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.
V-E DAY, by Faye Sholtion, starts in the early years of this century. It is V-E Day, May 8th, 2003. We are in the home of a feisty widow, Evelyn Bergfeld, played by Karen Hogan. She is being attended to by her daughter, Aimee, played by Brenda DeChant. She receives an unexpected visit from her wartime sweetheart, Bernard Cohen, portrayed by Stewart Harris. A box that Bernard delivers contains letters and clippings from stories that Evelyn had written during the war. The clippings and Bernard’s visit unleash a flood of memories that makes her young again, for a day.
During this period of memories, the youthful Evie (Leona Voss), her friend Lil (Karla Messerschmidt-Morgan) and the young Bernard (Bernie, played by Pat Owens) make appearances. Young Aimee is played by Kaylee DeChant. Pat Owens also is the Director of this play!
The play is based on boxes of newsletters sent to Jewish troops from folks back home in Cleveland. The play and its characters are a composite of different individuals who were actually in the war, real soldiers and real situations, including the author’s father.
Readers Theatre Plus regularly accepts submissions of original works that have not been performed in this area. The script of V-E DAY was submitted from the author from another state and was reviewed by the RT+ Play Reading Committee and the Board. The author was notified of the acceptance and approval of her script, the date of production and paid an honorarium.
The RT+ Board felt this was the perfect piece for memorializing the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day, Victory in Europe. It is being presented this Friday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Grange Hall. It would be most opportune to arrive early enough to take in the Flag Line that will be presented by the American Legion Riders, Post 29, Port Angeles. That organization will be there Beneficiary of any and all donations received at this performance.
V-E DAY is presented as a Plus Event. Like THE GUYS and other Plus Events in the history of RT+, it is offered to the public free of charge. As most residents and theatre-goers on The Peninsula know, Readers Theatre Plus presents readings of shows. Come prepared to use your imagination.
Readers Theatre Plus, since its founding in 2006, is a non-profit in the community and has raised tens of thousands of dollars for other non-profits in the community. It is independent from any other theatre group. Among the groups that have benefited from shows put on by RT+ are the Port Angeles Orchestra, OTA, American Hero Quilts, Sew Much Comfort,The Captain Joseph House, The Peninsula Singers, Sequim Baseball U-18, First-Step Family Support Center, Sequim Museum & Arts Center, First Book of Clallam County, Sequim-Shiso Sister City Association, KSQM-FM, Puppy Pilots, Peninsula Friends of Animals, Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County and others. Also, through this year, since giving awards equally to graduating seniors from both Sequim and PA High Schools, over $24,000 has been awarded. RT + does not have a single home. The group is a revolving set of players and has presented shows at the Sequim and Port Angeles Senior Centers, several churches in Port Angeles (the group is non-partisan and non-sectarian), the Forks Community Center, the Historic Dungeness Schoolhouse, OTA, The Port Angeles Community Playhouse, the Sequim Prairie Grange and for V-E DAY and the previous RT+ production, the Mt. Pleasant Grange Hall. The next RT+ production, SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, will be presented at the Sunland Clubhouse.
If you have questions or would like to become involved with the group, please call (360) 797-3337.
by Faye Sholtion
Directed by Pat Owens
Presented by Readers Theatre Plus (RT+) as a “Plus” production
Friday May 8, 2015 @ 7 PM
One performance only
Mt. Pleasant Grange Hall
Readers Theatre Plus Annual Fundraiser with silent auction and raffle
Side By Side By Sondheim, Musical Revue
Yep! This fabulous show is coming back to The Olympic Peninsula!
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