Sunset Playhouse announces new season
|By JODY MAYERS - Special to TimeOut||
April 11, 2013
ELM GROVE - Diana
Alioto, the new executive director at Sunset Playhouse, said she has
always been amazed at the quality of productions and the wonderful feeling
of camaraderie the individuals involved in the productions share.
“To be surrounded by
people who make theater simply for the love of theater is exhilarating,
and it definitely shows on our stage,” she said.
Alioto, who joined
Sunset Playhouse on April 1, said in the coming months she plans to get to
know more about the community, the gifted people who work and play in Elm
Grove and most importantly the people she will be serving in her new role.
“I realize they are
what make Sunset Playhouse such an amazing treasure here in Elm Grove,”
The 2013-14 season
kicks off Sept. 12 with the production “Red, Hot & Cole.” Other
lineups include “Inherit the Wind,” “It’s A Wonderful Life,”
“Murder on the Nile,” “Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat,” “I Hate Hamlet,” “On Golden Pond” and “Gypsy.”
The theater also has intermittent productions planned from its Sidenotes
Cabaret, Musical Mainstage and Bug in a Rug Children’s Theatre.
associate director, said several of the shows are new and have never been
performed at the theater before.
“Our theme this year
is ‘Take A Seat, The Journey Begins!’ she said. “We have a board of
directors and numerous volunteers who have been active at the playhouse
for almost 50 years. We are the only community theater in the area that
owns their own building.”
Among some changes in
staffing, Owecki said other positive changes include a new lighted sign on
the west side of the theater, a newly repaved parking lot, and welcoming
additions inside such as a rotating art display in the lobby and hallway,
updated concessions including teas, coffees, homemade cookies, treats and
chocolates, and wine, beer and soft drinks which patrons are now allowed
to bring into productions.
Owecki said there is
also simplified season ticket packages available which keeps the
membership fee separate from the ticket price.
“We are constantly
reviewing buying patterns and customer feedback. We take our commitment as
a community theater seriously and want to reach a larger segment of the
community,” she said. “We think lower-priced more affordable
entertainment in difficult financial times is important because we want
our community to have a live theater arts experience.”
Alioto said the most
rewarding experience for her after reading plays is seeing them come to
fruition in the eyes of the guest directors.
“I will be directing
two shows in the new season as well,” she said.
the Sunset Playhouse offers education for children and the future may
include some adult educational opportunities, Owecki said.
“Every season, six
high school students from throughout the area are afforded the opportunity
to work with professional singers and musicians on stage in shows and
apply for scholarship monies,” she said.