New Year: Only half of a busy year for CP
Posted January 22, 2013 1:34 AM
For most sane people January marks the beginning of a new year with reflections on the past (those pants fit last year) and the beginning of new things (time to start a diet). For us crazy people at CP January marks the mid-point of our year (aka season) but it’s still a good time to take a moment and look back on the season so far and look ahead to what’s in store the next six months.
Since the beginning of our 37th Season in July we’ve brought six shows to the stage – “Aladdin, Jr,” “Urinetown,” “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” “The Kitchen Witches,” “The Jungle Book,” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” We’ve also brought the community additional offerings like a pair of stand comedians, a chicken BBQ fundraiser, and Santa’s Goodies event.
It has also been busy behind the scenes. We’ve been making a concentrated effort to improve the backstage area for our actors and volunteers including new carpet in the greenroom and (for the first time in more than 20 years) dressing rooms, secure storage for personal items, and generally cleaning and reorganizing.
This fall we also completed a major overhaul of the organization’s policies and procedures, updating much of our operational procedures to reflect our expanded programming and laying the foundation for continued growth.
In the not-too-distant past all of that would have constituted a completed and very busy season for CP. Today, however, it’s just the half-way point.
Looking ahead there are three more regular season productions. “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” the Pulitzer Prize winning musical comedy is coming up next month. That’s followed by the completion of the “Over the Tavern” trilogy of plays with “Last Mass at St. Casimir’s.” Finally the regular season wraps up with a new Ken Ludwig farce, “Fox on the Fairway.”
Acting Up, our after school program, is already in full swing for this semester. Even more exciting it will debut an original show written by our Associate Artistic Director, Tyler Rinne, called “Rest of the West.”
Soon we will begin work on a one-act show that will represent CP at the Nebraska Association of Community Theatres biennial festival. More details on the show and auditions will follow in a few weeks. Also coming up in late June we will be partnering with the Homestead Harmonizers and producing an in concert version of the musical “1776.”
That’s not all! In conjunction with “Fox on the Fairway” we’re putting together a golf tournament, with the proceeds going to support CP’s ever growing programs.
With all these things and even more going on it should come as no surprise that we are literally bursting at the seams in our downtown facility. There is not a single inch of the building that’s not in use for one purpose and generally two or three purposes.
None of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of all the terrific volunteers who give their time to provide our community with educational, entertainment and cultural events. If you are reading this you know the value of these programs and the importance they play in the economic and recreational health of our community. Spread the word. Tell your friends, coworkers, relatives then bring them to a show or come down and volunteer to help make Southeast Nebraska an even better place to call home.
Managing Artisic Director
P.S. And if you see any of the theatre staff or a regular volunteer asleep in a restaurant or elsewhere in the community buy them a cup of coffee – they need the caffeine.