40 Years at the Park
by Katie EvansHopefully all of you WCT members had a wonderful, happy holiday season and are starting off 2014 happy, healthy, and warming up those pipes and dancing shoes for another summer at the park! In case you didn't know, we are going to be celebrating our 40th year of bringing the community entertainment from Washington Park's Main Pavilion. Can you imagine, 40 years! And we are blessed to have some of our original members (and founders!) up there on the stage with us (or directing our chorus) each year. Forty years ago, Washington Community Theatre put on a production called "The Music Man." You might've heard of it. The story line involves the main characters, Harold Hill and Marian Paroo, and the action begins when Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa by train in the year 1912. Harold is basically a glorified con man by trade, traveling from town to town, and convincing the residents of each town to start a boy band. However, when the townspeople begin to open their wallets and raise money for this boy band idea, Harold Hill is suddenly no where to be found and the money has disappeared as well. Of course every good con man will meet his match one day, and Harold does just that in River City when he meets one Miss Marian Paroo. Much song and dance is centered around this story line, as you can imagine, so we need LOTS of singers and dancers to fill the major roles and play the townspeople who are just about to be swindled by a con man! This Summer, WCT has planned to repeat history and bring "The Music Man" to the very same stage that it was performed upon 40 years ago. "The Music Man" performance dates will be June 24 - 29, 2014. Further information regarding audition information will be announced soon, so stay posted, because this will be one show you won't want to miss out on! Check your mail in the next month or two for the WCT Spring Newsletter.Thanks to Amy Meyers, Kim Pijanowski and Megan Pierson for planning such a wonderful Holiday Party for the group. It was held this past Saturday (Jan. 10) at the South Franklin Community Center and we had music (with DJ's David S. Ford and Jeff Way), a piñata for the kids (John Herrman bravely held it aloft for the kids to whack away - a great personal risk by John), and some delicious food catered by Julian's. Everyone had a great time, and it just makes everyone even more excited for our next reunion when we begin rehearsals for the summer show! Great job, ladies! Hopefully we can make the Holiday Party a yearly event! Another thanks goes to the cast and everyone who made the Fall show "Happy Holidaze" a complete success! We had a wonderful director in Barry Wood, and an excellent group of voices to fill Julian's with a wonderful array of music from each month of the year. Who can forget the crew from lighting (Wayne Berg) and the guys from "Sound of Satisfaction" making us be heard by each and every ear in the hall. A big thanks to them as well, and to Dennis Taylor and Amy Hickman and Elaine Frost who were all essential to the show's success. We also had a lot of help decorating the tables, taking tickets, handling chinese auction baskets, etc. Thanks to all the folks who helped with that too! Each night we had a great audience who really enjoyed the music and often we could hear them singing right along. "Happy Holidaze" is yet another show that WCT can proudly call our own. Please stay posted for more information on auditions for "The Music Man" and we hope to see you all very soon!
A Musical Journey Through the 12 Months of the Year Directed by Barry N. Wood
Friday and Saturday, November 15 & 16 , 2013 6:30 Dinner and 7:30 Show
Sunday, November 17 , 2013 1:00 Dinner and 2:00 Show
Julian’s Banquet Hall Call 724-514-7637 to reserve your seats today!
First - Ever General Membership Meeting for WCT
by Katie Evans
For those of you who couldn't make it this past Monday, WCT's first general membership meeting went extremely well! The meeting was led by our wonderful president, Dana Falosk, and we spoke about several different topics in the 2 hours we spent at the church. Should anyone that was not present at the meeting have any ideas or suggestions (or wants to sign up for the committees that are to be instated) then please contact Dana. Here is a little overview of what we discussed in our meeting.
We discussed the need for further fundraising as for the past two years, the weather has negatively impacted our projected profit from our last two summer shows. Sadly, it does take quite a bit of money to put on such excellent shows and we truly do not charge much for tickets. One way that WCT has decided to try to recoup some profit loss is to have another patron drive for the Fall. This is something that WCT has never before done. So all of you patrons out there, please save a little money for WCT and become a patron again. The cost has not changed from the $50.00, and you will still have your name printed in our program, to show how much we truly appreciate your help!
Here's a little fun for you, after all that serious business about raising money. The ANNUAL WCT FALL PICNIC will again be at Elaine Frost's house at 627 Murdoch Street in Washington. All are asked to bring a covered dish, and the meat and beverages will be provided. Elaine has graciously opened her home up for us each year (at least as long as I can remember), so a big THANK YOU to her for doing the same, yet again.
For the first time ever, Washington County Community Foundation will be giving a portion of locally donated monies (100,000 bucks, in fact) to community organizations, and that includes WCT! However, you need to garner all your friends, relatives, enemies, whoever to donate to WCT first. ALL of the monies that a person donates specifically to WCT WILL GO TO WCT, but the WCCF will match a percentage of that based on how much WCT can get from their supporters. This is a one - day deal only, so on September 10th, PLEASE PLEASE remember to donate yourself, ask you friends and family to donate as well. And remember, ALL the money that a person donates specifically to WCT WILL GO TO US, and US ALONE - but, we get a little interest from the community on top of that!
There are a couple additions to the board in the coming year. John Herrman (Mr. McLaren as many of you know him as) will be beginning his term as the three- year board member in January. Myself, Katie Evans, has been elected to the board as corresponding secretary (hooray, you'll be getting a lot more writings from me!). I also will begin my duties in January.
Okay, now LISTEN UP! In order to organize better our set construction for next year, and avoid having to scramble at the last minute for helpers...MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Set construction for the summer show (yet unnamed) is June 7 and 8th, 2014. The production dates are June 24 - 29, 2014. So...be there!
Yet ANOTHER fabulous opportunity for you to become more involved in your favorite community theatre group! We are instating some committees to help organize future events and help with some fundraising that we do desperately need! If you are interested in joining in any of the following committees, please contact our president, Dana. •November Fundraiser •Overall Fundraising/Grant Writing •Transportation •Set Design and Build •Publicity/website, facebook, twitter •Program Advertising •Outreach Committee - to bring back previous members who have somehow gotten lost from our ranks! •40th Anniversary at the Park - yes, it is this coming year! 40 years at the Park! How exciting! Now get involved!!! •Table Decorations - for the Fall Show, we would like volunteers to help decorate tables in corresponding seasons/holiday decor.
We also discussed having our next general membership meeting at a common place where we could also hold a little get together, with food and socializing. So, a little business, but a lot of fun! Further information about the next meeting will be given when it is decided upon what the location and whether or not it will involve a PAR-TAY!
Last, but certainly not least, we discussed other shows that some of our members are involved in, so that we can get out to support them. Here are the ones upcoming that we discussed: •Nov. 20 - Dec. 15th : Madeline's Christmas at Little Lake. •Dec. 13th : Washington Festival Chorale's Christmas musical entertainment at the Church of the Covenant •Labor Day Weekend: Wood carving festival (Al Pierson is quite a wonderful wood carver, for those of you who don't know this) - Oglebay Park, in the Pine Room. •Dana Falosk is giving a recital to benefit the First United Methodist Church in Houston as well as WCT, and this will be held at First United Methodist, October 26th. •Old Schoolhouse Players is putting on "Over the River and Through the Woods." WCT put this show on at Julian's in 2010, and it is a FABULOUS SHOW. Bob Anderson will be playing the role of "Frank" yet again. He is wonderful, you should definitely get out there to support Bob, as well as OSP. The Show dates are Oct. 11 - 13, and 18-20.
Of course, who could forget that WCT is putting on a Fall Show, narrated by Mr. Barry Wood and the show is entitled "Happy Holidaze!" It will be a musical journey throughout the year, with all different seasons and holidays covered. This is sure to be another excellent production. We do need help with set construction, as Joe Wagner, our usual go-to person for Julian's set construction, is unavailable this year. So anyone who is good with a screwdriver, hammer, staple gun, anything! Please come forward to help us out! The dates of the show are November 15-17 at Julian's Banquet Hall, Maiden Street, Washington.
Thanks to all who came out for the meeting, you all had wonderful ideas! We hope to see you at the next General Membership Meeting, and hopefully some other faces as well!
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Washington Community Theatre, Inc. is in search of directors for the fall production to be held November 2014.
If you are interested in pitching your show idea to the board of directors, please contact Patricia B. Thompson at 724-225-0140.
The next meeting is Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Citizens Library, Washington.
Washington Community Theatre, Inc.
P. O. Box 994
Washington, PA 15301