Dorset Players 90th Anniversary

Community theatres are an important resource. The Dorset Players is an outstanding example. They not only offer an opportunity for children and adults to act in plays, they also give people a chance to develop their back stage skills such as building sets, hanging lights and all the other aspects of theatre. The major performer in one play might be working on costumes for the next.  Although community theatres have to pay royalties for the plays , as all theatres do, community theatres can present classic plays which have large casts because the players volunteer their time.

Recognizing how inspiring the longevity of the Dorset Players is, Bob and I had the pleasure of interviewing Angie Merwin, currently the President of the Board. She also has been doing lighting for many years.  Past presidents, Suzi Dorgeloh, who does costumes and directs and Errol Hill who acts, works on sets and does whatever needs to be done,  also shared their experiences and gave us a sense of how valuable community theatre is to the volunteers and to their audiences.

Click below to listen to the interview.

Interview with Dorset Players Members

Dorset Players website

 

Dorset Playhouse Then
Dorset Playhouse Now

Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike

The Dorset Players open their 90th season with Christopher Durang’s delightful comedy, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike.   Fortunately, early in the  opening week, Bob and I had the chance to interview the director, Paul Michael Brinker, Vanya (Jim Young), Sonia (Laura King), Masha (Elizabeth Hazelton) and Spike (Bobby Leonard). Nina (Lillian Kelly) joined us later in the program.  They not only talked about their parts in this play, but what it meant to be a part of community theatre.

This is a discussion that is well worth eavesdropping on. After you click below to do so,

Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike

click on the link below to go to the Dorset Players website to order tickets. Like most of their productions, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike only runs for two weekends, October 6, 7 and 8 and October 13, 14 and 15

The Dorset Players website

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Each year The Dorset Players have a spring musical. They are always a delight. As people who enjoy musicals, Bob and I look forward to these productions. This year the company is putting on the long-running Off Broadway musical, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. The performances will be two weekends starting Friday, May 19 and ending on Sunday, May 28. Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 P.M.  We had the pleasure of talking with the director, Suzi Dorgelon, the music director, Gary Schmidt and Erika Schmidt, the choreographer.

Listen to what they have to say, then get your tickets.

Dorset Players Interview Part 1

Dorset Players Interview Part 2

Dorset Players website

 

 

 

Dorset Players Special Event 2017

The fall season for the Dorset Players will mark the beginning of their 90th season as a community theatre. To begin the celebration of this special year, the Players are hosting a concert by Bob Stannard  on May 6 which will help them raise funds for another 90 years. Lynne Worth and Angie Merwin, two active and devoted members of the Dorset Players, talked with us about this fund raiser as well as the financial challenges that confront a community theatre The many unpaid volunteers make the theatre work on stage and behind stage. However there are expenses involving the upkeep of the building, the cost of electricity and heat among other costs. While the community theatre audience enjoys quality theatre at a reasonable price, the Board members need to find different sources of income to pay for repairs and maintenance. This May 6 concert and the reception afterwards is an enjoyable way for theatre goers to support the theatre.

Hear more about the concert and the theatre by clicking below

The Dorset Players  Part 1

The Dorset Players Part 2

Alex Aldrich, executive director of Vermont Arts Council, Angie Merwin, Lynne Worth, Linda Joy Sullivan, Vermont State Representative and Suzi Dorgeloh. Angie Merwin is holding the award from the Vermont Arts  Council . 

                                                    The Dorset Playhouse

 

Dorset Players One Act Play Festival 2017

For fourteen years The Dorset Players have produced a One Act Play Festival. This year the Festival will be performed for only one weekend, Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 2 at 2:00  pm.   Bob and I talked with producer Lynne Worth and actors Lynne Marcus and Natalie Philpot about what to expect and how much value these festivals have for the actors and the audiences. The festivals  we have seen in the past have always given us a chance to appreciate the talents of a variety of actors, directors and writers. This is an annual theatrical event worth going to enjoy.

Click below to hear about the festival and then click on The Dorset Players website for more information.

One Act Play Festival Part 1    

One Act Play Festival Part 2

The Dorset Players website

                         Actors in the Festival

Tom Norton and Dawn Goetz rehearse a scene from Wanda’s Visit

 

                     Aidan Kennedy
                    Chris Kennedy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         Erin Rachel
                            Natalie Philpot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        Zoe Grigsby

Bus Stop – Dorset Players

bus-stop-poster16716173_1525607834119485_2720166920673247551_oOne of the pleasures of Community Theatre is that they can present classic plays with large casts, giving those who never had an opportunity to see these plays, a look into our theatre treasures. William Inge’s Bus Stop is such a play. Produced in 1955, it told the story of a group of people stranded by a snowstorm in Kansas at a bus stop. The film of the play was only loosely based on the play which won four Tony awards.There is drama, comedy and romance in this look at a world that is now gone.

The Dorset Players are performing the play March 3 to March 12. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.  Having talked to the director, Paul Michael Brinker and two of the actors, Dana Haley and Bobby Leonard, we are looking forward to it eagerly.

Bus Stop Interview Part 1

Bus Stop Interview Part 2

The Dorset Players web site

Bo and Cherie, Bobby Leonard and Dana Haley
Bo and Cherie, Bobby Leonard and Dana Haley
Virgil and Bo Dan Silver and Bobby Leonard
Virgil and Bo
Dan Silver and Bobby Leonard

 

 

Ancestral Voices

16265657_1496823606997908_1157576696311391821_nThis weekend theatre goers can have an A.R. Gurney festival. On Friday night at 7:30 pm, the Dorset Players are presenting a reading of Ancestral Voices and on Saturday and Sunday, the Bennington Community Theater is performing Love Letters.  As Love Letters was meant to have two actors reading letters, Ancestral Voices is meant to be performed as a reading by several actors. These unique approaches to writing plays are characteristic of Gurney’s work. It will be worthwhile to see both plays to get an idea of Gurney’s variety.

Ancestral Voices is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

We interviewed the director, Kevin O’Toole and one of the actors Christopher Restino.

Click below to hear the interview.

Ancestral Voices Part 1

Ancestral Voices Part 2

To see what else the Dorset Players are doing this year, click below for their website.

The Dorset Players