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.  

     April will see a variety of videos covering a number of subjects.  On April 6 Jayne and Kevin Gobble reprise the ever popular “Old Folks” in Sweetheart, in which the old folks go on a cruise; the video is directed by Mary Fox and presented royalty-free with special  thanks to  The Carol Burnett Show through special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service.  

     “Shall We Dance,” a memory-filled look back at dance segments from various Players Workshop productions, will premiere on April 14; the video was directed by Mary Fox, assisted by Libba Flores.  

     Players Workshop will commemorate Earth Day on April 22 with Jordyn Engel reading The Lorax, Dr. Seuss’s portrayal of what happens when man does not take care of the environment. Written originally as a “children’s book,” its message is applicable to all generations.  Directed by Mary Fox, the video was produced by Carol Hinkle. Jayne Gobble was the video editor for all of the above videos.  

The Workshop says “something special” is being planned for Shakespeare’s birthday, which is April 23, but viewers will just have to wait and see what that will be.  

     The month will close on April 28 with “It’s All In The Title,” a clever montage of Players Workshop show posters with a special message to the viewers from Workshop President, Mary Fox.  

     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.  

     Pat Curtis is directing “Memorable Mom-ism,” PW’s May video salute to mothers.  States Curtis, “your mom was your first teacher.  You went to her for advice on everything. . .” Now PW wants you to share that wisdom! Send the advice your mother gave you—or, if you are a Mom, what advice you gave your kids.  If you want to send a picture of your mom with the advice, it would be welcome, but isn’t necessary.

Send items to or and be sure to put MOM in the subject line. Deadline is Mar. 31. Then check Facebook & YouTube in May to see what “Mom” has to say!



As the workshop remains closed for live performances, PW extends gratitude for those donations received since the last issue of The Backstage Pass.

Thanks to Mrs. Donald Allgood, Darrell & Cindy Bachtell, Jackie Edwards, Karen Elkin, Valerie Holman, Bettie J. Raines, and Anne Wischmeier. Also received were 5 anonymous donations through Network for Good.

Memorial gifts were made by Chery Kosmann, Bryan Close, & Lois Close, in memory of Kenneth Barker; Daniel & Joyce Brehm in memory of Dorothy Nelson (in memory of Peggy Ell); Robert & Sherry Brill, in memory of Dorothy Nelson (in memory of Peggy Ell); and Barbara Bonnett, in memory of George Bonnett.

If you would like to make a donation to Players Workshop, you can click this PayPal link or mail to PO Box 793, Burlington, IA. 




PW board member Chris Jackson sent a letter to the PW board, informing them Players Workshop has been the recipient of a $1000 grant from the Professional Hair Dresser’s Affiliate # 2 (covering all of Southeast Iowa). Jackson was notified by Sandy Newberry, longtime PW season ticket holder and member of the Professional Hair Dresser’s Affiliate, who had first nominated PW for the grant.

According to Jackson’s letter, “It was apparent they are very happy to be able to give this, and even prouder to be able to give back to the Players Workshop, which Sandy said has been providing her with heartfelt memories for over 25 years now.  It’s definitely touching to hear a story like this and how much of an impact [PW] has made in not just one’s person’s life but to their entire organization, as well as within the community we entertain.”

Players Workshop extends deep gratitude to Newberry and Professional Hair Dresser’s affiliate # 2 for their generosity.


Clean out your closets and drawers!  Make room to get the car in your garage again!  PW wants your “stuff.” Players Workshop will hold its annual garage sale for ONE DAY ONLY-- Sat., April 24, from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., with the Dollar Bag sale starting at 2:00.  Donate usable items by dropping them off at the theater M-F, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., the week BEFORE the sale. (If you need another time to drop off items, call Libba Flores, 319-750-3533.)  Remember—one man’s trash is another person’s treasure!  SEE YOU AT THE SALE!

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