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Indiana Players, Inc. Newsletter - September 2023

NEXT ON THE MAINSTAGE: PUFFS or SEVEN INCREASINGLY EVENTFUL YEARS AT A CERTAIN SCHOOL OF MAGIC AND MAGIC


Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

Written by Matt Cox ● Directed by Shane Sedlemyer


For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs... who just happened to be there too. A group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers, the Puffs' epic journey takes the classic story to new places and re-imagines what a boy wizard hero can be. Puffs is a tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.


Performances:

October 20, 21, 22 and 27, 28, 29

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm

Sunday Matinees at 2:30pm


Tickets:

General Admission: $15

Seniors (65+) and Students: $12

Indiana Players (IPI) Members: $10


Content Warning:

Contains Mature Language and Themes

Recommended for ages 13 and up


Buy your tickets online at www.indianaplayers.com/tickets or at the Box Office.

House and Box Office open 30 minutes before each performance.

Questions? Email: tickets@indianaplayers.com


 

JOIN THE CREW OF PUFFS


We are looking for volunteers who are interested in joining the Puffs production crew in any of the following areas:

Stage Manager*

Assistant Stage Manager*

Set Construction

Set Painting and Decoration

Properties (Prop) Design

Hair/Makeup Assistants

Backstage Crew

Sound Board Operator

Box Office Staff, and more!

No experience needed! If interested, email volunteer@indianaplayers.com

*Positions needed ASAP


 

INDIANA PLAYERS’ SHAKESPEARE TEAM


The Indiana Players Shakespeare Team will be holding its first organizational meeting on Saturday, September 30, at 1:00pm at the Philadelphia Street Playhouse. Our team competes in the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s annual Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest, which is usually held in early February. In preparation for that event, we typically meet weekly on a Saturday or Sunday. The contest is open to students in grades 4 through 12. We encourage all students in those grades who would like to have fun refining their acting skills to participate. For more information about the team or the contest, contact John Henry Steelman (jhsteelman@gmail.com). Anyone who is interested but cannot attend this first meeting should definitely contact John Henry, as the times for future meetings will be chosen to accommodate the students’ other commitments.

 

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR A MONSTER MASH MYSTERY:

THE KIDNAPPING OF THE CRYPT-KICKER FIVE

Indiana Players, Inc and the Children’s Advisory Commission of Indiana County are partnering once again to present our Second Annual Children’s Mystery Dinner! We welcome you to join us for:


A Monster Mash Mystery: The Kidnapping of the Crypt-Kicker Five

Sunday, October 15th, 2023

Doors open at 3:30pm | Event begins at 4:00pm

Indiana Fraternal Order of Eagles

420 Philadelphia Street, Indiana PA 15701


You are invited to Boris' annual Monster Mash! Come hang out and party with your favorite spooky characters including Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, Igor, and more! But when the evening’s headline entertainment, the Crypt-Kicker Five, suddenly go missing, it's up to you to help figure out who is behind their kidnapping!


There will be multiple opportunities to go home with some great gifts and prizes! Participate in a 50/50 raffle and enter to win fun themed baskets. Dress up as your favorite monster or spooky character and enter our Costume Contest in the individual or group division (up to 4 per group). Plus, everyone who correctly solves the evening's mystery will be entered into a drawing for another great prize!


Enjoy a delicious Southern BBQ dinner prepared and provided by our platinum event sponsor: CH Fields Craft Kitchen. The menu for the evening features:

Creamy Coleslaw

Tossed Garden Salad

Buttermilk Biscuits with Sweet Cream Butter

Roasted Chicken with BBQ Rub

Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Tangy Gold and BBQ

Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes

Fresh Vegetable Medley

Red Velvet Cake


GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Adults (16 and up): $30.00/person

Kids (Ages 5 to 15): $15.00/person

TICKET SALES END FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13th


Please Note: Event open to ages 5 and up.

Attendees under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are available online only. Tickets will not be available at the door.


 

DONATE AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE CHILDREN'S MYSTERY DINNER!


We need your help! We are seeking physical donations and/or monetary contributions to go towards our annual Children's Mystery Dinner!


We are asking for donations of specific physical items to build our Adult and Kids' Baskets for the Basket Raffles that will be at the event. These items include:

  • Cash (Bills) in different denominations for a money tree

  • General Gift Cards (i.e. Restaurants, Gas, Wine and Spirits, Grocery Stores)

  • Lottery Tickets

  • Spirit of Halloween Gift Cards ($25)

  • Movie Theater Gift Cards ($25)

You can also contribute a monetary donation of your choice to be put towards:

  • Specific Themed Basket Raffle Items

  • Event Prizes

  • Decorations

  • Show/Performance Supplies (props, costumes, etc.)

  • Other General Event Supplies

To donate and for more information, visit www.indianaplayers.com/monstermash


 

AUDITION FOR OUR HOLIDAY PRODUCTION: A CHRISTMAS PETER PAN

October 23rd and 24th | 6pm-8pm

Open Auditions


October 25th | 6pm-8pm

Callbacks and IUP Open Auditions*

*IUP students also welcome to attend the Open Auditions

on October 23rd and 24th (IUP 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.


 

SAVE THE DATE: CHRISTMAS SATURDAY MORNING PLAYHOUSE

Save the date 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) and will be available for purchase on our website or at the box office. The box office and house open at 10:30am.


 

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


 


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 Stage Management Lights, Sound and Backstage Crew Set Construction and Painting Theater Upkeep and MaintenanceDirecting* Music and Choreography Props, Wardrobe, and Make-Up 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 September Volunteer of the Month goes to JACOB BRESLAWSKI who stepped in to play Dwight in our season opener, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, only FIVE DAYS before the show opened after the previous actor had to resign. Jacob was not only completely off-book by the final tech, but he brought so much talent and commitment to his character and to the entire show.


 

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

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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