Welcome to the first edition of "The Limelight" for the 56th theater season at Town and Country! We hope to keep you informed of activities both "on the boards" and behind the scenes from the preparation of our first show through the conclusion of the One Act Play Festival in October. The help and support of all our members, patrons and friends is essential to a successful season for this great line up of plays.

 

OUR 2003 SEASON

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

Friday, May 2nd Saturday, May 3rd Sunday, May 4th
Friday, May 9th Saturday, May 10th  
Friday, May 16th Saturday, May 17th Sunday, May 18th
Friday, May 23rd Saturday, May 24th  
8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

 

MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM

Friday, June 13th Saturday, June 14th  
Friday, June 20th Saturday, June 21st Sunday, June 22nd
Friday, June 27th Saturday, June 28th  
8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

 

PETER PAN

Friday, July 18th Saturday, July 19th Sunday, July 20th
Friday, July 25th Saturday, July 26th Sunday, July 27th
Friday, August 1st Saturday, August 2nd  
7:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

 

ARE YOU BEING SERVED

Friday, August 22nd Saturday, August 23rd  
Friday, August 29th Saturday, August 30th Sunday, August 31st
Friday, September 5th Saturday, September 6th  
8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

 

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS

Friday, September 26th Saturday, September 27th  
Friday, October 3rd Saturday, October 4th Sunday, October 5th
Friday, October 10th Saturday, October 11th  
8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

 

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING DATE SET

All members, and those not as yet paid up, are invited to the theater on Friday, April 11th for "April Madness," the general membership meeting which will serve as the kick-off for the theater’s 2003 season. Lynne Ann Donchez said she decided on this name for the event because whenever she is involved, "a kind of madness always happens."

The meeting will feature both entertainment and "a fest of finger foods," along with the requisite Board member reports. Please support your theater by attending. Give Lynne Ann a call (215-345-5674) or e-mail her at camplynn-e@erols.com and let her know you’ll be there so plans can be made to provide enough goodies for all.

 

CLUBROOM RENOVATION UPDATE

Remember that wavy floor which, if you weren’t familiar with its ups and downs, could land you on a certain part of your anatomy? How about watching anyone around 6 feet tall trying to avoid being gonged unconscious by the low ceiling? Well, times are a changin’.

Building and Grounds Chair Dan Weidman reported that the entire clubroom floor and ceiling as well as the old posts have been removed. Also jettisoned were the kitchen and small storage area as well as the old baseboards. The old paint sink has been moved into the props room.

To date, the new floor has been poured, ceiling beams under the stage area have been added and new footers and posts have been installed. The new kitchen and storage area have been framed out in such a way that the serving area will face in a different direction.

Work to be completed includes the installation of a new kitchen sink and cabinets and new baseboard heating. The new drop ceiling, which includes recessed lighting, will have the additional benefit of providing "slightly more head room," said Dan.

Also to be completed is the installation of four Casablanca-type ceiling fans at the roof of the theater which will force some of the heat down out of the rafters and hopefully bring the body heat of the lighting and sound technicians down below the spontaneous combustion level.

Dan said that one of the benefits of the heating/cooling aspect of the renovation project will be the ability for the theater to offer a longer season.

With the project well underway, the contents of the kitchen, storage room, clubroom and part of the props room now resides in a "corridor arrangement" in the lobby. Dan wanted to thank Joe Spadafora, Rosie Hughes and Sarah Le Clair for their help with lugging the stuff up the stairs. Joe, never one to sit idly, also designed the new kitchen space.

The target date for completion is March 15th. Dan said he will soon schedule a clean-up day and ask for everyone to give just a little of their time to help with what will be a much more involved spruce up than in previous years. On tap will be the return of everything now on the lobby floor and a complete reorganization of the prop room.

Finally, there is the upright piano. It’s gotta go. If anyone is interested, or knows of someone who would like to put it to good use, please contact Dan.

With all the benefits this project will bring, consider supporting the theater with a tax-deductible contribution to help defray the significant cost of this project. There may also be friends of Town and Country who do not have access to our website who may want to make a donation as well. Another option is to find out if your employer maintains a matching gift program.

Here are some suggested contribution levels:

 

MEMBERSHIP REMINDER

The time is now to catch up with Membership Chair Scott Connard and let him know you’re on board for 2003. Please call (215) 794-7714 or e-mail connard@dsg-inc.com and let him know. Don’t forget it is now possible to download the membership application form right off the website for your convenience.

 

FUNDRAISING 2003

Walter Delle Sketches

Jim Appino has generously donated more than 20 of Walter Delle’s original sketches of a performance of "As You Like It," directed by Pat Appino.

These beautiful renditions will be for sale beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the opening night of "Fiddler On The Roof," with all proceeds to benefit the theater.

Program Ads

Help is needed to defray the more than $5,000 cost of printing programs for the season! Do you know of any business or individual that could help out by buying an ad? The program provides great visibility for local businesses by appearing in the program for each of our 2003 shows. If each member would sell just one ad, this expense could be greatly reduced.

 

SAVE THESE AUDITION DATES:

DATE

TIME
SHOW NOTES
Sunday, April 6th 7:00 p.m. PETER PAN First day of daylight saving time
Monday, April 7th 7:00 p.m. PETER PAN  
       
Sunday, April 20th 7:30 p.m. MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM  
Monday, April 21st 7:30 p.m. MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM  
       
Sunday, June 22nd 7:30 p.m. ARE YOU BEING SERVED  
Monday, June 23rd 7:30 p.m. ARE YOU BEING SERVED  
       
Sunday, August 10th 7:30 p.m. OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS  
Monday, August 11th 7:30 p.m. OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS  

 

2002 GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Last year’s grand prize winner enjoyed a day in New York on February 8th, thanks to having his winning ticket drawn at the end of last season.

Dave Closterman of Huntingdon Valley called the show tickets and limousine ride "a great trip."

Dave said he and his wife Dory had second row balcony seats for "The Producers" which, he added, was the perfect spot to see the show.

He was surprised to have been the lucky ticket holder. For many years, he and his wife, along with several neighbors, enjoyed attending Town and Country performances on a regular basis, but it was not until recently that he realized several years had gone by without making the trip to Buckingham.

Dave said he is glad to be back enjoying the shows and looking forward to the 2003 season!

 

FAMILY THEATER

This July, the "Boy Who Never Grew Up," Wendy, Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys will remind us how great it was to be young and full of imagination as Town and Country presents the full Broadway musical version of "Peter Pan."

The show, directed by Shawn Wright under the mentorship of Keith Soester, is looking for actors of all ages to turn out for auditions which will be held Sunday and Monday, April 6th and 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the barn. Actors should be prepared to sing either with their own accompaniment (CD) or a cappella.

Also needed are the many backstage helpers handling props, costumes, etc. which make the run of any play seamless and professional. For those who have not tried backstage work before, it is more exciting than you think. There’s actually another "play" going on behind the scenes while the show is running. Can he run that pirate sword from the lobby side to the 263 side on time? Are the batteries up and running for the headsets, or will everyone miss their cues? And where is that ticking clock? If you can help, please contact Phyllis Eckelmeyer at silverj45@hotmail.com.

 

"THE STEVENS REPORT"

Board Secretary Gina Stevens, recently sidelined by major surgery, is recovering well and expects to be up and running as director for this summer’s production of "Over The River and Through the Woods." Gina thanked everyone for their generous donations of food and the bouquet of balloons sent on behalf of the membership.