Monday, November 24, 2008

NPTG To Participate in December "First Thursday"

New Players will be participating in Fitchburg's "First Thursday," on Thursday, December 4th. This we be good exposure of us and get us introduced a little better in the downtown community. All are welcome to come and sing. We will provide music books.

There are tree lightings throughout the downtown area and they hope we would sing at all of them. They are looking into getting a small bus for transportation to various sites.

The plan is that the event starts at the Senior Center at 5:45, where there will be a party for children. Then Santa and the mayor travel by trolley, with the high school band and us following to the different tree lightings.

They would like us to sing at each venue and also ‘en route between the bands songs. Here is the route:

5:45 – Senior Center (if we can make it there for that time)
6:00 – Monument square
6:20 – Renaissance Park
6:40 - Upper Common
7:00 - Riverfront Park
7:20 - MART Garage
7:40 - Moran Square

More information will follow, but mark you calendars!

Monday, November 3, 2008

A Great Meeting Marks a New Beginning For NPTG!

Some 27 people attended last night's meeting and elections at our new building! That's a better turn-out than we have had in a while. It was a diverse group and the discussion was spirited and constructive.

It's over used, but, "If you build it, (of buy it) they will come!" We can all feel that the, "pulse" is coming back to NPTG!

Thanks to all of you that attended!

The Current Board Continues In 2009

The membership unanimously approved extending the terms of the 2008 Board of Directors. All were willing to accept the nominations for 2009 terms. It is an exciting time to serve on the board!
Congratulations to all!
2010 will bring many changes, as many of the members will be reaching their term limits at that time.

Friday, October 17, 2008

On-Going Work Parties

Rather than changing this post weekly, here are the general guidelines of when we will be working at the building:

We are generally there on Monday and Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays for 10:30 a.m., until at least mid-afternoon.

In addition, if you would like to know for sure when people are working, e-mail Bill McGrath and he will put you on the "Workers List." He sends out an e-mail, whenever he knows any keyholder will be at the building for any length of time. Send him a note at

Much has already been done by a few, but all are welcome. Stop by to lend a hand if you get the chance.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Nancy's Still Painting!

It a good thing she enjoys it! There are a lot more projects in store for her!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Kitchen is Looking Homier!

The painting is coming along!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Building Progress Pictures

Day 1: Ragweed Capitol of the World!
(Click to expand the pictures.)

There's a window under there!

Tim contemplates the hoop!

The hoop and chicken wire is gone!

Looking a little neater!

New Carriage Lights!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Building Work Party Chronicle

Tim Recko and Bill McGrath have taken it on to chronicle work in progress, future plans and needs at our building. Please read the comments here to find out "where we're at," what we've done and where we hope to be going with the building.

The comments are listed oldest to newest; top to bottom.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

NPTG Has A New Home!

The papers were signed at 1:00 P.M. on Friday and New Players Theatre Guild officially has a new home. There are many improvements that will need to be done by contractors, before we can invite the public into it, but there is much that can be done with "sweat equity!" Look for invitations to come and see the building and lend a hand.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Jon Wright and America's Got Talent Re-Visited

By Bill McGrath

Congratulations to Jonathan for making it to the Vegas Callbacks with America's Got Talent!

It's a shame that America did not get to hear him sing, but it is pretty clear that America's Got Talent has become, (or maybe always was) more of a "reality drama" than a talent contest.

He did not cry on cue, wasn't born poor and didn't have a accident that left him near death. I also know he was not phony about his life experience. Perhaps that did not make him fodder for this kind of "reality TV." He is a just a great guy with an awesome talent!

It's clear that the producers did not want him heard, since if America heard him they would have wondered why the best talent was passed over. I think he is without a doubt a better and more polished singer and performer than those that were sent to the semi-finals.

If "America" got to hear him sing, I have no doubt they would have chosen him to go to the finals!
Well, that's my opinion.

If you would like to see for yourself, check out a few of Jon's performances on his new web page: or search for him on Youtube.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

An Invitation To View The Church Building

Just when we thought the building issue was dead, it crops up again!

ARC has now offered us the building on Rollstone St. for $100,000 instead of the $200,000 we were looking at 2 years ago. We have arranged a walk through to see its present condition after sitting vacant for 2 years.

We will meet at 15 Rollstone St. next Tuesday, July 22 at 5:00 PM. Anyone is welcome to come and see the building and give us your input as to its condition and potential use.

See you next Tuesday.

Friday, July 11, 2008

The Rollstone Church Building..Another Chance?

The organization that owns the Rollstone Church we considered buying last year has returned to us with a new offer. They are willing to accept $100,000 to be rid of the building.

We will be scheduling another walk through with the board to see how much the building has fallen into disrepair since we last saw it. At that price, we could afford to buy it, even before doing the many and costly improvements necessary hold performances there.

What do you think? If you have a moment, send us your comments. Drop us a note at Thanks!

America's Got Talent Update

Although we expected to see Jonathan Wright on America's Got Talent in the first few episodes this year, the format of the show has changed from the previous years and much more air time is being devoted to the early auditions. The word from Jon's producer is, "I can't believe that he will not be aired before the Olympic break." So, keep watching! (Aww.. you probably would anyway..)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Jonathan Wright to Appear on Amercia's Got Talent

Jonathan Wright will be appearing on America's Got Talent in the next few weeks! He auditioned in front of Sharon Osborne, Piers Morgan and David Hasslehoff at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC in April.. After that, well.. we can't say..
Although the format of the show is not clear at this time, he should make his first appearance on Tuesday, June 17th or Tuesday, June 24th on NBC. Watch and root him on!