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Evening of Comedy III: 2010 – LOL

Just when you thought it was safe to return to the theatre.  Playcrafters’ production of An Evening of Comedy III was a huge success! Kudos to Director George Loizides and to our crazy cast including: Lara Bowen, Flo Federman, Jason Glass, Jill Linden, Dan Love, Peter Morrison, William Palladino, Claire Parrella-Curran and our Musical Emcee, Sean Burke.  A special nod goes to Sean Burke and Kyle Gubbins for recreating that “Victor Borge” moment on the piano.

This was an evening of giggles and laughter induced by comedy sketches from authors including David Ives and Tom Stoppard, along with fast paced one (and two) liners.  And, let’s not forget “Haris Pilton”.  Hats off to our wonderful Production Crew for their hard work and dedication in making this a fun filled evening.  Could there be An Evening of Comedy IV?  Stay tuned…. 

Annual Meeting 

Playcrafters held its annual meeting on January 23, 2011 in the Brown Building in Bellport.
President John Hannon welcomed an excellent turnout, and led a busy business session, with spirited contributions from the membership.  He reviewed our activities for the year – notably our 50th anniversary celebration, and our productions of Blithe Spirit and Evening of Comedy III – and reported that both productions were critically and financially successful.  The outgoing board members – John Hannon, Annette Maillard, Kathy Loizides and Chrisa Burke – were thanked for their service, and it was noted that Chrisa Burke had resigned from the board due to business obligations. John Hannon was honored for his extraordinary record of serving three terms as president.

The nominating committee, comprising Chrisa Burke, Annette Maillard, Linda Conroy and Judy Perfido, presented a slate of candidates for the board: Ted Fleissgarten, Jane Love, and Geri Skelly for full three year terms, and Lester Sprague for a one year term, which slate was unanimously approved.

Flo Federman, the director of our next production, Steel Magnolias, presented a brief synopsis of this much loved classic.

Playcrafters’ Spring Production:

Steel Magnolias

Playcrafters’ spring 2011 production takes us to modern-day Louisiana for a story that will make you laugh, smile, and shed a few tears.  Steel Magnolias is the story of friendship – between women, neighbors, and generations.

The action takes place in Truvy’s Beauty Parlor, where a group of friends gather on the morning of Shelby ’s wedding day for some hysterical and neighborly gossip.  The story follows the next three years and the consequences of a very difficult decision.  The women share moments in their lives with grace, humor, and perfectly-coiffed hair. Prominent throughout the story is the love these women share – and its effect on the audience. 

Steel Magnolias will be presented in our theater space at the Bellport Community Center, 4 Bell Street in Bellport.  Performance dates are March 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2011.  Curtain at 8 p.m.  Suggested donation is $18 per person ($15 for students & seniors).

The cast comprises Playcrafters veterans and newcomers:

      Linda Adams  as  Ouiser

      Lara Bowen  as  Truvy

      Kristin Davey  as  Shelby

    Jessica Howard  as  Annelle

           Jill Linden  as  Clairee

Claire Parella-Curran  as  M’Lynn

Playcrafters veteran actor Flo Federman takes the helm in her directorial debut, ably assisted by Producers Peter Morrison and John Simpson, and Stage Manager Vicki Fleming. 

“Tickets” Initiative

With this newsletter, there are enclosed four ticket “coupons” to Playcrafters’ spring 2011 production of “Steel Magnolias”.  We had such success with using these coupons at previous shows that we wanted to continue this initiative.  Each coupon will allow a $2.00 discount on the “Adult” admission  of $18.00 only (not senior or student). As a member, please bring a coupon with you to any of the four shows, pay the discounted “Adult” admission, sit and enjoy a top quality theatrical experience, right in your own neighborhood. The other three passes are for you to share with family, friends, and community, encouraging as many as possible to attend. Thanks for your continued support.

(Please note, while these coupons provide a discount, they are not complimentary tickets. Ticket donations should still be made at the door. Coupons are good at any of the four performances.)

New Officers

At the board meeting of February 15, the board elected new officers for 2011:

·         President – Joseph Skelly

·         Vice-President – John Simpson

·         Treasurer – Geri Skelly

·         Secretary – Jane Love

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Membership Renewal 2011 - If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2011, please do so now.

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