PLAYERS WORKSHOP GOES ONLINE
Because Players Workshop has been forced to close their physical plant due to Covid-19, they will be starting a series of online skits and presentations on Facebook and YouTube.
Starting off the series will be a PW Young Actors Production of a comedic rendering called Mother Goose Interrupted: This Little Piggy, which will open on Players Workshop’s Facebook Page on Sept. 24.
Presented with special permission of author T.P. Jagger, this is one of eight skits giving a new “take” on classic Mother Goose stories. In this playlet, the traditional story of This Little Piggy takes a twist as characters in this Mother Goose story go toe-to-toe with each other.
The players are Daniele Ebert, Zach Hite, Aaliyah Horn, Annika Franklin, Jason Stivers, and Claire King. Carole Hinkle and Kara Ewinger are co-directors.
Future presentations in 2020 include a musical cabaret (director Kent Lewis), a readers theater style presentation honoring the suffragette movement (director Jayne Gobble), throwback tributes to the comedy of Carol Burnett (director Mary Fox), and a Christmas show (director Kara Ewinger).
Theater lovers are urged to check out these PW offerings, which will continue into 2021, until the workshop can once again open its doors to live theater.
For more information and to learn of upcoming events, log on to the Players Workshop Facebook page or the PW website at www.playersworkshoptheater.com. Players Workshop is a 501(c)3
COUNTS DOWN TO CHRISTMAS
Because the current Covid-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of its planned season of on-stage productions, Players Workshop of Burlington, in the spirit of the holiday season, will be going online with a Countdown to Christmas, beginning Dec. 1, 2020. Billed as an Advent calendar of entertainment, every day in December Players Workshop will drop a new video of holiday fun, ranging from short plays and skits to readings and songs, performed by both young and old, current Players Workshop regulars, new and old faces from the workshop’s past, and area talents joining for the first time.
Aimed at bringing cheer, this month-long marathon of merriment is directed by Kara Ewinger and assistant director Carol Hinkle, assisted by Kent Lewis, Al Fabel, and Scott Teater.
One daily drop sure to be highly anticipated is an original short film featuring Mama Claus, called “A Tale of Farts and Goblins,” written by Pat Curtis and Beth Terpenning, narrated by K. C. Fleming, with cinematography by Emilie Lasca and artwork by Karla Mundt, and filmed at the Holly Grove Inn Bed & Breakfast.
On one day Santa will take a break from his busy schedule at the North Pole, to read “The Night Before Christmas.” On another, Players Workshop favorite Bobbie Hillard will be singing a couple of her favorite Christmas carols. In addition, one advantage to online performance is the ability to reunite with performers no longer in the area, as Rodger and Tammy Allison, now living in Germany, will once again be performing for PW on this online stage. Also, both Hanukkah and Kwanzaa will be showcased; Robin Schneiderman will be a highlight with a special Hannukah celebration entry.
Viewers can receive their daily Countdown to Christmas “presents” on the Players Workshop Facebook page or on the Players Workshop YouTube Channel.
With no current admission fees, Players Workshop still must pay operating expenses to maintain the physical workshop, so links to donate funds are posted below the videos on both formats. Monetary donations can also be made on playersworkshoptheater.com, or checks can be mailed to P. O. Box 793, Burlington, IA 52601. Players Workshop is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization.
Stay safe and enjoy our presentations.
PLAYERS WORKSHOP SUSPENDS ACTIVITIES
All activities and previously scheduled workshops are suspended until further notice. Players Workshop regrets any inconvenience incurred by this situation and thanks all those who patronize and support the community theater. We hope to be open again soon.
For more information go to the Players Workshop Facebook page, or call the workshop at 753-6623; if you have a specific question, call the Players Workshop President at 319-750-6046.
Players Workshop is a 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit organization.
Another Huge Success
Our second garage sale was a great success. Thank you so much to everyone that donated items for us to sell and also to those who came and bought things. Your generosity warms our collective hearts. We can't thank you enough for your support in getting us through until we can entertain you again.
We are planning another garage sale in the spring. Watch for details.
Libba & Mary