Saturday, March 30, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Village Players of Hatboro continue its fund drive to purchase new air-conditioning units.
Even in unseasonably warm winter days, chances are you're not even thinking about air-conditioning or when you'll be looking to cool things down. But, the Village Players of Hatboro certainly are. The volunteer-run theater has been fundraising to replace its "beyond repair" air-conditioning system since last spring. With a shoestring budget, the nonprofit group was staring down a $20,000 cost that actor and director Fran Carroll said could potentially close the curtains for good. Since then, Carroll said the group has shifted direction a bit. Instead of replacing the entire system, Carroll said the Village Players are buying smaller air-conditioning units at roughly $5,000 apiece. So far, the group has bought one - to keep audiences cool …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The Village Players of Hatboro are kicking off its 65th season with a comedy, 'The Fox on the Fairway.'
What do you get when you mix the comedy of “Caddyshack” with the far-fetched humor of ‘70s sitcom “Fawlty Towers?” According to Jim Balcerek, the comedic pair have, in a sense, given birth to the Village Players of Hatboro’s latest production, a farce, “The Fox on the Fairway.” While Ken Ludwig’s 2-year-old play is about golf, you don’t need to be Jack Nicklaus to enjoy it. “You definitely don’t have to be a golf fan to appreciate the show,” Balcerek said of the production, which gets underway on Friday. “There’s almost no golf actually taking place in the show.” What is taking place are a whole lot of laughs. So many in fact that actress Gina Lutz is amazed that she and the five other cast members are able to deliver the chuckle-inducing…
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The performances start in Hatboro on Friday and continue through June 23.
The small theater on Jefferson Avenue in Hatboro was abuzz with activity Sunday afternoon as the Village Players were in final preparations for their upcoming performances of Neil Simon’s "Plaza Suite." The show, which starts Friday evening, is broken into three acts - Visitor From Mamaroneck, Visitor from Hollywood and Visitor from Forest Hills - all of which take place in suite 719 of New York’s famed Plaza Suite Hotel in the 1960s, according to the show’s director, Jacki Green. “A lot of people who have been in relationships can can relate to the characters in the acts,” Green said. “There’s a little something for everybody, I guess.” Ron Green, the actor who plays Roy Hubley in the third act, said the comedy also has elements of drama…
Friday, April 27, 2012
The Village Players of Hatboro are trying to raise $20,000 needed to cover the purchase and installation of a new central air-conditioning unit.
For 63 seasons, The Village Players of Hatboro has ensured that the show would go on. Now, the nonprofit troupe is seeking donations to make sure the show can go on. After the community theater group’s air-conditioning unit was deemed “beyond repair” last year, estimates were sought to have it replaced, according to Village Players actor and spokesman, Fran Carroll. The figures from a half dozen places all came with virtually the same estimate: $20,000 – far more than Village Players has at its disposal. “It’s just impossible to do the show in the summer without air-conditioning,” Carroll said, adding that even some of the unseasonably warm days recently have made the theater “just insufferable” during rehearsals. The only solution, he …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The community theater group will present 'Bare: Musically Stripped/Artistically Revealed' as part of its summer concert series this weekend.
This weekend, the Village Players of Hatboro are presenting "Bare: Musically Stripped/Artistically Revealed" the theater's first-ever musical showcase. The music and performers will be diverse, featuring everything from the Beatles to Oasis, and performers of all skill levels and ages. "This show has a really outstanding group of musicians," said first-time director Alexis Newbauer. Fran Carroll, one of the performers, said the show features more than 20 songs. The troupe's summer concert series will feature singers of varying ages, the youngest being 10 years old. "['Bare'] is going to please audiences of all ages," Newbauer added. After weeks of rehearsals "Bare" will be performed Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the small community …