Spotlight Issue: November 2002

County Players Presents
Broadway Bound

One of Broadway’s most prolific writers of comedy, Neil Simon out did himself with the humor heavy production of Broadway Bound. This all time favorite will be presented by County Players on November 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, 2002 with performances opening at 8 P.M. A premier cast has been selected for the production, which is to be directed by Matt Andrews, art director at Marist College. Featured performers are Julie Baska as Kate, Ken Greenman plays Ben, Kevin McNaughton as Eugene, Rick Meyer is Stan, Grace Padworski in the role of Blanche, and Paul Coleman as Jack.

Mostly autobiographical, Simon outlines the hilarious doings of two brothers, Eugene and Stanley, eager to crash into the field of comic writing. Theatre goers will be familiar with Eugene, featured in previous Simon comedies, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues. Both brothers are under two pressures, the deadline of NBC, who may or may not accept their initial sketches in the competitive field of comic writing. Secondly, the surrounding family, who serve as material for the boys’ scribblings, are a mixed bag. The father would have his sons follow in his career, a tailor. The mother is anxious that the boys remain at home until such time as they find the appropriate women to marry. The grandfather is interested only in the cause of Socialism and wishes that his creative grandsons would incorporate the strivings of the working class into their material. Blanche, an older sister is totally supportive of her brothers, to include underwriting any of their financial needs, she having married into a wealthy family. The family scenes are both humorous and poignant. County Players Theatre is located on 2681 West Main Street in the Village of Wappingers Falls. Tickets for this production are $15.00 or $12.00 for seniors and children under 12. For information and reservations please call the box office at 298-1491.

Upcoming Auditions

Auditions for Over the River and Through the Woods will be held on Sunday and Monday, November 17 and 18, 2002 at 7:00 PM at the theater. Needed are 3 men and 3 woman, ages 20’s to 80’s. For more information, contact director Rian Keating at 265-4420.

Auditions for the spring musical Grease! will be held Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 4:00 P.M. and Monday, January 20, 2003 at 7:00 P.M. For more information contact director Tom Lawrence at 485-5848.

County Players History

Ten years ago: In November 1992, County Players continued its 35th season with Steel Magnolias directed by Bill Peckham. This almost all-female cast featured well known talent from all over the Hudson Valley including Jill Zaitchik, Kathleen (Morris) Ceng, and Kimberly Kay Baltz.

Twenty years ago: In November 1982, County Players held auditions for A Thousand Clowns to be directed by Rachel Cassidy. Rachel’s audition notice stated that since this show is “a study in non-conformity, with tongue in cheek” auditioners were asked to demonstrate their own deviations from normalcy. Sometimes the audition process can be entertaining as well.

Techies Take Notice!

No tall of the roles of community theater are in front of the footlights. There are also those who design and operate them. CP is always looking for persons experienced in lighting design, set design, set construction, and stage art. We are even more interested in training newcomers in these crafts. Even if you have no experience but an interest and the willingness to learn, we can help you!

So if you’re not ready to venture in front of the spotlight yet but want to get involved and meet new and exciting friends, please contact us at the box office (298-1491) or try our website and send us a message. We love newcomers. If there was any doubt in your mind that this might be for you, give us a try. We’ll do our best to welcome you to the County Players family.

From the President

Our second show of our forty-fifth season is Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound. Neil Simon is one of the most popular playwrights in America, and CP has produced many of his shows. With this production, we welcome an new director to CP, Matt Andrews.

Thanks to Rachel Cassidy and her cast and crew for a very moving production of ‘night Mother. A drama of this nature can be very difficult, but Rachel and her very talented cast pulled it off in a sensitive, yet powerful way.

Another board member has decided to leave the board for personal reasons. I wish to thank Kim Catucci for her service to the board, and welcome Roger D’Aquino as her replacement. Roger is no stranger to CP, having conducted or played in the pit orchestra for many of our musicals.

By the time you are reading this, County Players will have a brand-new storage building at our scene shop property. This will allow us to store more furniture and set pieces to help improve our settings. Big thanks to Bill Peckham for organizing this project from the start. Also thanks to Doug Woolley, Mike Walker, and Joe Cassidy for helping out.

When you come to see Broadway Bound probably one of the first things that you will notice is the newly-remodeled concession stand. Thanks to Richard Pointer, Howard Kapner, and Peter Edman for their design and construction efforts.

Jeff Wilson – President

Best of the Hudson Valley

Once again, County Players, Inc. has been honored with the award for Best Community Theater in the Mid-Hudson Valley by the Hudson Valley Magazine poll. The magazine, whose readership extends from Saratoga to New York City, awarded CP top honors based on reader votes. We would like to thank you, our loyal audience members for your support and your vote of confidence. Our mission is to bring good theater to the Hudson Valley and we will always give our best for you. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at 298-1491 or send an e-mail to info@countyplayers.org. Thank you.