WALPOLE PLAYERS’ 30th ANNIVERSARY BOOK
Walpole Players will be holding auditions for our 2019 spring production of Neil Simon’s LOST IN YONKERS..
The Pulitzer Prize winning play, LOST IN YONKERS is a heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age story about a very eccentric family by America’s great comic playwright, Neil Simon. Like many of Simon’s plays, LOST IN YONKERS is drawn from his experiences growing up in New York City. Set during World War II, two young brothers, Arty and Jay, are sent to live with their formidable German Jewish immigrant grandmother, the sweet but mentally challenged Aunt Bella, and Uncle Louie, a small-time hoodlum running away from gangsters. LOST IN YONKERS tells the story of a family coping with the challenges of keeping together during World War II and the struggles to balance love, duty, devotion, and trust with tough times.
LOST IN YONKERS is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Sunday, January 13th 4:30 to 6:00 PM
Tuesday, January 15th 6:30 to 8:00
At the Walpole Town Hall in Walpole, NH
Auditions will be readings from the script.
If you have questions or are not available on the audition dates please contact Mike Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org .
JAY – about 15, independent, jokester type who sometimes gets carried away with the situations going on around him; the play tells his coming-of-age story.
ARTY – Jay’s younger brother, he is 13 years old. More of an observer than the rest of his family, he often goes with the flow of things, but also can be a little childish.
EDDIE – Jay’s middle-aged father. After the death of his wife, he is forced to send his two sons to live with their grandmother, while he repays his large financial debts. He is shown to be, much like his sisters, a nervous wreck around Grandma
BELLA – Jay’s thirty-five-year-old aunt. She is sometimes a bit off-center and is mentally challenged, but despite this she is also loving and protective of her nephews. Much of the second half of the play focuses on her attempts at independence from her stern mother.
GRANDMA KURNITZ – Eddie and Bella’s mother, a big woman, buxom, with a strong and erect body, 70 odd years of age. Jay’s grandmother. A very old and stern woman. Owing to her harsh childhood, she has always been very intolerant of what in others she calls “weaknesses”. She is blunt, sometimes even in a funny way, and always knows what is going on with the people around her
LOUIE – Jay’s flamboyant, jovial uncle, in his late 30s, who comes to live with the family when he is hiding from the local mob. He is considered by Grandma Kurnitz to be the “survivor” of the family. He has a strong, mercurial nature, and a certain underlying dark side, which the kids uncover in the second act of the play. He works as a “bag-man” for the mob.
AUNT GERT – Jay’s aunt, and Grandma’s daughter. She is a very interesting addition to the family. Her most noticeable issue is that when she breathes she has a tendency to suck in while still speaking, as a result of trauma instilled in her by Grandma from a young age.
Rehearsals will be at the Walpole Town Hall in February, March, and April. Performances are April 5-6 and 12-13.
Save the date and get ready to be a part of The Walpole Players’ Christmas on the Air! On Saturday, December 15, the Players will bring back its holiday-themed variety show. The evening of entertainment will be similar to that of the Players’ popular Radio Follies show which has been performed in March for the past six years.
Performers will include the Radio Follies crew and others. We would love to have you join the cast, so if you are interested in performing with the Players for this event, please contact Mike Delaney (email@example.com) or Deb Robarge (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your ideas and energy!
For those of you who just want to enjoy an evening of fun entertainment, bring your own dinner, snacks, beverages of choice, and some friends! Seating will be at round tables for eight, so feel free to linger after the show and relax with your table-mates.
Tickets are $10 and will go on sale after Thanksgiving. They will be available at Joanie Joan’s Baked Goods, where table reservations can also be made. All proceeds will go to Our Place Drop-in Center and the Fall Mountain Food Shelf. Doors will open at 6:00 and the show will begin at 7:00.
For more information, please email WalpolePlayers@gmail.com or call Lisa Bryan at 756-2535.
You may have heard the news, you may have seen a copy, but you still have a chance to own a copy of Happy Momentum: 30 Years Onstage with The Walpole Players, by Jan Kobeski. This Old Home Days, The Walpole Players celebrated its 30th anniversary by performing George Washington Slept Here – the Players original production during Old Home Days in 1987.
Looking forward to completion of this third decade, a search for posters, programs, photographs and related ephemera proved tremendously fruitful. Material was collected on all 30 years of productions, the Junior Players, Theater Camp, A Christmas Carol, and more. The result is an 88 page full-color book, created by Jan Kobeski, taking you through a nostalgic memory filled trip of Players’ history.
Priced at $15, copies are available at Joanie Joan’s Baked Goods Company on Westminster Street in Walpole. If you would like a copy mailed anywhere in the US for $20, contact Ray Boas, or make arrangements at Joanie’s. And, in case we miss someone with this posting, please spread the word.
GEORGE WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE opens this Friday, June 16 with performances on the 16th, 17th, 22nd, 24th at 7:30 PM and a matinee on Sunday, June 25 at 2 PM. IMPORTANT REMINDER – these performances will be presented in the Players’ popular Radio Follies format where audience members will be seated at round tables and may bring their snacks, dinners and favorite beverages to enjoy before the curtain goes up. Doors will open at 6:30 for the evening performances, and at 1PM for the matinee. So, gather your friends for an evening out bringing your own meal or snacks to enjoy. Tickets are $10 – under twelve $5, and are available in the village at Joanie Joan’s Baked Goods and Galloway Real Estate. For any questions, call Ray at 756-4545. See you there, and please share this announcement so everyone may join in on The Walpole Players’ 30th Anniversary Production.
Here are all the details, please share, and “fill the house” for the benefit of the food shelves.
Back again for a fourth year, The Walpole Players will go “on air” at 7 pm, Saturday, March 12, in the Helen Miller Theater at the Walpole Town Hall, presenting Cabin Fever Radio Follies of 2016. The doors will open at 6:00 pm, when audience members may arrive bringing their own dinners, snacks and beverages of choice. Round tables for eight will be provided so all may dine in comfort, then sit back and listen when the Players commence the live broadcast from the radio studio on stage. When we “sign off” for the evening, guests are welcome to linger, visiting with neighbors and chatting with the radio performers.
Reporter on the Street will be with us again, and we understand the Bickersons are in another predicament. What show is not complete without the Farm Report, a few classic advertisements and popular hit tunes? The cast is currently selecting and assembling this year’s scripts to provide you with laughs and great memories for an hour and twenty minutes (more or less).
The last three years have been sell-outs, and this year the Players anticipate all tickets will be pre-sold. To purchase tickets and reserve a table for your party, or for more information, call Joan Balla at 499-1027 (please leave a message with your name and phone number) or stop in at Joan’s bake shop (Joanie Joan’s Baked Goods Company, 14 Westminster Street here in Walpole). Ticket prices remain at only $5 per person for a grand evening out. Tickets will be available for purchase the beginning of February at Joanie Joan’s Baked Goods Company and Galloway’s Real Estate office. Mark your calendars now for March 12, gather your friends, and pack your dinner and beverages to join the fun back in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s when life was a tad simpler.