CHP, Backstage, Fraley join forces to improve theatre

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Carriage House Players teamed up with Backstage Performing Arts and local attorney Ray Fraley to make improvements to the Adnia Rice Theatre at Lincoln County High School.

“Melvie Myrick (of Backstage) came to us in 2012 and asked if we would like to partner with Backstage and Ray Fraley in purchasing new teaser curtains for the theater,” said Brenda Wilkes, president of Carriage House Players.

Members of the Carriage House Players and Backstage Performing Arts donate sound panels and new curtains to the Adnia Rice Theater at Lincoln County High School. Pictured are (from left) Lonnie Aldes, CHP; Kyle Spears, CHP; Brenda Wilkes, president, CHP; Melvie Myrick, Backstage Performing Arts; Sarah Wallace, LCHS principal; and Adam Faulkner, drama teacher.

Members of the Carriage House Players and Backstage Performing Arts donate sound panels and new curtains to the Adnia Rice Theater at Lincoln County High School. Pictured are (from left) Lonnie Aldes, CHP; Kyle Spears, CHP; Brenda Wilkes, president, CHP; Melvie Myrick, Backstage Performing Arts; Sarah Wallace, LCHS principal; and Adam Faulkner, drama teacher.

Carriage House Players had not performed at the Adnia in several years.

“Over the last several years, we have performed exclusively at the Lincoln County Museum Complex. The museum is an excellent facility to perform in, however, it does not lend itself to a big musical with many actors and tech people,” continued Wilkes.

Last summer CHP returned to the Adnia Rice Theater for a production of “Annie”, the first big musical in over 10 years. Andrea Delap, Mickey Johnson and Brenda Wilkes directed “Annie” and Melvie Myrick was the choreographer.

“We had a great time doing ‘Annie’, and it was a big success for Carriage House Players and our community,” said director Andrea Delap.

This past spring CHP returned to the Adnia for another successful musical, “Seussical”.

“The new black teaser curtains were great and former principal Jacob Sorrells had worked hard to get the stage refinished and new carpet put in the theater, but the sound in the theater still was not right,” said director Mickey Johnson. “We still felt like it could be better.”

CHP hired a sound engineer to help identify and address the problems. As a first step, Carriage House Players ordered and installed permanent sound panels in the walls at the theater. Lonnie Ables and Kyle Spears of CHP headed up the sound committee and worked several nights installing the sound panels.

“The sound panels made a huge difference in the sound quality for the past summer’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’,” said Wilkes, director.

Since the project started, Carriage House Players has invested around $6,000 in the Adnia Rice Theater.

“We have enjoyed returning to the Adnia Rice Theater for our larger productions. We feel like improvements we make to the theater are good not only for the entire community but also for LCHS Drama Department’s productions. CHP is still committed to improve the Adnia. We plan to eventually install more sound panels and purchase some lighting instruments for the school,” said Wilkes.

“As always, we would like to thank our patrons for supporting our performances for the past 26 years. We look forward to entertaining our community for many years to come.”

CHP will release its 27th season production this week in the “It’s a Wonderful Life” program.

“We think you will enjoy our slate of shows for the next season. We have worked hard to find a little something for everyone,” said Wilkes.

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