It's been several weeks since "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" had its last curtain call but Veale Creek Players are already gearing up for the 2014 performance schedule and will hold their annual meeting on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the theater located on SR 57 S. Becoming a member of the theater requires a minimum donation of $5 and membership entitles voting rights as well. At Sunday's meeting, a new board and officers will be elected and the 2014 season will be planned. The public is invited to attend.
“Last year's shows were sold out again,” said Elke Guratzsch, president of Veale Creek Players. “This year, for the first time, we are planning a dinner theater written by local author Roy Wachter.”
Also on the schedule is the annual kids theater camp and as well as musical productions slated for the summer. Many of the children involved in the kids camp become active members of the theater.
Veale Creek Theater performed its first show, “Count Dracula” in 1979 and since then, has put on between four and six shows each year in the refurbished 100-year old school house. Each production is made possible through the help of volunteers.
“Our volunteer staff does an excellent job directing and acting for the enjoyment of our audience,” said Guratzsch.
Auditions are typically held five to six weeks before the shows and rehearsals are usually four nights each week. For those that don't have the time to dedicate to performing or director, there are other volunteer opportunities.
Volunteers are needed for everything from performing in the shows to doing repairs around the theater. “Everything we do here is through volunteering and we are always looking for more volunteers. There's something everyone can do to help,” said Guratzsch.
Set builders, hair and make up, lighting and sound, and backstage help are also needed to keep the theater running smoothly. While these positions are behind the scenes, they are some of the most vital for creating the atmosphere for the productions.
“Volunteers are also always needed to take tickets, seat the audience, and serve refreshments,” said Guratzsch.
Veale Creek Players, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation and all donations made to the theater are tax deductible. Any donation over the $5 membership donation is used to help cover operating costs, equipment and maintenance on the property.
“Our sound system is in need of repair and we'll be discussing how we are going to approach this project as well,” said Guratzsch. “Over the years we have had tremendous support from our local sponsors.”
For more information on the Veale Creek players, visit their website www.vealecreek.org or call 254-3112.