Message from the Editor
Volume 2: Edition 9
"It's a Wrap!" The 2014 season of Theatre in the Pines officially closed in fine style with the annual "Wrap Party" held on September 6. Read more about the gala affair in the article below, but suffice it to say that this was a season and a closing party to remember. Starting with the wildly successful production of "Blithe Spirit," Youth Theatre/Drama Camp sell outs, husband and wife cast match-ups galore in "The Gazebo" and what more can you say about Don Miller's directing debut in "Cactus Flower" except "WOW!" And let's not forget to mention another sell out season for Reader's Theatre/ Cabaret Nights produced by Doug Pusateri in cooperation with Pinewood Country Club. All in all, the 2014 season will take it's place in the history of Pinewood Players as one of the most memorable in recent years. We hope you enjoy this month's newsletter and we welcome your comments and suggestions. Click on the SUGGESTIONS button in the sidebar to give us your input.
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Message from Outgoing President
WHAT A SUMMER OF ENTERTAINMENT!
CLOSING THOUGHTS OF THE OUTGOING PRESIDENT
By Les Maurseth
Pinewood Players once again wowed the community with three fine plays performed by adults from many walks of life. Ticket counts for Blithe Spirit, The Gazebo and Cactus Flower totaled about 1,400, perhaps more (final counts aren’t in as this is being written).
And, our drama camps for the “kidz” and “tweens” resulted in many youngsters creating wonderful memories, ones they won’t forget. And, they entertained their families and other adults with marvelous shows. They sold 659 tickets! I heard many comments from patrons about how impressed they were with the performances.
Our Charter Members started it all about 25 years ago. It has been continued for those 25 years by countless volunteers functioning in countless ‘roles’. What a group and what a season!
I’m sure there are some in the community and surrounding area that haven’t been to one of our plays. I say to you - you are missing some very fine entertainment - come to a play next year and you will see what I mean. Or, better yet, come join us as a volunteer - pick a ‘role’ for yourself. You will never regret it.
September News Clips
It's A Wrap for 2014
What a party! With 25 years of Pinewood Players history as the backdrop, members turned out in force to celebrate the success that was the 2014 Theatre in the Pines. The celebration included a scrumptious luncheon, a plethora of prizes which were raffled to members in attendance, a fashion show of costumes used in Pinewood Players productions over the years and a role call of plays and recognition of actors dating back to the very beginnings of the Pinewood Players organization. Lu Cross, Linda Morrison and Clyde Morrison handled the prize distributing duties and Lynn Rouyer MC'd the fashion show and actor role call. A special thanks to Kassie Walters for stepping in and organizing the party and for the beautiful table decorations. Great job Kassie! Below is a sample photo capturing some of the festivities. Click this link to view the full gallery of photos from this gala event.
New Board Elects Officers for 2015
The new Board of Directors elected in the General Members Meeting in August met in a joint session with the outgoing board on September 2. The outgoing board conducted their final regular board meeting, then outgoing President Les Maurseth seated the new board and conducted the election of officers to make up the 2015 Executive Committee. The new board elected Bill Gibney to be President for the upcoming 2015 season. The other board members elected to the Executive Committee were Roger Saulnier (Vice-President), Melanie Westmark (Secretary) and Georgia Osborne (Treasurer). Congratulations to the new Officers. Thanks to all the outgoing members (Les, Maurseth, Ron Peterson, Linda Morrison, Art Powell and Dan Slocum) and welcome to the newly elected members (Roger Saulnier, Georgia Osborne, John Edmonds, Dee Spain, Ron Young and Lee Henry). Les Maurseth will remain as Past-President in an advisory capacity. Board members Kathy Abramowitz, Dovie Templin, Pam Uvegas and Frank Hess who are serving their second terms will make up the balance of the 2015 board.
2015 Plays Announced
Looking Ahead to Next Season
Preparations are already well underway to bring the next season of Theatre in the Pines to the stage. The Play Selection Committee submitted their choices to the Board of Directors in August and the board approved the following choices. Auditions were held on August 30 and casting is in process.
"Hallelujah Girls" to be directed by Lynn Rouyer is the story of a feisty group of women from the town of Eden Falls, Georgia, who decide that life is indeed short, and they vow to change their lives and achieve their dreams. The play is one of those silly, rollicking shows that audiences love. It reminds us of the importance of good friends, and of not taking life so seriously that we forget to laugh and love. It’s a joyful comedy that will make you laugh out loud and shout “Hallelujah”.
“Be My Baby” under the direction of Bill Kane is the newest play by Ken Ludwig, who wrote “Lend Me A Tenor” which was performed in the Pinewood Playhouse in 2012. The play tells the story of John and Maude who take on the journey of a lifetime when they are brought together after John's ward marries Maude's niece and the young couple decides to adopt a newborn baby. The older couple has to travel thousands of miles to California to pick up the child and bring her safely home. The problem is that John and Maude despise each other and to make matters worse, they get stranded in San Francisco for several weeks and are expected to jointly care for the helpless newborn. There they form a new partnership and learn some startling lessons about life and love.
“Whose Wives Are They Anyway” will be directed by Marsha Propps. As the play begins, the cosmetics company has been sold and two of its Vice Presidents, David and John have planned a weekend off before the new CEO arrives on Monday. With their wives safely off to New York on a shopping spree they check into the Oakfield Golf and Country Club intending to "golf their brains out". The unexpected encounter with their new boss (who they were shocked to learn is a woman) turns their plans upside down. She insists on meeting their wives, stating blithely "No one who went golfing for a weekend without their wife would ever work for me". Now John and David have to produce wives and the hilarity begins!
We are all looking forward to next season and to experiencing all these great plays. Watch for information regarding ticket sales for 2015 and make your plans to join us for more entertaining “Theatre in the Pines” performances in the Pinewood Playhouse next season.
Pinewood Players is a non-profit organization bringing cultural opportunities to all ages. Each summer the Pinewood Players entertain the community by presenting live theatre and by providing various venues where children and adults learn about the performing arts through participation in workshops, drama camps and plays of all kinds.
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