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Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

by Alan Ball
Directed by Heather Schultz
Produced by Kirsten Peninger
Stage Manager Wendy Brinker

Feb. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, & 25, 2017 at 8:00pm
Feb. 19 & 26, 2017 at 2:00pm

Sharifa Andrews, Lindsay Brooks, Alli Loeffert, Susie McGarry, Colleen Underwood, & Aaron Long

During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women's spirit.

Due to strong language, adult humor and situations, this show is recommended for mature audiences.

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  • Feb 07: Date Change: Board Next Meets February 13
  • Feb 06: '5 Women' Curtain Panels Talk Feb 19
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In the Spotlight

President's 16 Points of Pride for 2016

By Jill Taylor

What a fast year 2016 was! It seems like I just wrote a 2015 recap.

Our organization has taken on a lot of new projects and partnerships over the last year that made it difficult for me to do a regular President Notes column… so we gave me a much-needed pass. However, I would be remiss if I did not send  our community in theatre a giant THANK YOU for the amazing year we had in 2016. Our dear “little” theatre is growing and getting stronger, and I thought you might be interested to read about 16 things worth noting about Curtain Players in 2016.

1.      Live FREE theatre in Westerville! For years that Alum Creek North amphitheater stared me down as I drove past… so I, personally, want to celebrate the partnership with Westerville Parks and Recreation to bring a fully staged family friendly and free (!) theatrical event to the amphitheater as our number 1 achievement last year. Robin Hood and the Secret of Sherwood was quite a stretch for us, took months of planning and had a big budget — all scary things for our group. However, we pulled together and for a first effort it was nothing short of a rousing success! We plan to do another play in the park in June.

2.      The Westerville Public Library events to highlight The Diary of Anne Frank are certainly worth noting. We are so proud to have this partnership and to have been able to maximize programming around our production. The library housed an exhibition on Anne Frank and her reading and writing while in hiding, as well as hosted a lecture by John Koenigsberg, a Holocaust survivor who was in hiding in Holland as were the Franks during the war. The library events also led to a special opportunity for Genoa Middle School students at our playhouse. We hosted students and their parents for a free performance and had a super-talented Curtain Player agree to create a wonderful study guide to encourage thought and conversation. (Thanks, Danielle Mari!)

3.      The events at the library and the summer outdoor show would not have happened without grants and sponsorships. We are so thankful for the organizations who valued the arts enough to support our endeavors last year — too many partners to list here, but all critical to the new goals of the organization and the programming we provided last year.

4.      YOU! You helped us in 2016 by embracing our Legacy & Renew Campaign. We are currently at 62 percent of our goal — and extended the campaign through the end of our current 54th season. This effort will evolve into an annual campaign, and I sincerely hope you consider a contribution to help us ensure the strength and health of our artistic community on Harlem Road.

5.      Our program ads returned in 2016! This is a huge effort on our part and had lapsed several years ago because we just didn’t have the human resources to continue it. Jim Petsche our VP took this project on his broad shoulders last year. It’s a feature we hope to continue to develop and grow.

6.      The first three shows of Season 54 — Earnest, Anne Frank and Anne of Green Gables — brought the largest audiences to our playhouse for the first half of a season in Curtain’s recent history. You may have noticed our houses are full, with many SOLD OUT shows. It’s a wonderful thing! The energy in the playhouse with large audiences and motivated, talented performers is a real gift. Thank you for continuing to purchase tickets and volunteering on stage and off. It’s a win/win!

7.      Nominations. Wow! We were honored with 26 BroadwayWorld nominations in 2016. We received four Theatre Roundtable nominations and one win for programming in 2015 (awarded in January 2016) with 10 Theatre Roundtable nominations and one win for 2016 programming (awarded January 29).  We also received two Jebby nominations and one win last year. Awards and art may not always be the best mix, but Curtain Players is humbled by the regard of others for its artistic efforts by audiences and peers.

8.      Nearly every show in 2016 was buoyed with the energy of children and teens. Without cultivating a love of theatre in the young, the art cannot continue to thrive.

9.      Due to the increased partnerships, attendance and opportunities, we felt the need for more manpower and have increased the number of elected board seats from six to eight. Since 2014, the theatre has been crackling with ideas and projects, and we need more help to make things happen. Our elected board beginning in July 2017 will seat eight.

10.  Our bank account has increased threefold since July 1 2014. We are proud of our stewardship of funds as a non-profit community volunteer organization. Exploring new sources of revenue while keeping expenses to a minimum allows us to save for necessary major building improvements and to keep ticket prices at present levels.

11.  Increased traditional and social media coverage has been a focus. We are tweeting, Facebooking more and more, and people are engaging with us through social media. We launched an Instagram account, and we continue work on a new website to launch in 2017! We are hoping to make it easier and easier for everyone to follow us and keep up with all the happenings at the playhouse.

12.  As an organization that relies on volunteers, we are thrilled that more than 200 volunteers participated in 2016. The volunteer rank and file remains strong as theatre lovers step up to serve on hospitality teams for performances, work on various committees, as well as act, direct, design, provide technical expertise, and build our shows. As we grow, this number needs to grow as well. Please join us!

13.  In 2015 we unveiled our new logo and so, of course we want to show it off with logowear! Like any school or team, we want to wear our colors proudly. We partnered with local supplier J.C. Manny and are taking orders for shirts, hats, half zip pullovers and polo shirts. Ask anyone at the playhouse, check our website (click here) or e-mail me at to request an order form.

14.  Eighteen applicants made presentation to helm the six productions in 2016-17. Fourteen candidates stepped forward for consideration for the 2017-18 season. It is gratifying to know Curtain Players is a desirable place to challenge one’s talents and skills and to make creative dreams realities.

15.  We are helping to develop plays written by local playwrights. Robin Hood and the Secret of Sherwood and RFK: Journey to Justice (the 2016 Simply Staged plays) had lives after their initial readings. Curtain took Robin Hood to the amphitheater for full staging in June. RFK was part of the Columbus Black Theatre Festival in July. We are proud these new works were first heard on our stage.

16.  One of our favorite initiatives is growing our Curtain Connects program. We love to assist and celebrate other organizations in our community. We continue to strive to be active members of the community beyond our core mission as a theatre presenter.

Whew! It’s amazing to me the accomplishments of our group in a calendar year. The theatre’s leadership team must think far ahead to future seasons, and that’s where my head lives most of the time. But it’s so affirming and exhilarating for me to think back on all the groundwork laid this past year. We have so many amazing opportunities and so many ideas for the future! I am so glad to be a part of this time in Curtain Players history.  We have so much to share and celebrate! Cheers to all of you in 2017!