Editor of the Reformer:
Community theater is a very unique experience. For about eight weeks a dozen or more individuals who have full time jobs or classes make putting on a show one of their primary goals. They skip dinners, they brave all sorts of terrible weather conditions, they sacrifice their precious family time and even some of their own financial resources just so that they can create a theatrical entertainment for the enjoyment of others, many of whom are complete strangers. Why would they do this? Are they crazy? It's hard to explain what makes the community theater actors and directors and technicians do what they do, but our community can be grateful they continue to do it.
One such recent community theatre endeavor was The Vermont Theatre Company's production of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy, "The Importance of Being Earnest" that played for two weekends recently at the Dummerston Grange to most appreciative audiences.
Special thanks goes to a phenomenal cast including Sam Murphy, Ryan Buck, Mike Jerald, Mike Kauffman, Chris Rose, Cassie Dunn, Jillian Morgan, Louise Krieger, and Louise Zak, for their boundless energy and enthusiasm. Kudos to ever reliable and professional stage manager Brenda Seitz for making sure the set was set and the props were where they belonged. She also learned how to make awesome cucumber sandwiches for the performance. Jess Rodrigues designed a beautiful and eye-catching poster. Costumers Belle Coles and Jess Rodrigues made sure that everyone was beautifully and appropriately dressed. Technical lighting and sound cues were handled with great efficiency by Corinne and Ian Epstein. Thank you, also, goes to the Evening Star Grange #154 who once again opened their doors to VTC and graciously allowed us to take over their building to transform it, this time, into 1890's London.
It is also extremely important to get word out to the public about performances and this could not happen without the assistance of the local media. We greatly appreciate the coverage that we receive in the Brattleboro Reformer and The Commons, as well as on the radio from Jim Maxwell. We also greatly appreciate the review that Nancy Olson wrote for us which ran in the Reformer.
And finally a very special thank you goes to our corporate sponsor for this production, Joe LoMonaco, financial advisor at Edward Jones. Without Joe's generous support, and the support of our many season donors, we would not be able to produce quality shows at affordable prices throughout the year.
For those who shared in the hilarity and wit of "The Importance of Being Earnest", the reward was surely a most enjoyable evening of entertainment. For those who missed this production, perhaps they will want to see community theater in action at our next production, "All's Well that Ends Well", our annual Shakespeare-in-the-Park offering, being performed at the Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro June 23-26. More information is available at 802-258 1344 or vermonttheatrecompany.com.
Bob Kramsky, Director, Vermont Theatre Company, May 18
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