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
This weekend (May 30 & 31) our recent production of SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY will be aired on Bellows Falls, VT, FACT-TV.
Here is a link to the Promo they just posted on our Facebook page:
So, click that link, and take a look, yours, RAY
And available for streaming from FACT8-TV from the home page (link will eventually move, and I will advise)
SO CLICK HERE to get THERE and enjoy
CABIN FEVER RADIO FOLLIES – 2015
Back again for a third time, The Walpole Players will “go on air” at 7PM, Saturday, March 14th in the Helen Miller Theater at the Walpole Town Hall presenting CABIN FEVER RADIO FOLLIES OF 2015. The doors will open at 6:30 when audience members may arrive bringing their own dinners, snacks and beverages of choice. Round tables for eight will be around the floor for everyone’s dining pleasure to sit back and listen when the “players” commence the live broadcast from the radio studio on stage. When the players “sign off” for the evening, audience guests are welcome to linger the rest of the evening visiting with neighbors and chatting with the radio performers.
Fibber McGee and Molly are visiting again, and we understand that the Bickersons are in another predicament. What show is complete without the Farm Report, a few classic advertisements, and popular hit tunes. The cast is currently assembling and selecting this year’s scripts to provide you with laughs and tears for an hour and twenty minutes (more or less).
The last two years have been sell outs , and this year the players anticipate all tickets will be pre sold. Ticket prices remain at only $5 per person for a grand evening out. To reserve a table for your party and purchase tickets, or for more information, call Ray at 603 756-4545. Mark your calendars now for March 14th, gather your friends, and pack your dinner and beverages to join the fun back to the 1930s, 40s, and 50s when life was a tad simpler.
Ebenezer Scrooge (Peter Eisenstadter) takes the final bow Saturday, December 13, 2014, as the curtain comes down ending the Walpole Players 7th Annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Donations by over 460 audience members and cast to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf and Our Place Drop-In Center totaled $3948.10, bringing the total contributions to $24,197.18 for the seven season run. Thank you, and see you next year. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from The Walpole Players.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Here (in the first slideshow group) for you to enjoy are many images that Jan Kobeski took on Wednesday night, December 10th, at The Walpole Players’ 7th Annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. These are presented as a slide show, and all you have to do is click on any one of the images to open up the slide show.
Following is a second slideshow with another 35 images from Thursday night’s performance – December 11, 2014. In Jan’s own words, “I am a very happy camper… Some splendid images here… very lucky positioning and equally lucky timing.”
DECEMBER 10th Images
DECEMBER 11th Images
(again, click on any of the images to
open the slideshow)
In spite of “iffy” looking weather almost 80 people attended opening night of The Walpole Players’ 7th Annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. A group came from Chester, Vermont, a family from Chesterfield, NH, and couples from both Marlborough and Greenfield, Massachusetts. We have a dedicated following.
Jan Kobeski, our outstanding photographer and image chronicler, just sent me a selection of images he took last evening, and now I can share these with you.
Encourage everyone to attend – full details on the front page of our website. Last evening was probably the best performance to date since 2008, and the cast should be very proud. Remember to attend, everyone will be seated, and your cash donation for local food shelves greatly appreciated. Thank you, RAY
MR. CHARLES DICKENS
SCROOGE AND CRATCHIT
CRATCHITS AT CHRISTMAS DINNER
SCROOGE AND GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST
SCROOGE AND GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT
TOASTING SCROOGE AT FRED’S PARTY
OL’ JOE AND THE RAGPICKERS
SCROOGE SEES HIS TOMBSTONE
COUNTDOWN … Just three days until opening night on Wednesday, December 10th. Bring your holiday spirit, and cash donations for the local food shelves. I look forward to greeting you at the door, yours, RAY