Announcement of the new 2021-22 BOARD OF DIRECTORS at Kentwood Players
Congratulations to the Kentwood Players newly installed on the 2021-22 Board of Directors:
President: Alison Boole
Vice-president: Marty Feldman
Secretary: Susan Weisbarth
Treasurer: Kim Peterson
Plays reading chair: Gail Bernardi
Reading committee for plays; Bouket Fingerhut, Roy Okida
Director: George Kondreck
Ticketing: Elizabeth Bouton Summerer
Seasonal passes: Catherine Rahm
Development: Jeremy Palmer
Marketing: Samantha Barrios
Commercial: Shari Barrett
Volunteer coordinator: Michèle Selin
Programs / Postcards / Bulletin: Chris Morrison
House Manager: Shawn “Lefty” Plunkett
Technical lead: Bruce Starrett
It’s been a year and our new Board of Directors looks forward to an exciting 2021-22 season with our ongoing YouTube channel programming including live KP interviews, special events and our virtual theater series. Most importantly, the relaunch of our home theater, THE WESTCHESTER PLAYHOUSE, this fall.
Over the past year, the Kentwood players have decided “The show must continue” although our scene at the Westchester Playhouse went dark in March 2020. We started our virtual theater series last summer with original one-act plays and have received countless submissions from playwrights as far away as Canada. We have already produced 8 pieces online and two more to come this summer. Our YouTube channel, youtube.com/kentwoodplayers, went from promotional trailers of our staged productions to 4-week series of each Zoom play, as well as our weekly interview series, “KP Live”, where directors, designers and actors shared personal stories about their life in the theater world.
Streaming until June 20 is the short dramatic comedy “The test” by Rom Watson who features Sam Gianfala as Steven and John Webb as Charlie, two students who meet on Zoom to discuss class notes and end up putting a very important life decision to the test! This perfect selection to celebrate Pride Month is made by Shari Barrett. And also streaming, be sure to watch KP Live’s interview with the director and cast of “The Test”, hosted by Samantha Barrios and Sam Gianfala.
Streaming is also a compilation of musical numbers performed by the members of Kentwood Players during our recent “A night with Gilbert & Sullivan” benefit event, directed by Catherine Rahm, during which each performer also tells how their personal story began with our community theater group. And don’t forget to watch KP Live’s interview with Catherine Rahm and KP President of Development Jeremy Palmer about the event.
Opening Sunday June 20 at 8:15 p.m. immediately after their KP Live interview at 7:00 p.m. EST “Poetry, Prose and Pirates” by Ken Preuss as the first play of our second season of Virtual Theater Series, directed by Catherine Rahm. The cast includes Michele Selin as Shelly, Patricia Butler as Peg, Ben Lupejkis as Theo, Joan Kubicek as Vera and Zahra Zaveri as Chas, all members of a group. from writers online at one of their regular meetings – until unexpected discoveries by one of the authors makes this session anything but ordinary!
AUDITIONS for “Castles in the Zoom” by John Mabey, directed by Susan Weisbarth assisted by Jack Maatita, will take place on Zoom on Saturday June 5 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday June 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. by appointment. This comedy assumes that two people have a blind date, although neither of them know it, since they were both invited to what they thought was a birthday party. Zoom surprise. Two actors are needed – male, female or non-binary, mid-thirties, all ethnicities and orientations are welcome. To schedule an audition, please email with your resume and photo to director Susan Weisbarth at [email protected] She will be happy to send you a copy of the script and schedule your preferred audition time. The Zoom link will be sent to you a few days before your hearing time.
With all this great lineup available, be sure to mark your calendars, join us and subscribe at https://youtube.com/kentwoodplayers
Directors are still needed for additional titles already approved. If you would like to review these scripts, please contact [email protected]
So what did we do during the shutdown? Purchased in 1961, our building at 8301 Hindry Avenue was overdue for a major renovation. We took advantage of this unprecedented closure to modernize our performance hall. We now have a refurbished roof, new flooring and a new HVAC system with state of the art bipolar air filtration / ionization technology. To manage the costs, we hired contractors willing to work side by side with our volunteer members, the heart of this community theater.
Very soon we will unveil a new facade in time for our grand reopening this fall with comedy by Christopher Durang. VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. Our cast has been rehearsing weekly via Zoom since March 2020 and can’t wait to finally be open to the live audience! We hope you will join us, stay tuned for more details at www.kentwoodplayers.org, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
While all of Kentwood Players’ original programming on their YouTube channel is free to viewers, donations to our “Raise the Roof” campaign are always appreciated: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/kentwood-players-raise-the-roof. As a 501v3 organization, donations to Kentwood players are tax deductible.