Mamma Mia! will be the season opener for 2020-21. It has already been recommended by the committee and approved by the board. When the attempt to obtain the rights for the current season failed due to the intended dates already having been taken by Old Creamery, the committee and board chose the “early bird gets the worm” path and secured the licensing a year in advance for next season.
The musical comedy employs ABBA hits in telling the tale of a young woman’s search for her father as her wedding approaches. It has been immensely popular at all theater levels and also as a movie. Production is by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Music and lyrics are by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus with book by Catherine Johnson.
Matt Poling will direct with the assistance of Kent Lewis. Scott Teater will be music director and Bobbi Huebner, choreographer.
The musical is scheduled for three weekends: September 25-28, October 2-4, and October 8-11.
Funds are being raised for flat roof and gutter replacement at the Players Workshop. Cost of the project will be $20,000 with the low bid having come from Armour Roofing. Garage sale and artwork raffles have provided a foundation for the Roofing Fund but much more is needed. Contributions will be accepted by Chris Parry, Mary Krohlow and Mary Fox.
Honorary Supporting Cast
Thus far for the 2019-20 season includes contributors at the Supporting Actor level: Kenneth McNeil, KILJ, Kadie & Evan Johannson, Fred & Martha Wetzel, Christopher & Christa Parry, Mary Fox, and Kevin & Jayne Gobble. At the Stage Crew level are: Jane Gustafson, Libba Flores in memory of Dr. & Mrs. Friday, A Next Degree Communication Company, Gloria Warner, Barbara Drozdz in memory of Jim Drozdz, Carol Reed in memory of Lewis H. Reed, and John Toney. At the Usher level: Lois A. Close, John & Lisa Pomberg, Donna & Jan Logan, and Char James in memory of Don Hillard.
Players Workshop Opens Historical Drama Feb. 21
Players Workshop will open Shirley Lauro’s historical docu-drama The Radiant on Feb. 21 at the Workshop at 1431 Grove St., Burlington.
Set in Paris and Stockholm from 1906-1913, The Radiant centers on the true, tempestuous, and love-torn life of Madame Marie Curie. Widowed at thirty-nine, with two young children to raise and support, she becomes involved in a scandalous affair with her young assistant, which rocks Paris and nearly costs Marie her career - and her life. But, she survives this and the great bias against women scientists throughout Europe at the time, and goes on to discover and isolate radium, earn two Nobel Prizes, and revolutionize the world of science forever, ushering in “The Atomic Age” and the first cure for cancer.
The role of Marie Curie will be played by Kara Ewinger. Wade O’Neal plays Paul Langevin, her assistant; and Xianne McChesney is Marie’s niece Katarina. The cast is rounded out by Jim Beres as Lord Kelvin, Kent Lewis as Professor Wilbois, and Herbert Price as the Chief Paymaster of the Sorbonne.
Steve Poling directs the production, assisted by Patrick Fee. Robbin Poling is producer, and Linda Garwood is stage manager.
Performances of The Radiant run Friday through Sunday, February 21-23 and Thursday through Sunday, February 27-March 1; all performances are at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of 2:00 p.m. matinees on Feb. 23 and Mar. 1. All performances are presented with special permission from Samuel French, Inc.
For more information contact the workshop at 753-6623. Players Workshop is a 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit organization.
More Tidbits from the Archives: Lest We Forget
Sponsors have played a key role in the successful operation of Players Workshop since 1974. Although their names may have changed since then, five of these original sponsors remain loyal today, 46 years later. They are The Ahrolds, Prugh Funeral Service, Two Rivers Bank and Trust, Two Rivers Insurance, and Winegard.
Two sponsors who began in 1974, continued for more than 40 years. Another dozen have been sponsors for more than 20 years but were not quite in on the beginning: American Visions Travel, Beames Welding & Repair, David Beckman, Philip & Dr. Debbie Mosley Nelson, Dr. Jeff Pence, Dr. Michael Bush, Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust, Greg Miller /LPL, Klingner & Associates, Rheinschmidt’s Flooring America, Standard of Beaverdale, and Larry & Linda Turley.
The remaining sponsors range from 18 years of sponsorship to a couple who are in their first year.
BRAVO & THANKS to all of our sponsors!!!
Membership is a term that could use a bit of definition. The Players Workshop By-Laws define members, in part, as being those who pay membership dues, which in turn requires active participation in the operation. The annual meeting quorum requirement is 25% of these active members – a relatively low bar.
Season tickets, on the other hand, reference ‘Season Membership.’
While it is uncertain as to when this two-pronged membership concept began, an article in the August 27, 1956 Hawk Eye, with Marianne Ahrold providing information about the coming season, explains:
“Memberships in the Players Workshop are of two types: General, for those who wish only to see the plays, and active, for those who wish to become a working part of the producing group, either as actors, directors, scenic artists, property and costume help, or house management people.”
Active members, season members, and sponsors are all crucial to the operation of Players Workshop.
After 20 years as editor of the Players Workshop newsletter, Mary Krohlow is handing the reins to Bonnie Downes and Rebecca Teater who will publish it beginning in 2020. The very first newsletter appeared in May of 1980. PW is missing a number of newsletters from the first two decades. If you have any, please let Mary Krohlow know.