Depot Theatre deserves support, appreciation

Published 3:52pm Monday, September 30, 2013

Thursday night I attended the opening performance of the Wetumpka Depot Players’ latest production, “Blithe Spirit.” During his introduction of the show, director William Harper commented on the fact that the local community is lucky to have the Depot Theatre.

I agree wholeheartedly. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful resource right here.

Many talented people have contributed to the success of the Depot Theatre throughout its 30-plus year history. That dedication continues all year, every year.

Most visible are the actors, but the other folks involved are also integral to each show. There are those who build sets (and the Depot’s are always spectacular), assemble props and costumes, handle lighting, direct, oversee music and choreography (as needed), set scenes and sell concessions or tickets. I’m sure there are tasks I’ve overlooked in that list.

And almost all of the work is done by volunteers. That’s pretty impressive.

There are many larger communities that would be ecstatic to have an award-winning enterprise such as the Depot Players in their town. I encourage everyone to show their support and appreciation for what the Depot Theatre gives to the community by attending performances and maybe even becoming sponsors.

As for “Blithe Spirit,” it was another funny, enjoyable presentation. There’s lots of scope for humor when the plot involves a psychic/medium, the ghost of a man’s first wife (who only he can see and hear), an inept maid and the man’s second wife (who is very much alive when we first meet her, but later joins the ghostly ranks herself).

If you haven’t already made plans to see it, you ought to treat yourself. Take a couple of hours and be entertained by the characters in “Blithe Spirit” – you’ll have a fun and relaxing break from the day-to-day routine.

Until next week … (and bless your hearts)

 

Peggy Blackburn is managing editor of The Wetumpka Her­ald and Elmore County Weekend. She can be reached at 334-567-7811. Her email address is peggy.blackburn@TheWetumpkaHerald.com.

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