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Indiana Players, Inc. Newsletter - October 2023

TWO MORE DAYS! OPEN AUDITIONS FOR A CHRISTMAS PETER PAN

October 24th | 6pm-8pm

Open Auditions


October 25th | 6pm-8pm

Callbacks and IUP Open Auditions*

*IUP students also welcome to attend Open Auditions on October 24th (Fall Break)


Open to Ages 5 to 25

Large Cast! No experience necessary!


A Christmas Peter Pan is a play with music and a youth-friendly, Junior Script.

Auditioning actors will be asked to read from the script and should also prepare a short song (1-2 minutes) to be sung acapella at the open auditions. There are a few dancing roles (fairies). Please bring jazz or ballet shoes if you would like to audition as a dancer. Dancers will still need to read from the script and prepare a short song.


About the Show: It's Christmas Eve and Tinker Bell summons Wendy, Michael and John to help her save Peter Pan and Santa Claus from Captain Hook and his terrible Pirates. Santa Claus has been frozen in the North Pole and can't deliver the presents on Christmas! With help from the audience, the Children help Peter Pan escape Captain Hook's clutches and we're off on an adventure! A Christmas Peter Pan takes its cue from JM Barrie's beloved classic story, "Peter Pan". The boy who refuses to grow up leads Tinkerbell, Wendy, Snow Fairies, Christmas Elves and Santa's Lost Toys on a lively fun romp through the North Pole and home again just in time for Christmas morning! Clever lyrics are set to familiar Christmas Carols that everyone, including the audience, gets to sing together.


 

TRICK-OR-TREAT BAG STUFFING PARTY

The Indiana Players are participating in the Downtown Indiana Trick-or-Treat on Saturday, October 28th, and we need your help stuffing the treat bags!


If you’re interested in helping, all you need to do is show up at the Philadelphia Street Playhouse around 7pm on Friday, October 27th, and we will put you to work! We'll have some Halloween music playing and it promises to be a fun time! Hang out with old friends and get to know new volunteers. Feel free to share with anyone who might be interested in attending! The more, the merrier!!


We also need help with donations for the bags! To that end, we have set up a Sign-up Genius page. Click here for the link!. Please sign up for anything that you plan to donate to the event. If you're coming to the Bag Stuffing Party, just bring the donation with you. If you want to donate, but can't make it to the party, please contact us via Facebook Messenger or email president@indianaplayers.com and we will arrange to get your donation.


And don’t forget to stop by the Philadelphia Street Playhouse on Saturday, October 28th between 10:00am - 12:00pm as part of Downtown Indiana’s annual Trick-or-Treat through local businesses!


 

SATURDAY MORNING PLAYHOUSE: CHRISTMAS EDITION

Get your tickets now for our Christmas Saturday Morning Playhouse which will take place Saturday, November 18th at 11:00am at the Philadelphia Street Playhouse! Saturday Morning Playhouse is a seasonal interactive children's show geared towards children and families - but ALL are welcome! Enjoy sing-along songs, stories, games, and of course... an adventure! Tickets are $8 per person. Ages 2 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase on our website at www.indianaplayers.com/tickets or at the box office. The box office and house open at 10:30am.


 

JOIN THE CAST OF THE SATURDAY MORNING PLAYHOUSE


We are looking for three actors to join the Saturday Morning Playhouse: Christmas Edition ensemble! Available roles are small, scripted speaking roles and open to any male or female actor, ages 18 or up. Minimal commitment. No experience necessary. If interested in participating, please email treasurer@indianaplayers.com.


 

HOLIDAY PARADE WARM UP STATION

Want a break from the cold? Stop in to the Philadelphia Street Playhouse lobby for some hot cocoa and cookies during the Holiday Parade! We will be open throughout the parade! Come on by!


 

A MONSTER MASH MYSTERY:

THE KIDNAPPING OF THE CRYPT-KICKER FIVE

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Indiana Players and Children’s Advisory Commission of Indiana County at our 2nd annual Children’s Mystery Dinner. It was an incredibly fun-filled evening with a great performance, delicious food, and over $1,000 worth of prizes given away! We can’t wait to do it all again next October! Mark your calendars now!


We would like to specifically recognize all of our committee members, sponsors and volunteers who made the evening possible! A special thank you as well to all the Children’s Advisory Commission members, Indiana Players’ members, Indiana County Businesses and Local Organizations who donated raffle items and prizes!


Children's Mystery Dinner Planning Committee 2022-2023

Brandi Fleming

Cate Planisky

Karen Winning

Kathy Abbey-Baker

Laura McLaine

Linda Mitchell

Lisa Spencer

Lizanne Porter

Vanessa Arvidson

Platinum Sponsors

CH Fields Craft Kitchen

FirstEnergy Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Aetna | Aetna Better Health Kids


Silver Sponsor

Achieving True Self

Sheetz

The Arc of Indiana County

Bronze Sponsors

Bernard Electric & Remodeling Inc.

Carol and Gene Shurman

Indiana Fraternal Order of Eagles

Oak Grove Realty, LLC

Sheriff Fyock

The Indiana Theater

Event Volunteers

Allison Semetkoskey

Jeynaba Traore

Lauryn Mann

Lilli Fleming

Marti Higgins

Roxie Johnston

Steven Higgins

Sue Good

Teri Butler

Cast and Crew

Katrina Kayden (Playwright/Director/Emcee)

Ali Nichols

Avery Schneider

Bill Herring

Bridget Waterhouse

Emma Buterbaugh

Finnigan Waterhouse

Hannah Silvis

India Cooper

Kat Sexton

Matt Mann (Sound/Audio)

Mya Levri

Sharon Herring


 

SUBMIT A SHOW FOR THE 13TH ANNUAL ONE-ACTS FESTIVAL

We are currently accepting submissions for this season’s One-Act Festival happening March 29 - April 5th, 2024! Submit an original piece you would like to bring to the stage! Or submit a one-act you are dying to direct (royalty-free preferred). One-Acts should be less than 15 minutes in length.


Send your original work or show proposal to: submit@indianaplayers.com

Submissions Due: January 1, 2024


 

CANCELLATION OF OCTOBER MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION: PUFFS


As announced on our social media and website, in early October the Indiana Players Board of Directors made the very difficult and disheartening decision to cancel the production of Puffs due to production complications and delays associated with COVID. We are so grateful to all the dedicated cast and crew members that worked so hard to try to make this production possible despite all the obstacles. However, given the time lost and the time left, the Board of Directors sees no solution that would allow for an on-schedule opening.


Canceling a production is always a very difficult and last resort action that we do not take lightly. If anyone has any questions or concerns regarding the Puffs cancellation, please feel free to reach out to Bill Herring, Indiana Players' Artist Director, by email at artisticdirector@indianaplayers.com.


 

We survive and thrive through the support of our community and volunteers like you!

There are many opportunities to get involved onstage and off. No previous experience required!*

Acting

Directing* Stage Management Set Construction and Painting

Lights, Sound and Backstage Crew

Props, Wardrobe, and Make-Up Music and Choreography

Theater Upkeep and Maintenance Box Office/Tickets/Ushers


*Anyone interested in directing a mainstage production must have previous directing or stage management experience with the Indiana Players. Previous experience includes Mainstage and/or One-Act Festival productions. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis with approval from the Board of Directors.


 

VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH

Our October Volunteer of the Month goes to SHARON SMITH! Sharon attended the IUP Community Involvement Fair last month as a representative of the Indiana Players and talked to students about getting involved in any of our many volunteer opportunities! Thank you Sharon for all you do!


 

BECOME A MEMBER!


You can also support live, local community theater by becoming a member! Membership provides you with discounted admission at all mainstage productions and allows you to run for and elect the Board of Directors at our annual meeting each May. Fill out a membership form on our website or at the theatre! There is one in every program!


Annual Membership Plans:

Family Membership: $60.00

Individual Membership: $25.00

Student Membership: $20.00

Senior Membership (Ages 65+): $20.00


 

HOW ELSE CAN YOU SUPPORT THE PLAYERS?


We need your help to allow us to grow and continue to serve the community through our art. It is only through your donations, volunteerism, and patronage that we can survive and thrive as a member of this community. We accept and appreciate any donations you are able to make to our organization.


Donations can be made on our website, indianaplayers.com, using the yellow “Donate” button in the top left corner. You can choose to utilize a Debit/Credit Card, Bank Transfer, or a PayPal account. Physical checks can also be mailed to: Indiana Players, Inc., P.O. Box 333, Indiana, PA 15701

 

CONTACT US


Have a general question for the Indiana Players? Or maybe you have a specific question about tickets or volunteering. We have a dedicated contact to help with all your questions and concerns!


General Information - info@indianaplayers.com

Box Office - tickets@indianaplayers.com

Show Submissions - submit@indianaplayers.com

Volunteer Coordinator - volunteer@indianaplayers.com


 

2023-2024 BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Katrina Kayden, President

Bill Herring, Vice President/Artistic Director

Sharon Herring, Secretary

Kathy Kerns, Treasurer

Richard Smith, Theater Manager

Vanessa Arvidson, Publicity Director

Eric Witmer, Fundraising Manager


 

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