A Message from the Board January 2024
We could use the theater cliché and say the curtain is closing on 2023. But at Elmwood Playhouse, we don’t have a curtain on our stage, so one year flows into another as one show closes and another opens. But we can look back on 2023 with pride.
We’ve done a lot this year: We repaid the business loan we’ve carried since 2013, applied for and received a grant from Orange and Rockland to introduce open caption performances, collaborated with Nyack Art Collective to have a lobby gallery exhibit for each production, shared a “fly through” of the theater by Nyack Aerial Photography, overhauled the shop (and livestreamed a tour to show it off), moved the stage to the center of the house and back again, awarded two Larry D. Gabbard Performing Arts Scholarships, held a fabulous Gala at the Garnerville Arts Center, installed an AED courtesy of Brian and Kathy Simpson, held a blood drive, bartended and partied at our FUNdraiser at Growler and Gill, had an amazing Dinner Dance at Nyack Seaport, and hosted the Nyack Holiday Vendor Fair! And that’s just what was “new” in 2023! In addition, we restored Hospitality service during mainstage performances, in-person Cold Reads and Public Domain Player performances, Sundays at 7, invited audience previews, and reviewers at our performances. We also continued our post-show talkbacks and our partnership with Music for Life!
We’ve attracted new talent—onstage and behind the scenes. We have a core group of set construction volunteers who show up faithfully with dedication and skill to ensure that sets happen. We’ve mentored costume and lighting interns, and we’ve welcomed new folks who don’t know what they want to do—they just know they want to be a part of Elmwood!
We’ve recognized long-standing members of our community with Golden Elm Leaf Awards (Duncan Bell and Wendy Portney) and honored Rob Ward and Jennie Marino with Life Membership.
Perhaps best of all – none of the shows presented in 2023 were interrupted by cases of Covid! We are still cautious but determined that the shows will all go on as we move into 2024.
Sadly, we lost some beloved Elmwood members and supporters in 2023: Bobbi Schevitz, Duncan Bell, David Vogel and Pete Beckerle, father of Larry and husband of Denise. But we know they would be cheering us on as we head into the new year.
So, cheers to the next 3 Elmwood shows in 2024: Italian American Reconciliation, Fun Home, and The Play That Goes Wrong, as well as the new shows in our 2024-25 season (shhhh, it’s still top secret!) The board thanks each and every one in 2023 who created a character onstage, those who directed them, anyone who bought a ticket, built a set, lit the stage, costumed the actors or sold refreshments. Raise the curtain on a Happy New Year!