WESTFIELD — Westfield Community Players (WCP), one of the oldest continuously operating community based theater organizations in New Jersey , continues to celebrate their 75th anniversary season with a June talent showcase and July Atlantic City bus trip.
Founded in 1934 by a small company of theater minded individuals, the group now resides in their own theater at 1000 North Avenue West in Westfield . From the first president, Lucy Buck Ellsberg to the current 39th president JoAnne Lemenille, the troupe has been an active part of the Westfield cultural scene. With their first production of The Late Christopher Bean, the group has presented shows written by Shakespeare, Neil Simon, Rodgers & Hammerstein and everyone in between, first at schools in town, and then in their cozy 150 seat theater built in the 1950’s.
As a means to keep the theater functioning and viable for the next 75 years, a building campaign has been started this year to upgrade facilities. President JoAnne Lemenille added that a particular upgrade focuses on the lighting and sound booth at the back of the theater. She described it this way; “Currently, it is only accessible by a narrow ladder just off the lobby, making it difficult to enter and exit quickly and load in equipment. Plans have been approved by the town for an external staircase, so we are appealing to our subscribers and friends of the theater to add to our building fund for this and other projects”. Donations in any amount are welcome and can be sent to the group at 1000 North Ave. West , Westfield NJ 07090 .
Two events are planned for the building campaign, the Annual Talent Showcase set for Saturday June 12 and a bus trip to Atlantic City on Saturday July 17. On Saturday evening June 12 at 7:30PM, the annual Talent Showcase will feature Union County performers with all proceeds benefiting the Building Fund. The evening will feature light refreshments and door prizes with adult tickets at $20 and children 12 and under at $12.
The Atlantic City bus trip to the Showboat Casino will leave on Saturday July 17 at 8:30AM sharp from the theater, and bagels and coffee will be served starting at 7:30AM. Tickets are $35, with a rebate from the casino, and the bus will return at 5PM.
The theater is located at 1000 North Avenue, West in Westfield and call the box office at 908-232-1221 or visit their website at: www.westfieldcommunityplayers.org for more information on upcoming events and other features.
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