Message from the President of the Board of Directors on Remainder of 2011-2012 Season

News for all friends of The Arlington Players:

As you know, due to damage in the August earthquake, the Thomas Jefferson Community Center Theater was unavailable right before we opened our fall musical, Nine. We were luckily able to relocate to the theater at Kenmore Middle School and the show went on! We can’t tell you how much we appreciated all the TAP family lending a hand during the move and for all the patience and support of all involved as we all tried to do the best with a tough situation.

TJ will be under renovation for some time, so the Board of TAP has been faced with an interesting challenge this season—how to be a nomadic theater group, traipsing venue to venue, and performing wherever we can find a temporary home. All this and still produce a quality theater experience for the Arlington community. This is community theater in its truest sense.

Therefore our second show of the season, Laughter on the 23rd Floor will be performed at Gunston Middle School’s Theater One from February 3- 17, Fri, Sat, Sun (matinee), with a Thursday performance on Feb. 16. Please note that this is a change not only in location but in dates.

Due to the extensive seating changes that would be required at our temporary locations and to limit stress for our patrons, we’re moving to general admission seating for the remainder of the season. If you already have tickets to Laughter on the 23rd Floor, please come on whatever night best fits your schedule. Our Director of Audience Relations will be reaching out to subscribers directly with more information but, rest assured, when TJ comes back online, we’ll resume our normal assigned seating. We thank you for your patience with these changes.

As for the 2012 Spring production of Cats, the Board has also determined that it is best to postpone this production one year until the 62nd Season. Given the uncertainty in TJ’s construction schedule and the needs of the production, it was in TAP’s best interest to make certain we could properly support such a large and exciting venture. The same core production team is committed to the new time slot in Spring 2013, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to present it next season.

As of the date of this letter, the Board is still working hard on plans for a replacement show for Spring 2012 and its performance venue. Please stay tuned in the next month and look for more communications from us.
This is a challenging season but we are excited by the opportunities that lie ahead. And, we hope that you will continue to support our roving troupe of Players for the remainder of this vagabond season as you have in the past.

Happy Holidays to you and yours,
Nikki Hoffpauir
The Board of Directors of The Arlington Players