Crothersville Town Players To Host James Whitcomb Riley’s Winter Fancies Saturday

This Saturday, December 10, the Crothersville Town Players will host a Reader’s Theater presentation of “Winter Fancies,” the writings of Hoosier poet, James Whitcomb Riley. The doors will open at 6 p.m., with the performance beginning at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission
“It’s one way of saying ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has given us their support.” states President, Brenda Holzworth. “We could not be successful without our sponsors.”
Cookies and punch will be served after the program.
“Our 2011 Theater Season was such a success, we wanted to open the doors of our Playhouse one more time before the close of the Holiday season.” said Stage Director Marcia Fleetwood. “We hope folks will take time out of their busy Holiday schedule and come see a live performance.”
CTP cast for “Winter Fancies” include Eunice Lacey, Brenda Holzworth, Linda Seals, Bill Nagle, Brenda Bradley, Cristy Bush, Megan Ramey, Brayden Growe, Jessica Hunt, and Z. Madge Wilson.
Acoustic Guitar Soloist Matt White will be performing holiday selections for the evening.
Hoosier Poet James Whitcomb Riley was born in 1849 and began his career in 1875 writing verses in nineteenth century Hoosier dialect for the Indianapolis Journal.
Riley gradually rose in national prominence during the 1880s through his reading tours. He traveled a circuit with other humorists, holding shows and sharing the stage with other well known talents including Samuel Clemens–Mark Twain.
James Whitcomb Riley is buried at the highest point in Indianapolis, at the top of Crown Hill Cemetery.
The Crothersville Town Players is an association of performers from Jackson, and surrounding. The CTP calls Hamacher Hall their playhouse. Hamacher Hall is the former 1st Presbyterian Church of Crothersville and was featured in the September 2006 issue of the Indiana Preservationist magazine for its transformation into a useful Community Theater effort. Hamacher Hall was built in 1885, and has ties to John Hamacher, a founder of the Indiana town of Crothersville.
Memberships are available for $12 annually, or $6 for students. Monetary donations and volunteers are always welcomed.
For more information about The Crothersville Town Players, either stop in at Aunt Samantha’s Gift Shop or call Brenda Holzworth at 793-2760.