A message from the President...
Recently, one of our members observed a situation involving the potential use of a Suite at the Maryland Blue Crabs by The Port Tobacco Players and brought it to the attention of the Board. In an effort to ascertain the facts, we sent an Email to the Blue Crabs Management Office. During a conversation with Blue Crabs management, we were informed that the suite had been reserved for a private family event and not in association or on behalf of the theater. We were assured that none of the actions by PTP members were inappropriate or reflected poorly on the members or the theater as a whole.
The Board has concluded that no further attention should be paid to this matter.
PTP Board of Directors President
Member News: June 7, 2021
Hello! And welcome to the 6th issue of the PTP Members News! As always, please be sure to let me know if you have anything you would like to include in this forum. If you want to share a special upcoming event involving our members or something theater related that might be of interest to folks, please send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org,
During the last few months, we have lost 2 more of our beloved members. Bridget O’Neill (and her husband, Gordon) were the backbone of the theater starting in the 60’s. They were instrumental in getting us the lease for the building we currently own. Greg Rumpf has been with theater in recent years, acting, filming, photographing, and being a stalwart participant wherever needed. They will both be sorely missed.
On a happier note, the membership would like to congratulate all our 2021 graduates! Whatever promotion or graduation you are celebrating this year we wish you all the best in your future endeavors! May you continue your love of theater no matter what paths you follow!
The PTP Board met on May 19, 2021.
Financial reports were presented and Mike indicated that we have enough funds to keep us going for about 10.5 months. We have been receiving a lot of donations from our benefactors which are greatly appreciated. Our Scholarship fund is over $69,000. Our total current assets (not counting the building) are over $178,000. Thank you, Mike, for working so hard on grants and low interest loans in order to keep us solvent during this trying time.
A motion was made to require all Board members and production crew-heads to sign the Confidentiality Policy documents prior to working on any on-stage productions. This motion passed.
If you didn’t get to see the interview/conversation that we sponsored with Michael James Scott (Genie from “Aladdin”) you missed a treat! It was a give and take conversation with questions from what does Mr. Scott like in a Music director to how to keep you voice going through 8 shows a week to what’s it like being a person of color on Broadway. His enthusiasm and patience with all our questions was phenomenal! Keep an eye out for our next chat!
Renovations are moving along but extra hands are needed. All skill sets are welcome – construction tasks, painting, moving supplies in and out of storage areas, straightening up as they go along, etc. etc. etc.! Please check out the facilities calendar to see when they are working and ask what you can do to help by contacting email@example.com.
Camp Mockabee is scheduled to start up again this year on July 26, 2021. Please watch our website and Facebook for details on sessions and know that the number of participants will be limited. Don’t wait until the last minutes to enroll. The cost will remain the same as our last camp. Also, watch for information on COVID precautions being taken/required for attendees and counselors.
Our 2021 Scholarship winners have been announced - Cassie Murphy from McDonough High School and she will attend Nazareth College; Kristen Ging from La Plata High School and will attend Salisbury University; and Claire Voshell from Northern High School and will attend Liberty University. Congratulations to all!
It was agreed that the Theater will reopen for business with our Fall Show. Schedule will be:
12 Angry Men/Jurors – September 24 – October 10, 2021
A Christmas Carol – November 26 – December 19, 2021
Macbeth – January 21 – February 6, 2022
Little Shop of Horrors – March 11 – April 6, 2022
The Importance of Being Earnest – May 6 – May 22, 2022
Beauty and the Beast – July 9 – August 7, 2022
Next Board Meeting will be on June 9, 2021 at 7pm. If you wish to attend as an observer, please let Chris Magee know at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions that you would like brought up, let me know and I’ll see if we can fit them into the agenda.
Summer membership meeting will be IN PERSON!!!! We will be meeting at Gilbert Run Park on Sunday, August 22 2021. This is assuming, of course, that things don’t deteriorate COVID-wise between now and August, We have reserved the Hilltop Pavillion and are working on the party plans. Looking forward to seeing everyone in person again!
Please remember that all opening/camp/meetings are subject to change should COVID situations change.
Feature of the month – DID YOU KNOW?
That our first production was “Wurzel Flummery” by A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh writer)? It was performed at Brent Hall (Archbishop Neale School Hall) in 1948.
We performed “Inherit the Wind” at the Charles County Courthouse?
Before 1973, we were a travelling troupe and performed all over the County including Smallwood State Park, La Plata High School, Milton Somers School among others?
We used to have an Ice Cream Shop next to the theater? I wonder if it was as good as Landon’s!
Our first show in the theater at 508 Charles Street (which we started leasing in 1973) was “Mary, Mary” and that building was previously the Charles Movie House?
The sound booth used to be the location of our original “Props” room? And that prior to that, it was the location of the concession stand for the movie theater?
The beautiful “star” light that is currently over the seating area was originally directly over our raked stage? That shows you how far back we have expanded! And that that the 2 side exits in the seating area used to be at the back of the stage?
Just before the tornado hit La Plata in 2002, an inspector told us we needed to shore up the Kent Ave. outside wall, because a strong wind would probably take it out? Our theater only sustained minimal damage during the tornado and was used for triage immediately following the tornado.
The “Coming Soon” poster outside our theater when the tornado hit was for our upcoming production of “You Can’t Take It With You”? How ironic is that!
Look for more Did You Know in the next issue and let me know if you have trivia you would like me to include!
Port Tobacco Players