Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Orange Park Theater Offers Special Treat for Audience

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Orange Park Theater Offers Special Treat for Audience

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Byline: Betty Detamore, County Line correspondent

When Orange Park Community Theatre's audiences arrived for Born Yesterday, the opening production for the theater's 31st year, they were greeted by new, comfortable, traditional theater seats that had been installed during the summer.

The community theater, a non-profit organization, had been in the market for new seats for years, butbudget constraints and high prices for even used seats made it seem to be an impossible dream.

Then Joseph Angelieri, a former president of the theater group, spotted an open-air shed on a dairy farm that was full of theater-style seats. Upon inquiry, he learned that the seats had come out of a church and were stored there until they could be disposed of.

Joseph "told our story" and was given permission to take the seats free of charge. The board of directors sprang into action. As president of the theater group, I arranged for the seats to be moved to the theater and appointed Linda French, a member of the board, and her husband, Mike, to direct the project of refurbishing and installing the new seats.

A group of volunteers came forward and an assembly line was formed. One group dismantled the seats while another sewed the upholstery material. A third group covered and reassembled the seats. Finally, the installation began. It was like raising the sides of a house under construction. A loud cheer went up each time a row of seats was raised into position.

Congratulations for a job well done to Linda and Mike, and to all the volunteers that worked on this project. They were like a well-oiled machine.

If you would like to become an Orange Park Community Theatre volunteer, call 276-2599.

-- The theater's season is off to a good start. The blockbuster comedy Born Yesterday is packing the house. The stellar cast that director Angelieri assembled, has the audiences rolling in the aisles. The show runs weekends through Sept. 29. Call 276-2599 for reservations, but don't be surprised if they are sold out.

-- Speaking of "sold out," that brings to mind a problem the theater faces each season. Too many times reservations are made and then no one shows up and the reservation is never cancelled. …

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