Gateway News

Board Meeting - Tuesday, May 22 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.


June 20 - Board Meeting -- Selection of New Officers

Many Thanks to the Gateway Board for all their hard work, time, energy and dedication. In addition to attending monthly meetings, the board works on fundraisers, productions, community outreach, and doing the "business" of keeping Gateway alive and growing. At the Annual Meeting on June 20th, we will vote in the members for 2018-2019. Now more than ever, we need members to help with the continued growth of Gateway. If you wish to be nominated for election to the board, please contact any of the current members of the Board.



June 9 - The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon Dinner Theater

Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge presents a Dinner Theater production of “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” written by Don Zolidis. Saturday, June 9th at 6pm, at the Italian-American Club, 20 North St, Southbridge, MA. Tickets are $25 per person, and include Italian buffet and show.

This comedy will be directed by Joe Sawyer and produced by Mary Gahagan. Presented by permission through special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Tickets may be purchased by calling Gateway at 508-764-4531. Online credit card ticket sales will be available soon at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com

The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories ranging from classics like Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel to more bizarre, obscure stories like The Devil's Grandmother and The Girl Without Hands. A wild, free form comedy with lots of audience participation and madcap fun.


June - Relay for Life -- Register Now

June will be here before you know- and that means Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society fundraiser. Gateway's team, The Drama Dearies, will be headed up by Mary Darling. If you would like to register or help out in some way, contact Mary through the Gateway number- 508-764-4531. You can also register through the Relay for Life- Southbridge website. Gateway has participated for a number of years- and can always use new help.


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 9, 10, 15 & 16 - "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon"

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

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

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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