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"Community Theatre occupies a peculiarly important position in the American theater picture . . . It engages more people in theatrical activity, albeit part-time, than all the rest of the American theatre put together, including schools and colleges."
— Theatre in America: Appraisal and Challenge
In 2004, a group of interested members of the community with backgrounds in theater and dance established TheatreWorks Community Players of Martinsville and Henry County. They recognized the possibilities and potential of Community Theater and what it can mean to the area including economic development, partnerships, and a showcase for local talent. The mission of TheatreWorks Community Players (TWCP) is to enrich and change lives by engaging the people of our community in high-quality theatrical productions and life-long educational opportunities. TWCP has a strong commitment to integrity, inclusiveness, diversity, fairness, excellence, accessibility, accountability, and growth. TWCP exists to celebrate and nurture creative expression, to foster human communication and understanding, and to delight and challenge our audiences through theatre arts.
All members of the community are invited to be a part of TWCP on stage or behind the scenes, we want you to be a part of the team! Come to the Black Box Theatre and define the role that is right for you.
"I encourage anyone to come be a part of TheatreWorks Community Players. Our aim is to produce the best possible theatrical work in our community theatre through community members."
- Corbin Campbell, Artistic Director
Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 12, don your favorite little black dress, channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and come to a cocktail party that relives scenes from the famous movie, "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Signature, bubbly cocktails will be served along with a variety of appetizers. Period music from Henry Mancini including the movie hit, "Moon River" will be performed by the Mike Mitchell trio. The trio is comprised of David Oakes - lead guitar; Tom Klingelhofer - string bass; and Mike Mitchell - violin and vocals.
The Black Box Theatre will be transformed into a lively New York apartment for the Breakfast at Tiffany's Cocktail Party. Raffle tickets ($10 each) for a lovely fresh water pearl and vintage 1940's Boucher rhinestone brooch necklace designed by Lucy Amato are on sale now. They are available through Board members and the Visitor's center. A silent auction will offer items including reserved seats for future productions and a private party with entertainment to be held in the theatre. Tickets are $50 for this fund raiser, a limited number are available. They may be purchased at the Daily Grind, Janice Cain Stationery, the Visitor's Center and on-line.
Sponsors for this event are Drs. James Jordan and Jaime Woodall of Smith River Smiles, Dr. Theresa Bechtel of Martinsville Eye Center and Peoples Save Stations. Food sponsors are Third Bay Cafe, Serendipity, Susan Critz, Butchers and Brew, Hugo's, Cocoa Trails, and Daily Grind. We are thankful for their support of TheatreWorks and community theatre.
Our team of IMPROV actors is going to stir up the fun on Saturday, October 14! Join us at 7PM and be prepared for almost anything as unscripted scenarios are enacted. Tickets ($5) will be offered for sale at the Box Office on the evening of the show. Doors open at 6, seating begins at 6:30.