McLean Community Players eNews for Summer/Fall 2015
Summer/Fall 2015
In this issue
Calendar Girls Opens Sep. 18!
Calendar
Auditions for 1776
Season Tickets
Become a Patron
Volunteer Opportunities
Passing of Dinnie Whitson
 
Area Premiere of Calendar Girls Opens Sept. 18!
Logo The area premiere of Tim Firth's Calendar Girls, opens September 18, 2015, and runs weekends through October 3, in the Alden Theatre. Based on a true story, Calendar Girls was adapted from the film of the same name and has become one of the most popular plays in British theater history. Set in a Yorkshire village, Calendar Girls is about Chris and Annie, long-time friends who are members of the local chapter of the Women's Institute (WI), a volunteer organization. After Annie's husband dies of leukemia, Chris and Annie decide to raise money for the local hospital by producing an "alternative" calendar with shots of nude members of the WI engaged in traditional activities, such as knitting, cooking, and flower arranging. As word of the calendar spreads, reporters descend on their small village, and the resulting stress threatens Chris and Annie's friendship. See the preview article in the McLean Connection.
  Director Bob Sams says "It is always a challenge and a privilege to do the first area production of a play. I am fortunate to have such a talented, dedicated and brave cast and production staff. Many people think of Calendar Girls as a show about semi-clad women on a calendar. It is much more. It is a show about love, and what love makes you do for those you love. It is about how seemingly small actions can have the most unexpected and far reaching consequences. This is an important play and I am so proud to be doing it"
  McLean Community Players' Calendar Girls is a fund-raising event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society via event page.
  MCP has an established partnership with the Metropolitan Washington Ear (MWE) for the provision of Audio Description services. Our performance on October 3 will be audio described for persons with vision challenges.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
September 18, 2015—Opening night for Calendar Girls. See www.McLeanPlayers.org for tickets and more information. An opening night reception will be held in the Rehearsal Hall at the McLean Community Center after the performance (about 10:30 p.m.).
Sept. 18-Oct. 3, 2015—Performances of Calendar Girls: Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 18, 19, 25, 26, Oct. 2,3 at 8:00 p.m. Sunday matinees Sept. 20 and 27, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $20 adults, $18 seniors, students, and district residents. Groups of ten or more: $15. Tickets are available from the Alden Box Office, from Ovation Tix (1-866-811-4111) or on line: www.McLeanPlayers.org
Oct. 19 and 21—Auditions for 1776; Monday and Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA 22101. Callbacks on Saturday, Oct. 24, by invitation only. Please see www.McLeanPlayers.org for audition details. (See the article below.)
Coming Soon—Auditions for 1776
Auditions for MCP's winter musical, 1776, will be held Monday, Oct. 19, and Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. Callbacks are by invitation only and will be Saturday, Oct. 24. Casting 2 women and 24 men. Please see MCP's website [link to auditions page] for detailed character descriptions and vocal ranges. There are no non-singing roles. 1776  will be directed by Annie Galvin and produced by Jean Matich and Jerry Gideon.
  1776, with music by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone, won the Tony Award for Best Musical. It is an unconventional musical about the seminal event in American history—the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In the summer of 1776, the nation is ready to declare independence...if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776  follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy. 1776  opens on Feb. 5, 2016, and runs weekends through Feb. 21.
Season Tickets Now Available Online from OvationTix, and at the Box Office
Season tickets are available for the entire season or for a two-show package of one play and one musical until October 3. The full season subscription for all four shows and the Fall/Winter package (Calendar Girls and 1776) will expire on October 3, and after that, only the Winter/Spring package (1776 and Unnecessary Farce) and the Spring/Summer package (Unnecessary Farce and Footloose) will be available. You choose which shows to include in the two-show package. The cost for all four shows (two plays, two musicals) is $70—four shows for the price of three. A $90 value for only $70! For two people this saves $40 over the cost of a separate pair of tickets to each show. Or, buy one of our two-show packages—a $45 value for $40.

Ways to Purchase Season Tickets
  • You may order a season ticket package online from OvationTix by using the link on the MCP website. A $3.00 service fee applies.
  • You may buy a season ticket package from OvationTix by phone at 1-866-811-4111. A $2.00 phone service charge applies.
  • You may send in a mail order form to the Alden Box Office, 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101. Please include the dates you wish to attend each of the shows. Checks should be made out to The Alden Theatre. Or you may purchase a season ticket package in person from the Alden Box Office. There is no additional fee for mail orders or purchases from the Box Office.
  • Please see MCP's website for more information about season tickets.
An Invitation to Become a Patron of MCP
Up to this point, MCP has achieved success by carefully selecting shows and budgeting expenses. Our revenues are derived almost exclusively from box office receipts, augmented by modest but highly-appreciated grants from the Arts Council of Fairfax County, several tons of volunteer elbow grease, and — for the past several seasons — the generosity of MCP Patrons.
  With the support of our patrons, in 2012 MCP was able to lease a shop facility in Herndon. The space has been refurbished by MCP volunteers and equipped with platform storage to accommodate furniture and props, thus freeing up the floor space for set construction. The scene shop that has been created has been an invaluable asset and is vital to MCP's success. The continued tax-deductible support of our patrons is critical to helping MCP defray the monthly lease costs. We invite you to become an MCP patron and to share our passion in bringing live theater to the community. See the Patrons Program form on our website or visit the MCP table at the intermission for Calendar Girls for more information.
Volunteer Opportunities with MCP
For all those who have ever wanted to learn more about what goes into creating the quality theater that MCP produces and to participate in the process, there are many volunteer opportunities available. Volunteers are always needed in the scene shop to build and paint sets and scenery. Training from our build crew, headed by the scene shop manager George Farnsworth, is available, and volunteers work with experienced builders, set designers, and scenic painters. All tools and equipment provided.
  To work in the scene shop, George may be reached at George@McLeanPlayers.org Visit MCP's website for a volunteer application form that lists this and many more volunteer opportunities.
Passing of Dinnie Whitson
Dinnie was a long-term board member, working on over 65 shows with MCP or our predecessor organizations since 1982. A wonderful artist, Dinnie was involved in set design, set dressing, painting and more. In addition to her work with MCP, Dinnie was also a member of the Flower Guild of the Washington National Cathedral, the Great Falls Garden Club, the McLean Antiques Society, the PCSOTS, and two bridge groups. She was our dear friend, and will be greatly missed.