Performers plan busy season

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2005

Kenai Performers is doing a community service for theater lovers with the behind-the-scenes and directing workshops the group is offering this month and next, but its motives aren't entirely selfless.

The group want to get something out of the workshops, too — volunteers.

With a new space to perform in, the Old Town Playhouse near the Kenai Chamber of Commerce cabin, the group is looking to expand its projects and put on more shows than it has in the past, but it needs more help to do it.

"I'm really hoping I'm going to get a real core of people to do all the different stuff," said Carol Ford, director with the Kenai Performers. "We sure have the talent here everywhere you look so it'd be nice to get it organized so we could have a real variety."

Already the group is planning an ambitious year, starting with one-act plays at the end of April that will be the culmination of directing workshops.

There's also plans for another summer theater workshop and production for kids, as well as putting on a musical Ford's brother has written and starting a storytelling troupe.

The Performers' selection committee is meeting to discuss what big musical they want to do next year, or if they should do something to coincide with the Arctic Winter Games, instead. The group also is holding a membership drive, where people donate money and get certain privileges in return, like discounted ticket prices and more input into what shows the group puts on.

"You just have a lot more say in what's going on and get involved in a lot more ways," Ford said of the membership program.

The group also hopes to conquer the airwaves this year by producing radio shows. If all goes as planned, the variety shows will have music and a centerpiece, like a George Burns and Gracie Allen radio sketch, and be performed in front of a live audience in a dinner theater format. They will be recorded, then played on the air at a later date.

To round out the season, and start the next, there will be a New Year's Eve party at the Playhouse featuring songs from the Victorian Carolers and vignettes from past and planned Kenai Performers' shows.

"We are just going to use that place (the Playhouse) up if we can and get it so people just know the place is always hopping," Ford said.

To get involved in any of these projects, contact Ford at 776-8308.

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