Bustling Foothill Theatre Company active all year long
I would like to thank those who brought recent attention to the commendable work done by Community Players, and to the need for local theater reviews. I, too, have enjoyed many fine productions by Community Players, and believe them worthy of support by the theatergoing public and The Union. I would like, however, to correct a misstatement. We read, “The Foothill Theatre Company has a limited season, while the City Center Playhouse has something going all year.”
As artistic director of the Foothill Theatre Company, I was certainly surprised to hear that we had “a limited season.” It will also be news to our nine full-time and four part-time staff members, who work hard year-round to produce seven plays and four staged readings in three Nevada County theatres. It will be a surprise to the more than 100 professional directors, actors, designers, stage managers and technicians we hire every year; and it will also be news to our 1,200 subscribers who, along with single-ticket buyers, will account for more than 27,000 admissions this season (including 5,200 students attending 24 weekday morning matinees). In 2002, we will give a total of 205 performances in western Nevada County: in the Nevada Theatre, we will present 186 performances of five plays on 139 days over a 33-week period; in the Fred Forsman Amphitheatre (at the Nevada County Fairgrounds), our Sierra Shakespeare Festival will play 19 times on 15 days over a four-week period; and our staged reading series, “New Voices of the Wild West,” will present eight performances of four plays in two weeks. It will be possible to attend one of our productions on any of 39 different weeks during the year. From Feb. 28 through Dec. 31, there are only four weeks in which we will not have a production running in the area. In the process, we will pay more than $450,000 in salaries and wages, at least 68 percent of which is already committed to local residents.
Does this sound to anyone like “a limited season”?
Philip Charles Sneed
Foothill Theatre Company
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