The oldest group theater in Southern Delaware, Possum Point Players is arising on a fiftieth anniversary in 2023.
After adventurous, and typically difficult seasons in 2020 and 2021, Possums are as soon as once more comfortably located indoors of their trendy and comfy theater in Georgetown.
A full mainstage season has already included productions of “12 Indignant Jurors” and “A Gentleman’s Information to Love & Homicide,” and rehearsals for a June manufacturing of “Hay Fever” are underway. “Calendar Women” will take the stage in September.
With Possums, volunteers carry out most obligations of operating a theater firm — productions, fundraising and all fiscal data, property upkeep, public relations and membership constructing.
Two workplace employees assist the efforts, producing graphics and playbills, dealing with tickets, however set building, concession stock and operation, costume creation and administration, and identification, set up and operation of technical tools are all carried out by volunteers.
Positions in productions and on committees are open to volunteers. Auditions are open to the general public. As said in all publications and in actions, Possum Level Gamers worth variety in casting, in addition to all different areas of the group. Possums are happy and proud to have proficient actors of all ages from many Delaware communities and from surrounding states.
Along with the mainstage season of 5 productions, Possum Level Gamers associates present alternatives for a lot of different theater experiences. Possum Juniors meet all year long and carry out an annual summer time manufacturing, typically certainly one of their very own design, typically a musical or play that gives stay leisure for youths and households. PP Shakespeare Gamers, PPP Radio Theatre and Dreamers United are often requested to take part in group occasions. On the Edge gives exploration of lesser recognized or typically extra controversial works.
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This 12 months, pleasure is rising and plans are within the works for 2023 fiftieth Anniversary celebrations.
A $50 for Our fiftieth capital initiatives fundraiser began with the mainstage opening manufacturing and the donation temperature is rising on the symbolic thermometer within the theatre foyer. In October, a gala musical revue of songs from years of musicals at Possum Corridor will elevate the curtain on a 12 months of anniversary happenings.
5 mainstage productions from the earlier 5 many years of performs have been chosen and the onstage celebration begins this December with “White Christmas.”
In 2023, the season will reprise “Wait Till Darkish,” “Large River,” “Social Safety,” and “Ragtime.”
Auditions, rehearsals, conferences and readings go on at a nonstop tempo in Possum Corridor now, filling the calendar and areas, however trustees on the manager committee and inventive committee nonetheless should take a deep breath and mirror on 2020 and 2021. It wasn’t simple, however the group confronted off the COVID pandemic and got here out with much less earnings, however wholesome and energetic.
When many venues sadly closed their doorways and ceased actions in spring of 2020, Possums paused, however by no means stopped pondering and speaking theater to one another. With just one present of the common season accomplished, administrators had been up to date, some performs cancelled, most simply placed on maintain and pondering actually went exterior the field.
Devoted to the oft-quoted adage of theater, the present should go on, Possum Level Gamers adjusted to the inconveniences and restrictions ensuing from a pandemic as they found out find out how to full the 2020 season. They took the autumn manufacturing of “Godspell” exterior, and with masking necessities and socially distanced seating, completed the 12 months indoors with an viewers spaced out amongst stacks of holiday-wrapped reward containers and ribbons and bows
Most Possum Level Gamers associates carried on with out of doors actions as climate allowed after which transitioned in 2021 to Zooms and digital communications and participation.
Possum Juniors, PPP Radio Theatre, PP Shakespeare Gamers, Dreamers United and On the Edge remained energetic and at the moment are welcome new members to hitch them again within the constructing.
To not be deterred from producing full-scale stay leisure in 2021, whilst COVID swelled, the Possums took all of it exterior and constructed a stage. The beforehand chosen season was turned the wrong way up, smaller productions with smaller casts and set necessities took its place.
Mainstage picks, Possum Juniors and On the Edge productions had been carried out underneath the solar and the celebrities from April via October 2021.
Sure, there have been some very chilly evenings and, in fact, a bit of rain. The reveals went on.
A vacation manufacturing of “Elf The Musical” was again on the indoor stage in 2021 and all Possums are having fun with being underneath roof as 2022 strikes alongside.
For extra on the theater’s season, packages and anniversary plans, go to possumpointplayers.org
Rosanne Pack is a trustee and publicity chair for Possum Level Gamers.