. The pay is low, the fun is great, the work load is minimal, the satisfaction is huge!