★ 2015 SEASON ★

☆ Farce of Nature ☆

☆ Sylvia ☆

☆ Nunsense ☆

☆ Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ☆

☆ It's A Wonderful Life ☆
( ... the Radio Play)

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IF IT’S ENTERTAINING, IT’S TATER PATCH!

The Tater Patch Players is a busy, active community theater troupe which produces five-main stage productions annually. We also have special productions, movies and concerts, added throughout the year.  We are conveniently located at 95 Philadelphia Lane in Jasper, Georgia.

Our theater, complete with presentation equipment, great acoustics and comfortable seating for over 100, can be a great location for YOUR group to hold meetings, workshops or other get-togethers.  Enjoy the website and learn more about us.  If you have a show or an act you would like to produce at our theater, or if you wish to discuss renting all or part of our theater for an activity, please get in touch at taterpatchplayers@gmail.com or 706-253-2800.

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As a thank you for a great year, and as a gift to the families with young folks, here’s a Free Movie Afternoon.  At 2PM on Sunday, 12/28, we will show the PG-rated movie “Snow Day“.  Of course, we don’t want to give them any ideas for any Snow Days we may have here in Pickens this winter, but “anything can happen on a Snow Day”.

When a school in upstate New York is snowed in, a group of students hi-jack a plow to keep the school closed. Chevy Chase, Chris Elliot and other comedy favorites act out the hilarious plots: A lovesick teenager declares his affection for the girl of his dreams. A downtrodden employee defies his tyrannical employer. A ten-year-old tackles the scariest villain of her life. And plastic action dolls suddenly come to life. Or do they? You just never know how a Snow Day might turn out. You might even discover you’ve saved the universe!

So bring the kids to the movies (no unaccompanied kids, please) and laugh out loud.

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Our next show is a side-splitting comedy!

 This Southern-fried farce highlights one day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas. D. Gene Wilburn is the owner and proprietor of the Reel ‘Em Inn, the a fishing lodge in the Ozarks. Lately business is down, tourists are few, and the lone guest who’s just checked in—an extremely jittery Carmine DeLuca from Chicago—is only there due to a location shift in the Witness Protection Program. Doesn’t anybody just want to fish anymore? Certainly not D. Gene’s frustrated wife, Wanelle, who’s fed up with their lackluster romantic life. She’s taken drastic steps to improve it through hypnotic suggestion and, for the life of him, D. Gene cannot understand why his pants keep falling down. D. Gene’s feisty sister Maxie has her own problems, chief among them battling ageism to resume her career in law enforcement. She’s determined to prove her worth by keeping Carmine DeLuca alive through the weekend—a task that’s going to prove to be much harder than she bargained for as she keeps losing both her gun and the bullets. To ramp up the hilarity, the gangster Camine’s been dodging for the last five years, one Sonny Barbosa, is about to walk through the door, in hot pursuit of his sexy wife, Lola. Lola has driven hundreds of miles to the lodge to follow her cute young employee, D. Gene and Wanelle’s son Ty. But Lola is about to meet her match in the person of Ty’s seemingly innocent girlfriend, Jenna, whose patience has reached the breaking point after months of waiting for Ty to come home. In the deliciously funny romp that ensues, they all hide, lie, disguise themselves, cross-dress, and slam doors chasing one another, while trying to figure out the source of an increasingly awful stench. By then it’s too late and the lodge is surrounded by vicious critters and hungry varmints that have followed the odor down from the hills. And along with the critters and the odors, Roxanne arrives. We’ve been expecting her for the whole play, but don’t really know why she’s there. Is she the Avon lady? D.Gene’s new flame? A real estate agent? The truth is far more sinister.

By the delightfully chaotic climax of this one outrageous day, love blossoms, truths are revealed, and the lives of all—family, guests and gangsters alike—change in incredible and surprising ways. This side-splittingly funny Jones Hope Wooten comedy is guaranteed to win your audiences over—hook, line, and sinker!   The cast is composed of some familiar and some new faces, plus one we are proud to welcome back to our stage. Director Jan Simpson, assisted by Audrey Kirsten-Lewis, are already rehearsing this talented cast. They will work through the holiday seasons to be ready for you on opening night: January 23, 2015, as another great season begins at the Tater Patch Players Theater.

CAST:

Wanelle — Carlene Archer
D. Gene — Alex Nawrocki
Jenna — Dezarea Brown
Maxie — Pat Northcutt
Carmine — Tyler Roper
Ty — John Murphy
Lola — Leah Chapman
Sonny — Wesley Giambra
Roxanne — Joann Magana

Paving Update!  We did it! 

Between our wonderful grantors, our Paving campaign donors, and our matching donors, the paving is underway… and for all of you, we are very grateful.

Thanks to everyone who helped us reach this goal.  Next season, there will be much better parking for our patrons’ convenience.  Now we strive to get some operating capital back in the bank.  And to that end, see below!

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Christmas shop and help Tater Patch too!  If you shop with Amazon, please enrol in Amazon Smile and make Tater Patch Players your designated charity.  With no cost to you, 0.5% of each purchase will go to support Tater Patch.  Bookmark this link:  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/58-1494249 so all their eligible shopping will benefit Tater Patch Players Inc.   And speaking of shopping….

2015 SEASON TICKETS are a great CHRISTMAS GIFT!

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Email us at taterpatchplayers@gmail.com or call at 706-253-2800 to order or ask questions about season tickets.

Farce of Nature, by  Jones Hope Wooten.  Opens January 23.  This will be the GEORGIA PREMIERE of this great writing trio’s latest show.  See a synopsis and cast list above.

Sylvia, by A. R. Gurney opens April 10.  Greg and Kate have moved to the city after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg’s career is winding down, while Kate’s career is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag.  Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.

Nunsense, by Dan Goggin, opens July 17.  Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.” Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns,tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, opens September 18.  This is a new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll’s experiments with exotic “powders and tinctures” have brought forth his other self—Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. When Hyde meets a woman who stirs his interest, Jekyll fears for her life and decides to end his experiments. But Hyde has other ideas, and so the two sides battle each other in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse to determine who shall be the master and who his slave. With multiple Hydes portrayed by members of the cast.

A review of another theater’s performance fo this play said “This is not your grandfather’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In Hatcher’s version, the dark Hyde indeed comes out, and he is evil beyond measure. But not all evil: He loves, and is loved. Too, Jekyll isn’t the pure soul we’ve come to believe him to be. Hatcher has written a play that honors the original, but gives a more complex interpretation of the dual nature of man. A dark and disturbing story liberally peppered with humor.”

It’s a Wonderful Life: the Radio Play opens November 27. Probably everyone in America knows the warm story of George Bailey and how he came to what might have been his last Christmas and Clarence, the Angel Second-Class who want to earn his wings.  In this adaptation by Tony Palermo, a veteran of stage and radio performances, our audience gets to experience the nostalgic feelings of a simpler time. We create this 1946 radio studio and the costumes and the hairstyles. We even do radio commercials from the time and have organ music accompaniment for parts of the radio show. Also like the live radio broadcasts of the period, all the sound effects also are done on stage.  Come be part of the “Live Radio Audience” for this family-friendly trip back in time.

Click on “Calendar” above, to get the dates for every show.  Ticket prices and season ticket rates will remain the same for 2015.  Tater Patch Players is your best entertainment value!

 

We need your support ~ ways you can help

No theater or arts group in the country can pay for its production by ticket sales alone.  Buying tickets helps us and entertains you.  We generally finance all the shows from their own revenues and our casts, crews and front of house staff are all volunteers.   The work of our volunteers is amazing, but paying the mortgage requires more than talent and dedication.  Yes, our bankers, insurers, and others we do business with want cash.  Ticket prices alone don’t cover our expenses.  We need donors, advertisers, and sponsors.  Many people write extra checks this time of year to support their favorite non-profit 501(c)3 organizations.  Won’t you consider including Tater Patch Players in your year-end giving? As an all-volunteer organization, we would love you to come out and donate your time, too! Email us at taterpatchvolunteers@gmail.com to learn more.

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CONTACT TATER PATCH

Nan Nawrocki
Tater Patch Players
PO Box 267, Jasper, GA 30143
706-253-2800
TaterPatchPlayers@gmail.com