Chapel Street Players https://chapelstreetplayers.org /// Your Ticket to Great Theater Fri, 05 Jun 2020 20:37:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.6 72764603 Art Goes On :: June Update https://chapelstreetplayers.org/art-goes-on-june-update/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/art-goes-on-june-update/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:23:33 +0000 https://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=7657 Dear Friends of Chapel Street Players:

It is hard to believe that June has begun and soon the official start of summer. We hope that you and your loved ones have been safe and healthy in these last couple of months, and will continue to be safe as Delaware re-opens in Phase 1.

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Dear Friends of Chapel Street Players:

It is hard to believe that June has begun and soon the official start of summer. We hope that you and your loved ones have been safe and healthy in these last couple of months, and will continue to be safe as Delaware re-opens in Phase 1. If you have read the guidelines for the performing arts and their venues, specifically details about audience and volunteer social distancing, you will know that opening our small theater space for a show is still not possible.

Our leadership will continue to monitor state recommendations and guidance. We are committed to making the decision to re-open at a future time when the risk to both our patrons and our volunteers is lessened and when it is financially viable to be positioned to earn sufficient revenue to cover the costs of staging a production. We want to thank the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Delaware Arts Alliance, the DE Small Business group, the Newark Partnership, and the Governor’s Office for continuing to provide valuable information and ongoing support during the complications of COVID-19.

Our doors may be closed for now, but we want to continue providing our CSP fans and family with some virtual entertainment! A few of our board members have been posting comedy bits and monologue readings, and we will be sharing those with all of you through our website and social media. We are also looking to do our annual Cope 24 Hour Play festival in a safe manner and to develop more “virtual” theater to bring you throughout the summer months.

Lastly, we would like to hear from you! Whether you are a volunteer, a subscriber, someone who comes once in a while, long-time fan or new friend, it is very important that we understand what you are thinking at this time when it comes to deciding the “right time” to open our doors once again. We are asking you to complete a short survey. This survey is part of a state-wide initiative to provide valuable information to the Governor’s Office, DE Division of the Arts, and other state groups to help sustain all performing arts. We would greatly appreciate it if you could complete the survey by June 30 in order to help us help you and state-wide arts. Please follow the link below to the survey. Thanks so very much for you continued support of live theater and the Chapel Street Players!

Sincerely, 
Board of Directors, Chapel Street Players

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Art Goes On https://chapelstreetplayers.org/art-goes-on/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/art-goes-on/#respond Sun, 05 Apr 2020 19:12:58 +0000 https://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=7287 Dear Chapel Street Subscribers, Volunteers, Patrons and Supporters:

We hope this email finds you and everyone you love healthy, well and staying that way. 

Below is an update on our plans for the rest of the season and the impact this will have on our next season as well.

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Dear Chapel Street Subscribers, Volunteers, Patrons and Supporters:

We hope this email finds you and everyone you love healthy, well and staying that way. 

Below is an update on our plans for the rest of the season and the impact this will have on our next season as well.

We have had to make the difficult decision to close the theatre to the public and to volunteers at least through June.  With so much uncertainty about the lifting of the “stay at home” order in May as well as the inability to bring casts together in a safe way for in-person rehearsals, we feel that this is the best decision.

HOWEVER, as we often say in theatre, “the show must go on.”  Although in this case, it will just be slightly delayed.

  • 4th production of the season: Moon Over the Brewery
    The cast has continued to rehearse through online resources while at their individual homes. The set is mostly built and ready for actors to inhabit the space. The show will be moved to September 2020. Current subscribers can still see the show for free. Any comps or gift certificates to the theatre will be extended to include this show. Anyone who has made a reservation already for this show will need to reserve a new ticket, and we will let you know once the system has been updated for new reservations.
    New dates: Sept 25, 26, Oct 1, 2, 3 at 8pm; Sep 27 at 2pm
     
  • FUNdraiser: The Odd Couple (male and female versions)
    The cast have their scripts and are anxious to bring you each of these comedy classics. The shows will be moved to November 2020. Anyone who has made a reservation already for this show will need to reserve a new ticket, and we will let you know once the system has been updated for new reservations.
    New Dates: The Odd Couple (Female Version): Nov 6, 7, 12, 13 at 8pm; Nov 8 at 2pm
    New Dates: The Odd Couple (Male Version): Nov 14, 19, 20, 21 at 8pm; Nov 15 at 2pm
  • NEXT: George Cope 24-Hour Playwriting Festival
    CSP is proud and committed to bring this unique festival back to our stage. While we are tentatively looking at the summer for this event, we will be basing this on the safety and ability to come back together in public places.
     
  • 2020-2021 Season
    As you know, CSP’s season usually opens in September or October. We are still committed to providing a full season; however, it will be adjusted due to the changes above. Our next Season will begin in early 2021 and go through the entire calendar year. Final details will be sent later once dates are approved but we are committed to delivering the same season we announced a few weeks ago.

Chapel Street has supported local community organizations and other volunteer groups for many years. The Chapel Street Board agreed that current food and beverage items that are at the theatre and part of our pre-show and intermission concessions will be donated to a local organization that provide safe environments for people who are in abusive relationships. In addition, CSP will not be applying for nonprofit aid grants that are being made available. We feel that this will provide more resources to organizations that are providing direct relief to communities.

The current health crisis has deeply impacted our communities, our country and the entire world. It is at times like these that the arts have often been a way to make sense of the nonsensical and at times even help us understand how to move forward. Theatre brings people together and the need for this connection is deeper now than ever. Once we are past this, Chapel Street will be ready to open our doors and celebrate that once again we will be able to see Theatre that inspires conversation and builds our community.

We appreciate all your continued support. Our CSP family (all of the volunteers, patrons and supporters) are how we have survived as a theatre for 85 years. We are looking forward to seeing all of you soon and wish you and your loved ones good health.
 

Sincerely, 
Board of Directors, Chapel Street Players

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COVID-19: An Important Message from CSP to our Community https://chapelstreetplayers.org/covid-19/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/covid-19/#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2020 19:13:35 +0000 https://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=7080 UPDATE: 3/17/2020 16:00
Dear CSP Community:

In accordance with the Governor Carney’s directives in the DE State of Emergency effective 3/16/20 at 8pm, our April production of “Moon Over the Brewery” has been postponed until at least May 15th at best.

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UPDATE: 3/17/2020 16:00
Dear CSP Community:

In accordance with the Governor Carney’s directives in the DE State of Emergency effective 3/16/20 at 8pm, our April production of “Moon Over the Brewery” has been postponed until at least May 15th at best. In addition, our fundraiser with Iron Hill Restaurant “Give 20” scheduled for March 26th is also postponed until future notice. The board of CSP continues to monitor the situation, especially the directives of the state. We will continue to update our the community as decisions are made. Thank you for your patience and be safe.


UPDATE: 3/16/2020 17:00
Dear CSP Community:

Due to the concern and well-being of our patrons and volunteers, we decided this weekend to postpone the Annual George Cope 24 Hour Play Festival scheduled for March 28th (with auditions on March 27th for participants). We hope to reschedule it for some time in the summer. Meanwhile, we are still considering “Moon Over the Brewery” which is slated to open on April 24th. As we draw closer to that time, and of course in compliance with DE’s State of Emergency updates, we will keep you posted with further information. Thank you and be safe.


UPDATE: 3/12/2020 15:00
Dear Friends of CSP:

Like everyone, the Board of Chapel Street Players has been discussing an appropriate response to the issues around the coronavirus. Our primary concern of course is for the health and safety of both our volunteers and our patrons. Each day brings more news and more change. While we don’t want to overreact, we want to do our due diligence to protect the community we cherish. At this time, however, our next events are not for several weeks.

Next at CSP is the Annual George Cope 24 Hour Play Festival being held on March 28th at 8pm and it is still scheduled to occur. It is not part of our subscription series and all seats are $5. While we are taking extra efforts with cleaning, etc, as many as 150 people may fill the seats in a close environment. According to most reports and CDC advice- if you are already ill you should not attend; if you are over 60 or have a weakened immune system, etc you should not attend; if you think you may have been exposed we ask you please not to attend. If you have already purchased a ticket for the show and want a refund then we will honor your request.

Our next subscription/mainstage production is not until late April, “Moon Over the Brewery.” As quickly as things are changing, it honestly seems too many weeks away to make any informed decision at this time. We of course will share information as decisions are made about the remaining season, some of which may be beyond our decision making or authority.

To our volunteer actors, crew, ushers, etc- we are all indeed volunteers and a compassionate community. If you need to temporarily take leave from CSP for health concerns, we understand and support your decision. If any current actors in rehearsal would like to leave their role(s) it would be best to inform your director as soon as possible and your decision will be respected and you will be welcome back in the future. While working at CSP, please follow recommended CDC precautions. If you suspect or know that you are ill or exposed then please withdrawal from participating at CSP until you are healthy.

We encourage everyone to keep up with recommended good health habits, and we will update information as needed. Thank you as always for your continued support of CSP!

For more information on appropriate medical safety please visit https://www.cdc.gov/

On behalf of the CSP Board,

Scott Mason, President

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The George Cope 24-Hour Playwriting Festival https://chapelstreetplayers.org/24hour2020/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/24hour2020/#respond Mon, 17 Feb 2020 02:03:12 +0000 https://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=6817

Starting at 7pm, March 27th, Six playwrights will select their casts and then work overnight to create 6 original 10-minute plays. By morning, the plays will be delivered to directors who will then begin rehearsals with their casts. At 8pm, ready or not,

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Starting at 7pm, March 27th, Six playwrights will select their casts and then work overnight to create 6 original 10-minute plays. By morning, the plays will be delivered to directors who will then begin rehearsals with their casts. At 8pm, ready or not, the shows will go on (scripts-in-hand is fine). Join us for the creative results. It’s sure to be a fun night for everyone!



Audition: Friday, March 27 th at 7:00 pm
Performance: Saturday, March 28 th at 8:00 pm (YES! 24 HOURS LATER!!)

About the Festival

We are compressing the whole process of writing, rehearsing, and performing 6 plays into 24 hours. After the Friday night auditions, the writers will write overnight the seven plays. Directors will start rehearsals Saturday morning full throttle, speeding to the performance 12 hours later! The Good News: Tech week will now be Tech 45 minutes! The Bad News: This crazy feat of creation will be over in about 24 hours (except for the after party, of course)!  Please note, these performances will be script in hand…no memorization is expected!

See you and your prop on March 27 at 7:00

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Brian Touchette https://chapelstreetplayers.org/brian-touchette/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/brian-touchette/#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:51:59 +0000 https://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=5914 Brian is celebrating his 26th year here at CSP. He has been seen in various roles here at CSP including sound/light design, actor, set design/building, stage manager and his favorite role – Directing. He thanks the cast and crew for their amazing talent to bring this production to life. 

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Brian is celebrating his 26th year here at CSP. He has been seen in various roles here at CSP including sound/light design, actor, set design/building, stage manager and his favorite role – Directing. He thanks the cast and crew for their amazing talent to bring this production to life. 

Director’s Message

My first CSP show opened in September 1993. Less than seven months later, I had my directorial debut in this theatre. My experiences at CSP helped me to grown in many ways over the past 25 years, but the way in which I think I’ve grown the most is as a director. I’ve learned how to be a better director from so many individuals: working with other directors, ass’t directors, backstage crew, actors and even audience members here at CSP and other local community theatres. All have helped me to learn, improve and become a more confident director.

I first read the script for One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest over four years ago. I was less than 20 pages in and I knew I had to direct this. The writing is exquisite, the themes are rich and varied and Cuckoo’s Nest, while written in early 1960s, still holds up as a relevant piece of theatre. What drew me to “Cuckoo’s Nest” was the complexity of themes and how we could represent them from the characterization, costumes, props used, lighting, sound, projection and the set design and decoration. I truly hope that you feel that all of these elements help to immerse you into this world – and please come up and tell me what you thought after! I love hearing what you thought different elements meant and learning from you so I can become a better director.

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Susan Boudreaux https://chapelstreetplayers.org/susan-boudreaux/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/susan-boudreaux/#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:49:01 +0000 https://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=5912 Susan Boudreaux is happy to be working with Brian again as his Assistant Director. She is thrilled to have such a talented cast for this production. Break legs all!

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Susan Boudreaux is happy to be working with Brian again as his Assistant Director. She is thrilled to have such a talented cast for this production. Break legs all!

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Amy Walton https://chapelstreetplayers.org/amy-walton/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/amy-walton/#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:47:20 +0000 https://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=5909 Amy is Owner/Director of Drama Kids Int., Delaware County, where she runs an after school enrichment program of developmental drama. She is also a private acting coach. She proudly earned a Master’s degree from Villanova in theater and has acted in musicals and plays on community and professional stages in the tri-state area.

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Amy is Owner/Director of Drama Kids Int., Delaware County, where she runs an after school enrichment program of developmental drama. She is also a private acting coach. She proudly earned a Master’s degree from Villanova in theater and has acted in musicals and plays on community and professional stages in the tri-state area. Amy favorite role on the CSP stage was Chloe in Lip Together, Teeth Apart.

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Cortez Skipper https://chapelstreetplayers.org/cortez-skipper/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/cortez-skipper/#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:44:52 +0000 https://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=5906 Cortez is happy to be back at Chapel Street after having previously played the role of Rick in Girls Weekend. He would like to thank his family and friends for their support and to the phenomenal cast and crew he has had the pleasure in working with on this show.

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Cortez is happy to be back at Chapel Street after having previously played the role of Rick in Girls Weekend. He would like to thank his family and friends for their support and to the phenomenal cast and crew he has had the pleasure in working with on this show.

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Patrick Ruegsegger https://chapelstreetplayers.org/patrick-ruegsegger/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/patrick-ruegsegger/#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:43:45 +0000 https://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=5904 Patrick Ruegsegger is excited to be back on the CSP stage, after appearing in The Fantasticks and It’s A Wonderful Life. A graduate of Elon University with a BFA in Musical Theatre, Patrick has been performing locally and nationally for 30 years. Recently, Patrick has appeared as The Prosecutor in The Case of Humanity vs.

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Patrick Ruegsegger is excited to be back on the CSP stage, after appearing in The Fantasticks and It’s A Wonderful Life. A graduate of Elon University with a BFA in Musical Theatre, Patrick has been performing locally and nationally for 30 years. Recently, Patrick has appeared as The Prosecutor in The Case of Humanity vs. Pontius Pilate at The Reedy Point Players, and in the independent films The Reprogramming of Jeremy and Consiliate, for which he was awarded Best Supporting Actor by the European Cinematography Awards (2019). Patrick would like to thank Brian for this great opportunity, the cast for being awesome, and his friends and family for their continued love and support. GO YANKEES!

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