The Reviews are in and LOST IN YONKERS is a hit!

The reviews are in! Get your tickets now for Lost in Yonkers. Remaining shows are Saturday at 7:00 and Sunday at 2:00, at the Helen Miller theater at the Walpole Town Hall. Tickets will be available at the door. Email walpoleplayers@gmail.com for more info.

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Our next production: LOST IN YONKERS

The Walpole Players’ next production is Neil Simon’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, LOST IN YONKERS.

Mark your calendars now for this heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age story, as funny as it is poignant and certain to leave you spellbound with laughter and tears.

This Neil Simon classic tells the story of a family coping with the challenges of keeping together during World War II and the struggles to balance love with tough times. Grandma Kurnitz, played by Maggie Jennings, is the matriarch with a will of iron and a hardwood cane who spared no rod in raising her four children. When her two teenage grandsons, played by Ben Robison and Anthony Mitchell, are forced by circumstances to live with her for a year, the clash of generations and battle of wills leads the whole family to learn important lessons about love, duty, devotion, and trust.

The childlike Aunt Bella is played by Karen Soohoo, with the rest of the cast rounded out by Tom Durnford as Uncle Louie, a small-time gangster, Gregory Higgins as Eddie, the boys’ father, and Jenny Plante as Aunt Gert. The production is directed by Charlestown resident Mike Wright.

Lost in Yonkers is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. Performances are Friday-Saturday, April 5-6, & Saturday, April 13, at 7:00 PM, and Sunday, April 14, at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $10 and will be available at Joanie Joan’s Eatery, 14 Westminster Street, and Galloway Real Estate, 47 Main Street, in Walpole. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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Mark your calendars now for the 7th Annual Cabin Fever Radio Follies!

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Auditions!

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.

AUDITION DATES:
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

CALLBACK DATES
As needed.

Auditions will be readings from the script.
If you have questions or are not available on the audition dates please contact Mike Wright at mikey2573@comcast.net .

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

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.

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Christmas on the Air returning for 2018!

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 (mdelaney10@myfairpoint.net) or Deb Robarge (qduaiwlrt@live.com) 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.

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Walpole Players’ 30th Anniversary Souvenir Book

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.

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GEORGE WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE – Opening June 16, 2017

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.

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