Our new season for 2016-17 will be announced on June 1st at our annual meeting. Telephone reservations with "operators standing by" for our fall musical will begin on Monday, September 26th from noon to 5 p.m. You may make a reservation online anytime prior to that date by clicking on the "reservations" link. You may also leave a message on the BCT phone line at any time with a reservation, and we will return your call with a confirmation.
WELCOME TO THE 83rd BCT SEASON!
Our current production of Exit Laughing closed on May 7th.
Our recently closed production was THE DINING ROOM by A.R. Gurney
In his play, Gurney sets the action in a beautiful dining room. The question is: Is this the SAME dining room throughout the show? There are a total of 17 scenes in the play with overlapping time periods, families, and situations. A word of caution – if you try to mentally connect the characters and story lines, you will drive yourself crazy. Don’t do it! Just let each story present itself as a snippet of the larger tale. Sometimes the scenes overlap, but just go with the flow and we promise an entertaining evening. Some of the scenes are comic, others touching and tender. The author has a penchant for writing plays about WASPS (the white [or wealthy] Anglo-Saxon Protestants of New England.) We think you will enjoy watching our actors repeatedly leave the stage as one character and re-enter as someone else moments later.
Donna Balsley as Agent, Mother, Carolyn, Sandra, Dora, Harriet, Beth, Kate, Claire, Ruth
Sydney Winchester as Annie, Grace, Peggy, Nancy, Sarah, Margery, Emily, Annie, Guest
Rebecca Wallendal as Sally, Girl, Ellie, Aggie, Winkie, Old Lady, Helen, Meg, Bertha, Guest
Loren Sass as Father, Michael, Brewster, Grandfather, Stuart, Gordon, David, Harvey, Host
Jay Godwin as Arthur, Boy, Architect, Billy, Nick, Fred, tony, Standish, Guest
Stephen Ellis as Client, Howard, Psychiatrist, ted, Paul, Ben Chris, Jim, Dick, Guest
The show will be directed by Barry Nyquist and stage managed by Mary Easland.
If you are not on the Beloit Civic Theatre mailing list, please go to the “mailing list” page and enter your name and address so you will receive the newsletters and season brochures regularly.
HELP US OUT!
We are always happy to receive cookie donations for our intermissions. Contact Pat Hoye at 608-362-6879 if you are willing to bake for us. All donations from the intermission refreshments go toward our scholarship fund. In addition to our Board of Directors, the following volunteer bakers provided cookies for Exit Laughing: Linda Hough, Bonnie Pody, Tom and Penny Kennedy, Robin Stauffacher, Bev McKittrick, Judy Paddock, Kathy Vogel, Judy Wightman, Josie Peebles, Anonymous, Sue Hess, Maxine Burns, Betty Ainger, Wilma Dotter
A special thank you to Elizabeth and Abby Smith for their help in setting up the intermission cookie table.
We can also always use a hand with ushering (you get to see the show for free!) For more information, call the office at (608) 362-1595 and leave a message. If you would like to volunteer as a set builder or painter, give Loren Sass a call at 608-365-0235, and he will share the schedule of workdays. Hope to see you at the theatre!
THE BCT BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
BCT has fifteen members on its all-volunteer Board of Directors, each elected to a three-year term at the annual meeting.
President: Pat Hoye
Vice President: Loren Sass
Secretary: Doris Tropp
Treasurers: Les Blumreich and Rebecca Wallendal
Board Members: Joyce Anderson, Donna Balsley, Mary Easland, Mike Fallon, Dee Fischer, Jay Goodwin, Mary Mowers, Lisa Scholten, Susan Smith, Tom Young.
NEED A GIFT FOR SOMEONE?
Gift certificates for Beloit Civic Theatre are available, either for season memberships or for a single show. Call our office at (608) 362-1595 or
send an e-mail message to email@example.com
WANT A BCT SHIRT?
Several audience members have commented on the Beloit Civic Theatre polo shirts that you see being worn by board members in the lobby. If you want to own your very own BCT polo, they are available at Paragon Screen Printing at 1545 Prairie Avenue in Beloit. Just stop in and Paula will be glad to assist you. Prices range from $21 to $26 depending on style and size.
SET BUILDING TIME from our recent production of Church Basement Ladies:
Dee Fischer and Ed Skwarlo painting the numerous cupboard drawers and doors.
Deb Burns and Harold Pann build a new wall unit for the set.
George Smith working on what will become the kitchen island.
Mike Fallon, Les Blumreich and Tom Lepinski building the door wall for the entry to the furnace room of the church basement.
Donna Balsley is our props and wardrobe "queen" who is having way too much fun creating fake food for this production.
HAVE AN OLD VIOLIN IN THE ATTIC?
P.A.P.A.S. (Parent Advocates for the Performing Arts in Our Schools) is beginning a campaign to assist the school district's music department. We are particularly looking for used string instruments, but also will be able to accept band instruments. Because of school budget cuts, every year there are students who are turned away from participation on the orchestra because they cannot afford to rent or buy an instrument. The P.A.P.A.S. Board of Directors is asking the community to consider donating instruments for this purpose. Since P.A.P.A.S. is a 501(c) 3 charitable non-profit corporation, you would receive a letter acknowledging your contribution for tax purposes. If you have questions, or an instrument you are willing to part with, please call Loren Sass, the P.A.P.A.S. treasurer, at 608-365-0235 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
“ Just remember: It’s only Community Theatre until it offends someone...then, it’s ART!”