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.

The Dorset Players website 

 

Dorset Players One Act Play Festival 2018

The Dorset Players is presenting its fifteenth  One Act Play Festival. It only runs for one weekend, April 6, 7 and 8, so get your tickets as quickly as you can. Telephone 802 867-5777.or by going to the website at the link

Dorset Players Website

After you have your tickets, listen to the delightful conversation we had with Lynne Worth, producer of the Festival; Jean Yeager, writer/director of The Clothesline; and Courtney Carter, actress in Clara’s On the Curtains. Listening to their different perspectives on the plays is enlightening.  One Act Play Festivals offer something for everyone. Bob and I have enjoyed the Dorset Players Festivals over the years and look forward to this year’s, particularly after talking with Lynne, Jean and Courtney.

Click below to listen

One Act Play Festival Interview

  Clothesline

 

  Clara’s On Curtains

Mothers and Sons The Dorset Players

The Dorset Players is a vital community theatre which presents first-rate productions during the fall, winter and spring. They rent their theatre to the Dorset Theatre Festival in the summer. This offers Dorset and the surrounding area quality theatre all year round. The Dorset Players schedule includes, comedy, drama, musicals, one act plays and children’s theatre.  Bob and I have enjoyed their productions over the years. We also enjoy talking with the casts and directors about their work since they provide a unique perspective on the value of community theatre.

For their  upcoming production of Mothers and Sons,  we spoke with the producer Cheryl Gushee, the director Sherry Kratzer and the cast of the play with the exception of the two boys who share the role of Bud, the young son of Cal and Mike, played by Paul Michael Brinker and Mike Cutler. Lynne Marcus plays the mother of Andre, Cal’s deceased lover. Once again we were treated to an insightful discussion of the process of putting on a play. Sherry Kratzer talked about the process of directing helping us understand and appreciate how the magic of theatre happens.

Click below to listen to the cast, director and producer. It will enhance your enjoyment of the play which you should not miss.

Mothers and Sons interview

The play opens on March 2nd. To order tickets, click on the link to their website below.

The Dorset Players

 

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