Happy Thanksgiving, Community Players of Hobbs friends!
Yes, it is the end of the year already. Which means two things: 1) Preparing for next season and 2) the annual gala.
So, away we go ...
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: The BOD will meet Monday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. at the Playhouse. We will hopefully be finalizing next season's slate of shows and talk about corporate fundraising for the coming year. As always, anyone is welcome to attend.
The 2010 season is shaping up to be incredible. We may have three musicals. Yes, you read that right, three musicals! Of course, one of those musicals will be the children's camp but you may not know what show it will be: the broadway hit, Seussical, the youth version.
GALA: For several years, Kim Hill headed up this event. She naturally needs a break so we are looking for fresh volunteers! The BOD of directors has not decided on anything definite yet but has kicked around moving the event to a new location and a few other changes. And if there are enough volunteers to help make it happen, my lovely bride might chair the gala ... (mmmm ... shameless public popping the question by me to my wife. It is a trend in our relationship...)
The Gala also serves as the annual general membership meeting. This is important because the general membership votes in the new board of directors and approves any by-law changes. If you receive this email, you are a general member so please attend. No date has been set but we typically have it on the second or third weekend in January. And we will be giving out the Hobbs Community Theater's highest honor, the Tom Mason Award to a deserving someone who has admirably given to the community theater.
CHRISTMAS AT HOME: Ready for a heart warming experience? Sandy Goad is directing two casts (yes TWO casts) in this one-act play. You'll see some new faces on stage as well as some who have not been seen on a Hobbs stage in around a decade. Show dates are Dec. 10-12 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. Story is about a family trying to get together for Christmas.
ANNUAL CORPORATE CAMPAIGN: As you all know, we could not put on a season of shows without the financial support of corporate sponsors, Playbill ad purchases and grants.
If you belong to one of those, thank you for your past support. Please consider supporting theater again in the coming year as your continued support is vital and needed to serve the thousands of patrons, volunteers and theater folks who grace the Playhouse's door every year. I continued to be amazed at this area's willingness to step forward and support theater. Thank you.
If you happen to know a business or foundation or individual who has given, please thank them. Community theater's success starts with financial backing. It absolutely would not happen without it. So again, please thank them.
CHANGE ALERT: With the new overhead lights in the office/kitchen, the motion sensor would not work properly. So, the overhead office/kitchen lights are now back on a regular light switch. Please remember to turn them off. Don't rely on your motion to turn them on because then you'll just be a silly fool doing a squiggly dance in the dark.
Jay Patton also put lighting under the cabinets. Thank you.
XBOX ROCK BAND COMPETITION: Around 75 people showed up Halloween day to fundraise for needy kids in hospitals by having a Rock Band video game competition (for those not in the know, think karaokee like event with scoring). Dr. Arun Mathews of Lea Regional Medical Center (a Playhouse corporate sponsor) headed it up and said it was great success. Of course, he was also wearing black leather pants, a fur coat and long, stringy black hair. LOL. On the serious side, said the event raised good money for Project Hope for kids. Yeah!
As always, the board is open to considering non-traditional theater uses for the Playhouse as we make improvements and can work them in to the schedule. Have an idea? Know of something or someone who could use the Playhouse? Let me know.
• Tools: If you an extra hammer, screwdrivers, etc. just sitting around your shop or workbench and you know you'll never use it, consider donating it to the Playhouse.
• Improving the outside entrance, signage and landscaping.
• Insulating the costume room/oven/freezer room.
• Baseboard in the theater
• Back lot clearing and fencing, etc.
• Finish painting the inside of the theater area.
• Possibly a new answering machine that is easier to understand.
CAMELOT: Just a quick plug, the Broadway touring show of Camelot will be here in February. Mark your calendars.
Your "working on a holiday" president,
The 2020 Season! Our 83rd Year!
Arsenic & Old Lace, directed by Laura Brewster, February 7-16th
The Best of Everything, directed by Marirene Vigil, March 27-28, April 3-5
Aida, directed by Doug Levy, May 22-31
Aladdin, Jr. (YPAW), July 16-19
Beyond the Horizon, directed by Ashley and Jonathan Bertschinger, September 4-13
The Hunt (11th Annual Haunted House), directed by Nathan Gibbs and Kevin Combs, October 22-24, 30-31
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