Theater group to form in New England

A group of area residents who have been involved in the success of the two dinner theaters the last couple of years are looking to organize a theater group in New England.

By RACHEL BOCK
Herald Reporter

A group of area residents who have been involved in the success of the two dinner theaters the last couple of years are looking to organize a theater group in New England.

Ever since the first dinner theater, the group involved in the productions tossed around the idea of starting their own group. Last week the majority of the people got together to talk about the possibility of starting a permanent theater group.

Masks-300x300The small group of actors proved themselves the past couple years, as they had two very successful dinner theaters with many of the performances were sold out.

The productions were held as a way to raise money for the Memorial Hall Elevator Project. Since the elevator project is almost complete, the group of actors still wanted to continue on with the dinner theaters.

The group has discussed their plans on having their next dinner theater, and are hoping to add some short plays throughout the year as well. Since their goal is to build a theater program, the group is hoping to raise enough money during their next productions to be used for costumes, stage lights, and other staging materials. Breann Krebs, one of the actors from the previous dinner theaters, wrote a grant and was awarded money from the New England Community Foundation. The money awarded will be used for a new sound system at the Memorial Hall, which will benefit the new club and their future productions.

A meeting will be held at the Memorial Hall on July 14 at 6:00 p.m. for anyone who would like to help with getting the theater group started. The group is encouraging anyone who is interested in the theater arts, and is willing to donate their time and talents to help in all aspects of the theater. Anyone who wants to help with the next dinner theater from behind the scenes, to actors, as well as getting to know different people in the community and have some fun, are encouraged to attend the meeting. Election of officers, and committees for the new theater group will be determined at the meeting.

Adrien Kathrein who has been involved in both the dinner theaters, is very excited to see a theater club in New England. Kathrein, who has had remarkable experiences with being in the past productions encourages anyone who is interested in helping get the theater group started to attend the meeting on July 14.

“It is an awesome experience. The confidence that people gain from being in drama, I have not seen anything else that you get that confidence from. You get it from sports, but it is a different kind. It is being comfortable in your own skin kind of confidence, acting silly and being proud of it. Being comfortable with yourself, and being ok with making mistakes. I think it creates some leadership to. When you can be comfortable in front of a group and to get the opportunity to do that and to give other people the opportunity to experience that,” Kathrein said.

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