Mapleton Hall has been closed since March 2020, but The Players have been busy with renovations at the historic theatre home, while still producing virtual shows and theatre workshops.
The outside of Mapleton Hall was “brushed up” with a fresh coat of paint in the fall by Brad Willard Pro Painting, thanks to the generosity of sponsors and members. The main hall interior got a brush-up of its own when volunteers repaired, cleaned and repainted the audience seating platforms. Downstairs, the generous support of the Suffield Rotary Club allowed J.T.N. Electrical to replace outdated and failing lighting with energy-efficient LED units.
An Audition Workshop and three short plays were presented virtually this past fall and winter. The shows were recorded, and are available for audiences to enjoy on The Suffield Players’ YouTube Channel: youtube.com/channel/UCZ0FZLN6nI_GNvA_tPH6dJQ/videos
A Bright Future
Two entertaining online productions are coming up in February and April, as well as another theatre workshop.
Give Your Heart to Mapleton Hall, a family-oriented variety show and fundraiser, will take place online on Feb. 27, from 7–8 p.m. Perseus and Medi, by Nicole Murray, premieres on April 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. (recommended for ages 13 and up.) All performances can be seen live on The Players’ Facebook page: Facebook.com/TheSuffieldPlayers on the dates mentioned or watched afterward in recorded versions on our YouTube channel.
The online performances are free and open to the public, with donations appreciated. All contributions will benefit The Players and Mapleton Hall.
Acting For The Camera, a workshop for aspiring virtual actors, will be taught by former professional anchor Michelle Elaine Kennedy. Register now, the workshop is scheduled for Feb. 9 from 7–9 p.m., with a tuition of $75 and scholarships are available.
For more information, or to register for the workshop, please visit suffieldplayers.org