Happy 75 years Community Players of Hobbs campers!Several big news items...AWARDS GALA: The awards gala will be Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. Western Heritage Museum on the NMJC campus. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Mark your calendar now!The awards gala is for EVERYONE and we need EVERYONE to attend.Why?First, this is when the Playhouse gives out its awards for the past season shows, scholarship winners, thanks people and gives its highest honor, the Tom Mason Award.Second, this is when the Community Players of Hobbs votes in a new board of directors. I am term limited out and will not be able to serve again. Mary Lyle is also term limited out. The nominating committee — myself, Kim Hill and Glynese Floyd — have contacted several people about serving on the board and will present this slate of officers at the Gala to be voted on by you, the attendees. Sandy Goad has agreed to serve as board president. Everyone is allowed to vote on the new board.Third, because it is a chance to get together to socialize rather than having to rehearse together or build something together.Fourth, Robert Schumacher has already done a killer slide show of the last season.Fifth, at least come and let me know what a horrible, despicable, loathsome job I've done over the last four years as president. (Pathetic attempt on part to gain compliments but hey, I'll at least know you read this) I will continue to volunteer at the Playhouse and be a sounding board for Sandy, if she needs me. I have agreed to continue to serve on the IT Committee and the Building Committee, at Sandy's request.ALERT ALERT ALERT MUY IMPORTANTE ALERT ALERT ALERTTICKETING SYSTEM: Within a few days or a week, the Playhouse will be going online to sell tickets and make reservations. Yes, you read that correctly — we will be joining the world wide web, and be able to use credit cards!Robert Schumacher heads up the Playhouse's IT Committee, which also includes Craig Bishop, Erin Anderson and Amanda Weir. The board approved Monday night an online, credit card capable system to make reservations for shows.We want to have it up and running by the time "Fiddler on the Roof" opens, so you can make reservations and pay for your ticket from the comfort of home in your PJs at midnight. (Note: Reservations online and with the credit card will require an additional, nominal handling charge.)Q. Will you still be able to purchase tickets at the door?A. Absolutely...if we are not already sold out.Q. Will you still be able to purchase tickets in advance using cash before the night of the show?A. We are working on this and have several options in the works. Cash, in advance, purchases will not require a handling charge. But the short answer is yes.Q. Will you provide personal assistance for people uncomfortable, unable or not interested in making reservations online?A. You bet. The online system is just another option for people.Q. How do I find the online reservation system?A. There will eventually be links to it from our home page, www.communityplayersofhobbs.
com , etc.I hope everyone appreciates how huge this step is for the community theater and thank you to Robert and the rest of the IT Committee for their work.The IT Committee has several other important steps and projects to undertake but this is a big one to get up and running. Robert will have his hands full. Tee hee!"FIDDLER ON THE ROOF": Don't forget "Fiddler on the Roof" opens in February. Rehearsals are well underway and there's lots of dancing! Show dates are Feb. 17-19 and 24-26.PLAYBILL: Suzanne Holler is out selling our Playbill and corporate sponsorships. The board approved a new bell and whistle for the Gold Corporate sponsors. These are our highest dollar donors. We will be placing signage out front of the Playhouse with the Gold Corporate sponsor's name on these signs as an added thank you.Let me remind everyone that without corporate sponsors, there can be no community theater. So to our sponsors, thank you so much. Your gift is precious and much appreciated.If you know of someone who would like to sponsor or purchase an ad in our Playbill (the booklet handed out at each show), please let me know. We need this support because tickets do not cover the entire cost of the community theater.75 YEARS: Yes, the Community Players of Hobbs turns 75 this year. Our building, the Playhouse, is actually from the 1960s but prior to that there was a troupe of locals doing theater productions at various locations, including in Eunice. With the exception of a couple years during World War II, the Community Players or its forefathers have been presenting theatrical productions in Lea County.Your "almost done and getting a little weepy about it" president,Daniel Russell
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