Voice of the Theatre - January
With the familiar greetings of “Happy New Year” still in the air, we embrace 2010 with high hopes for a prosperous and healthy year for everyone.
The stage is still full of good cheer from our successful radio dramatization of “A Christmas Carol” broadcast on radio station KPFZ, 88.1 FM last December. The stage is still full of Christmas decorations too, that we have to put away until next year’s shows. We had a nearly full house for this free reading of the Holiday classic and from what I have heard “on the street”, everyone loved it whether they watched it at the theatre or listened at home on their radios. Thanks to all of you who helped put this wonderful present together for the whole community.
We are getting ready for hosting the 17th annual Winter Music Festival that takes place on February 27th and 28th. This year’s theme is “Vaudeville 2010”. The auditions will be at the Soper-Reese on Saturday, January 16, 2010 beginning at 10:00 AM. The term “Vaudeville” literally translates to the “voice of the village” and this year’s show will display the great talent our “village” has to offer.
Jim Malcolm will be on the bill on Friday the 29th of January again raising funds for KPFZ radio. Jim was here last year to a full house and puts on a truly great show. He was awarded the prestigious Songwriter of the Year award from Scots Trad (traditional) Music Society in 2004 for his writing. He was also lead singer for the band Old Blind Dogs which won best Scottish Folk Band for that Year. Jim has a beautiful, soulful lilting voice, a classic love of the folk ballad tradition and a winning sense of humor that comes across in his wonderfully crafted songs. Be sure to get your tickets early for this amazing showman. It is sure to be a sellout.
The construction phase of the Soper-Reese is always with us it seems. We still have some funds to raise, in order to build out the dressing rooms at the back of the stage. These will be a welcomed addition to everyone who has performed for us as of this date. Right now, performers have to share two draped 5x8 piped off areas backstage in order to change into costumes and do makeup. It makes me thankful that we are surrounded by so many volunteers, both backstage and onstage, who are willing to adapt to less than perfect conditions when it comes to productions at the Soper-Reese.
We are currently working with the Kiwanis Club of Lakeport to install the garden in the courtyard just south of the building. This is the perfect time to plant the trees and shrubs that will soften this area and give a nice relaxing area to the theatre and to the sidewalk.
Happy New Year from the Soper-Reese, Your community theatre.
Posted 1/5/2010 in Voice Of The Theatre
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