In the few months before the lights come up and the Rebel Drama shows begin, there are hundreds of hours of preparation that go into the sets, props, lighting, computer, and sound systems. There is a special group of young artists, builders, and technical specialists that step up to make sure that our Rebel Drama productions provide the level of high-quality entertainment that our audiences have enjoyed for many years.
This year’s production, We Will Rock You, provided some special challenges. The vision of the production was to provide a futuristic scenario of society underscored by the classic rock and roll music of the band Queen. Much of the set used the shades of red, blue, green, and yellow described as “Google Colors”, along with some scenes that were more drab hues that depicted the wasteland and ruins of iconic settings like the Las Vegas Hard Rock Cafe and the gates at the entrance of Graceland, in Memphis.
Some of the tasks that the crew had were to construct platforms, steps, and walls that span almost forty feet across the stage and include an eight-foot rear projection screen, as the base set. Other challenges this year included building an eight by twenty-foot replica of the Graceland gates (on wheels so that it could be moved in a matter of seconds), programming and operating over a hundred stage lights, wireless microphone sound checks for every member of the cast, fog and bubble machines, and building the space on stage for a live rock band.
During the run of the show, scene changes have to be quick and precise to keep the rhythm and flow of the performance moving. Set changes are made while the stage is dark, and the running crew has to work together much like a NASCAR pit crew. These changes are practiced, timed, and evaluated to become as efficient as possible while still remaining safe for the crew and cast members.
On Thursday, January 24, 2019 Wabeno Area Players will be presenting a Workshop Readers Theatre Performance at The Big Easel (1784 Maple Ave., Wabeno) at 7:00pm. Dinner service will begin at 5:30pm until 6:30pm. On the menu will be the Main Entree/Salad/Dessert for $15. For reservations please call (715) 889-1179. Space is limited so call early.
The evening will feature a new group of Players presenting comical selections that everyone will be sure to enjoy. You may even see a couple of veteran members playing supporting roles. This performance comes after a month of Readers’ Theater Workshops. This is a new season for the Players and part of the season is Theater Workshops for all those interested in being on stage. We teamed up with The Big Easel to provide a quality environment and performance venue. Don’t miss this chance to welcome some new performers and enjoy an evening full of laughs. Wabeno Area Players will be donating all funds raised this evening to the Rebel Drama Department.
Dr. Daniel Boatright has been selected by the Wabeno Area Players as the first Playwright –In-Residence in the groups history. He will be the playwright for all of 2019. Dr. Boatright will engage with the Players and community through teaching. He will hold master classes, workshops and will write and develop a new play in collaboration with the Players for the 2020 Season. He will be focusing on two writer workshops this summer. The first workshop will be in June and is for students in grades 7-12. The second workshop will be for adults and will be held in August.
This program, made possible by the support of our patrons and Wabeno Area Players Members, recognizes playwrights whose work has had significant impact on the rural arts. Dr. Boatright has written numerous plays and readers’ theater selections for the Players in the past. He has also written exclusively for The Big Easel Bistro and Gallery in Wabeno as well as numerous groups in Oklahoma.
On Wednesday, December 5th, The WabenoAreaPlayers were honored with a $4000 Grant from the Green Bay Packer Foundation. It was a momentous occasion for the players and one the community can truly be proud of. The grant will be used for a New Fine Arts Series and Community Programing. The Players will be adding two concerts in conjunction with the three mainstage productions in 2019. The performing groups will also be spending the day with area school students working with them on music, theater and dance. Included with the concert additions the players will be hosting several adult workshops throughout the year for adults. The workshops will range from beginning acting to short play performances. The three mainstage productions for 2019 are On Golden Pond, Working and Farce of Habit.
The Players are a completely community focused non-profit organization.