Whew, that was a blowout first week as our theater season begins 2011! The captivating Cirque le Masque was a complete sellout, an exciting event the theater hasn't seen since an all-county musical four or five years ago. Interestingly, we have already sold almost five dozen seats for Vicki Lawrence's Two Woman Show on May 6 (Mother's Day Weekend), and we're delighted that you are responding to our new Broadway Series offerings. We're already beginning to book 2012, and we promise there will be just as much variety and more well-known names in the future.
I do want to thank you for your positive response to our first season Playbook. When we published it, along with the calendar insert, it was in response to what we were hearing from you, our public. We realized you wanted to know sooner what we were presenting at the theater, and we thought it would be very helpful if we included everyone who performs and presents here. It seems that you like it ... we're quite proud of it and already working on the next one. If you need additional books or you would like extras for your office or business, please call us at the theater office. We'll even deliver them!
Many of you have been asking about the movies and we have good news and even better news, but it begins with a little sad news. Our wonderful "Movie Guy," Paul Schmidt, from Jamestown, is retiring. We are so grateful for his many years of quality film offerings and setting our standards so high with his knowledge and impeccable taste. I, for one, saw many important films that I would have missed, and only because he knew and researched his medium so well.
Marcy O’Brien, Executive Director
Struthers Library Theatre
So now, along with The Friends of the Library Theatre who have sponsored the films since the beginning, we are going into the movie business. Paul has begun tutoring us; we have a selection committee; and we will select and train projectionists soon. We are in the process of completing all the accreditation and presenting license applications required by the 21 film distributing companies such as Paramount, Disney and Warner Brothers. We learned that there is a great deal more "business" to being in the movie business than we thought. I have met with the staff at Fredonia Opera House who began their own film series two years ago and they've been very helpful.
We are looking for a late spring start. We had hoped to begin sooner, but our schedule is so full there are no weekend spots available. In addition to the musicals and concerts on the calendar, we are also scheduling the installation of all new stage curtains which will be taking more than a week.
One wonderful future option that we've realized is year-round scheduling. We were never able to run films in the summer because of Paul's demanding schedule at Chautauqua. Now, without that complication, we will be able to plan films throughout the year. A first-run, quality film shown in our air-conditioned house is a great way to spend a muggy summer evening, don't you think?
The future of films here is going to be dynamic and the only ingredient we need now is just a bit more patience while we get launched. Oh, and yes, there will be popcorn, and the containers will be bigger!!
See you in the aisles.
Marcy O'Brien, Executive Director
Struthers Library Theatre