Board Meeting and Election Results

General Meeting and Election Results

The Board of Directors Election took place during the General Members meeting on August 18. A total of eight seats were up for election on the 12 member board. Retiring from the Board this year were Eileen Jones and Georgia Osborne. There were six incumbents running for re-election and the two retiring seats to be filled by new candidates. All six incumbents were re-elected. They are in alphabetical: Betsy Froderman, Andy Harper, Chris Murphy, Lori Prescott, Carlos Navarrete and Dan Slocum. The newly elected members are Les Maurseth and Elyse Webber.  All were elected to serve  two year terms beginning September 15, 2018.  The new Board met on September 1 to elect officers. Dan Slocum was re-elected President, Lori Prescott was re-elected Vice President, Andy Harper was re-elected Secretary  and Chris Murphy  was re-elected Treasurer.

In other General Meeting business all 2018 volunteers present in the meeting were recognized for their service, overviews of the 2019 plays were  presented by the play directors as well as preliminary  information about the 2019 Drama Camps and Reader’s Theater. There were announcements of upcoming Workshops and Auditions as well as more details provided about the Wrap Party. A special recognition of Lu Cross  for her service to  Pinewood Players closed out the meeting agenda. Election results were announced and the meeting was adjourned.

Lu Cross Receives Service Award

Special Recognition – Lu Cross


Lu Cross accepting Special Recognition Award
Lu Cross
At the conclusion of the August 2018 General Members Meeting Lu Cross was presented with a special award in appreciation for her service to the organization. Lu volunteers countless hours to Pinewood Players including working on the Drama Camp Steering Committee and the Ticketing Committee where she not only devotes hours to ticket sales at the box office and Country Club lobby, but also coordinates ticket sales with our online ticketing vendor. Lu has also been Chairperson for the Vote Counting Committee for the past two years. In addition to committee service Lu has initiated and driven a number of important projects to conclusion in the past year including master keying the entire theater,  the restroom renovations, the chandelier restoration and the theater curtain project. She also assisted with the Wrap Party this season. Her proactive, tenacious approach to getting things done for the organization has resulted in many improvements and benefits for the Pinewood Playhouse. Lu is a past President of Pinewood Players and has served two terms on the Board of Directors. She is a high energy, proactive volunteer who never says “no” to any request to serve. There is no one more dedicated to Pinewood Players than Lu Cross. The  plaque presented to Lu was inscribed as follows:
 “In recognition of your countless hours volunteered and many contributions to Pinewood Players.”
Thank You!

2019 Season Preview

Pinewood Players Announces 2019 Plays

The 2019 season of Theater in the Pines will open in June with “Cahoots” by Rick Johnson. The play is a “dark comedy” filled with witty dialog and farcical overtones. It will be directed by Frank Hess. Frank is a veteran of the Pinewood Playhouse stage and he has directed three previous main stage productions (“Exit the Body” “Wrong Window” and “The Gazebo”). He most recently produced the 2018 Reader’s Theater for Pinewood Players. CLICK HERE to read a synopsis of “Cahoots.”

The second play of the season scheduled for August will be the award winning drama “A Delicate Balance” by Edward Albee. The play premiered in 1966 starring Jessica Tandy and Hume Croyn. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1967. It was made into a movie in 1973 starring Katharine Hepburn, Paul Schofield and Lee Remick. There have been two Broadway revivals of the play, one in 1996 which won the Toni Award for best play revival and the other in 2014 that starred John Lithgow and Glenn Close. Les Maurseth, also a veteran of the Pinewood Playhouse main stage will be returning to direct his second play. Les directed a remarkable production of “Aspirin & Elephants” earlier this season and we are looking forward to enjoying his work again. CLICK HERE to read a brief synopsis of “A Delicate Balance.”

Preliminary 2019 Schedule (subject to change)
“Cahoots”                              June 14, 15, 16 and June 21, 22, 23
First General Meeting        June 22 (10:00 am)
Drama Camp                        TBD
Reader’s Theater                 July 25, 26
“A Delicate Balance”          August 2, 3, 4 and August 9, 10, 11
Second General Meeting   August 17 (10:00 am)
Auditions for 2020 Plays  August 23,24
Wrap Party                           August 29

Tickets for 2019 plays will go on sale in March 2019.  Visit our website at www.pinewoodplayers.com for updates.

Passing of Pinewood Players Pioneers

Farewell to Three Pinewood Players Pioneers

It is with great sadness that Pinewood Players bids farewell to three of its most loved pioneers who died this past year.
Joan Gorges, 93, died last August. Joan was a founding member of Pinewood Players in 1990 and was an active supporter the rest of her life. Known for her dry humor and spitfire personality, Joan always attracted a crowd whether onstage or off. Joan served in the Navy during World War II, worked as a “Harvey Girl” at the Grand Canyon and later as a school teacher.

 

Lee Henry, 88, died May 31, 2018. He was the first president of Pinewood Players and for 24 years devoted himself to entertaining Munds Park audiences as an actor. Lee was probably better known, however, for his role as Munds Park Community Church organist, where he served for 15 years. Prior to his life in Munds Park, Lee rose to the rank of Captain in the Navy followed by a career as a school teacher.

 

 

Florence Sleeper, 97, died April 2, 2018. “Flo” or “Flossie” ushered for every Pinewood Players production from the time she joined in 1991 until 2017. She also acted in many plays, but a prima donna she was not. She was just as happy cleaning the theatre, working the Carnival, or whipping up her famous Texas sheet cake for rehearsal snacks. Prior to her time with Pinewood Players, Flo worked as a nurse. Flo will always be remembered for her signature hair bows and her mischievous smile.
These wonderful pioneers will be deeply missed.

Eden Mau Awarded 2018 Pinewood Players Scholarship

2018 Pinewood Players Scholarship Award

Pinewood Players is happy to announce the recipient of the 2018 Pinewood Players Scholarship. Eden Mau has been awarded the $2000 scholarship for her pursuit of A Bachelor of Music Degree in Musical Theatre. Eden will be attending Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory in Berea, Ohio. She endured a very rigorous application and audition process and ultimately was accepted into the Musical Theatre Programs at a number of prestigious institutions including; Boston Conservatory, Ithica College, Manhattan School of Music, Pennsylvania State University, Elon, University of Utah, Shenandoah University Conservatory, Webster University and  Rider University among others. She is a very dedicated and experienced performer whose giftedness in music, drama, and dance made her highly sought after by a number of  Fine Arts Programs.  Her academic standing, tenacious pursuit of excellence in the performing arts, and unparalleled recommendations reinforced the strength of her application. As one of her fine arts and theatre teachers wrote of her, “She works on her technical skills as a singer, dancer and actor…and stands out as an exceptional young woman of intellect, talent, maturity and character….Having been blessed by working with a number of young people that have gone on to make acting their career, including an Academy Award winning actress and an Emmy Award winning actor, I believe Eden Mau has the tools to become truly great.”

In addition to a the required academic classes and her studies in acting, Eden will be getting extensive training in all areas of voice, sight reading, vocal technique, piano, musical theatre performance and production. Her dance classes include “Ballet Bootcamp” at 7am.  She will continue music and vocal lessons and work during her college years to assist with her tuition.

“There has never been a question that I would be pursuing a career in Musical Theatre. This is my Dream!  As I make this dream a reality with solid conservatory training, I am grateful that you have chosen me for this scholarship. I will work hard and commit myself 100% to receiving the best training possible.”

Eden is grateful for the legacy the generations before her have gifted her with.  Both of her parents, Beth and Gary Mau, are professional actors and have influenced her goals and desire to use her talents.  As a child, she accompanied them on the National Tour of “The Phantom Of The Opera”.  She fell in love with the arts and found that she shares the passion necessary to develop her talents and make her career as a performer. Her Pinewood grandparents, Alice and Al Mau, continue to be a great inspiration to her as she pursues her dream. They were instrumental in the development of Pinewood Players. Her Grandfather’s stories of starring in “The Fantastics”, long before she was born, are family favorites. Her Pinewood Aunt and Uncle, Melanie and David Westmark, worked behind the scenes and on the stage for 20 years. Singing, acting, directing, set building and stage management seem to be part of her dna.

Eden spent many summers in the cool Munds Park pines with her grandparents. She developed deep roots and a growing appreciation for theatre. She remembers her first Pinewood Players’ performances and has saved the programs, pictures and inspiration she received there. “I think it is so important that Pinewood Players has been able to provide so many  wonderful, quality theatre experiences for the community. I remember the excitement of smelling the pines from miles away as we drove north.  The time always went by so quickly!  I am so grateful for this amazing honor and so appreciate the faith you have shown in me.”

The competition for this year’s scholarship was very tough. We strongly encourage re-applying for the 2019 Scholarship. The Scholarship Committee is grateful for the quality of the applicants, the enthusiasm they have for the future, and the depth of their affection for Munds Park. Having already  completed 12 hours of 4.0 college courses while finishing high school and working part time, Eden is positioned to tackle college head on. We wish her well and thank her for the inspiration of her journey. We are happy to honor her as the 5th recipient of a Pinewood Players $2000 Scholarship.

Donations to the Scholarship Program are tax deductible and gratefully accepted at www.pinewoodplayers.com. Thank you for your support of these talented young people.

Nancy Del Duca, Scholarship Committee Chairman