Friday, December 14, 2012

First Rehearsal - Monday, December 17th! All Members Welcome!

We will have our first meeting/rehearsal for this year's Cabaret this Monday, Dec. 17 @ 7 PM at the theatre. Jay will be there and some group numbers will be handed out that we can look over. We will discuss solos, duets etc. from past Cabarets and a tentative rehearsal schedule. It should be a lot of fun with some great numbers for us to perform. 
The Cabaret is Feb. 9 & 10 at the Elks and Feb. 16 & 17 at the theatre.
Hope to see you all on Monday.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Next Up At NPTG!

Starring NPTG veterans Bob Healy and Barry Lew! You don't want to miss it!

October 12, 13, 19 &  20, at 8:00 pm
Matinee Performances - October 14 &  21, at 2:00 pm

New Players Theatre Guild Center For The Performing Arts

Order ticket by calling (978) 345-6570

Monday, September 10, 2012

Great Opening, But Back to Work! We Need YOUR Help!

Dear NPTG Members and Friends,

We had a great weekend celebrating our Grand Opening at the New Players Theatre Guild Center For The Performing Arts!  We had a great show, that was well received, the cast had a blast and we had a support staff assembled that couldn't be beat!

It WAS GREAT!  (Revel in that for a minute and wait for it..)  But we are just out of the starting gate!  

The lights hadn't cooled down, before a rehearsal for, "The Sunshine Boys," was on.  

We really want to keep NPTGlee going.  We have auditions for, "Amahl," in a few weeks.  When "Amahl and the Night Visitors," is done, we'll be right into the Cabaret!  We would really like help the Fitchburg Theater Company in any way we can with their productions as well.  They have already been a great help to NPTG.

What I am getting to is that WE NEED YOUR HELP!  It's time to put more of the, "community," into NPTG!  You need not want to be on stage or even know much of anything about stagecraft.  If you are willing to help, you will get all the support you need to learn.

Nearly immediately, we need support personel for, "Sunshine Boys."

We need a producer, stage manager, stage hands, publicity help, house managers, ushers, ticket managers, people to help with set construction, lighting and perhaps sound.

Up until now, all of this stuff has been handled by a, "core" or 10-15 people and they can't do it all; but they would be willing to help more people learn and take part in the joy of doing what we do.

Nancy and Bill may be involved with, "Amahl."  Would someone be interested in helping NPTGlee carry on during their absence?

Please think about what YOU can do, or want to learn more about..  You can all do something that will help and I can pretty much guarantee you will enjoy being more of a part of NPTG.

If you can help with, "Sunshine Boys," drop me a note ASAP!

If you think you can contribute in any of the other ways I've mentioned, e-mail me, along with any questions you might have.

Thanks for your time!!  Please think about it.  WE NEED YOU!

Bill McGrath,

Audition Dates For "Amahl and the Night Visitors" Announced

Audition dates for Amahl will be:
Sunday Sept. 23 @ 2:00pm, 
Monday Sept. 24 @ 7:00pm and
Wednesday Sept. 26 @ 7:00pm. 
Rehearsals will start on Monday, October 22nd.

If you are not familiar with the opera, you can Google it and find several performances of it, including the original telecast of 1951 with and introduction by the composer, Menotti.

The roles are:
Mother--Mezzo Soprano
Amahl--Boy Soprano (A true boy soprano)
Balthazar--Bass (A black man)
Shepherds--Mixed Chorus--Adults & Children
3 Shepherd Dancers

I hope to see you at auditions!

Bob Healy (Director)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Two Shows Only! Semptember 8th and 9th!

Are YOU a Believer?

Send NPTG a tax-free donation and we'll place YOUR name on a star, to be displayed along our main staircase, for everyone to see, as they enter our theater this Fall!

It's NPTG, 15 Rollstone Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Let people see YOU support the arts in Fitchburg!

Check it out! From the Worcester Telegram, Sunday, August 19th!

New Players Guild open house - Worcester Telegram & Gazette -

Saturday, August 11, 2012

NPTG Center Transformation Video Now On Youtube!

Follow this link to see a short video slide show of the transformation of the New Players Theatre Guild Center For The Performing Arts!

Just click on the link below.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

NPTG's Open House: A Rousing Success!

Thanks to all that worked so hard to make the ribbon cutting and open house a rousing success!

Thanks also, to all that attended!  You've renewed our faith that the community is behind us!

Time to get down to business!  Wish us luck!  (Or maybe that should be, "break legs!")

Adirondack Chair To Be Raffled at the "Grand Opening Show"

Nancy King has designed and painted this Adirondack Chair to raffle off throughout the month of August to benefit the New Players Theatre Guild Center For The Performing Arts.

Tickets are being made available now. The drawing will be held on Saturday, September 8th, at, "Don't Stop Believing!" - Our Grand Opening Show.

You need not be present to win, but we hope you are!

Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

Cash and checks will be accepted. Checks may be made out to New Players Theatre Guild and sent to:

Nancy King
16 DIllon Street
Leominster, MA 01453

When Nancy receives the checks she will fill out ticket stubs for you and send the corresponding numbered tickets back to you via mail or email. Please include a telephone number at which you can be reached so we can notify you if you win.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

NPTG Building Clean-Up - July 28, 2012

We will be having our second clean-up day, this Saturday, July 28th, from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM in preparation for our ribbon cutting and Open House on August 4th.
If you can come, you might bring a broom and any cleaning supplies you might like to donate. We should be washing floors, windows and bathrooms.. all that FUN stuff!
If you prefer to work outside, you might bring a pair of brush loppers to help attack the growth in the back yard. We should have someone with a truck to take it away.
Thanks to Monica Bourgault and Jonathan Wright, who have agreed to be, "directors," for the day.
Come for an hour, or the day. We'd appreciate your help.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

Cast Call For Our, "Grand Opening Celebration"

Our "Grand Opening Celebration Show," will be held on September 8th and 9th, at 8:00PM.

If you are interested in performing, please come to an NPTGlee! rehearsal, (Mondays at 7:00) on or before July 16th.

The show will be in the style of our cabaret nights, with two 45-60 minute sets.

In order to show our musical versatility, current plans are for the first set to feature, "pop" style music and the second, "Broadway."

Rehearsals will be Monday and at least one other night, to be determined.

Don't miss your chance to be in the FIRST show at the New Players Theatre Guild Center For The Performing Arts!

NPTG Ribbon Cutting and Open House

We will be holding a, "Ribbon Cutting Ceremony," followed by an afternoon of informal tours of the building on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at 15 Rollstone Street.

If you can't make it for the ribbon cutting, our doors will be open to everyone until 5:00PM. Come and see our progress!

Light refreshments will be served and we'll have people to show you around and answer any questions you might have about the building, our goals and our plans for future improvements at the building.

We will also be holding several small raffles, (to be drawn at the end of the day) and tickets will be available for our, "Grand Opening Celebration. (More on that to come..)

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

We Have Our Occupancy Permit!

On June 12, 2012, we finally received our occupancy permit for 15 Rollstone Street and the building is officially designated by the City of Fitchburg as a THEATER!

We've been saying that this day would come for some time, so We can hardly believe it ourselves, but this means we can finally, legally, allow the public into the building for fund-raising events, shows and more.

Although it is nothing short of a miracle that we got to this point, with the limited funds we had available, by literally thousands of hours of work, by those dedicated to the effort, we've made it. Thank you. You know who you are.

Although there is much more we would like to do and the progress has long and slow, we have transformed what was a declining, mistreated building into something that CAN begin to make us the money we need to survive, going forward.


Friday, April 13, 2012

Announcing NPTGlee!

NPTGlee! is NOT a new sub-group of NPTG, but more a music and theater workshop that we hope will make the Guild more active and inclusive.

One of the problems with community theater groups is that their activity can be quite sporadic. People come together to do a show and those that are cast work together for six to eight weeks and then disband, often for months or even longer.

The Glee group will meet once a week on Monday nights, year-round, with the exception of possible breaks for holidays or summer vacations, as agreed by the group as whole.

The musical focus of the group will change with the needs of NPTG and the members themselves.

The first project will be to revive the Les Miserables music that we used for the Hanover Theater Fundraiser, with the addition of more music and voices. We would like to use that material as entertainment for our (hopefully) soon to come, "Opening Night," of the Rollstone Street building.


Participation is open to EVERYONE who likes to sing. All are welcome to attend one or two "Glee Nights," before officially signing on as a member. At that point, we will request you pay NPTG membership dues, (if you are not already a member) for insurance reasons. This is minimal. ($10/individual adult, $5/under 16, $20/family)


The General Director will be Nancy L. King. Nancy has directed many projects for NPTG and has had many years experience directing her church choir groups. We also hope to foster, "guest directors," from within the group. If you would like to try musically directing one piece or more, choreographing or stage directing, we'll allow you a chance to give it a try and give you any support you need.


Jay Rainey has agreed to assist to the extent that his schedule permits. In addition, we may use some recordings we make ourselves, orchestral accompaniments available on CD and perhaps just some, "plunking out," of parts by people capable of doing that. (If you are a pianist or know of one that would like to help out, (for the fun of it) please let us know.)

Tuition and Fees:

We hope to make this FREE to everyone. It's possible we may ask for donations to defray the costs of music and other materials, but this will be on an individual basis and not affect your involvement with the group.


Attendance rolls will NOT be checked on the Monday nights, although you'll have a lot more fun if you come consistently and keep up with the group. We also understand that you might want to do a show with another organization and might take some time off from Glee! That's OK! We'll welcome you back when you're ready.


Participation in the group does not require that you agree to appear in a performance, although all will be asked. When a performance date comes, "in sight," you will be asked if you can participate. Once committed to a performance, your attendance on the Monday nights and any additional rehearsal times required for that performance, will be expected, as with any show.


Many of us know the joy and escape we get from our sometimes very stressful lives by just singing (and yes laughing) with friends at rehearsal. We're pretty sure that will happen! We'll also have some time to socialize and exchange ideas. Nothing is set in stone with this project; we'll see where it goes!

First Meeting/Rehearsal:

Monday, April 16, 2012

We hope you can join us.