Because the health and safety of our audience and personnel is important to us, several new practices will be in effect when our theater reopens this fall.  All personnel and audience members entering the building will be required to wear a mask, which must remain in place at all times while inside.  Seating in the auditorium and lobby will be limited to insure social distancing. The auditorium will open by 6:45 for evening performances and 12:45 for matinees to help maintain social distancing in the lobby and at the box office. Hand sanitizers will be available in several locations in the lobby and restrooms, and all hard surfaces in the building will be cleaned and sanitized between performances. The water fountains will be turned off, and only bottled water will be available at concessions. The heating and air conditioning systems have been updated to meet CDC and industry guidelines for COVID mitigation. All practices will be reviewed periodically and may be updated as CDC guidelines change. While the theater going experience this year will be different, we look forward to reopening and seeing everyone again.


                While the Players Workshop of Burlington remains closed to live performances during the Covid-19 pandemic, they have continued to entertain online with short presentations on Facebook and YouTube.  

                May is no different.  Opening with a salute to Mother’s Day, they presented “momism” videos on life and children, followed by a reading of Erma Bombeck’s “When God Created Moms,” on May 12, with director Mary Fox narrating, JoJo Munkee as the Angel, and Kevin Gobble as the Voice of the Lord.   

                On May 15, to coincide with Armed Forces Day, Players Workshop will offer a tribute to the “good guys” among us, with “Our Protectors,” a montage of pictures featuring heroic characters from past Players Workshop productions.   The video was directed by Mary Fox, assisted by Libba Flores, using pictures provided by PW historian Mary Krohlow.    

                On May 19, PW offers a final tribute to mothers with “Memorable Momisms on Family.”  Compiled and produced by Pat Curtis, it uses the vocal talents of Gene Anderson, Jean Ballinger, Ben Casebeer, Pat Curtis, Bonnie Downes, Savanna Evans, Kara Ewinger, Al Fabel, Libba Flores, Mary Fox, Duane Hartman, Steve Hexom, Sherry Porterfield, John Toney, and Wyatt Reed.  Vocal coaching and audio were provided by B. Edwin Sounds. Video editor on all of the above videos was Jayne Gobble.  

                The “Old Folks” return for another sketch from The Carol Burnett Show on May 24.  Carol and Chris Hinkle portray the lovable, if cantankerous, duo on vacation in Florida in “Snapped, Crackled, & Pooped.” Mary Fox directs, with video editing by Jayne Gobble and Chris Hinkle.  Closing out May’s videos will be “Backstage Intermission,” another montage of PW photos, this one showing what happens backstage during intermissions of a show; several old familiar faces may be recognized. Mary Krohlow again provided the pictures, Mary Fox and Libba Flores directed, and Jayne Gobble was video editor.   

                All of these videos may be viewed on the Players Workshop Facebook Page (which has a link to the PW YouTube Channel), or by going straight to the Players Workshop YouTube Channel itself, where past videos may also be viewed. Links to donate funds are posted below the videos on both formats, should the viewer wish to do so.   

                For more information go to or the Facebook page.  Players Workshop is a 501(c)3 organization.  


            PW’s annual membership meeting will be on Wed., May 26, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Participants may attend either in person or via ZOOM. Those attending on ZOOM will be able to vote via secret ballot at the same time those in the auditorium are voting.

            The secretary will mail all dues-paying members notice of the upcoming meeting, no later than May 16; instructions will be included as to how to contact Kent Lewis if a member wishes to participate using ZOOM, as Kent must send the person a ZOOM invitation.

               Only those who have paid dues for the 2020-21 year are eligible to vote at this meeting; if you still wish to pay dues prior to the meeting, send $20 to Players Workshop, Attn: Membership, POB 793, Burlington, IA 52601.  If you are not sure if you’ve paid your dues, contact Carol Hinkle of the membership committee by phone (319-850-1394) or email (


PW’s spring garage sale earned $1,550! Big Thanks to all who donated or bought, and to Libba Flores, Mary Fox, Al Fabel, and Eric Smith for making it happen.

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