Saturday, July 9, 2011

Slow Week

It's been a slow week up here at the cabin with not much interesting going on or happening.  When you are very busy you look forward to a slow day and when the slow days appear you look forward to busy and interesting days.  

Other bloggers that I follow are writing about past trips they have taken, some about present day trips to the West Coast & Alaska.  I get the hitch itch reading those blogs and am ready to hit the road again, but we have some chores we have to take care of before we can leave.  

The electrician was supposed to be here today and his wife called and said he would be here early Sunday and get most of the work finished.  I know that contractors usually bite off more than they can chew and run from one crisis to another, however I hope that isn't the case here.  

Gerry and Cassie went to the Totem Pole Playhouse for an afternoon play there called It could be any of us.  The Playhouse is about 6 miles from our cabin and puts on a very good show.  The following article tells you the history of the Playhouse including the participation of Jean Stapleton.  

Since 1950, Totem Pole Playhouse has provided professional summer theatre to residents and visitors of the Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania. Located just 15 miles west of Gettysburg and only two hours from Washington, DC, the theatre is known nationally for attracting high quality professional artists and for its wide variety of theatrical programming.

Now in its third location in beautiful Caledonia State Park, the theatre was first led by Artistic Director Karl Genus from 1951 to 1953. For the next 30 years, the late William H. Putch guided the Playhouse into national prominence. Working closely with his wife, actress Jean Stapleton, he was responsible for 270 productions at Totem Pole, in addition to directing several national tours.

From 1984 to 2008, Carl Schurr was the Producing Artistic Director for Caledonia Theatre Company. In 2007 the non-profit organization to preserve, secure and promote professional theatre returned to its original Totem Pole Playhouse name. The fundraising efforts of Totem Pole Playhouse ensure you will enjoy quality productions at an affordable cost.
In 2009 Ray Ficca of Arlington VA. and President of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Washington, D.C.  assumed the role of Artistic Director for Totem Pole Playhouse and continues to present quality theatre in Caledonia State Park.

The mission of Totem Pole Playhouse also includes providing arts education opportunities for area residents. The popular theatre camps for students and the Theatre Family Fun Fest are programs included in this outreach.

Totem Pole Playhouse is one of the few remaining summer theatres that maintains a resident company of actors. Interspersed with the regular faces have been a series of well-known artists, including Keir Dullea, Sada Thompson, John Ritter, Sandy Dennis, Harry Groener, Curtis Armstrong and, of course, Jean Stapleton. Revered by members of the theatrical profession and theatre lovers all, Totem Pole Playhouse will celebrate its 60th season in the year 2010.

You can tell it is slow up here when I write about a Theatre Play and I'm not even attending the Play.

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