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An Evening of Short Plays was huge success

Dear Editor,

Innovative Theatre Company has just completed a successful first production - An Evening of Short Plays. I have so many people to thank.

First, I would like to thank Gary Dixon and American Legion Post #16. They were wonderful to work with. From rehearsal space, to the use of their lovely theatre, to advertising, to lights, to fabulous fish dinners, to a hundred little things that make things work smoothly. Thank you. My husband is a member of the American Legion and I couldn't be prouder of any organization we are affiliated with.

I also want to thank the actors who spent so many hours rehearsing and preparing. As with any beginning, there were some rocky spots. But to those of you who stuck with it to the end, thank you. Special thanks to Adam, Jan, Rod and Chris who showed that true professionals know that the audience always comes first. To my friends at Lapeer Community Theatre, your emails and messages were deeply appreciated. To the students from the North Branch High School Drama Club, your talent, energy and enthusiasm are amazing! Thank you all.

I want to thank the local media. For a new company, I was overwhelmed by the encouragement you showed. Lapeer has a strong arts community, thanks in great part to the support we receive from our local newspapers, TV stations, radio and their online counterparts. Thank you so much.

But I need to apologize to the patrons who came Saturday night expecting to see three one-act plays, as advertised. It was less than 45 minutes to curtain when the other two directors informed me that they were not presenting their plays. With such short notice, I could not arrange for alternate casts to perform. In the thirty years I've been involved in theatre I've never heard of any director doing such a thing, whether professional, amateur or academic. But thankfully, the cast of Shakespeare on Love was prepared (after my friend Rod Robertson stepped in). Gary and the Legion immediately agreed to refund the money for the tickets sold and the audience was invited to stay for a free performance of Shakespeare! Everyone stayed plus some folks wandered up from the Legends Dining Room downstairs to join us. The curtain rose just after 7:00 on a relaxed and fun performance, followed by cast and audience alike retiring to the basement for refreshments. I believe that 'the show must go on" and it did!

As I assured those present, Innovative Theatre Company will present one more Evening of Short Plays featuring all three plays, but with different casts and directors. The date will be later this spring at the Legion Post. We will announce it publicly and via email alert. If you want to be on our email list, please contact me at

Thank you, Lapeer, for having the generosity to allow another performing arts organization to take root. I look forward to entertaining you for years to come.

Sally W. Eilersen, Artistic Director, Innovative Theatre Company
February 11, 2009

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