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"The Backstage Pass"



            Players Workshop has set Wed., May 11, 2022, for the annual general membership’s business meeting, featuring election of members to the PW Board of Directors and the election of a PW president.The meeting is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Workshop auditorium.

            Nominations Chair Steve Poling has presented a slate of 4 candidates to fill the 5 available positions, so a 5th candidate (or more) may be nominated from the floor during the meeting. 

            Nominations for President will also be taken from the floor.  Current Pres. Mary Fox has served four, one-year terms, which is the maximum she may serve in a row, as specified by the PW By-laws; therefore,  a new President will need to be elected.

            The four candidates for the board (3 incumbents and one newcomer) were asked to submit brief statements about their reasons for serving on the PW Board; those statements are below, listed in alphabetical order.

            Libba Flores – “I am planning on running for the PW Board again this year. I believe in live theater and am thrilled that Burlington has one!  I wish to help and support the theater’s growth by directing, acting, spearheading the garage sale, and I am open to new ideas.  I have been on the Board in the past and have found it to be a challenging, exciting, and rewarding venture, to help PW move into the 21st century.”

            Jayne Gobble – “I would like to continue to serve on the board, to remain on the marketing, play selection, and membership committees, and continue to help Players Workshop thrive and grow.”

            Carol Hinkle - “I have served on the board for 6 years now.  I have worked on, behind, and in front of the stage.  There are so many different areas on the theater, and I felt it important to get to know a little bit about each of these areas.  My passion is growing more programs to offer for our youth.  We had started doing this, but Covid hit.  .  Being on the board also means that I would represent you.  If elected to the board again, I would hope that all of you would feel comfortable contacting me with your  ideas.  Players Workshop cannot exist without all of us.  Thank you for considering me.”

             Starr Sattler – “Thank you for considering my nomination.  Players Workshop has been a huge part of my life for over ten years.  I had to take some time away for a while, but now I am excited to become more involved and introduce my children to the greatest little theater is!”

            All dues-paying members are eligible to vote. 


            The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the following regular season productions for 2022-2023.


Mamma Mia! (6M/6F/10N)

musical comedy-music/lyrics by Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Anderson; book by Catherine Johnson

Sept. 23-25, 30/Oct. 1-2, 6-9, 2022

Director Matt Poling/Music Director Scott Teater

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performances materials are also supplied by MTI.


Lost (and Found) in IKEA (5F/5M)

comedy/drama by Gary Ray Stapp

Dec. 2-4, 8-11, 2022

Director Libba Flores

Presented through arrangements with Heuer Publishing

Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes (6F/1M/1 boy)

comedy/drama by Sandra Fenichel Asher

No Director Yet

Dec. 2-4, 8-11, 2022

Presented by arrangement with Dramatic Publishing


Murder by the Book (2F/3M)

mystery/thriller by Duncan Greenwood & Robert King

March 24-26, 30-31, April 1-2,2023

Director Kent Lewis

Presented by arrangement with Concor Publishing


Ripcord (3F/3M)

Comedy  to be Presented in Reader’s Theater Format

April 28-30, May 4-7, 2023

Director Jayne Gobble

Presented by arrangement with Dramatic Publishing

   Thanks to a great cast and crew who provided  great hours of laughter for their audiences during the 7 performances of the hilarious The Kitchen Witches!  Kudos to Jayne Gobble, Christa Parry, Scott Teater, and Brayden Bowers for leaving it all on the stage.  Thanks to the directors and crew, backstage and front of the house who gave their hours and creativity to the very successful ending to the conclusion of the 2021-22 regular season. 


   Mark your calendars for June 24, 25, 26, 2022, and don’t forget to see Players Workshop’s Young Actor’s production of Disney’s Aladdin JR.
   Auditions were conducted in late April, and a full cast list and more production information will appear in the June issue of The Backstage Pass.
   Disney’s Aladdin JR. is based on the 1992 Academy Award®-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, & book by Chad Beguelin, based on the Disney film written by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio, 



directed and produced by John Musker & Ron Clements. (Disney’s Aladdin JR. is presented through special arrangement with, and all materials are provided by, Music Theatre International, New York, NY.


            Locating, digitizing, and identifying of PW photos, programs, posters, newsletters, minutes, etc., has been a focus of the archive committee for a number of years.  In addition to making these accessible electronically, hard copies have also been retained.  Currently, they are trying to find missing play programs and promotional posters from past PW performances.

            They are asking for help locating copies (sometimes multiple) of the following play programs:

6 RMS RIV VU (1980)

Death and Taxes (2012)

Tabloid, the Musical (2004)

She Was Only a Farmer’s Daughter (1996)

Girls Only (2011)

The Homecoming (1970)

Sandbox/No Exit (1966)

It’s a Trick (1934)

Medea (1968)

Black Comedy (1973)

Greater Tuna (1994)

Oliver (1993)

The Music Man (2008)

The Cardigans (2006)

Plaid Tidings (2010)

I Hate Hamlet (2005)

A Nice Family Gathering (2009)

84 Charing Cross Road (1990)

Brighton Beach Memoirs (1987)

Catch Me If You Can (1984)

Same Time, Next Year (1984)

Sex Please, We’re Sixty (2013)

The Farndale Christmas Carol (1998)

Sorry! Wrong Chimney (2000)

            Second, the committee  needs the following play posters, to fill in the archival gaps:

Flaminog Court (2012)

Over the River and Through the Woods (2003)

The Farndale Christmas Carol, A Traveling Travesty (1998)

Annie (1995)

A Christmas Carol (1992)

1940’s Radio Hour (1988)

Sherlock Holmes (1987)

Squabbles (1986(

Something’s Afoot (1985)

Same Time, Next Year (1984)

Harvey (1984)

Arsenic and Old Lace (1981)

            Please contact Mary Krohlow (319-752-8501 or if you have any of these items or know where they can be found.

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