Readers Theatre Plus (RT+) is an entirely non-profit group. A Sequim local theatre benefitting local charities and organizations, over the last four years, RT+ has been able to present fourteen scholarships, distributed evenly, to graduates of Sequim and Port Angeles High Schools.
COMING IN JUNE!
Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, directed by Dewey Ehling.
It will be performed to benefit The Peninsula Singers, The Sequim Museum & Arts Center & Readers Theatre Plus. It is our one fund raiser & will include a raffle & a silent auction to provide the funds to carry on our work through the year.
The performances are June 21,22,28 & 29 at 7:30 p.m. & June 23 & 30 at 2:00p.m. The performances are all at the Historic Dungeness Schoolhouse at the corner of Sequim-Dungeness Way & Towne Road. Tickets are $15.00 at the door, or 2 for $25.00 in advance. Tickets in advance will be available in Sequim at Pacific Mist Books & in PA at Odyssey Bookshop.
For more information call 369-797-3337.
There will be 3 total from Port Angeles High School. (Sequim High School Scholarship Ceremony is in June.)
Each recipient was awarded $800 from Readers Theatre Plus.
READERS THEATRE PLUS
PLANS TO CELEBRATE SEQUIM’S 100th BIRTHDAY
In recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the City of Sequim, Readers Theatre Plus (RT+) will be presenting a show comprised entirely of “First-Hand” stories from Sequim’s early days. The Beneficiary for this show, entitled “A CENTURY OF SEQUIM,” will be Sequim’s locally owned and operated radio station, KSQM-FM. All funds generated during the run of “A CENTURY OF SEQUIM” — to be presented at the Dungeness Schoolhouse over the first two weekends in October — will go to the radio station.
RT+ is asking that members of the public get involved in the show. In order to stage such a unique production, RT+ needs to collect personal tales and vignettes about Sequim’s earlier days. The troupe is therefore soliciting stories from anyone who grew up in Sequim, moved to Sequim or worked in Sequim prior to the year 2000.
All submissions are welcome. They must be appropriate for theatrical reading and not extremely long. They can be real stories, funny incidents, romantic accounts and even imagined tales, as long as they’re set in and around Sequim.
Deadline for submission of Sequim tales is July 4th.
Readers Theatre Plus retains the right to accept, edit (with the author’s approval), or decline items submitted. Readers Theatre Plus will acknowledge all stories received, in writing.
Send your stories to KSQM via E-Mail (office@KSQMFM.com) or through our website: www.readerstheatreplus.com. Label them in the Subject Line as “Sequim Stories.” They also can be mailed to KSQM, P.O. Box 723, Sequim, WA 98382. For any questions, call Readers Theatre Plus at (360) 797-3337.
September 18, 2012
On September 11th, 2012, Readers Theatre Plus (RT+) presented a free-to-the-public “Plus” event at the Historic Dungeness Schoolhouse in Sequim. The presentation was a reprise of their 2011 reading of THE GUYS, a play about New York City’s first responders on 9/11.
The idea for doing the show again came from Jim Dries, the Director of last year’s production at The Port Angeles Community Playhouse. Jim thought, and the RT+ Board agreed, that the troupe should start a tradition of doing (at least) one performance of the play every year on September 11th. The two cast members, Paul Martin and Carol Swarbrick Dries readily accepted the idea of initiating such a tradition.
For last year’s production at the Playhouse, the American Legion Riders, Post 29, of Port Angeles provided a Flag Line to welcome theatergoers. They were asked if they could do the same for this year’s show and be the recipient of whatever donations might be forthcoming from the production; they readily agreed. Last Tuesday evening, joined by members of the American Patriot Riders, two Flag Lines were formed leading into the Dungeness Schoolhouse; many riders remained afterward, and attended the reading. Nevertheless, no one from RT+ or those in the audience could have predicted what a special “Plus” Event it would turn out to be.
After a bit of publicity, flyers, radio shows and stories in the paper, the actors performed their roles in front of a large and appreciative audience; the 92-seat auditorium was at near-capacity. At the play’s end members of the audience joined the cast in singing “America The Beautiful” and there was a special presentation from one of the Riders to his wife, whose birthday is September 11th. Then, Jean Rickerson of Sequim came forward with her husband Rick, to tell the story of her recent business trip to New York City. While there, she said, she went to the Memorial Monument to 9/11, where she saw flags created especially for the Memorial. Immediately, she told the audience, she “knew” she had to buy one. Jean readily admitted she didn’t know why she should buy one, only that she MUST.
The morning of the play, September 11, 2012, Jean said, she realized why she had bought the flag . . . and asked Rick to build a frame for it. He did so, and the flag was presented to Readers Theatre Plus, with the stipulation that it be displayed where it could be seen by the public, and a place where it would be respected. NOTE: This is no ordinary American flag. The red-and-white stripes are made up of the names of all the victims who were killed in the tragedy. It is truly a sight to see, and is currently “On Loan” to the Sequim Masonic Lodge, where it will be hung on a wall in the public-access area.
Finally, it should be noted that from this “Free” event, the American Legion Riders received over $400.00 in donations!
Words are somewhat inadequate to describe the feelings of those who were present for the reading and the donation of this beautiful flag. “Plus” was indeed what this evening turned out to be!