Come on Down to the Spa Dee Dah!

The Catskill Community Players present the rollicking Southern Comedy, “The Hallelujah Girls,” by Jones, Hope and Wooten, June 6th and 7th at 8pm, and June 9th at 2pm, at the Worcester Wieting Theatre, in conjunction with a Theatre Dinner at the Worcester Inn. There is an additional 3:00 pm matinee Dinner Theater on Sunday, June 15th at the Foothills Performing Arts Center.  Gary Koutnik is directing this comedy with Kyra Wehmeyer as Stage Manager.

Hilarity abounds when the feisty females of Eden Falls, Georgia decide to shake up their lives.  After the loss of a dear friend, the women realize time is precious, and if they’re going to change their lives and achieve their dreams, they have to “get on it now!” The vivacious Sugar Lee, played by Linda Reese, impulsively decides to buy an abandoned church and turn it into a Day Spa, the SPA-DEE-DAH.  The hilarity begins around this group of friends, played by local actors Kristin Sloth (as Carlene the “Black Widow” of Eden Falls), Diane Stammel (as Nita, a repressed housewife hooked on Romance novels), Laurie Wehmeyer (as Mavis, the sardonic woman who finds her inner Goddess), Diane Geerkin (as Crystal, the wacky singing receptionist), Abbey Koutnik (as Bunny Sutherland and Sugar Lee’s arch rival), and Dr. Ben Friedell (playing Porter Padgett, the too-energetic would-be-suitor).

Will Sugar Lee resolve her differences with her ex-boyfriend, Bobby Dwayne (played by Tom Schimmerling) and get back together with him after 30 years of misunderstandings? Most anything and everything surely happens in this fast-paced show with 36 costume changes, 110 props and a whole lot of L-O-V-E.  Parental Guidance is recommended for Children under 12.

Purchase Advance tickets and Dinner Reservations ($42, $39 for Sr. Cit, $18 for Show Only) for the Worcester Show June 6-8 by calling the Worcester Inn at 607-397-8500.  For reservations for the June 15th Dinner Theater at the Foothills Performing Arts Center call 607-431-2080. For more information see our website, or find Catskill Community Players on Facebook.


Open Auditions are being held on April 22nd & 24th from 7:00-8:30 pm  at the Worcester Inn, 151 Main St. in Worcester, NY for the Catskill Players production of “The Hallelujah Girls,” a comedy with rave reviews by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.   The production will be directed by Gary Koutnik.  The play will be presented on June 6-8 at the Worcester Wieting Theater, in conjunction with a dinner at the Worcester Inn.  There will also be a 2nd matinee performance at Foothills Performing Arts Center on the following Sunday, June 15th.


“Hallelujah Girls” Plot Description:
“Hilarity abounds when the feisty females of Eden Falls, Georgia decide to shake up their lives.  The action in this rollicking Southern comedy takes place in SPA-DEE-DAH, the abandoned church-turned-day-spa where a group of friends gathers every Friday afternoon.  After the loss of a dear friend, the women realize time is precious, and if they’re going to change their lives and achieve their dreams, they have to get on it now!”

There are obstacles, of course, and a bad guy (actually, a bad girl) – and romance.  There are six women’s roles (five friends and the villianess) and two men’s roles (one fairly substantial role – he gets the girl – and one short one).

Perusal Scripts & more information can be obtained from the director, Gary Koutnik, (607-435-1783).  More information on this 40 year old theater company can be seen at, or find Catskill Community Players on Facebook!

Summer Picnic Meeting

Save the Date: Summer Picnic Meeting 8-12-13

Please join us for our annual summer picnic meeting at the Friedells’ home  on Monday, August 12th at 6:00 p.m. Please bring a dish to pass- salad, fruit, hors-doevres, dessert, or side. We will again have some burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, turkey burgers to grill, and some beverages, wine and beer.
Agenda will include-
Wrap up for Velvet Cake War, and final figures
– DVD’s of Velvet Cake War, from our videographer, Valerie Tiffany
– Val’s pictures from Velvet Cake War can be found & ordered from this site;
Treasurer’s report – David Peake
Update on College Award recipients – Kyra Wehmeyer
Fall Show (and Spring) Dates, potential directors; potential Shows. Worcester Inn is interested in cooperating with a dinner if we want to present a show at the Wieting Theatre.

RSVP to Diana Friedell

Upcoming Production: THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR

The Red Velvet Cake War

The Red Velvet Cake War, a Southern Comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, & Jamie Wooten, will be presented by the Catskill Community Players at the Wieting Theatre in Worcester NY, in conjunction with a special theatre dinner at the Worcester Inn across the street, on Friday, June 7th, and Saturday, June 8th at 8:00 p.m., with a 2:00 p.m. matinée on Sunday June 9th followed by dinner.

The Story:

Cousins Peaches, Jimmie, and Gaynelle are planning a Verdeen family reunion, in Sweetgum, Texas. If the eccentric relatives & a family scandal aren’t enough to throw the plans off track, tornado season will surely spin things out of control. The play takes its name from the plot’s high-stakes wager over who bakes the best red velvet cake.

Playing the three cousins are Kristin Sloth as the frazzled Gaynelle, Abbey Koutnik as the saucy Peaches (also a make-up artist for a mortuary!), and Diane Stammel as the “rough around the edges” Jimmie. Also featured are Sue Pearson as the prisspot Aunt LaMerle; Scott West as the love-struck Newt; Linda Reese as the psychologist, Elsa; Dr. Ben Friedell as Aubrey, the patriarch of the family; and Laurie Wehmeyer as the nosy neighbor, Bitsy. In double roles are Diana Friedell playing Cee Cee, a sassy TV hostess, as well as Mama Doll; and Whitsun Koutnik playing both Sheriff Lout and Purvis Verdeen).

Gary Koutnik, actor and retired educator, of Oneonta, is directing the production, with stage management from Kyra Wehmeyer of Jefferson.

Tickets for Dinner plus the Show are $35 for Adults, $30 Seniors, & $20 for students under 10; or for just the show, $15 Adults, $10 Srs. & Students. Reservations & Tickets may be obtained in advance at the Worcester Inn, or by calling the Worcester Inn at 397-8500. Home-baked refreshments will be available by the Worcester Women’s Club.

Feb. 17th CCP ANNUAL Mtg/Party at Worcester Inn

Catskill Players Members & Friends-

You are invited to the annual Winter Party/Meeting of Catskill Community Players.

We’re happy to announce that the meeting will be held at the Worcester Inn on Main St., in Worcester, NY, on Sunday, February 17th at 5:00 p.m. Jim Buelow, the owner, is arranging for a light meal of hot hors d’oerves, mini-sandwiches, etc. This will cost each person about $10, plus a cash bar. RSVP to reserve your spot with Diana F; she’ll keep a list of reservations to give to the Worcester Inn so they know how many to prepare for. Come on out and play and plan with us for the future of Catskill Players. New members welcome!

On the agenda for the meeting will be. . .

  • Officer Elections – (Diane & Laurie from the nominations committee)
  • Diana will be stepping down as President, after 4 years on the job — we can’t thank her enough!
  • Spring Play, potentially June 7, 8, & 9 at Wieting Theatre in Worcester, with Dinner at Worcester Inn
  • Spring Play Director, under consideration
  • H.S. Scholarship Applications
  • Financial Report from Treasurer, Dave Peake
  • Collection of Annual $5 membership dues
  • Facebook & publicity efforts
  • Announcements
  • Playreading Committee
  • Costumes

If you have anything else to add to the agenda, please remind Diana; she’ll add your item to the agenda.

If you have an interest in serving on the Executive Committee, as President, or any other role, please let Diane Stammel know.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Bull in a China Shop

Catskill Players presents their Spring play, “Bull in a China Shop,” a comedy by C. B. Gilford, directed by Gary Koutnik, on May 18th & 19th at 8:00 pm and a Sunday matinee on May 20th at 2:00pm at the South Kortright Central School Stage.

The play was originally a short story in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and later adapted for an episode of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” in the 1950’s. Six ladies ‘of a certain age,’ live together and have a crush on a police detective, played by Dr. Ben Friedell, who lives across the street. The ladies, (played by Abbey Koutnik, Diane Stammel, Rebecca Maeder, Sue Pearson, Laurie Wehmeyer and Diana Friedell), plot to draw him in to their clutches by attracting his professional attention; unfortunately, he’s a homicide detective! What lengths will they go to, to get the dashing policeman to pay a visit to their home? His sarcastic sidekick, Kramer, played by Stamford High School student, Adrianna Baughman, sees through the ladies’ ploys & begins to solve the mystery. But when a younger female reporter shows up (played by Christine Juliano), and forces them to share his attention, the ladies need to step up their game…

The cast is rounded out with Howard Hannum, playing the fingerprint specialist. Reggie Brunson is the set designer and builder, with Abbey Koutnik heading up the interior design of the Boarding House, Diane Geerkin designing the Costumes, and Kyra Wehmeyer as the Stage Manager. Lighting Design by Dave Peake, Sound Design by Daniel Chien, & Georgia Protsko, an SKCS Student is Lighting Operator. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for Students/Seniors. For further information go to or find Catskill Community Players on Facebook. Advance tickets available at Eighth Note in Oneonta 607) 432-0344, and at Delhi Paint and Paper (746-2293), and at the door. Reservations call: 607-433-2089.

Auditions for BULL IN A CHINA SHOP

Catskill Community Players announces auditions for its spring play, Bull in a China Shop, by C. B. Gilford, directed by Gary Koutnik.

It’s a comedy about six ladies ‘of a certain age,’ who live together and lust after a young(er) police detective who lives across the street. They plot to draw him in to their clutches by attracting his professional attention; unfortunately, he’s a homicide detective. Believe it or not, hilarity ensues as one lady after another is found stretched out on the sofa, felled by poison, ready – with her still-breathing colleagues – to welcome the dashing policeman to their home. But when a younger female reporter shows up, and forces them to share his attention, the ladies need to step up their game…

There are, obviously, quite a number of wonderful women’s parts (one or two a little shorter than the others…), as well as the detective. There are a number of parts that could be male or female, including the detective’s sarcastic partner. We’re looking forward to having a great time creating a very funny play full of rich characterizations.

Auditions: When:
Sunday, March 18, 2:00PM – 5:00PM
Tuesday, March 20, 7:00PM – 9:00PM
You do not need to come to both auditions
No prepared pieces necessary

Auditions: Where:
South Kortright Central School auditorium (directly across the hall from the main entrance)
From Oneonta: Take State Rt. 23 to Stamford, turn right at the light onto Rt. 10; go about six miles and start looking for the school on your left after passing through Hobart.
From Delhi: Take Rt. 10 north out of town about 14 miles; school is on your right.

Friday and Saturday evenings, May 18 & 19; Sunday matinee, May 20 at South Kortright Central School.
We’re working on a plan that would add another weekend at the Worcester Wieting Theater, possibly a dinner theater, as has been done before.