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.
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.
WALPOLE PLAYERS FUNDRAISER
The Walpole Players fundraiser for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf and Our-Place Drop-In Center concluded on December 12th with $2211 raised for those two organizations. The “$250 Shopping Spree” (donated by an anonymous donor) was won by Shirley Byczkowski.
The fundraiser was initiated this year when the players were unable to stage A CHRISTMAS CAROL for an eighth time, following its seven-year run due to the fact that not enough actors and actresses arrived to audition. “But we did not want our local foodshelves to suffer from the lack of donations that we always raised for them from our production,” co-directors Tara Sad and Ray Boas stated. So the idea for a $250 shopping spree incentive was hatched. Based on the donation amount, the donors received one or more entries for the drawing.
Even though the fundraiser is over, you can still donate to the foodshelves. As one of the Charity Collectors said to Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, “(Christmas) is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.” Your tax-deductible donations to help feed our less fortunate neighbors may be mailed to: The Fall Mountain Food Shelf, PO Box 191, Alstead, NH 03602; or, Our Place Drop-In Center, PO Box 852, Bellows Falls, VT 05101.
Thank you again to all of our generous donors. And Merry Christmas to all.
The Walpole Players are making it fun to give this holiday season.
We know that you will one again be donating to your favorite needy charity this year. But, if you give your contribution via the Walpole Players to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf or Our Place Drop In Center, the Walpole Players will enter your name in a drawing to win a $250 shopping spree – provided by an anonymous donor – at the many participating shops and restaurants in Walpole and Bellows Falls. Donations may be made (and entry forms filled out) at the locations listed below.
The winner’s entry will be picked at a fun event with entertainment and Christmas merriment at Joanie Joan’s Baked Goods Company on Saturday, December 12th at noon. You don’t have to be present to win. The winner will have until January 31, 2016, to shop until they drop (or until the $250 is gone, whichever comes first!)
So get a thrill out of giving this year. Donate before December 12th at one of the following locations: Joanie Joan’s Baked Goods Company, The Village Blooms, Galloway Real Estate and Costume Ladies. Help the Walpole Players continue their annual campaign of giving to those in our community in need. And, as Tiny Tim said, ‘God bless us everyone!’
A CHRISTMAS CAROL for 2015 Cancelled — but read on….
Mr. Dickens will not be in Walpole this December to read his classic tale, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. You may recall that last year the show, produced and directed by Ray Boas and Tara Sad, was short of cast members and almost cancelled. The required additional actors were found, however, and the 7th annual production went on.
Sadly, this year only 25 percent of the needed forty people arrived to audition. Previous cast members had moved, others told us of conflicting plans, and many of the younger cast members have grown out of their parts and are involved in other school activities. In an email to all Walpole Players and friends, Ray and Tara reported, “It is with heavy hearts that there will not be A CHRISTMAS CAROL this year. … A CHRISTMAS CAROL has always been a gift from the Walpole Players to the town, and one that we hope you have all enjoyed. … We will be encouraging contributions from the community to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf and Our-Place Drop-In Center to help make up the loss from the production this holiday season.” It was a great seven-year run, bringing $24,197 in cash donations to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf and Our-Place Drop-In Center.
Out of disappointment and discussion, however, a plan was hatched to allow The Walpole Players’ audiences to continue to make their donations to the food shelves, while at the same time helping to support our town retailers during this festive season.
Details on our 8th Annual Fundraiser for
area Food Shelves will be announced shortly