On With The Show...

We are just THREE DAYS away from the Bobcat Players first show since our 2019 season finale of Tennessee Williams' classic, A Streetcar Named Desire. Of course, this isn't the theatre we thought we'd be bringing you this year. As you know, we were just days away from the opening of our previously-postponed production of One Man, Two Guvnors when COVID-19 shut down Beaver County--and subsequently cancelled our 2020 season in its entirety. But theatre is about adapting, and we have done just that.

In July, we began the process of getting approval for an outdoor production that would allow us to adhere to the current safety protocols. Our outreach committee set to work finding scripts, contacting playwrights, assembling casts and much more. This hard work led to the creation of Players in the Park: Quarantine Comedy--and we truly hope you'll join us for it!

WHO: The Bobcat Players, of course. More specifically, the outreach committee. (Find specific cast members and playwrights in our three previous blog entries!) As for who is invited--well, the answer is YOU! Anyone is welcome to attend this FREE performance, though we feel it is particularly suited for audiences age 16 and up.

WHAT: An outdoor performance of nine vignettes entitled Players in the Park: Quarantine Comedy.

WHEN: September 12 at 6 PM. If it rains, we will hold the performance on September 13 instead. (Check our Facebook page for any weather-related updates, but so far, so good! Fingers crossed.)

WHERE: Quay Park in Beaver. (Check our previous blog entries for an exact map!)

WHY: Because we all need a good laugh right now. Because we miss our audiences. Because theatre is important to our world and our community.

HOW: This performance wouldn't take place without the dedication of our outreach committee and the actors. We'd also like to take a moment to thank those who are not board members, and yet still went above & beyond to contribute: Beaver Borough and Beaver Town Council for their overwhelming support of this project; Center Theatre Players for allowing us to use their brand new sound system; Brighton Music who cut us a substantial break on microphone rentals; Beaver Area School District for props, costumes and set pieces; Alex Andres for technical support, a much needed backdrop, and his role as liaison between town & theater group; Maureen Hartnett for providing us with masks with fabric donated by Quilters Corner; and GCU for printing our advertisements. There are multiple others we want to thank Saturday as well, as this project has truly taken a village!

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Please remember to bring lawn chairs or blankets for your seating. We are NOT able to provide any, so please don't forget yours!

  • Keep in mind that social distancing will be enforced and masks are HIGHLY encouraged.

  • We recommend getting takeout from our local restaurants to enjoy during the performance, but please help us keep the park clean by cleaning up any trash that you may accrue during the show!

We know this is different from what you've come to know and expect of our group--after all, it is our first ever outdoor production! Regardless of that fact, we appreciate your patience and support as we adapt to the challenges we are faced with in this current climate. Please join us as we come together as a community to celebrate the arts with love and laughter in our beautiful hometown!

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