Rotarians encouraged to patronize the theatre, local arts

Published 1:30 pm Thursday, December 31, 2015

Fellow Rotarian Barbara Cliffe-Miller, also a board member for the Bainbridge Little Theatre, presented the program at Rotary on Tuesday.

She told the group about her life-long love of theatre, beginning as a child when she and her siblings and cousins would put on plays.

She noted a brief history of BLT, saying it was started in 1974 by a small group of people at Bainbridge College, and the first performance was Barefoot in the Park. They performed in school auditoriums and other meeting rooms until Max Langston donated the old Pepsi-Cola building to them. A recent remodeling of the lobby was accomplished by Thad Nifong, who dedicated it in memory of his parents.

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The entire season of performances this year is being dedicated to the late Dr. Edward Mobley, who was one of the initial organizers of the theatre group. He, as well as his wife Martha remained active through the years.

Cliffe-Miller gave a review of the performances scheduled this season, announcing that the musical “Gypsy” will be presented in March. The large cast includes women, men and children. She extended an invitation for interested persons to come out to the auditions to be held January 4 and 5.

Saying BLT is a 501-C-3 organization, she encouraged persons to consider becoming a patron at one of the levels.

In answer to a question from the audience as to how the plays are selected, she replied that a committee reads over several plays, and often has to make decisions based on production costs. Some plays they would like to consider are often too costly for their budget.

Another question was asked about the financial condition of the theatre, to which Cliff-Miller responded, “We are in the black. We have enough to go next season;” but again she encouraged people to become a patron supporter of the theatre, saying it was very important to keep theatre arts alive in Bainbridge.