The Gaslight Theater Players were honored in June to receive several recognitions, titled Orchids, from the Association of Community Theatre of Greater Cincinnati for two of their productions this past season.
For the August 2017 production of Steel Magnolias, directed by Lori Bowling and Jessie Faye, actresses Judy Littlefield and Kara Sulzer were awarded with the “Excellence in Acting in a Play” Orchid. Also, Jessie Faye and Lori Bowling were presented with the “Excellence in Ensemble” award.
For the November 2017 production of Something’s Afoot, directed by Jennifer Stewart, Kelly Bohl and David Little received three awards: “Excellence in Set Design”, “Excellence in Set Construction” and “Excellence in Special Effects”. Alexandra Waters received her award, “Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance” also for Something’s Afoot.
Congratulations is extended to GTP members Jessie Faye for her two “Excellence in Acting in a Play” Orchids. One for Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will and the other for Jake’s Women. Both productions were produced by Stagecrafters. And congratulations to Lori Bowling for her “Excellence in Lighting” Orchid for Angel Street, produced by Sunset Players.
The Gaslight Theater Players is an organization of community members who plan and execute performances for the public on a 100% volunteer basis. From finding scripts, to directors, cast, crew, set building, lighting and more. its members play many roles in one show.
The Players were first established in 1967 under the direction of Harlan Wolfe and Jean Domer. Wolfe and Domer wished to clean and fix up the nearly abandoned theater on the second floor of the administration building. Together with 40 other members of the local community, they were able to sign a personal bank note totally $4,000 to restore the theater in December of 67. Just under a year later, the Georgetown Players, as they were then known, held their first opening night with the performance of “Girl Crazy” with Robert Benintendi and Joyce Daniels. It was a packed house.
In the eighties the Georgetown Players changed their name to the Gaslight Theater Players and for a little over fifty years have called the Gaslight Theater on the corner of Main and East State Street their home. As a member of the ACT of Greater Cincinnati they are acknowledged as one of the oldest, all volunteer, community theater groups in southwest Ohio. Speaking to any past, or present, members one will hear the joy and love for the theater in their voice and see the sparkle of the excitement in their eyes.
The Gaslight Theater Players are always looking for new members. They are also available to assist with fundraising opportunities by holding dinner theaters.
Check out the web page www.gaslighttheaterplayers.com or find them on Facebook.