Two chemists, an audio-visual Tech, an English teacher, and a stay-at-home mom walk into a coffee shop.
Though this sounds like an opening line to a bad joke, it’s actually the beginning of what hopes to be a long overdue theatre
and performing arts group for the town of Charlton. “It all started when Don Konopacki, one of the original founders of the
Pickwick Players, approached me after one of our High school performances,” says Scottie Brower. Brower, an English teacher
and the performing acts director at Shepherd Hill Regional High School, says, “After a summer of phone tag and two meetings,
we finally got the ball rolling.” The pair was joined by Bill DePari of Shrewsbury, and Dawn George and Paula Gadbois of
Charlton. “Our goal is to bring a bit of the arts to Charlton,” says Brower. “Southbridge, Sturbridge, and Dudley have their
own venues and there is always something going on for the kids. We wanted to do something for and with the adults who long
for the by-gone days on the high school or college stage.” Konopacki adds, “We’re aiming to get a show up and running by March,
but our long term goal is to be able to produce 3 to 5 shows a year to include dramatic readings at the public library and
possibly some classical music.”
The first order of business was to come up with a suitable name for the group. Several ideas were kicked around; however,
says Brower, “While we weren’t lacking in energy and enthusiasm and we all considered ourselves still young-at-heart, we
also knew that Hollywood producers would not be knocking at our doors looking for tomorrow’s new young star.” And so,
Pasture Prime Players was born. Say it aloud, you’ll get it.
The group is looking to reach out to the surrounding areas and hopes for a positive response from the community. And doing
so, they are holding their November meeting at the Charlton Public Library. The meeting is open to everyone wishing to get
off the couch and get involved. Whether you’re interested in acting, tech work, set construction, or publicity, Pasture
Prime Players invites you to join them Thursday August 5th from 6:30 to 8pm in Dexter Hall at Charlton Public
Library.For more information, contact Don Konopacki at 508-248-5448. Whether you’re past your prime or not, the curtain is
about to go up and we hope to see you there.
J. Scott Brower