Saturday, July 2, 2016

Playmakers Backstage

Below is an article about the backstage activity that makes a Playmaker's production possible, with a focus on the carpenters and set builders. Click on the images to make them bigger. The original article appeared on November 27, 1972, in the Covington Daily News.

The Old Original Playmakers Barn

In a 1988 article in the TImes Picayune, it was noted that Playmakers was one of the nation's oldest all-amateur community theaters. "Their task is to put on the best entertainment they can for their community," the article stated. "And, if the regularly sold out houses and long show runs are any indication, they have done just that."

"Though the theater never fails to entertain the faithful Covington audience, it has another, equally important function: to allow theater-prone residents a place to channel their creative energies.

"This gives people something to do, as opposed to sitting down and watching television every night," said Ray Perer. "And it gives you so much satisfaction. You feel like you've really accomplished something when it's done."

But what's the main reason people get involved? "Well, there's the applause, of course. It gives you a warm feeling. It's kind of an ego trip, I guess. But the theater is something that, if you get hooked into it, you love it forever, and you're willing to perform anywhere," Perer stated. 

Those interested in getting involved in the theater should be put off because they can't act or sing, the article noted. "The theater needs volunteers in the box office, building sets, handling props and working lights."

"We have a lot of activities and duties and always need volunteers," Perer said. "We have no stars. We only have enthusiastic people who love what they are doing and have a great time doing it. It doesn't matter whether you're working in the light booth, or have the lead in the play, either way, you're a part and what's what matters."

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