FRIDAY FOCUS: Newtowne Players

The Newtowne Players bring the performing arts and theatre into our culture in Southern Maryland. Through their outstanding productions including musicals and plays, they provide quality entertainment, cultural activities and educational programs for all to enjoy. They strive to get the community involved in theatre and look for volunteers not just in acting but all aspects of performing arts, from design to publicity. In this week’s Friday Focus, Dawn Weber, Artistic Director, Newtowne Players shared with us their upcoming productions. If you’re interested in performing, volunteering or enjoying a show, check out the Newtowne Players upcoming performances!

Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)

The Newtowne Players (NTP) is a non-profit community theatre group serving the Southern Maryland community that makes its home at Three Notch Theatre, the former Lexington Park Library. Each year the group performs five “Main Stage” productions, both plays and musicals. NTP’s “Second Stage” productions comprise shorter runs, revues, one-acts and the very popular Shakespeare in the City, a collaboration with Historic St. Mary’s City, which has run for five seasons.

Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?

It’s difficult to narrow down a single moment. Part of the mission of NTP is to foster, promote and increase the public knowledge and appreciation of the arts. Over the years we have helped a number of organizations in our surrounding community and beyond. Recently, Bill Scarafia, a long-time beloved member of our organization and former board president, passed away; and, as part of his legacy, NTP has created the William E. Scarafia Memorial Scholarship to support students as they continue their education beyond high school. The requirements and selection criteria can be found on our website.

Q: What is your biggest challenge?

We often mention our volunteers and how grateful we are for their assistance. When people think of volunteering for a community theater they often think of the obvious acting and directing roles. However, putting together five to seven productions a year requires the efforts of many individuals with varying talents. The board of directors and committees that are responsible for the day-to-day operation are constantly in need of volunteers, and this will always be our biggest challenge. Our volunteers do everything from ushering to construction to play reading to publicity. If you have an interest in supporting the arts in our community, we can find a home for you at The Newtowne Players.

Q: Are there any upcoming events?

Our next second stage production, “A Night on Broadway: Sight, Sound and Song,” runs May 27 – June 4, 2017. This musical revue features favorite songs from many popular Broadway musicals such as 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Beautiful, Grease, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Man of La Mancha, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wiz, Wicked and more.

Q: How can people get involved with your organization?

It takes a community to keep a community theatre running and NTP has volunteers from many skillsets lending their talents to the day-to-day operation of the theatre. A volunteer form can be found on our website along with information on the many ways you can get involved.

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