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President’s Annual Report 2016-2017

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The Children’s Theatre, Inc.

President’s Annual Report

2016-2017

This 2016 – 2017 Season was the first year of my privilege of being President of this wonderful organization. I am looking forward to the new 2017-2018 season as we adapt and grow stronger in many ways. I think our play choices for this upcoming year will be very successful and although we all hope to have The Schwartz Center for the Arts reopen, we have gained a venue of Wells Theatre in Wesley College to begin our performance date schedule. I know many have expressed concerns over a venue but we, as the strong organization that we have become, will find a way to keep the arts in our community. A great many of our goals have been met, and we have more exciting ones ahead that we will strive to achieve as we forge on with our mission.

MISSION

The mission of the Children’s Theatre, Inc. is to foster and encourage children in the development of and commitment to the highest standard of theatre through instruction, direction, and production of quality performances, whereby, its audiences may gain an appreciation for the arts.

GRANTS

  

Fortunately, we received grant funds for the 2016-2017 season: ($1,700) from DE Division

of the Arts, which allowed us to focus on all four-regular season shows. The $2,500 grant received from the Kent County Fund for the Arts helped with the extraordinary expenses incurred with a Broadway musical.

With our MUSIC MAN production, we were blessed to have Lori Connor, a local muralist/artist to create a beautiful train scene on five flats which set the stage for this fabulous musical. This was the largest cast ever to be on stage for The Children’s Theatre. It was our intention to do The Sound of Music for our musical, but there were licensing restrictions, which made us go to our backup plan, The Music Man. Lori also did the flats for the forest in ROBIN HOOD. Both professionally painted sets, like her castle flats for last year’s shows, will remain unchanged and used in future productions.

 

The good news is simply this: our grant writers have done it, once again! The Children’s Theatre, Inc. received funding for the 2017-2018 season from these same state and county organizations. The Delaware Division of the Arts awarded us $2,000. Those adjudicating the grants were looking especially for collaboration with other non-profit organizations. They were delighted with our Maurice Sendak partnership with the Delaware libraries last summer. We received a $2,000 grant from The Kent County Fund for the Arts. We are grateful for the opportunities and support that we have received from these organizations.

In reporting our Visitor count to the state, I am pleased to announce that our numbers have doubled! From July 2016 -July 2017, we have had approximately 10,281 visitors come through the doors of Reith Hall/Old Brick Church in the 2016-2017 season!

KENT COUNTY FUND FOR THE ARTS AWARDS LUNCHEON

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Receiving the $2,000 grant check from the Kent County Fund for the Arts for this season’s musical are Patricia Beetschen, President, and Sharon Crossen, grant writer. Presenting the check at the awards luncheon are Joshua Twilley and Rosemary Twilley, founders of the KCFA. (Absent from the photo is John Clendaniel, grant writer.

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Our productions are supported in part by The Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

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2016-2017 SHOWS

The Spell of Sleeping Beauty (November 2016)

The first show of the season brought an old favorite back to the stage. Originally performed as Patricia Beetschen’s directorial debut 15 years ago, this cast of 27 of our children/teens did an outstanding job telling the classic tale with a twist of a beautiful princess, an evil wicked fairy, a spell and a curse, good fairies and magic, but only the kiss of true love, just in time, would break the spell!

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Pollyanna (January 2017)

Pollyanna is a classic tale of the greatest optimist of all time. Alexia Nadel played the title role. Pollyanna, the little orphan, whose faith in her father’s promise of finding something good in any situation, by playing a “Glad Game” changed the hearts of townsfolk and her pessimistic and domineering Aunt Polly. With a cast of 21 students, the performance on stage warmed the hearts of many.

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The Music Man (March 2017)

With the largest cast that the Children’s Theatre ever assembled on stage (64), The Music Man, led by Josiah Rich as Harold Hill, a fast-talking, swindling salesman, initially mesmerizes the townsfolk with his con-man promise of a boy’s band with instruments. Once the uniforms and instruments arrive his plot soon backfires; Professor Hill has to decide whether to skip town before his true identity is revealed. However, his heart, stolen by the town librarian, (Bella Shade and Alexandra Cseke) makes leaving a con man’s dilemma.

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Robin Hood

Robin Hood, the final show of our season, brought the Merry Men together with their leader Robin Hood (Ace Clark) to aid the oppressed and halt the plans of evil Prince John. Robin’s sweetheart, Maid Marian, (Amanda Finney & Julianna Brenner) participate in the plot to return King Richard to power.

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

DOVER DAYS May 2017

A choreographed piece inspired by The Lion King was performed at The Schwartz Center for the Arts during the Dover Days celebration. This was a 20-minute show that explains the 'Circle of Life' through dance and movement. It was designed to make one feel confident within oneself. This piece created and choreographed by Tommy Price, a Children’s Theatre, Inc., alum, utilized a combination of several pop and current top hit songs and was enjoyed by many visitors.

The second offering for Dover Days was “Your Young Men Will See Visions," a short story performed as a one-man play by 14-year-old Nikolas Mandalas. It is the story told of an adolescent Delaware Native American who, on his vision quest, sees the first white men arriving. The story was written by Joseph L. Crossen, Ed.D.

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Dance inspired by The Lion King                               “Your Young Men Will See Visions”

Summer Theatrical Arts Workshop

July 31-August 4, 2017

The workshop was attended by 23 children (ages 8-13), who had an opportunity to learn and perform a complete, full-length play, after only one week of rehearsals! In between rehearsing they also had a lot of fun doing sidewalk chalk drawing, bubble blowing, theatre games, face painting, and other theatre arts activities. Along with the excellent assistance from our three teen volunteers, Kaitlyn Clendaniel, Kathyrn Suter, and Luana Spalluto, directors, Sharon Crossen and Patricia Beetschen, were amazed with the talent and commitment of these young actors. Without a stage, curtains, lights, and wings, this full-length play went off without a hitch in Reith Hall. Our standing room only audience was transfixed and transported into the medieval setting of The Princess Knight.

SPONSORS

Our coffers were enhanced with donations in categories: $50 (BRONZE), $100 (SILVER), $150 (GOLD), $200 (PLATINUM), and $500 and up (DIAMOND). We look forward to these and additional sponsors for the 2016-2017 Season.

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James & Marina Rogin *

Mr. Paul Bunker*

Edelman Spine & Orthopaedic Therapy

Law Office of Laura A Yiengst, LLC

Joseph & Sharon Crossen

Estate of Shirley Clark

Platinum Sponsors

Patricia Parsons–Beetschen

Northgate Laundromat

Pizza Delight by Giacomo, Inc. (Store #1)

Kristi M. Galloway

Gold Sponsors

Michael & Sara Soules

McGinnis Auto & Mobile Home Salvage, LLC

Silver Sponsors

Ross Jahren

Kathleen, Paul & Viktor Kress

John & Deborah DeMarie

Matt & Marie Hartigan

Bronze Sponsors

Cassidy Yiengst

Kylie Yiengst

If you or your business would like to be a sponsor to our tax exempt organization, please send your check to The Children’s Theatre, Inc. c/o Treasurer, P.O. Box 823, Dover, Delaware 19903. All donations are tax deductible. Your name will be printed on all programs for the 2016-2017 season. We thank you in advance for your generous support.

*Founding members, Marina and Jim Rogin donated the Flatforms risers.

 *Paul Bunker gave a generous donation as a deduction from the price of our new transportation trailer.

As reported at our August 30, 2017, Annual Meeting, our financial picture remains strong according to our treasurer, John Clendaniel.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships were presented to two deserving high school seniors for $500 each. The scholarship committee recommended Amanda Finney and Rachel Sawicki for this honor. Their applications, letters of reference, community service and commitment to The Children’s Theatre, Inc. made them perfect candidates for this award, which is now in its fourth year. Amanda Finney will be attending the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Pre-Med, while Rachel will begin her studies at the University of Delaware in Communications. We wish them the best of luck as they begin their college studies, and we invite them to visit us during their semester breaks.

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VOLUNTEERS RECOGNIZED

Once again, The Children’s Theatre, Inc., presented volunteer awards. Plaques for our Volunteer-of-the-Year 2016-2017 honorees were presented to Sheng Yang, Laura Nadel, Mary Bell Roisland, Steve Mercer and David Barish as they were called to the stage at the Schwartz Center for recognition during intermission at our final production, Robin Hood. We thank them and all of our volunteers for giving of their time and talent. Please contact any board member to see how you may become a volunteer.

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The Children’s Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season

TICKETS: All seats for all public shows are $10.

Auditions for A Dickens Christmas Carol: Tuesday, September 11, Wednesday, September 12 @ at Reith Hall, 304 South Governor’s Avenue, Dover, DE. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. when auditions will begin. Rehearsals for those chosen for the cast are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Venue for our first show, A Dickens Christmas Carol will be Wells Theatre, Wesley College (Slaybaugh Hall), in Dover, DE. Performance dates are November 18 @ 7:00 p.m. & Sunday (Matinee) @ 2:00 p.m.

Auditions for Night at the Wax Museum will be Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21, doors open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. when auditions will begin. Performance dates are January 20-21, 2018.

Auditions for our musical are January 22 & 23, 2018. Performance dates are March 24, 25, and the school show will be on March 26.

Auditions for Lady Pirates of the Caribbean will be on March 26 & 27, 2018 and performance dates are May 19 & 20, 2018.

**Please note that dates are subject to change, the venue for our shows may change. Depending upon dates we receive to do our musical, we may have to adjust rehearsals and performance dates.



This 2016 - 2017 year in review was prepared by Patricia Beetschen and presented at the annual meeting on August 30, 2017.

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2015 - 2016 Year in Review with Photos

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   This ends my tenure as president of this wonderful organization. It has been my pleasure to serve for the past two years. (Please check out last year’s 2015 report to see what you may have missed. It is posted under THE YEAR IN REVIEW 2014-2015 on the menu.) While here at the 2015-2016 YEAR IN REVIEW, why not check out this past season. A great many of our goals have been met, as we forged on with our mission.

MISSION

The mission of the Children’s Theatre, Inc. is to foster and encourage children in the development of and commitment to the highest standard of theatre through instruction, direction, and production of quality performances, whereby, its audiences may gain an appreciation for the arts.

GRANTS

  

   Fortunately, we received grant funds for the 2015-2016 season: ($1,700) from DE Division

of the Arts, which allowed us to focus on all four regular season shows. The $2,500 helped with the extraordinary expenses incurred with a Broadway musical. With our SHREK production, we were able to rent a carousel horse for Farquaad to ride, along with some special effects, i.e., a Pinocchio nose that could actually grow. Costuming, sets, props, and choreography were also costly. But, our outreach to school children at a reduced ticket price filled The Schwartz Center for the Arts to capacity for our school performance; indeed, it was a win-win for all.

  

   The good news is simply this: our grant writers have done it, again. The Children’s Theatre, Inc. received the same amount of funding for the 2016-2017 season from these same state and county organizations. Those adjudicating the grants were looking especially for collaboration with other non-profit organizations. They were delighted with our Maurice Sendak partnership with the Delaware libraries this summer. We are grateful for the opportunities and support these organizations have granted us

 

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The Children's Theatre Inc. is supported, in part, by a grant from the
Delaware Division of the Arts
, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

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SHOWS

SHREK: the MUSICAL (November, 2015)

   We started our season with a production that saw two of three performances SOLD OUT! The third show was almost sold out and record numbers saw a show that had not been done in this area, which added to its appeal. We had 47 young people take to the stage from ages 8-18 for the popular tale of SHREK: The MUSICAL. Our ogre, donkey, and princess(es) received rave reviews as did our entire cast of characters. Due to a Schwartz scheduling conflict, we benefited by switching our reserved dates. Thus, this show set a new record for gross gate receipts. Our “split” netted us $6,780.00. SHREK, on many levels, was a success.

      
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Snow Queen (January 2016)

Hans Christian Anderson’s SNOW QUEEN was scheduled for the January weekend that found our little Delaware in a State of Emergency blizzard. The Schwartz was forced to cancel all performances, but luckily was able to reschedule this beautiful production for the following weekend. Our Snow Queen dazzled the audience with her “FROZEN” tale. Gerde and Kay had quite an adventure as they met with good and evil characters.


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Alice in Wonderland (March 2016)

Alice in Wonderland captured its audiences with an adventure fit for a queen—The Queen of Hearts, that is. Alice reduced to a tiny size went down the rabbit hole and met all of Lewis Carroll’s classic characters: the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the King and Queen of Hearts, the March Hare, the Duchess, and the Cheshire Cat, to name a few. “Off with their heads!” was the Queen’s constant threat. Decks of cards, executioners, Red and White Queens kept this show lively from start to finish.


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MY NAME IS RUMPELSTILTSKIN ( May 2016)

Rumpelstiltskin wove his magic spell on our season’s final production, Rumpelstiltskin Is My Name.

As often happens, a neophyte to theatre, walks in to audition and lands a title role. Never before on stage, Ace Clark, memorized countless lines and took on the posture, voice, movement, and total characterization of this wicked fairytale creature. He was supported by a fantastic cast of medieval characters, who sought to destroy his magical powers.


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

DOVER DAYS

THE WIZARD of AHHHS!
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Tommy Price, former member of The Children’s Theatre, Inc. returned from his position at Disney World in Orlando, Florida to recreate his original modern, interpretive dance piece to Todrick Hall and Pentatonix’s, “The Wizard of Ahhhs!” in time for Dover Days. This free show at the Schwartz had parade route audiences stop in to see any one of our three performances. Obviously, they met all the familiar characters from L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz.

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Almost three years ago, The Children’s Theatre, Inc. was asked to partner in the summer of 2016, with the Delaware Libraries to perform something from Maurice Sendak’s works while the Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition was on loan to the State of Delaware. John Clendaniel, then president of the board, asked if we could accommodate this request. We were thrilled to be the theatre group of record. Activities were planned by many organizations and Sharon Crossen, Ami Leaming, and Sydney Palmer took a musical for six characters, Really Rosie by Maurice Sendak with music by Carole King and expanded it to a cast of 14. This troupe opened the exhibit in Dover at the Schwartz, then performed in Sussex County at the Milton Theatre and in New Castle County at the Brandywine Hundred Library. We played to terrific audiences loaded with little children, parents, and grandparents. Mr. Mercer designed a flexible set that parents transported up and down the state. We thank all involved for giving up four weeks of intense rehearsals.

MAURICE SENDAK’S MONSTER PLAYED BY OUR JESSE RICH

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Story Hour with Ms. Jackie at the Dover Public Library

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THE JUNE IMPROV CAMP

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JUNE IMPROV CAMP
Melissa Brenner, founder of First State Improv, assisted by Erin Rich hosted two instructional theatre camps offering various activities for The Children’s Theatre, Inc., one in June and one in August. Both camps were filled to capacity (and beyond) as these talented children turned on their creative juices. No props, costumes, sets, were needed…just pure imagination and communication skills. At the end of each camp, an evening presentation demonstrating their skills was offered to parents and friends of the campers.

THE AUGUST IMPROV CAMP

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SPONSORS

Our coffers were enhanced with donations in categories: $50 (BRONZE), $100 (SILVER), $150 (GOLD), $200 (PLATINUM), and $500 and up (DIAMOND). We look forward to these and additional sponsors for the 2016-2017 Season.

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James & Marina Rogin *

Ami Leaming

Law Office of Laura A Yiengst, LLC

Joseph & Sharon Crossen

Northgate Laundromat

Estate of Shirley Clark

 

Platinum Sponsors

Patricia Parsons–Beetschen

 

Gold Sponsors

Michael & Sara Soules

Edelman Spine & Orthopaedic Therapy

 

Silver Sponsors

Ross Jahren

Kathleen, Paul & Viktor Kress

John & Deborah DeMarie

 

Bronze Sponsors

Cassidy Yiengst

Kylie Yiengst

Brad and Karen Sawicki

 

If you or your business would like to be a sponsor to our tax exempt organization, please send your check to The Children’s Theatre, Inc. c/o Treasurer, P.O. Box 823, Dover, Delaware 19903. All donations are tax deductible. Your name will be printed on all programs for the 2016-2017 season. We thank you in advance for your generous support.

 

*Founding members, Marina and Jim Rogin donated the Flatforms (risers, portable staging) that we purchased this summer at for a total of three with their $2,400 donation. These will last a lifetime, and will give our directors elevation opportunities, galore. We thank them for their generosity and vision with this gift, something from which our children will truly benefit.

   As reported at our August 31, 2016, Annual Meeting, our financial picture remains strong according to our treasurer, Matthew Hartigan. An exit audit has been scheduled as officers change.


SCHOLARSHIPS

   Scholarships were presented to two deserving seniors for $500 each. The scholarship committee recommended Riley Anne Evans and Rose Slavin for this honor. Their applications, letters of reference, community service and ecommitment to The Children’s Theatre, Inc. made them perfect candidates for this award, which is now in its third year. Riley Anne will begin her nursing degree, while Rose will continue her studies in Theatre Arts. We wish them the best of luck as they begin their college studies, and we invite them to visit us during their semester breaks.

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VOLUNTEERS RECOGNIZED

Brought back last season by popular demand are our volunteer awards. Plaques for our Volunteer-of-the-Year 2015-2016 honorees were presented to Ali Bing, Jacqueline Pierce, Quianna & Jaime Nieves, and Kathy Szramka as they were called to the stage at the Schwartz Center for recognition during our final production. We thank them and all of our volunteers for giving of their time and talent. Please contact any board member to see how you may become a volunteer.

SPECIAL THANKS

This year, our administrative assistant, Patricia Beetschen, provided us with blasts concerning auditions and production information. Our data base continues to grow; if you are not on our email list, please notify us through our website www.thechildrenstheatre.org or Facebook/thechildrenstheatre,inc.


FOUNDERS’ DAY CELEBRATION

On June 15, 2016, a celebration of The Children’s Theatre’s, Inc.’s founders took place in our rehearsal space at Reith Hall. Plaques were presented honoring the five original members who had the vision to bring opportunities for children to experience theatre arts and audiences to enjoy fare that was appropriate for children and families. After 21 years, our organization continues to grow and prosper. We thank Ted Ressler (deceased), Marjorie Ressler, Marina Knipe Rogin, James Rogin, and Anne Evans (deceased) for their dedication to children and the arts.

 

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Pictured above are founders Jim and Marina Rogin, and former Children’s Theatre President, Diane Radnich as she presents the founders’ plaque to Marge Ressler at her residence. The new signage is also visible on our rehearsal space. It has been in the works for several years; after many hurdles, it took shape and now adorns our front edifice. We thank Kent Signs and Kathy Szramka for the design.

Gov. Carper presents proclamation to our Founders in 1995
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BOARD TRANSITION TEAM 2010 RECOGNIZED FOR VOLUNTEERISM

MOVING FROM OUR ORIGINAL REHEARSAL AND STORAGE SPACE AT WESLEY COLLEGE

(Wells Theatre) TO REITH HALL AND OLD BRICK CHURCH

           

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(Front row, from left) Terry Price and Pam Lloyd, (Middle row, from left) Diane Radnich, President at the time of the transition; Sharon Crossen, and Ami Leaming (Back row, from left) Kevin Sellers, Brad Sawicki, and Tom Gladu. Absent from the picture, John Clendaniel, Gwen Stubbolo,and Marjorie Ressler and Trish Suter


 

The Children’s Theatre’s 2016- 2017 Season

TICKETS: All seats for all public shows are $10. Seats are reserved. Our school show has a $5.00 ticket price. Tickets may be purchased through the Schwartz Center for the Arts at 302-678-5152 or

online at www.schwartzenter.com or in person at the box office is 226 S. State Street, Dover, DE.

 

           

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Auditions: Tuesday, September 6, and Wednesday, September 7:00 2016 at 6:30 P.M. at the Schwartz

Performances: Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016at7:00 P.M. and Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.

 

SYNOPSIS: The Spell of Sleeping Beauty by Vera Morris"In the kingdom of Never Nod there’s celebration.  A princess has been born to the King and Queen.  Her name is Briar-Rose.  Unfortunately, that nasty witch, Evilina, who lives in Tumbledown Castle with a giant spider for a companion, is not invited.  She shows up anyway and pronounces her revenge.  At age 16, the princess will cut her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep from which she’ll never awake.  Some good witches counter the curse by saying the princess can be awakened by the kiss of true love.  The King bans all spinning wheels.  Evilina is not so easily defeated and, on that fateful birthday, the princess does, indeed, cut her finger on a spinning wheel.  It’s up to Prince Alexander to come to Briar-Rose’s rescue — and the court’s too.  They’re all asleep!  The prince must fight a Wall of Thorns, a False Princess and, most frightening of all — the awesome Dark Knight!  This captivating, frolicsome version of the always-popular classic has it all — charm, action, romance, comedy, thrills, plus zany and lovable characters.  Suitable for all age groups."

          

   
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AUDITIONS:
Tuesday,November 15, 2016 and Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 6:30 P.M.at the Schwartz

PERFORMANCES: January 14, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. and January 15, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.

SYNOPSIS: This is the delightful, classic tale of the greatest optimist of all time...  Pollyanna.  But it’s much more than that.  It’s the story how a little girl’s faith in her father’s promise — that you can find something good about anything that happens — guides her steadfastly through circumstances that most adults would find formidable.  Pollyanna becomes an orphan, and she is placed into the care of her purely pessimistic and domineering aunt.  Talk about difficult circumstances-the clash of hope and doubt meeting under the same roof!  The town itself isn’t much better.  Led by a ’fire and brimstone’ pastor whose favorite Bible verse is ’Woe unto you,’ folks are always complaining, feeling sorry for themselves and viewing their existence as dark and dreary.  Yet, Pollyanna faithfully plays her ’glad game,’ innocently teaching it to others wherever she goes.  The hired help, such as maid Nancy, cook Mrs. Durgin, and gardener Old Tom, seem to catch on first.  Other townspeople like hypochondriac Mrs. Snow and her sarcastic daughter Millie slowly learn the joy of the game too.  Charmingly narrated by Jimmy Bean, another orphan, we also meet the hermit-like John Pendleton and Dr. Chilton, who had closed his heart to taking risks...  that is, until he met Pollyanna.            

   
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 AUDITIONS: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 and Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. at the Schwartz

 PERFORMANCES: Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. and Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.

                                     School Show: 9:30 A.M. Monday, March 27, 2017

 
SYNOPSIS: A tuneful, heartwarming story, it is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world's best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Julie Andrews plays the role of Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children. She falls in love with the children, and eventually their widowed father, Captain Von Trapp. As Maria decides   not to become a nun, she brings a new love of life and music into the home. When the Captain is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, but he opposes the Nazis. He and Maria decide on a plan to flee Austria with the children

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AUDITIONS: Tuesday,March 28, 2017, and Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 6:30 P.M. at the Schwartz

PERFORMANCES: Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. and Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.

Robin Hood

SYNOPSIS: Enjoy the adventures of Robin Hood. He and his merry men steal from the rich and give to the poor. See how Robin and his followers fight against the evil Prince John who has taken the place of King Richard the Lion-Hearted. We will meet Robin’s sweetheart, Maid Marian, and Lady Merle who plots to keep Prince John in power while Robin and his men try to make it safe for King Richard to return to power.

This 2015- 2016 year in review was prepared by Sharon Crossen on August 30, 2016, and presented at the annual meeting.

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2014 - 2015 Year in Review with Photos

 

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     Wow! So much has happened since last year’s annual report. After our new members, Patricia Beetschen and Pam Johnson, were elected, we thanked Pam Lloyd for her 10+ years of service as treasurer of our organization; she received a charm bracelet as a token of our appreciation. John Clendaniel was honored for his term as president and was presented with a gavel commemorating his outstanding leadership.

RETREAT

     As the new president, I requested a retreat for all board members rather than holding a regular meeting. This took place in our rehearsal space at Reith Hall. Most notable was the hashing out of our mission statement.

MISSION

The mission of the Children’s Theatre, Inc. is to foster and encourage children in the development of and commitment to the highest standard of theatre through instruction, direction, and production of quality performances, whereby, its audiences may gain an appreciation for the arts.

GRANTS

 div arts logo  We received grants from Kent County Fund for the Arts for our8211021  musical ($2,000) and from the Delaware Division of Arts ($2,100) to help fund all four of our 2014-15 season’s shows. The Children’s Theatre, Inc. is most thankful for their support. (FYI) We received grant funds from these same organizations for our 2015-2016 season: ($1,700) from DE Division of the Arts and ($2,500) from The Kent County Fund for the Arts. Kudos to our grant writers!

   Last year’s grant for our musical allowed us to rent two awesome backdrops and afforded us to make many costumes that matched The Wizard of Oz movie.

SHOWS

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     Our classic musical, The Wizard of Oz, sold-out our first school show performance and an additional after-noon school show had to be added to accommodate those on the waiting list. “Oz” also fared well at the public performances, garnering good “houses” for both productions.

It was at this opening, a new interim director, Sydney Artz, took over for The Schwartz Center for the Arts. Since she is from Lewes, she was new to The Children’s Theatre, Inc. She could not get over how well-behaved our young people were and what good actors and actresses they were.

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   Treasure Island, also, had a good run despite some bad weather. Also selected by the public for our 20th anniversary, this play had quite a few females costumed and made-up as pirates with their beards and bandanas. These young actresses sword fought along with the male actors and captured the excitement that made this classic come to life.

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   The tale of Charlotte’s Web, always a child’s as well as a parent’s favorite story, was performed to the delight of their audiences. A mix of seasoned participants and those new to TCT, Inc. worked their magic spell (or web) on stage. Again, we were blessed with good houses. Costumes were key to how the animal characters could and would move!

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     Our spring show was a twist on the classic, Beauty and the Beast. This one was entitled, Beauty IS a Beast. The director found a way to incorporate every student who auditioned for this production by adding some Old English Country Dancing and bell dancers (our tiniest girls) to her castle ballroom scene. This was her largest cast ever; she was able to please children, parents, and audience members. Quite a feat!

SPONSORS

     Beside grants, we reached out to sponsors this year, both in-kind and donations. Fortunately, we received many in time for 2014-IRS letters and statements, which many individuals, as well as companies appreciated. We voted to lump corporation donations and individuals together. Although several checks came in afterwards, we were able to display their names on three of our four programs and send them 2015 thank you notes. Our coffers were enhanced with donations in categories: $50 (BRONZE), $100 (SILVER), $150 (GOLD), $200 (PLATINUM), and $500 (DIAMOND). 

   As reported at our September, 2015 Annual Meeting, our financial picture remains strong according to our treasurer, Matthew Hartigan.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

   Dover Days found about 20 of our talented children performing two very different pieces for The Schwartz Center’s Open House. Four actresses played the roles in To Burn a Witch, a colonial drama, while another 15 danced to an original, choreographed piece that Tommy Price created titled: Dreams from Wishes. Our Disney-themed characters took to the street and posed for pictures with throngs of children.

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To Burn a Witch Dover Days 2015   

SCHOLARSHIPS

   Scholarships were presented to two deserving seniors for $500 each.  

The scholarship committee recommended Teresa Pierce and Kevin Hartigan for this honor. Their applications, letters of reference, community service and commitment to The Children’s Theatre, Inc. made them perfect candidates for this award, which is in its second year.

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  Kevin Hartigan

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Teresa Pierce

VOLUNTEERS

     Back by popular demand are our volunteer awards. Plaques for our Volunteer-of-the-Year honorees were presented to Jennifer Snyder, John Clendaniel, and Rebecca Evans as they were called to the stage at the Schwartz Center for recognition during our final production.

SUMMER PROJECTS

This year’s summer offerings amounted to two: a two-week Drama Camp for children 7-13 years old and a three-week Advanced Workshop for veteran actors ages 11-18. Sharon Crossen, Sydney Palmer, and Michele Xiques taught the young students excerpts from Grease, theatre games, dance, and vocals. Their culminating activity took place in our practice space on the final day of camp.

   The Advanced Workshop found a baker’s dozen of talented young people willing to portray Shakespeare’s characters from the tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, and the comedy, Taming of the Shrew. Directors, Pam and Andy Lloyd met with the students four evenings a week for this classical training. Excerpts from the Bard’s repertoire were performed for parents and friends at the conclusion of this workshop. We were amazed that the students could learn such difficult lines and make their characters understandable to their audience.

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Grease Camp’s Culminating Activity

   
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Advanced Summer Workshop’s, Taming of the Shrew

     
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Advanced Summer Workshop’s, Taming of the Shrew

 

2015-2016 CHANGES

   There are some changes to the times for our 2015-2016 season’s offerings. This is indicative of the changes that are taking place at the Schwartz. Sunday matinees will all be at 3:00. The space is rented earlier on those days to a new church. Our first show has completely different times. Please note the times.

TICKETS

All seats are $10 beginning in 2016. SHREK: the MUSICAL’s school show has a $5.00 ticket price. Tickets may be purchased through the Schwartz Center for the Arts at 302-678-5152.

 

ShrekSHREK: the Musical will take place on Friday, November 20, with a school show at 9:30 A.M. and a public performance that evening at 7:00 P.M. There will also be a public performance matinee on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 2:00 P.M.

SYNOPSIS: Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.
"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…" And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.

 

 

SnowQueenHans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen will have public performances on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. and a Sunday, January 24, matinee at 3:00 P.M.

SYNOPSIS: The Snow Queen was originally written by Hans Christian Andersen. It is a morality tale depicting the ages-old battle between good and evil.

   Two children, Gerda and Kai, grow up together and are best friends, until Kai runs afoul of evil in the form of the Snow Queen.

   It is up to Gerda to try to save her friend with the help of a reindeer, Bae. The story should sound familiar, for it is the fairy tale upon which Disney's Frozen was based.

 

AliceinWonderlandThe classic, Alice in Wonderland, willbe the third offering with a public performance on Saturday, March 19, at 7:00 P.M. and a Sunday, March 20, 3:00 P.M. matinee.

SYNOPSIS: Alice plunges down the rabbit hole and becomes involved in many madcap adventures written by Lewis Carroll. She meets many characters including the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and The Mad Hatter. Come enjoy a wild time with Alice and the characters she meets

 

RumpelstiltskinisMyNameThe final show of the season will be Rumpelstiltskin Is My Name with public performances on Saturday, May 21, at 7:00 P.M. and a Sunday, May 22, matinee at 3:00 P.M.

SYNOPSIS: That nasty-tempered wizard Rumpelstiltskin is back in this engaging adaptation. Griselda, a four hundred year old witch, tells Rumpelstiltskin that in order to become the most powerful force in the kingdom, he must possess a child of royal birth. Thus, the wizard plots and schemes. He spreads the word that Laura, the miller’s daughter, can weave straw into gold. Since the kingdom is bankrupt, she’s whisked off to the palace and ordered to spin and spin. With Rumpelstiltskin’s help, she delivers the gold. She has a high fee to pay — her first born child. When Laura marries the prince and produces an heir to the throne, she has twenty-four hours to guess the wizard’s name or lose her child.

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The Childrens Theatre, Inc. organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

 

Funding in part also provided by The Kent County Fund for the Arts.

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