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This Players Note comes from WP President Craig Cavanaugh
As We Move Beyond Our 50th Anniversary
As I'm sure everyone has noticed by
now, a few changes have come our way in the past year. Our
beloved president, Charlie Lawson requested to step down as president,
after holding the position as president for eight years. A
position that is normally only a two year term, but Charlie has
held this organization together, and has been its motivation. For
Charlie had the incredible skill of talking anyone into doing
anything. Trust me, I've seen it with my own eyes, talking a man
into giving him the shirt off his back. It was that skill, along
with his creativity and love for the Players organization itself that
got him elected again and again. Although he no longer wants to
be in the position of president, we are lucky to still have him on our
board. Thank you Charlie, for your eight years of awesomeness.
Last season we lost some wonderful members, who have contributed more
than they ever needed to, to the Waynesboro Players. Ross Hersey,
who was involved with the Players almost in the very beginning.
Lee McGratty. who designed and built some of the most spectacular sets,
along with being involved with a lot of the construction inside of our
present warehouse, and of course Duane Hahn, who's death was a shock to
everyone. Duane had literally lived his life around the
Players. A long time board member, emeritus, actor, director,
playwright, and a friend to everyone. We still feel the void with
the loss of Duane.
As we round the corner into our 50th season, we've made some small
changes, hopefully for the better. We've changed our starting
time for evening performances from 8:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. . The
change was made so both our patrons and performers could get out of the
auditorium at a reasonable time. Especially when you have young
actors involved, you'd like to get them home and to bed at a decent
time. The other small change was the way we run our concession
stand during intermission. It was suggested by one of our new
board members and was given a try at our Holiday Double Feature.
We've implemented the "Pay What You Can" system. The system
seemed to make the concession line move a lot smoother, and ran on
wonderful donations by our patrons. No complaints on this system
have come my way at this time, so it looks like this may be the new
normal for future performances.
What is ahead for the Waynesboro Players? Well, we are going to
step back to humble beginnings. The Waynesboro Players have had
the reputation of being a family oriented organization and plans are to
move back to that reputation. We've experimented with shows that
slightly step outside the box. Wonderful shows, with wonderful
talent, and have probably been some of the most amazing performances
put on by a community theater group. However, doing these shows
costs a lot of money, and if you don't have an audience to enjoy them,
then it's all for nothing. So starting on our 50th season, we are
stepping back and bringing the family oriented shows back. Our
first production, was a wonderful holiday double feature of "The Gift
of the Magi" and "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!", and from the
reaction of the audience it looks as though we are on the right track
again. Everyone loves Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple". For
our second production we bring you a updated version of the "Odd
Couple", written by Neil Simon, called "Oscar and Felix". The
same wonderful characters, same great story, only updated. No
longer taking place in the 1960's, this story takes place today.
Again, a wonderful family oriented show, and with its more modern curve
to it, a show everyone can enjoy. Then closing our season with
the beloved "Annie". Ironically reopening on Broadway this year,
we bring Broadway to you. With some of the most popular songs
such as "It's a Hard Knock Life", and "Tomorrow". We are really
looking forward to "wowing" your socks off on this show. It is
line ups like this that we are planning to bring to you in the
future. More popular, and more family oriented.
Our big dream down the road is to have shows from our own venue.
Waynesboro High School has been our home since literally the beginning,
and we've switched shows back and forth between Kate Collins and the
high school for the past few seasons, primarily because we like
the modernization of Kate Collins, but love the size of the high
school. For decades the school board has given the Waynesboro
Players a great deal as far as rental of the auditorium facility.
But with cuts in education and the school boards budget, our days of
having this great deal are over. Scheduling our shows is based on
what is available in the auditoriums, and being able to advertise our
upcoming seasons are held off as we wait to see when we can be fit in
to perform them. Lately, climate control and other building
facility issues, have been a problem that we have no control over, or
have actual control at the facility to take care of it. It is
uncomfortable and a inconvenience to you and we feel helpless in not
being able to correct the problem. We'd like to admit it's our
problem and be able to fix our problem. Then lastly, we would
love to build our sets and "tweak" with them, and do whatever
modifications we have to do to make the work. Presently we build
our sets at the warehouse, we rehearse with our sets (which is an
improvement from what I've heard was done early on), then a week before
we open we take the sets down, transport that along with the props,
costumes, and sound equipment, and reassemble it at the schools.
It is literally a two day event. Not to mention the cost of
renting a truck, and finding the manpower to move and reassemble.
Although, we've heard word that the Wayne Theater will possibly be up
and operational by the spring of 2014, and their is the possibility we
may perform a season or two there, it is still not our own place and we
still have to fall into the mess of scheduling with what is available
on their schedule, and having to move sets from one place to
another. Our facility would offer a small but quaint
auditorium. We'd have a banquet hall available to the public, and
a place where we could perform desert and dinner shows. A place
where we could have fund-raising events and special activities for the
community. We'd change our one weekend performance to two
weekends. Most of all it would be a place that we could call
home. It's a dream, that Charlie Lawson had envisioned and really
was hoping he could fulfill during his time as president. As we
move forward, we'll be putting a committee together to honestly start
making moves toward this dream. In the end, I think it will be a
dream we will all come to love.
Help us fulfill the dream and support your community theater.
See ya at the shows!
President, Waynesboro Players
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