For sometime people in Bennington thought that in addition to our professional, Equity theatre company, Oldcastle, it would be good to have a community theatre that could put on plays during the time that Oldcastle was not in production. Part of this interest came about because of Christine Decker’s acting classes for adults that take place at Oldcastle.
Community Theatre involves people who love theatre, but who do not plan to work in it full time. They volunteer their services onstage and backstage and have a wonderful time doing it. Bob and I have enjoyed Community Theatre performances at the Dorset Players and the Ghent Playhouse among others. As Community Theatres produce plays, the members become more and more skilled in all aspects of theatre.
Good ideas need someone to get things going. Robert Ebert is doing just that. He has been an active member of the Bennington Community since he arrived. He has the program News and Views on WBTN and has produced a number of radio plays on the station. He also organized the Play Readings on the Veranda series at the Park McCullough House in 2010 for the Season of Mystery. He started the History Book Club and is an active member of the Baker Street Breakfast Club, a Sherlock Holmes society. He has also served on several boards.
Thanks to Robert’s organizational skills, the Bennington Community Theater is a not-for-profit group with its own bank account and Post Office Box – Bennington Theater Company, P.O. Box 746, Bennington, VT 05201. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org The company will soon have a Facebook page. Be sure to look for it. They will rent the Oldcastle Theatre for their first production at the end of October which Christine Decker will direct.
Robert wants as many people as possible as possible involved both backstage and onstage. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to local non-profit organizations. One can become a friend of the project for $50.00, but any kind of help is welcomed either financially or by assisting the company in other ways.
Robert talked about the Bennington Community Theater on Theatre Talk and is willing to talk with any organization that would like to hear more about it. People might also be interested in listening to Christine Decker and Miriam Silver talk about the acting classes that were the inspiration for this project.
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Christine Decker and Miriam Silver