Dr. Gordon Klockow – a dear friend passes

“All the world’s a stage. And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.”
William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Dr. R. Gordon Klockow exited this earthly stage and made an entrance onto the stage of heaven. While on vacation in Florida, Gordon became ill and passed away on Januaray 13, 2017.
Gordon, along with several others, sat around a table about twenty-five years ago dreaming about a community theater in Rensselaer. After many hours of planning and rehearsals, The Carnegie Players produced their first show on August 19, 1994, Bye Bye Birdie. Gordon served as The Carnegie Players first President for two years and with the newly appointed seven member board of directors, formed Carnegie’s by-laws. With Gordon’s guidance and forethought, the by-laws have seen very few changes through its twenty-four years.
Gordon appeared in at least eleven Carnegie productions and was also a facilitator behind the scenes helping and urging others to experience the theatre arts. He loved all aspects of producing a theatrical production, a concert or a recital. He had a passion to encourage everyone to find their inner strength and talent. Gordon was a kind and empathetic leader who was a friend to everyone. A gentleman, he was respected locally, statewide and nationally for many roles that he played. Gordon touched lives through the world with an outreach of dental supplies to Lithuania to outfit a dental clinic. He received Rotary International’s highest Kissinger Award, in recognition of these efforts.
Gordon was also a Fellow of Saint Joseph’s College, had taught classes at St. Joe and through The Saint Joseph’s College Missionary Outreach, helped send large containers of medical equipment, supplies, books, toys and medicine to Tanzania. He was also on dental and other music boards and supported the arts beyond this area.
Gordon, your performance on the stage of life was superb. The dialogues were your own. There were no rehearsals. There were no retakes. The show always went on.
There will not be an encore performance. We stand applaud and thank you for your life well lived. We thank you for the many lives that you have touched by your example of self-less living, love and encouragement to others. You will be greatly missed.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Jackson Funeral Chapel in Rensselaer.

Carnegie Players’ Annual Meeting

Hello Carnegie friends!!
We are pleased to announce our Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the Methodist Church basement. It is a dessert carry-in; coffee and tea will be provided.

Carnegie members will be voting on the 2017 operating budget and new Board members and we will be presenting our annual reports.

Please come and join us and bring any ideas you have on shows you would like to see us produce or activities you would like to see us do.

Woody Slade…our dear friend.

The Carnegie Players has lost a member of its family this week.  Woody Slade passed away July 4 at his home in Flora.  Today Heaven is welcoming a player that will soon be forming new Trivia teams.  Woody has probably already begun researching questions for a Trivia Night contest.

Woody had been involved with The Carnegie Players most years from it’s start.  Holding various offices on the board as a Member at Large, Secretary,  Vice President and President, he was involved with helping to produce a show from set construction to publicity and costumes to clean-up. But Woody also enjoyed being an actor on stage. One will remember him as Mayor Shinn, Chief Sitting Bull, King Sextimus, Max Detweiler,  Father Kelleher and Horace Vandergelder,  to name just a few.

Woody, as Mayor Shinn (The Music Man), can now be heard repeating to each one he meets, “You watch your phraseology!”  Woody, job well done good and faithful servant.  Our community is better for the lives that you have touched.

Friends will be received at the First Christian Church of Rensselaer on Friday, July 8, 2016, from 1:00 to 7:00 P.M. CDT.  Funeral services will be at The First Christian  Church of Rensselaer Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. CDT.

Please remember Barbara and Mark and their family with your love, prayers and support at this time.

Beauty and the Beast Tickets Available ONLINE!!!!

Did you know that you can buy Beauty and the Beast tickets online right now for only $8 a ticket? I promise it’s going to be a great show! The online ticketing company is 100% safe and your credit card info will be safe. You just have to click pay with PayPal when you’re ready to check out and it will give you the option to pay with a credit card. You don’t have to have a PayPal account. Don’t wait to buy the tickets because they are selling pretty fast and we’re going for a sell out goal this year! This show is safe for all ages and what little guy or girl doesn’t love Beauty and the Beast!?  Here’s the link: thecarnegieplayers.yapsody.com

Beauty and the Beast Auditions!!

Beauty and the Beast Auditions

 This is a special invitation for you to join the cast for a fun music filled musical this summer. Beauty and the Beast is the Carnegie Play this year and auditions are Monday May 16 and Tuesday May 17 in the Large lecture hall at Rensselaer Central High School.  Please enter the building from the north doors near the gym.  Auditions begin at 6:30 p.m. and will run until 8:30 p.m. or until all have had a chance to audition. Call backs, if needed, will be May 19th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., also in the Large lecture hall. Under the direction of Jon Clevenger and Musical Director Bernard Sell, the production will take place August 4th, 5th and 6th at the R.C.H.S. Auditorium.

Come prepared to read from a script sample and sing a song of your choice.  Piano accompaniment will be available. Hopefully the cast list will be e-mailed by the end of the week to all who audition.

The cast includes a Narrator, 5 female and 8 male leads as well as a large ensemble with plenty of space for children.  Come be a part of this wonderful musical, and sing the songs we all have come to appreciate: “Belle”, “Gaston”, “Be Our Guest”, “Something There”, and of course, “Beauty and the Beast (Tale As Old As Time)”

If you are not quite the “on-stage” type but are interested in helping, we are always looking for help with set construction, costuming, make-up and hair styling, sound and lighting, stage hands and many other aspects of a show. We encourage you to come to auditions also and let us know what you are interested in. You don’t have to be a professional seamstress, construction worker or sound/ lighting engineer….so don’t be shy!

We do ask that if your child is involved with the production, that a parent or guardian be at each rehearsal that the child is required to be at.  We also ask that if you and your child are involved in the production, that an additional parent or guardian be at each rehearsal. We have many tasks or work areas that we can involve you with, if you do not desire to be an actor or actress on stage!

If you have any questions, please call Kevin Long at 219-866-8713 or email him at kclong@embarqmail.com.

BEAUTY and the BEAST AUDITIONS!!!

BATB Audition Table Flyer

Please click on the flyer link for additional audition information!!

BEAUTY and the BEAST Auditions will be held at the RCHS Large Lecture Hall on May 16th and 17th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Call-backs, if needed, will be held on May 19th, also in the Large Lecture Hall.

PERFORMANCE DATES ARE: AUGUST 4TH, 5TH AND 6TH!!!
Come join our production of this great musical!!!
If you are interested in working back stage, working the sound and/or lighting booth or behind the scenes…please attend the auditions and let us know!!  We’d love to have you!!

And Then There Were None

Mr. and Mrs. Rogers (Jim and Claudia Earnest) come to visit old friends on the island.  They are joined by Philip Lombard (Phil Nagel), Fred Narracoit (Cecil Hutchings) and others in the “keep you guessing” murder mystery.  You will not want to be the only person In Rensselaer who isn’t in on the murders, the plots and of course the delicious chocolate fountain at intermission.  Get your tickets from cast members, Long’s Gifts or Jordan’s.  $9 in advance. $10 day of show.  7pm at the Presbyterian Church this Friday and Saturday nights.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

This weekend all attention will be on one of the biggest murder mysteries of all time.  “And then There Were None” will be presented by The Carnegie Players March 4 and 5.  Based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel, 11 guests end up on an island and one by one they are murdered.  The end of the play leaves the audience trying to figure out who the murderer was.  Can you figure it out?

 

But there is more.  For the first time ever at a Carnegie Show, there will be a chocolate fountain along with fruit and sweets during intermission.  Your ticket not only gets you into the play but to the special dessert treat.

 

So come to the Presbyterian Church this Friday night, 220 N. Cullen St in Rensselaer.  The play begins at 7 pm.  If you can keep the secret  as to who the culprit is, you are welcomed to come back and see the play again on Saturday, same place, same time, same price (but you will have to buy a second ticket). You can get tickets in advance for $9 each or at the door the day of the show for $10. See any cast member, stop by Jordan’s or Long’s Gifts.

 

See you on the Island.  Watch out behind you!

THE CARNEGIE PLAYERS ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR “OKLAHOMA!”

Set in a Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the Century, the spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop for the love story between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a beautiful farm girl. The road to true love is anything but smooth, but there is no doubt that these two romantics will succeed in making a life together. As the road to romance and the road to statehood converge, Curly and Laurey are poised to spend their new life together in a brand new                           state: O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A – OKLAHOMA!

 

This Rodgers and Hammerstein musical will be presented by The Carnegie Players this summer.  Auditions for all roles will be May 18 and 19, 6:30 until 8:00 in the lecture hall of Rensselaer Central High School.  Under the direction of Karen Kelley Dugan, “Oklahoma!” will be produced on July 29, 30 and August 1.  All ages are needed for the production.

 

The cast includes 4 female and 5 male leads as well as a large ensemble with plenty of space for children.  Come be a part of this wonderful musical, and sing the songs we all have come to appreciate: “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’”, “Surry with a Fringe on Top”, “Farmer and Cowman” and of course, “O-K-L-A-H-O-MA”

 

If you are not quite the “on-stage” type but are interested in helping, we are always looking for help with set construction, costuming, make-up and hair styling, sound and lighting, stage hands and many other aspects of a show. We encourage you to come to auditions also and let us know what you are interested in. You don’t have to be a professional seamstress, construction worker or sound/ lighting engineer….so don’t be shy!

 

We do ask that if your child is involved with the production, that a parent or guardian be at each rehearsal that the child is required to be at.  We have many tasks or work areas that we can involve you with, if you do not desire to be an actor or actress on stage!

Carnegie Players Announces Scholarship Deadline for 2015

THE CARNEGIE PLAYERS ANNOUNCE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE
To aid in its mission of supporting and promoting live theater in the community, The Carnegie Players award a scholarship to assist a local graduating senior or a current college student to supplement his or her college tuition.
The Carnegie Players will present The Garrity-Laird Scholarship to a student who is a resident of the Rensselaer Central Schools Corporation district, whether that student attends public, private, Christian or is home-schooled. The scholarship is also available to a current full time College student who was previously a resident of the Rensselaer Central School district.
The Scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing studies in Performing Arts or Theater Arts at the College level, and must have been active in school and community organizations. Preferences will be given to those who have been active with The Carnegie Players.
Scholarship applications are available on line at http://thecarnegieplayers.org/wp, on the Carnegie Players of Rensselaer Facebook page under “Files” or may be picked up at JORDAN’S, 324 S. COLLEGE AVE., RENSSELAER. The application deadline is March 27th, 2015.