Oklahoma! – Dorset Players

The Dorset Players are presenting Oklahoma May 17 to May 26. Bob and I had the pleasure of interviewing Susan Dorgeloh, the producer and director; Kelly Gaiotti, the choreographer, and three members of the cast, Josh Bond (Curly) . Danielle Houston (Laurey),  and  Caren McVicker (Aunt Eller). This musical which opened on Broadway 76 years ago transformed the American musical. Unlike most musicals of the time, in Oklahoma the music and dance were integrated into the “book” and moved the action along. The musical was a sensation and started Rodgers and Hammerstein on their long and successful collaboration. With a cast of twenty-four, the Dorset Players production is is an ambitious project for a community theatre. However, The Dorset Players produce wonderful musicals  as Bob and I can testify, having enjoyed them over the years.. This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to see an outstanding musical at a reasonable price.

Listen to the interview by clicking below

Oklahoma Interview

Then click below to order tickets on line or call 802- 867-5570

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Bennington Community Theatre – The Dining Room

The Bennington Community Theatre will be opening its first production of 2019 at the Oldcastle Theatre om May 3-5. The theatre is now in residence at Oldcastle Theatre in downtown Bennington. Bob and I spoke with Christine Decker who is directing this production of A. R. Gurney’s delightful play, The Dining Room.  Community theatre provides an opportunity for people to become involved as actors, directors, lighting, sound and other technical aspects of  theatre. From production to production it is possible to shift roles, acting in one production and working on the set in the next. Chris talked about the upcoming production as well as opportunities for future performances.  Since the work is all volunteer, the cost of the tickets is greatly reduced giving more people a chance to see some fine plays.

Listen to Chris and then click on Bennington Community Theatre. For tickets call 802-447-0564

Interview with Christine Decker

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Christine Decker

 

The Dining Room rehearsal

 

One Act Plays- Dorset Players

The Dorset Players are presenting their program of one act plays March 29-31 and April 5-7. Fridays and Saturdays are at 7:30 pm and Sundays are at 2:00 pm. The Dorset Players are an excellent example of how community theatre is an asset to its community and surrounding communities. Each year the company  presents a  varied selection of  plays at a reasonable cost utilizing the many talents of talented community members. Bob and I have enjoyed their productions for many years.  This year the four plays offer an interesting range of characters and situations.  We discuss the plays in the link below. Click on the link to listen and then click on the link to the Players website or call  (802) 867-5570 to order your tickets.

Discussion of One Act Plays

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           H.R. cast

 

     A Marriage Proposal cast

Sylvia -The Dorset Players

Given the popularity of A. R. Gurney’s play, Sylvia, it is hard to believe that it was rejected many times before it was first produced on Broadway. Missing his grown children and dissatisfied with his job, Greg bonds with Sylvia, a dog who jumps into his lap while he is sitting on a park bench. His wife is not  thrilled when he brings the dog home.  Since in the play, the dog is embodied by an attractive young woman, it is understandable. The production of the play at the Dorset Players is delightful. Its only flaw is that it just   plays for two weekends and you don’t want to miss it. After listening to our discussion of the production, contact the Dorset Players for tickets.

Discussion of Sylvia

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                            Jim Young, Maya Grace Redington Tracy Hughes

Bennington Community Theatre – The Curious Savage

The Bennington Community Theatre will be performing The Curious Savage at Oldcastle Theatre on December 7 and 8. Bob and I had the opportunity to talk to some of the eleven actors and director Christine Decker before a rehearsal. We set up in the lobby of the theatre and spoke to Chris and the performers as they were available. Besides enjoying what they shared about their experiences  rehearsing the play, we learned more about the play which had been produced on Broadway in 1950.  Lillian Gish played the role of Mrs. Savage who is trying to keep  her money from her greedy step-children. It sounds like a fine plot for a comedy, particularly since there are so many charmingly eccentric characters. .

Click below to hear the interview

Interview with cast members of The Curious Savage

Then click on the Oldcastle Theatre website for tickets

Oldcastle Theatre website

Witness for the Prosecution

The Dorset Players present Witness for the Prosecution October 5th  to 7th and  October 12th  to 14th. Written by that master of all detective writers, Agatha Christie, this  play has many surprises.  Match your wits with the prosecuting and defending attorneys about the nature of the crime. Bob and I interviewed director, Janet Groom, and actor, Drew Davidson, about their work preparing this intriguing drama.

Listen to what they have to say, by clicking below

Witness for the Prosecution interview

Then order your tickets by clicking on the Dorset Players website or call  802.867.5570

You can also find out about the rest of the season.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Each year The Dorset Players end their season with a musical. Having provided their audiences with a range of drama, comedy, one acts, new plays and old, the company is concluding its successful 90th Anniversary Season with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee May 18th to May 27th. Bob and I talked with director, Todd Hjelt, stage manager, Patty Green, and actor, Dan Silver about the production. As a community theatre, this company offers opportunities for all members of the community, to participate in creating productions that  excite participants and audiences alike.

Ninety years of productions is an impressive achievement for any organization, but for a company consisting of volunteers who take on all the  jobs involved in a production, it is remarkable.  Community theatre is also affordable for an audience. This not only means volunteers contributing many hours of work, but  finding sponsors and advertisers who help with the  inevitable costs of a producing plays and maintaining a theatre.  Over the years that we have enjoyed the Dorset Players, Bob and I have been impressed by the quality of the work and the dedication of the company’s members. You can be a part of the company or a member of the audience. Either way, you will have a wonderful time.

Listen to Todd, Patty and Dan talk about their experience, but clicking below.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Interview

Look at this video,

Spelling Bee video

Contact their box office and have a great time attending the play.

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