Don Konopacki

Don "Bruno" Konopacki

Don is a co-founder of The Pasture Prime Players and a member of it's Board of Director. Most recently Don directed and produced the 2019 production The Haunting of Hill House, and produced the spring productions Lost and Found and Wait Until Dark. He directed the 2018 production of The Maltese Falcon, and produced the spring production The Foreigner. He produced the 2017 productions Dial "M" for Murder and A Bedfull of Foreigners. He directed and produced the 2016 production of The Uninvited, and produced the spring production Dr. Cook's Garden. Don directed the inaugural production by Pasture Prime Players, Bell, Book and Candle and was technical director/operator for PPP's second production, A Hotel on Marvin Gardens and was producer for their first musical, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Don was producer and directed Mother Figure, Drinking Companion and Gosforth's Fete from Sir Alan Ayckbourn's Confusions. He also played the roles of Terry in Mother Figure and Stewart in Gosforth's Fete. In 2013 he served as producer for The Runner Stumbles and directed Too Soon For Daisies. In 2014 he directed and produced Bad Seed and was producer for Out of Order. In 2015 he directed Wedding Secrets and produced and played the role of Porter Padgett in The Hallelujah Girls. Don sings tenor with the Pasture Prime Chorale. He plays piano, ukulele, trumpet and vocals for the pop cover band "Casual Friday."
Don's career as a thespian began in the summer of 1969,when he played the role of Menelaus in the Chicopee Public Schools' production of the Greek tragedy The House of Atreus. He continued to act throughout high school, and was an active member of the band and chorus. He played trumpet and sang vocals with "The Warsaw Stompers," played on occasion with "Stan Borys and His Polka Kings," and was in the jazz/rock group "The Corner Gang." During his college years at Clark University, Don was actively involved in the Orchestra and Jazz Ensembles. He graduated from Clark in 1979 with a degree in chemistry and a minor in music.

After a 22 year hiatus from trodding the boards, Don returned to the stage in 1997 in the Valley Stage Theatre Company's production of The Wizard of Oz playing a troika of roles; Uncle Henry, The Guardian of the Gate, and The Wizard. He played the role of Sir Dandiprat Bombas in Valley Stage's production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Don was a founding member of The Pickwick Players , a community theater group in the Blackstone Valley, where he served on the Board of Directors and was President for 3 years. He Played Archie Lewis, the lead, in the Pickwick Players inaugural production, Dead Men Don't Need Dress Rehearsals. He was the assistant director for the Spring 2000 production of You Can't Get There From Here, as well as playing the role of Horace McClintock. He co-directed the Summer 2001 children's production The Hobbit. He directed Mother Figure which was one of the winners for best play at the "2003 One Act Play festival on the Mumford."

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