The Year 2001 Extra Activities/Information

Curtain's up
on PowPAC
celebration

PowPAC Anniv 1/11
by Pat Kumpan for Pomerado Newspaper Group

The curtain will soon be rising on two Poway Performing Arts Company milestones five years in the Lively Center location and 20 years of bringing theatrical performances to the community.

In celebration, the group is preparing a gala that begins 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 at the theater, 13250 Poway Road, followed by a performance of this season's British comedy "Springtime for Henry."

Gala tickets are each and include: a champagne toast to all the volunteers who have helped PowPAC; food from the Brigantine, Daphne's Greek Cafe, Il Mulino, Oscar's, Rita's, Trader Joe's and other area eateries; plus admission to the play later the same evening.

In "Springtime for Henry," Jim Payton plays the wealthy bachelor Henry Dewlip and Danielle Roads is the prim and proper secretary Ms. Smith dying to mend her bosses' wayward ways. The play opens this Friday and continues with 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday shows, as well as the gala presentation Jan. 20, and 2 p.m. matinees through Feb. 4. General admission is , for seniors and students. For information or reservations, call the box office at (858) 679-8085.

PowPAC planted its roots in 1980 with the production of "Fireman's Follies," but was somewhat nomadic before calling its Cynthia Lane location home through most of the 1980s to late December 1995.

With 15 years under its belt, the group sought a larger, more centrally located theater, wondering if its shoestring budget could stretch to accommodate modification costs of converting an office space in Lively Center into a theater?

Despite a few knuckle-biting days as volunteers hammered the last nails and dressed the first set for opening night in January 1996, the show went on as scheduled.

"There might have been some robbing Peter to pay Paul, but we pulled it off," said Chris Robinson, who remembers those first night jitters. Two years ago, all of the initial debts to remodel the space were paid in full. PowPAC members have now shifted focus to the day-to-day operating costs: escalating electric bills and a maintenance "to do" list that never gets completely checked off.

Volunteers are the core of what makes PowPAC a success. From building and painting sets, browsing for furniture, sewing costumes, screening actors, to perusing every production detail, PowPAC exists because of the talents of community members with time to give.

"We're all volunteers. No one gets paid, but we love what we do," said Nan Katona, PowPAC's president.

What makes community theater successful?

"What's important is that it's accessible, it's in the neighborhood and it's inexpensive. It's your friends and neighbors putting on shows," said James Michael McCullock, a former Old Globe assistant director now directing PowPAC's "Springtime for Henry."

While the non-profit organization reaps two primary rewards appreciative audiences and a feeling of producing the best shows possible the group wouldn't mind some "angels" to help underwrite a few plays.

"We do wish we had corporate sponsors. They would be an enormous help," said treasurer Barbara Seagren.

If such sponsors were to step forward, said Seagren, it could give the theatrical group less to worry about when it plans out its season and help grab scripts for "well-known" productions that usually demand high-priced royalties.

It's not unusual to see fledgling actors get their first break at PowPAC, but most casts are sprinkled with veteran Thespians making the community theater circuit. Several actors also perform role reversals as well-qualified directors, enjoying the flexibility community theater has to offer.

"Without community theater, people like myself would not have the opportunity to fine tune the skills we always thought we had," said McCullock.

When not directing, McCullock designs sets. At PowPAC, versatility, creativeness and "taking a chances" are frequently discussed said Payton, who doubles as an actor and a director.

"That's what theater's all about. Isn't it?" said Payton, adding, "Our struggles money and volunteers are pretty much the same as other theater groups. We could always use more."

With the help of Webmaster Elden Davisson, audition notices, a director's search, or current reviews now reach a wider audience as those surfing the Net are apt to discover with PowPAC's Website: http://www.powpac.org.

Reprinted with permission - Pomerado Newspaper Group



GALA - 20 YEARS (5 YEARS IN LIVELY CENTER)



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OUR CAST OF FOOLS
Annmarie HoughtailingJames Michael McCullock
David MeredithEileen O'Connor
Lori PenningtonHolly Pollock
Jonathan SachsTom Raftery
Dave Hibler 


 


PRODUCTION FOOLS
(Someone's Got To Do It)
ProducersJulie Anderson, Kathy McCafferty
Stage ManagerJohn Lucas
Sound DesignJames Michael McCullock, Lou Alliano
Technical ExecutionChris Robinson and friends
Skit Picker (couldn't resist!)Julie Anderson
ReservationsNan Katona
HospitalityKathy, John and Julie
PublicityKathy McCafferty


SIX TARANTULAS ON AN ANGEL FOOD CAKE

Directed by
David Kelso
& Nina Agostine

Produced by
Kathy McCafferty

MRS. SORKEN by Christopher Durang
Mrs. SorkenDave Hibler
NEW YORK ACTOR by Jon Guare
NatDavid Blaise Meredith
BarryRandy Hubbard
CraigDavid Kelso
EileenDawn Oliwa
The CriticTim Carr
The Critic's WifeConnie Terwilliger
SammyJeffery Miller
BobDave Hibler
EllenKathleen Guven
THE CROWNE OF ARIADNE by Sheila Kleiman
Molly BloodworthAmanda Ruud
Benjamin RabinowitzAl Myers
SIGHTLINES by Charles Hall
DavidRandy Hubbard
SonnyAntonio Jaramillo
MAKING THE CALL by Jane Martin
ElizabethConnie Terwilliger
ParkerDavid Blaise Meredith
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN by Mrilina Kamath
MarkDavid Blaise Meredith
JoanneKathleen Guven


Production Crew
ProducerKathy McCaffertyHouse Managers & HospitalityThe Host Theaters
DirectorsDavid Kelso, Nina AgostineProgram Cover & Flyer ArtLeslie Drew
Sound DesignDavid KelsoProgramKathy McCafferty
Technical ExecutionMary Kelly  


PowPAC Announces 2000/2001 Season Awards Nominees

HOUSE
Kathy McCaffertyLegends
Kathy McCaffertyInvitation to a March
Nan KatonaOld Times
SOUND DESIGN
Lou AllianoLegends
Lou AllianoInvitation to a March
Lou Alliano84, Charing Cross Road
LIGHTING DESIGN
Patrick & Diana GriffinLegends
Patrick GriffinKeely and Du
Sean BlatimovitchOld Times
Jim Millard84, Charing Cross Road
SET DESIGN
James "Mike" McCullockKeely and Du
James "Mike" McCullockSpringtime for Henry
Chris Robinson84, Charing Cross Road
COSTUME DESIGN
Brent StringfieldInvitation to a March
PowPACSpringtime for Henry
PowPAC84, Charing Cross Road
LEAD ACTRESS
Christine Bain (Keely)Keely and Du
Danielle Rhoads (Miss Smith)Springtime for Henry
Jill Drexler (Helene Hanff)84, Charing Cross Road
LEAD ACTOR
James "Mike" McCullock (Aaron)Invitation to a March
Jim Payton (Henry Dewlip)Springtime for Henry
Grant Gelvin (Frank Doel)84, Charing Cross Road
MAJOR SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Christine A. Barnes (Camilla Jablonski)Invitation to a March
Elaine Rinner-Singer (DeeDee Grogan)Invitation to a March
Candace Souleles (Julia Jelliwell)Springtime for Henry
MAJOR SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jeff Laurence (Tucker Grogan)Invitation to a March
Michael Scahill (Walter)Keely and Du
David Meredith (Johnny Jelliwell)Springtime for Henry
MINOR SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Beth Mercurio (Megan/Maxine)84, Charing Cross Road
Peggy Nielsen (Cecily)84, Charing Cross Road
Nancy Green (Joan Todd)84, Charing Cross Road
MINOR SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kirk Bradley (Boom-Boom Johnson)Legends
Marcus C. Netherton (Bill)84, Charing Cross Road
Harry Preston84, Charing Cross Road
ENSEMBLE WORK
Rett Becker, Mandy Mettler & Shannon Maree SmithOld Times
DIRECTION
David KelsoKeely and Du
James "Mike" McCullockSpringtime for Henry
Annette Huffman84, Charing Cross Road
PRODUCTION
Theresa R. Jones-McCullock & Kathy McCaffertyKeely and Du
Theresa R. Jones-McCullockSpringtime for Henry
Chris & Brenda Robinson84, Charing Cross Road


KUSI's Interview with PowPAC about Energy Crisis


Click here for Aubrey Nominations/Awards

Click here for PowPAC Award Banquet Pictures



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December 8, 2001