Town and Country PlayersThe Limelight

April 2002

In this issue . . .

  • A Funny Thing ...

  • Cast Lists Announced

  • Auditions for Honk

  • Auditions for As You Like It

  • Walter Delle Remembered

  • Raffle Prizes Determined

  • Thank You, Little Store and Sandcastle!

  • T & C To Donate Show to Local Charity

  • T & C To Appear in Doylestown Parade

  • McIlhinney Plugs T & C

  • "Replacement" Directors Announced

  • The Barn Getting Some Repairs

  • General Membership Meeting

  • TheaterLinx

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    A Funny Thing ... Forum Opened April 15

    The smash hit musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" is set to open at the Barn April 5. Directed by KEITH SOESTER, the show is sure to be a hit with audiences throughout its three-weekend run.

    With music and lyrics by that master wordsmith Stephen Sondheim, and book by Burt Shelove and Larry Gelbart (creator of the famous TV series, MASH), Forum focuses on the antics of Roman slave Pseudolus, who wants to be a free man. His master, Hero, promises to set him free if he can get the girl next door to marry Hero. Unfortunately, the girl has been promised to a war hero, and she canāt break out of that promise, even though she loves Hero. Pseudolus sets up a series of schemes, mistaken identities, and misadventures, all in the name of true love.

    Songs youāll remember include that classic "Comedy Tonight" and "Everybody Ought to have a Maid."

    The show opens April 5 and continues April 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, and 20. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 215-348-7566.

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    Cast Lists Announced

    The cast lists for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," directed by Keith Soester, and "The Murder Room," directed by JOHN NICOLAZZO, has been announced.

    A Funny Thing on the Way to the Forum
    NORM BERGER as Senex
    MICHAEL BIRD as a Protean
    Erin Gilligan as Protean
    Colin Jenei as Pseudolus
    MARY JONES as Geminae
    MICKEY KOLMAN as Erronius
    BETH MICHENER as Geminae
    Tony Ruggieri as Miles
    VALERIE SHARPER as Gymnasia
    Meghan Smith as Tintinabula
    Roger Smith as a Protean
    Nicole Tennett as Panacea
    JILLIAN THAKER as Vibrata
    Anthony Wark as Hero
    Claudia Watson as Domina
    BILL WEIR as Lycus
    STUART WYSS as a Protean
    The Murder Room
    KEVIN MCLERNON as Edgar Hollister/Abel Howard
    LANEY MITCHELL as Mavis Templeton Hollister
    JEAN LAUSTSEN as Mrs. Lottie Molloy
    Ron Cisca as Inspector James Crandall
    Monica Hoffman as Susan Hollister
    Mike Pierce as Barry Draper
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    Auditions for Honk

    Auditions for "Honk," the first Family Theater show of the season, will be held April 7 (Sunday) and 8 (Monday) at 7 PM at the Barn. Directed by PAT WALSH, the show is the hit off-Broadway musical about the Ugly Duckling. The show needs lots of players, including these main characters:

    T & Cās Family Theater shows are known for the fun that their casts always have. If youād like to join them and have lots of fun, why not audition for the show? Or, if youāre not the on-stage type, stop by the auditions anyway and let the staff know that youād like to help backstage. Either way, youāll have a blast! Back to the top

    Auditions for "As You Like It"

    Auditions for the Shakespeare classic "As You Like It" will be held Sunday April 21 and Monday April 22, both at 7:30 PM at the Barn. Directed by C. JAMESON BRADLEY, the show is a romantic epic of power and love. Evil Duke Frederick takes power from Duke Senior, banishing him and his daughter, Rosalind, to the Arden Forest. Before they leave, Rosalind falls in love with Orlando. Orlando, in fear for his life, flees to Arden too, but to another part of the Forest. Rosalind is hiding as a man, Ganymede, and in this guise talks to Orlando about his love for her. In the meantime, a number of love subplots are occurring, and all resolve when Duke Frederick is converted to goodness and welcomes everyone home.

    Characters in the play include:

    Lots of characters means lots of roles to be handed out. Come out to audition. Youāll be glad you did! And if youāre not familiar with the show, check out a summary from Classic Note. Enjoy!

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    Walter Delle Remembered

    T & C mourns the loss of one of its most dedicated members, WALTER DELLE, who died February 15, 2002, at age 77. Walter was formerly a professional costumer with numerous Broadway credits. Known for his colorful Shakespearean costumes, Walter costumed some of the clubās biggest and most memorable productions, including "Much Ado About Nothing," "Into the Woods," "The Heiress," "Royal Family," and "Charlieās Aunt," to name but a few.

    LYNNE ANNE DONCHEZ, a long-time friend of Walter, wrote this about him for THE LIMELIGHT:

    "Walter will be missed by everyone who ever came into contact with him ÷ by directors, who always knew they could count on him to deliver the best of his amazing talents and bring their production to life; by leading ladies, who swept onto the stage, looking breathtakingly glamorous because of his costumes; by seamstresses, who came to understand exactly what was expected of them and produced precisely the costume he had designed; and by audiences, who sat spellbound night after night, ooh-ing and ah-ing as his glorious costumes were revealed on the stage he loved so well."

    Farewell, Walter, and Godspeed.

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    Raffle Prizes Determined

    Thanks to the remarkable efforts of Lynne Anne Donchez and the generosity of a number of area businesses, T & C will be giving away six great prizes in its 2002 fund-raising raffle. The first prize will be two tickets to the hit Broadway musical "The Producers," plus a limo ride to the show.

    Other prizes include a $250 gift certificate to Taylor Grand Fine Jewelers, a $250 gift certificate to the Hangup Gallery (which sells framing supplies), a $250 gift certificate to LAD & Co. hair salon, two tickets to Horizon Dance Allianceās staging of "The Nutcracker," and dinner for two at Piper Tavern.

    Raffle tickets cost $5 each or five for $20. Winners will be chosen at the end of the season.

    Thank you, Lynne Anne, for all of your hard work!

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    Thank You, Little Store and Sandcastle!

    Two area businesses have graciously agreed to provide delicious hor dāoeurves and smooth, flavorful wine for each opening night reception. Larry Shade, the proprietor of Shadeās Little Store, is donating all food for the receptions, saving the club hundreds of dollars over the season. Thank you, Larry!

    And, like last year, Sandcastle Winery has again agreed to give T & C a huge discount on a seasonās worth of wine. They have provided the club with $1,000 worth of wine for just $300. Merci beaucoup, Sandcastle!

    These businesses have demonstrated their community spirit and commitment to the arts many times over. Letās show our appreciation by patronizing them as often as possible and by spreading the word about two great businesses. Yay, Shadeās and Sandcastle!

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    T & C To Donate Show to Local Charity

    The T & C Board recently decided to donate one benefit night of an upcoming production to the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund, a 25-year-old non-profit organization that helps Pennsylvania families manage travel and other non-medical expenses common to families with a critically ill child. The club will add a weekday performance to the schedule for one of this seasonās shows.

    The Dolan Fund can then sell as many tickets as possible at whatever price it wants. All proceeds go directly to the Dolan Fund, established by the parents of Kelly Anne in October 1976. Kelly Anne had been stricken with a blood disorder called aplastic anemia and, later, a rare form of leukemia. She died from the leukemia at age 6.

    The Dolans spent a great deal of time at hospitals at that time and realized firsthand the financial and emotional toll on families of critically ill children. "Many working parents," said Peggy Dolan before the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee in early 2000, "while juggling the logistical nightmare of child care and school activities for well siblings, and hospital stays, clinic visits, sick days, and emergencies for the ill child, eventually use all of their vacation and personal days and resort to taking time off without pay. Our experiences · were at the root of my late husbandās initiative to establish the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund the day after our daughterās death. In 23 years, this grassroots organization has assisted over 4,500 families."

    T & Cās show donation marks the first time in several years that the club has used one of its performances to help a non-profit organization. In the past, similar donations have been made to Doylestown Hospital and other non-profits.

    Members who know of other charities that might benefit from a T & C show donation should let a Board member know. The T & C Board wishes to thank member CARRIE PUNTEL for her proposal to donate a show to the Dolan Fund.

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    T & C To Appear in Doylestown Parade

    T & C will once again make an appearance in the Doylestown Memorial Day Parade. Mickey Kolman will coordinate the preparation of a float and the gathering of volunteers to walk the parade route, passing out candy and T & C business cards.

    Mickey is looking for six to eight volunteers, dressed in their favorite costume. Participants in previous years have praised the event for its sense of community, usefulness as a marketing tool for the club, and an all-around great time.

    If youāre interested in appearing in this yearās parade, please contact Mickey at 215-348-4961.

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    McIllhinney Plugs T & C

    Freshman State Representative Chuck McIlhinneyās first newsletter contained a rousing endorsement of Town & Country Players. In a back-page section titled, "Rep. McIlhinney Encourages Residents to Explore Town and Country Players," McIlhinney called T & C a "local art treasure," and urged residents to take advantage of "Central Bucksā non-profit theater [that] has provided quality live theater for the past 54 years."

    Thanks for the plug, Rep. McIlhinney. See you at the Barn!

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    "Replacement" Directors Announced

    Two of the clubās talented directors have stepped up to lend a hand in directing shows this season. C. Jameson "Jamie" Bradley has agreed to direct the Shakespearean classic, "As You Like It." He takes over for TED NORDMAN, whoās recovering from knee surgery. Auditions were held in late March.

    T & C president JIM KIRKWOOD has agreed to direct "Fools." Executive Producer Norm Berger had previously been unable to find a director for this show, so Jim stepped in to help.

    Thank you, Jamie and Jim, for stepping up to the plate. We appreciate it!

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    The Barn Getting Some Repairs

    The Barn is currently undergoing some much-needed repairs. The Board has authorized approval to:

    1. move shed and build a new base for it
    2. correct water leakage in the box office
    3. regrade lower walls to improve drainage
    4. replace side staircase with a ramped stairway
    5. replace side door with commercial door.

    These improvements, though minor, will help keep the Barn in top shape for many seasons to come.

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    General Membership Meeting

    The next general membership meeting is scheduled for SUNDAY APRIL 28 at 2:00 PM at the Barn. Watch this site for changes. Like our first meeting, refreshments will be served!

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