President’s Message

Message from the President

This 89th season, we are looking forward to bringing you excellent community theatre, educational workshops and extra events that will engage your appreciation of the arts.

We hope you will join us for many, if not all, of them. Through out this playbill, you will see the shows we produced last year, some of the workshops we hosted as well as this season’s offerings.

A quick history of our Community Theater. (And this is what you don’t see.) The original playhouse building was built out of two old barns and officially opened in July of 1929. For many years it served the Players well. But as time and weather took its toll, it needed some serious renovation. Since the Dorset Players own the building, it was up to us to see to these renovations. Dorset Theatre Festival, a long time summer tenant, approached us and asked if they could take over renovations, including fund raising, in exchange for a long-term lease. We agreed to let DTF tear down most of our building and we collaborated on the renovations to take place.

Fifteen years later, and without an endowment, the theatre has fallen into some disrepair, despite the Players continual effort to upgrade and repair it with volunteers, donations and grants.

In the last few years, we replaced a furnace, and two outside heating units (thanks to a matching grant from the Vermont Arts Council), as well as maintaining the working environment of the building itself. This year we added a new phone system, had a stage rigging inspection and repairs for the safety of our volunteer workers, re-graded both parking lots (with the help from the town of Dorset voters), and resolved a boundary dispute (thanks to Kevin O’Toole’s diligence). We have replaced a lighting board, a soundboard, and 40 lighting instruments (thanks to a matching grant from the Vermont Arts Council, again). We will replace the stage floor this year (thanks to a generous donation from rk Miles.) and repair and paint the back wall of the playhouse (rotting wood and backsplash). We hope to continue with another side next year. And, if you look up, you will see that our next big challenge is the roof.

Although we love our theatre and love producing shows and workshops, we also spend a lot of time and money just keeping the roof over our heads. You can help by attending shows, becoming a member or a sponsor. Attend our fundraisers and donate to our building fund. Every little bit helps. And thank you to the many volunteers who help us save money by donating their skills. Let us know how you can help.

Angie Merwin