It’s that time of year again where you count your blessings over the past year. What a year 2017 has been!
Four productions and nearly 3000 people filling the seats throughout the 2017 season. Our cast and crew have taken the audience from the streets of NYC to the gymnasium of Putnam Valley Middle School. From a beauty parlor with southern belles to St. Louis World’s Fair. There were tears shed, many laughs, and I’m sure we all left the theater with a tune running through our head.
2017 was a year of changes and firsts! You may have noticed that the theater had a bit of a facelift. There’s a new interior paint job, a new sound and lighting booth, and the installation of modular set booms. All these changes are helping us create an even greater theater experience for our audiences.
You may have also noticed some new faces around the theater. We had 24 newcomers to the theater throughout the year, whether they were actors on stage or part of the backstage crew.
The theater also had their first collaboration with After Dark Productions for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. After Dark Productions produce edgier shows that are geared for adult only crowds. Director Kari Devine (and the cast and crew) brought something new to ASPI. With nonstop laughs and audience participation, this quirky comedy was a great success!
So, what has working with the Abrams Theater meant to director Kari? — “I’ve worked with a lot of different companies in my theatre career, but this is one of my absolute favorites. In Abrams, I get the can-do and community atmosphere that a lot of other places lack. I’ve found people open to learn, support each other, and put on great shows. It’s an amazing dynamic here.”
ASPI is a unique community and has an atmosphere unlike any other! And our audiences and readers like you make what we do all worthwhile.
But don’t worry. We’ll be back in the new year! And you have the chance to join our team. Do you tap dance? Sing? Dance in the rain? Auditions for “Singin’ in the Rain” will be held 6 to 8pm Tuesday, Jan. 2, or Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple Ave., Abrams. Any questions call our box office at 920-826-5852.