Gateway News

Board Meeting - Wednesday, March 21 and April 25 at 7pm at the Quinebaug Valley Center for the Arts
111 Main Street, Southbridge.

Gateway Players Theatre membership includes everyone interested in helping the organization grow and continue to be a vital part of the community. The monthly board meetings are open to all.

The organization's continued growth needs the ideas, suggestions and help of everyone interested in Gateway. Please plan to come.



On Saturday, March 24th from Noon-4pm, we will finish cleaning out the Barn, and will also be moving the items we will be keeping into storage. Any and all help in this process will be appreciated. The more people that can help, the faster we will get the work done. Thank you in advance for your help.




Gateway Players Theatre, Inc. is sponsoring a Comedy Theater Workshop, hosted by Nicole Portwood, focusing on comedy movement, slapstick, pratfalls, and juggling. Nicole is a former Ringling Brothers Clown and performs locally as an actor as well as Maggie The Clown. For additional information about Nicole, please visit http://www.maggietheclown.com/allabout.html

The workshop will be held in Charlton at the Charlton Public Library, 40 Main Street, on April 14, from 10:00am until noon.

The workshop is FREE and is for all ages; children age 8 to adult. To register, contact Gateway Players, at 508-764-4531. You can also e-mail us at info@gatewayplayers.org

This workshop is presented by a grant from the Charlton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.



We want to update everyone on our search for a new performance space. As most of you know, we had to move out of the Barn due to severe structural issues. The Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities, who owns the property, has decided that the repairs are too costly, and in all likelihood the building will be torn down. Over the past few months, we have reached out to various businesses and looked at locations in Southbridge to see what space might be available. We are currently in discussion with the owner of one possible location, but nothing to this point has been finalized. We will continue to explore what might be out there. If you know of any possible location, we ask that you contact a Board Member directly. We are looking for a location with approximately 5,500 square feet, including 2,500 square feet for the actual theater.

Whatever location we finally decide upon, we are estimating that it could take up to two years before we actually move in. The location will need major renovations done in order to transform it into a theater, and the cost to do this will be very expensive. That is why we have established the "Gateway to the Future" fund. All funds raised for this campaign will go directly to renovating our new space. You can donate by selecting the blue "Donate" button on our Facebook page. Since November, $9,700 has been raised, and we would like to thank all of you who have donated. But this is only the start. In addition to the many fundraisers we will be holding in the next year, the majority of the costs will hopefully be received through grants we will be applying for. We are currently setting up a committee to work on the grants. We are looking for help from members who may have experience in this process. Please contact a Board Member directly if you are willing to help out.

The good news is that Gateway Players Theatre is still alive and well! For the current season, we will be holding most of our performances at Elm Street Congregational Church. We would like to thank them for assisting us during this transition period. The first show of the season, "Sex Please, We're Sixty", was extremely successful with over 300 audience members. Moving forward, we will need your support now more than ever. For the past 43 years, Gateway Players Theatre has been presenting quality theater to the greater Southbridge community. With your help, we are confident that this will continue for many more years to come.

Please check back frequently to both our Facebook page and our website for more information concerning our plans. We would like to thank all of you who support Gateway Players, and community theater. While it is a sad time in terms of losing the Barn, we need to remember that it’s not the building, but all of the members of Gateway that makes it such a special place. Moving forward, we will need your support now more than ever. For the past 42 years, Gateway has been presenting quality theater to the greater Southbridge community. With your help, we are confident that this will continue for many more years to come. If you have any ideas, suggestions, information or questions, please contact any or the Board members listed below. Lou-Ellen Corkum, Kathi Grenier, Barbara Day, Jeanne Dupuis, Mary Gahagan, Mike Dupuis, David Corkum, Pat Haddock, Sierra Trudel, William Guy.

Gateway to the Future Fund

This fund has been established to cover all costs associated with finding a new performance space in Southbridge. We are currently exploring a few different options, and we are anticipating this could take at least two years to find and renovate a new permanent home. We expect the cost to do this could be upwards of $500,000. In the next year we will be holding several fundraisers, reaching out to local businesses in the area, and applying for grants. You can also donate directly on our Facebook Page. Login to your FB account, go to to FB/GatewayPlayers and The "Donate" button is located on the right, below the cover photo. All donations are tax deductible. We thank you very much for your continued support of Gateway Players Theatre.

There are several committees currently working to raise money and make future plans for Gateway. If you would like to get involved, or have ideas and suggestions to share, please contact a committee or board member.

Temporary Space/ Permanent Space: Mike Dupuis, Pat Haddock, Bill Guy, David Corkum, Stewart Haddock

Fundraising: Sierra Trudel, Jeanne Dupuis, Mary Gahagan

Grant exploring: Sierra Trudel, Jim Douglas, Billy Bolster, Lee Anne Madursky, Barbara Day

Storage space: Kathi Grenier



Gateway is Proud to Present our 43nd Season
of Quality Live Theatre Productions

2018 Shows


February 9, 10, 16, 17 & 18, 2018 - "Sex Please, We're Sixty

April 13, 14, 20, 21 & 22, 2018 - "The Lost World"

June 1, 2, 8, 9 & 10 - "Ten Times Two- The Eternal Courtship"

August 17, 18 & 19 - "The Rocky Horrow Show"

September 7, 8, 14, 15 & 16, 2018 - "Love Sick"

December November 30, December 1 & 2, 2018 - "It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play"


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Congratulations to the 2017 winners!

Outstanding Costumes: Jeanne Dupuis - The Little Mermaid

Outstanding Set: Bobby Hunt - 100 Lunches

Outstanding Performance by a Youth Actress in a Supporting Role: Emma & Alli Provost - Flotsam & Jetsam in The Little Mermaid

Outstanding Performance by a Youth Actor in a Supporting Role: Nathan Lafaille - Flounder The Little Mermaid

Outstanding Performance by a Youth Actress: Anjolina Fantoroni - Scuttle The Little Mermaid

Outstanding Perfromance by a Youth Actor: James Cooper - Terry 100 Lunches

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Billy Bolster - The waiters 100 Lunches

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Caitlyn Gaughan - Sybil Cliffert The Cover of Life

Outstanding Performance by an Actress: Sydney Campbell - Tood Cliffert The Cover of Life

Outstanding Performance by an Actor: Patrick Bracken - Chuck 100 Lunches

Outstanding Director: Lou Ellen Corkum - The Cover of Life

Outstanding Production (Producer): The Cover of Life - Kathi Grenier

The Aileen Lau-Dickinson Award: Linda Bouthillier


MA Cultural Council Grants Received

Gateway Players is the recipient of several grants awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Charlton Cultural Council has funded a comedic movement workshop led by Nicole Portwood. This workshop will focus on movement, pratfalls, stage combat- theatrical type movements. Nicole is known as Maggie the Clown and has an extensive background in teaching and performing. This workshop will take place in April.

Charlton Cultural Council also approved a stage and Halloween makeup workshop, scheduled for September, led by Caitlyn Gaughan. This will be for teens and adults.

The Southbridge Cultural Council approved the comedic movement workshop led by Nicole Portwood. Date TBD.

Thanks Very Much to Charlton and Southbridge Cultural Councils, who are funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.



Nice article about Gateway in Worcester Magazine

Read "The Show Goes On At Gateway Player Theatre" by Jonnie Coutu in the March 26, 2015 Worcester Magazine


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