THE LIMELIGHT

Issue No. 2 March 2005

 

OUR ANNUAL GALA

This party was fantastic! We had 76 plates set for dinner! This gala was put together beautifully by a team led by Lynne Anne Donchez, including Joanne Goelz, Gina Stevens and Carol Longwell. Upon entering the Moose Lodge, and heading up the stairs to the party, the railing was decorated with wonderful silver, red, and white tulle leading you to balloons with stars and then the music! Jamie Bradley's band, Brothers and Others was playing upon your arrival. Beautiful and familiar upbeat tunes! Their harmonies were truly a pleasure to listen to. There were 7 tables set up with red and white tablecloths, more balloons and tea candles. Each table was named after a show from last season. There was a table in the middle with hors d'oeuvres. The open bar was up and running with wine, beer, and soda. A slide show had hundreds of slides from the shows of our past season dancing across the screen, courtesy of our terrific Scott Connard. Everyone was clearly delighted to be there and thoroughly enjoyed the hour of conversation before dinner.

Dinner itself, prepared and served by Larry Schade, owner of The Little Store in Doylestown, and his staff, was great! There was a mixed greens salad with mushrooms, carrots caraway, potatoes au gratin, rice pilaf, chicken roulade, zucchini, vegetable lasagna, and prime rib. Dessert favorites included brownies and cannoli.

During dinner, Ken Schaffer's amazing movie, with some 57 plus clips of shows, was playing for our entertainment! And we were VERY entertained. There was quite a bit of laughter and spontaneous applause for the various snippets. Ken would like to give a special thanks to Grace Kramer, Jim Letts, Mark Stevens and Keith Soester for their help with the video.

After dinner came the award presentations! And the winners are:

Special Award - A once-in-a-lifetime award for years of achievement and dedication to T&C. Joe Spadafora presented this award to DAVID KELLER, our Treasurer. Dave was very happy and only had this to say: "I love this club!"

Service Award - An award to thank the member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the current season. Andy O'Neill presented this award to JENNY HOPKINS.

Rafters Award - An award for the member who has shown excellence in technical or backstage work. Scott Connard presented this award to STUART WYSS.

We then had our 2005 Season Dedication choice brought to the front. That distinction, along with a bouquet of roses, was given to a very surprised and delighted PAT ELLIS.

There was another award given out. A unique one, for a member who has gone above and beyond for the season, but does not quite fit into any of the above categories. THAT award was given to no other than MARY EVELAND-GOEHRINGER! She received a phenomenal work of art done by Pat Achilles showing Mary with many of the characters she had costumed.

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Special mention was made thanking Vincenzo Russo and Jim Wolfe for their coming in new last season and helping out our organization in so many ways.

There was the 50/50 drawing, which was won by Patricia Hopkins.

After the awards, there was much laughter, hugging, and dancing till midnight.


 

OUR FIRST SHOW OF THE SEASON, CITY OF ANGELS, IS CURRENTLY REHEARSING!

THE CAST LIST IS AS FOLLOWS:

Ken Ambs Stone
Victoria Brewer Gabby & Bobbi
Susan Burnham Angel City Four
Allison DeKorte Donna & Oolie
Stephanie Delaney Mallory
Jim Kirkwood Big Six/Studio Cop
Jim Letts Buddy Fiddler
Mike McCollum Barber & Dr. Mandril
Kelly Meenan Gabby & Bobbi
Anne Odland Carla & Alaura
Brad Ogden Cast of Many
Stephanie Overton Donna & Oolie
Vincenzo Russo Munoz
Val Sharper Angel City Four
Jillian Thaker Carla & Alaura
Scott Trout Cast of Many
Bill Weir Angel City Four
Jim Wolfe Jimmy Powers
John Zimmerman Stine

Stage Manager of City of Angels, Ken Schaffer, has an URGENT need for crew! He would like 7 people. He is also looking for an Assistant Stage Manager to help out. Please consider kicking off the season right by helping to make our musical a success! Ken can be reached by email at: kws@netcarrier.com or by telephone: 215-723-3009.


 

AUDITIONS UP AND COMING!

Auditions are being held Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 for Painting Churches, Directed by Stephen Stahl, from 3:00PM to 5:00PM at the Barn.

Needed: 1 woman (60-70), 1 man (60-70) and 1 woman (30-40)

Performances: May 27, 28, 29, June 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11

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Auditions are being held Saturday, April 2, Sunday April 3 and Monday, April 4 for the Family Summer Musical of Once Upon A Mattress, directed by Gina V. Stevens. (215-968-8797) Auditions are by appointment only. Details may be found by visiting townandcountryplayers.org, and clicking on "Auditions." Also many principal roles are available for adult actors, singers and dancers. Youth actors are encouraged to audition.

Performances: July 1, 2 (matinee and evening), 3, 8, 9 (matinee and evening), 10, 15 and 16 (matinee and evening)

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Auditions for The Curious Savage, directed by Andy McPhee (telephone 215-343-7064 (home), 267-614-0996 (cell); e-mail mcphee@comcast.net) Saturday, May 21, at 7 pm and Sunday, May 22, at 2 pm. Callbacks: Monday, May 23, at 7 pm, if necessary.

Needed: 5 men and 6 women.

Performances: August 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19 and 20

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Auditions for Dearly Departed directed by Jim Kirkwood (JJKIRKWOOD@aol.com) (215-489-6421) Saturday, July 9th at 5:00PM until ? Sunday, July 10th at 5:00 pm until ?

Needed: 3 men and 3 women

Performances: September 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23 and 24

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Auditions for The Mousetrap, directed by Norman Berger (telephone 215-822-8372 (evenings); email: norm.berger@ncogroup.com) Sunday, August 7 at 7:00 pm and Monday, August 8 at 7:30 pm

Needed: 5 men and 3 women

Performances: October 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28 and 29

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VISIT http://www.townandcountryplayers.org/2005/auditions.html to find out about the dates and times for our upcoming shows. Note: Some shows will conduct auditions by appointment, so it is crucial that you check our web site to coordinate your availability.


 

2005 Season brochures have been mailed!! Thank you so much Dave Keller and Joanne Goelz for hosting! A big thank you goes out to Research by Design as well as the following volunteers: Lynn Scheich, Pat Ellis, Scott Fishman, Pat Hopkins Mr. & Mrs. Jo Page, and Vincenzo Russo!


 

Have you checked out our website lately? New pictures are up from the dress rehearsals of ALL our regular shows, SPARTAGAS, and THE ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL!! Also, the website to VOLUNTEER to park and usher is now activated! Act quickly to get your preferred dates. Remember, you receive vouchers each time you help out! Just go to http://www.townandcountryplayers.org/usherpark.html and click on the slot you want! It could not be easier!!


 

REALLY NEW NEWS!

Thanks to our "Woody," Vincenzo and Lynn, you will be amazed at the dressing rooms and makeup room! There is now shelving for your use!!! Also, due to the kindness of a donation from Susan Burnham, there will be carpet (yes, AND padding) in the makeup room, ladies dressing room, and hopefully, even the men's dressing room! Dan Weidman will be installing this carpet himself, and I am certain he would appreciate any helping hands for this endeavor.


 

In Support of our Members Everywhere

Andy Emery, who many of you may recall as being a member for decades, has just come back from Guatemala! With him he brought his adopted son, William, who is 6 years old! Any members desiring to drop Andy a note of congratulations may write to the following address: 2888 Winding Road, Kintnersville, PA 18930.

Kevin McLernon (AKA Donaghy) and John Nicolazzo will be appearing at Old Academy Players with Bob DeMarco in "The Compleate Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)". They open on March 4th! Check out http://www.oldacademyplayers.org for details.

Allison DeKorte will be singing at Odette's in New Hope on April 4th! Showtime 7:30. Go to http://www.odettes.com for further information.


 

Five Maasai tribal members from Kenya, East Africa touring the USA in November, 2004, were invited by Mike Lemon Casting to make a presentation at a Sunday film lab. They made a long- lasting impression as they shared their culture through song, dance and discussion. Phyllis Eckelmeyer hosted the Maasai in her home for several weeks helping schedule programs to raise awareness for their desperate need for water and education. During the Maasai visit, Phyllis enlisted a crew of directors and producers along with two young students, Skylar Bird and Patrick Rodgers to film the Maasai programs and interview them about their culture and life threatening conditions. In December, Phyllis traveled to visit her daughter in Kenya for 3 weeks, obtaining footage and photos while living among the Maasai. Through the volunteer efforts of student cinematographers and editors, Skylar and Pat, along with director and producer, Kym Cohen and Jennifer Ellsworth, a 6 minute promotional short entitled "Quenching the Thirst" was accomplished.

The students also recorded the Maasai voices on a music CD called "Isesia-Songs of the Maasai". The promo was premiered in Park City in January 2005 at Freedom Cinema Festival in Park City, Utah in conjunction with Sundance and has been entered in several other film festivals this spring. Phyllis is planning several events to showcase the promo in an effort to raise cultural awareness and funds for Maasai wells and education of children and women. The first scheduled event will be held at Mike Lemon Casting on Sunday, March 20th at 4PM - 413 N. 7th St. Suite 602, Philadelphia - $10. Mike Lemon will present the 6-minute promo and the filmmakers will be there to discuss their work and vision for a future full-length documentary to support the drilling of wells and education for the Maasai. If you want further details please call Phyllis or visit the web page at www.frogpondnetwork.org.


 

BE SURE AND MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Our next Membership Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, April 3rd at the barn! 7:00 PM!


 

"HEY SPARTAGAS!"(Was That You?)

As the writer and director of "HEY SPARTAGAS!" (Was That You?) I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank my very hard working and extremely talented cast and crew for making this the wonderful show that it was! They brought my vision to life and surpassed my expectations! Though our audiences may have been small, due to the holidays, their laughter and applause filled the theater as if we had full houses. It proved to be a great time for all, especially for me and the cast. I couldn't have asked for better Romans, slave girls, and Gladiators to fill my Roman Empire! Such pretty legs Boys!! And may I say that the men of T&C make some pretty INTERESTING looking Women!! Not to mention what a beautiful set & great poster we had! As I said in the program, I hope that we gave the real Spartacus the ending he was hoping for. Again, heartfelt thank-yous to everyone that made this truly wonderful experience happen. We would love to do it again sometime (Not so close to the Holidays maybe). Also, Dan & I would like to thank all those who gave their time to park & usher, run the box office and the Opening Night Party, and to those of you who so generously contributed to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We thank you all!

Love,
Kim


 

REMAINING IN OUR MEMORIES

Pat Appino

A. C. Daily

Gordon Day

Walter Delle

Jean Gendall

Ted Gontarski

Ted Hoagland

Cooley Joyner

Marion Kolman

Robert Margolies

Carmen Mazza

Ted Nordman

Betty Page