The Walpole Players will be presenting Oscar Wilde’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST in an outdoor performance in early September. This is an abridged version of the play, with 4 female and 4 male roles. The performance date will be the first or second Saturday after Labor Day. Once the play is cast, a final decision will be made as to the date and time.
Auditions will take pla e on Thursday, July 30, at 6:00 PM, and Sunday, August 2, at 4:00 PM. They will be held on the Walpole Town Common at the Bandstand.
If you have any questions, please email WalpolePlayers@gmail.com.
Like most of the other groups in our town, The Walpole Players have been unable to hold any of our planned events, nor hold any in-person meetings this spring. It was with heavy hearts that we canceled our annual Radio Follies only two days before the performance. Then, as the days went by, it became sadly clear that our Old Home Days production, indeed the entire Old Home Days celebration, would not take place.
However! Now that we are able to safely gather out of doors, we have been meeting informally on the Town Common on Sundays to read through scripts just for the fun of it, with the idea that just maybe we will find one that could become an outdoor performance later in the summer or early fall. This has been a welcome change and fun activity for our group!
These readings are for everyone and all ages, so we would like to invite anyone who is interested to stop by the bandstand any Sunday at 4:00 PM, rain or shine, to join us and take on a role! We tend to stick to comedies, and we try to choose plays that aren’t too long so that we are finished around 5:30. This is a great opportunity to try us out if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a part of a theatrical production! Please bring a water bottle and your own lawn chair.
Please come join us, rain or shine! We will be having script readings on the Walpole Town Common every Sunday at 4:00 PM. Bring a lawn chair, a water bottle, and a face mask.
Who knows—maybe we will be able to turn this into an outdoor performance later in the summer! So please join us Sundays at 4:00 PM, rain or shine, for more readings. If there is rain in the forecast, we can be on the band stand—it is large enough to accommodate us even while physically distanced!
We have some scripts, with enough copies for everyone, but if you have anything you’d like to share, please bring it along and and we can make copies in time for the next meeting.
If you purchased tickets to Cabin Fever Radio Follies 2020, please email us at WalpolePlayers@gmail.com to let us know how you would like for us to refund your money, or whether you would like to donate the cost of your ticket. We are a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization, so all donations are tax deductible and will help further our mission to produce shows and promote a love of theater in our community.
If you came to The Wind in the Willows auditions and weren’t able to fill out an information sheet, please send an email to WalpolePlayers@gmail.com just answering all the questions on the form in an email. It was great to see so many people there!
Also, if you plan to come in Wednesday, feel free to fill one out ahead of time and bring with you on Wednesday.
It’s that time of year again, not quite spring, not quite winter; the time when cabin fever strikes. The Walpole Players have the perfect cure, “Cabin Fever Radio Follies”! Get out of the house and join the fun on Saturday March 14 in the Helen Miller Theatre on the second floor of Walpole Town Hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 7 pm. You are sure to see old friends, make new ones and catch up on the adventures of Fibber Magee and Molly; see what is going on at Garish Summit, and hear plenty of new skits and songs. With so many old radio shows, it is often hard to narrow down the choices to just a few, but the cast has done a great job of finding new programs. Adding to the fun, the cast will be doing many of their own sound effects. The show is presented cabaret style, tables are set with tablecloths, and you are welcome to bring an indoor picnic or buffet. This show is always a sell out, so get your tickets right away. Tickets are $10 and are available at Joanie Joan’s Eatery & Baked Goods, 14 Westminster St., Walpole, NH. For more information call (603) 499-1027 or email WalpolePlayers@gmail.com.
Auditions for The Wind in the Willows will take place Sunday, March 8 at 5:00 PM and Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 PM, in the Helen Miller Theater on the second floor of the Walpole Town Hall. If you are unable to come at either of these times, please email WalpolePlayers@gmail.com and we will find a way to accommodate you. This play has over 30 characters, not including children’s roles, and while one person can play more than one role, we need a large cast, including lots of children! So please spread the word if you know of anyone who might be interested themselves, or has children or grandchildren who might like to be in this play.
This play, written by Alan Bennett and based on Kenneth Grahame’s beloved book, premiered at the National Theatre in London 1990, and made its debut in the U.S. in 1993 by The Walpole Players! Lisa Bryan will be directing this production.
If you want to be involved, but acting isn’t your thing, we also need a stage manager and crew, set designers and builders, someone to run lights and sound, and an Assistant Director. If you are interested in helping out with any of these things, please come to the auditions or email WalpolePlayers@gmail.com.
Performance dates are the weekend before and week of our Old Home Days celebration, on June19, 20, 21, 25, and 27. Rehearsals will begin in April and will be every Tuesday and Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon. However, because each scene often involves a different set of characters, not everyone will need to be present at every rehearsal and most conflicts should be accommodated relatively easily.
To reserve tickets or make table reservations, please call (603) 756-2535 or email WalpolePlayers@gmail.com.
Tickets reserved over the phone or by email will be paid for at the door. We accept cash or checks made out to “The Walpole Players.”
The Walpole Players is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.