Bradford Little Theatre planning gala on Aug. 13

Aug 5, 2016 by

Alex Davis, Reporter for The Bradford Era

A case of deja vu will be served up at an event scheduled for later this month and hosted by Bradford Little Theatre.

That’s because, as leaders plan to celebrate the organization’s 20th season, they’ll be reviewing past performances, which include “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Shrek The Musical” and “The Music Man.”

On Aug. 13, BLT officials are planning to announce the 20th season during the third annual Season Announcement Gala and Fundraiser slated for the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church at 44 Kennedy St. in Bradford. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for the event titled “Pulling Back the Curtain,” The Story of the Bradford Little Theatre. Desserts and refreshments will be available at 6:30 p.m.; and the show begins at 7 p.m.

The gala will review every show that BLT has hosted over the last 19 seasons. On average, BLT puts on three to five shows a year, said gala director Rawny Reed, who is also a BLT board member. The organization has a mission of promoting and encouraging arts in the greater Bradford area.

Also at the gala, individuals will receive awards. Christopher Lathrop, who has been in eight BLT productions, will receive the first-ever Spotlight Award, given for a person’s work in the previous season.

Meanwhile, BLT officials will also present the Lester Brauser Award to a yet-to-be-named individual; that award, which hasn’t been given out in a few years, is described as a lifetime achievement in community theater.

“Coming upon 20 years is amazing. We began in a living room. We didn’t have a place to store our stuff,” Reed said.

Then the organization had been in two small offices and just last year, BLT moved into a much larger facility located behind Togi’s Family Restaurant on East Main Street, called Togi’s Playhouse. The larger space used to be the Bradford Baptist and East End Presbyterian churches and offers plenty of room for actors and actresses and audience members.

For the upcoming season, officials aren’t giving away too many details. However, Reed said the 20th season will include comedy, drama, music and “old BLT favorites,” she said. The first show is slated to hit the stage from Oct. 14-16.

The cost for the gala is $15 per person, which includes desserts and refreshments. Only 125 tickets are available.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 814-598-1101 or by visiting Togi’s Family Restaurant or Graham Florist in Bradford.

This article first appeared in The Bradford Era, and is republished here with their approval.

Bradford Little Theatre planning gala on Aug. 13