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Announcing WCP's 2018-2019 Season
2018 - 2019 Season
A murder-mystery

Black Coffee
by Agatha Christie

Oct. 13, 20, 21m, 26, 27, 2018
A comedy

The Foreigner
by Larry Shue

Jan. 12, 19, 20m, 25, 26, 2019
A drama

On Borrowed Time
by Paul Osborne

Mar. 9, 16, 17m, 22, 23, 2019
A musical

music Stephen Sondheim
book James Goldman

May 4, 11, 17, 18, 19m, 2019
Dates subject to change

see: Black Coffee auditions

WCP nominated for three NJACT Perry Awards
at NJACT nomination ceremony
July 28, 2018

Ed Bontempo for OUTSTANDING COSTUMING OF A PLAY (Mister Roberts)
Ed Whitman for OUTSTANDING LIGHTING OF A PLAY (Mister Roberts

Mister Roberts
was directed by Steve Lemenille
produced by Kay Macrae
stage managed by Linda Viel
Mister Roberts was presented at WCP May 5, 12, 18, 19, 20 2018 @8PM

NJACT Perry Awards Presentation Ceremony will be held on Sept. 16, 2018 at
Union County Performing Arts Center
1601 Irving St
Rahway, NJ 07065.
Cocktails at 5:30PM; Awards presentation: 7:00 PM.
For tickets, Tickets

receives plaque

pictured: Renate Bieber (l), Joanne Lemenille, VP Productions

Westfield Community Players (WCP) is proud to have presented a plaque to Renate Bieber, who served on WCP's Board of Directors as Box Office Director for the past few years.

Renate was instrumental in handling all of our subscribers and patrons requests for tickets, via email and phone. She worked tirelessly to see that all tickets requests were handled professionally and with courtesy.

Renate was also instrumental in WCP pursuing an on-line ticketing service.

Renate may not be handling the Box Office currently as Director, but she will be assisting in whatever the needs are for the Box Office.

For tickets, please visit: Tickets

In memory of
Linda Giuditta

Linda C. Giuditta, Devoted Mother, Friend and Actress Linda C. Giuditta, a 65-year resident of Westfield, passed away on Sunday, July 19, at the age of 91after a long illness. Born and raised in Garwood, she was the daughter of the late Carmine and Olympia Guerriero, and she was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, Dr. Nicholas A. Giuditta, of 42 years in 1993.

A passionate lover of theatre and music since she was a child performing in the backyard, Linda attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City as a young woman. There she learned how to create the comedic and dramatic characters and accents that were the hallmark of her theatrical career throughout her life in community theatre. She also loved playing piano, and gave her children and numerous nieces and nephews many happy hours around the piano playing and singing Christmas carols. For numerous years, her home was the site of joyous family barbecues and holiday parties that she and her husband Nick orchestrated as a team.

Linda and Nick were instrumental in the founding and securing of property for Westfield Community Players, one of the longest continuously running community theatres in New Jersey. Together they were involved with shows at Grant School and Roosevelt Junior High School, which provided the earliest venues for Community Players' fledgling productions. Over the years, on the Community Players' stage, she had leading roles in "Social Security," "The Cemetery Club," "There Goes the Bride," "Cactus Flower," "Enter Laughing," "The Crucible," and "Look Homeward Angel," in addition to many other parts. She was on the Playreading Committee for ten years and was in charge of the Casting Committee for many years as well. Also a longtime member of the Cranford Dramatic Club, she played some of her favorite characters there: Miss Hannigan in "Annie," Bloody Mary in "South Pacific," Mrs. Van Daan in "The Diary of Anne Frank," Grandma in "Lost in Yonkers" and Madame Arcati in "Blithe Spirit."

She ran her husband's dental office for many years after her children were grown, as well as managing the many details of the professional dental groups that he headed. Linda was a generous person who always shared her bountiful life with her children with family trips to Hawaii, Italy and many day trips to New York and New Jersey theatre. She was pre-deceased by her two older sisters Garentina Riccardo and Virginia Guerriero, who always smoothed the way for her; and her three brothers, James, Anthony and Carmine. She will be deeply missed by her children, Camille Giuditta Sorensen of Washington, D.C.; Roz Giuditta of Scotch Plains, N.J.; Nicholas A. Giuditta III and his wife Francine of Cranford, N.J.; their sons Nicholas IV and Christopher, along with many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Westfield Community Players will be establishing a Memorial Fund named in honor of Linda Giuditta's. Donations can be made to the fund through Westfield Community Players, Attn. Giuditta Memorial Fund, 1000 North Avenue West, Westfield, N.J. 07090.

You may also complete the form located at: Giuditta Fund

WCP 80 Years of Live Theater
WCP begins its 81st Year
Since 1934, WCP has brought quality theatre to the Westfield area.

Check back often for further details.

WCP Board of Directors for 2016-2017

At WCP's Annual Meeting, held June 22, 2016, the new Board of Directors was announced:

Steve Lemenille - President
Sally Lee - Vice-President for Business
Barbara Ruban - Vice President of Productions
Russ Ortiz - Secretary
Bill McMeekan - Treasurer/Director of Technical
JoAnne Lemenille - Director of Performance
Renate Bieber - Director of Box Office
Katie Engel - Director of Marketing
George Hiltz - Director of Facilities
Don Mokrauer - Director of Grants/Newsletter
Open - Director of Membership

Katie Engel, Director of Marketing - elected June, 2016

Katie Engel, Director of Marketing - elected June, 2016

Katie Engel, Director of Marketing - elected June, 2016

New Board Members

Russ Ortiz, Board Secretary; George Hiltz, Facilities Director
elected June, 2015

WCP raises funds for Wounded Warrior Project

Steve Lemenille, WCP President
Bill McMeekan, WCP Treasurer

WCP receives grant from Investors Foundation

[l-r] Randall Hernandez of Investors Bank, Don Mokrauer, WCP Grants Director, Steve Lemenille, WCP President

WCP receives seven 2017 NJACT Perry Award Nominations for 2016 - 2017 season
Hall of Fame Inductee:
Steve Lemenille - Director

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play:
Fred Dennehy
as Sir Lawrence Wargrave
in And Then There Were None

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play:
Jean Kuras
as Mrs. Emily Brent
in And Then There Were None

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play:
Sean Lough
as Randle P. McMurphy
in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play:
Adam Ziering
as Billy Bibbit
in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play:
Joe Leo
as Cheswick
in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Outstanding Stage Management of a Play:
Anita Esteve
Stage Manager
for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

WCP receives ten 2012 NJACT Perry Award Nominations for Rehearsal for Murder
Outstanding Production of a Play: Steve Lemenille - Producer

Outstanding Direction of a Play: Brian Remo

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play: Angel Duncan

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Steve Lemenille

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Ami Martino [recipient]

Outstanding Properties of a Play: JoAnne Lemenille

Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play: Bill McMeekan; Brian Remo

Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play: Jessica Foerst

Outstanding Sound Design of a Play: Glen Crane

Outstanding Costume Design of a Play: Naomi Yablonsky

WCP nominated for Perry Awards for 2013

Steve Lemenille
Outstanding Director of a Play
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John Correll
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
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WCP nominated for Perry Awards for 2016

Ross Pohling
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Veronica's Room as the Young Man

WCP Actors perform at Westfield Historical Society.
Three of Westfield Community Players actors portrayed three Westfield historical citizens during the Westfield Historical Society's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sept. 19, 2012 at the Echo Lake Country Club.
WCP actors, Lou Savarese portrayed Samuel Downer, Jr. (1760-1848), while Russ Ortiz portrayed Charles Codding (1866-1925). WCP actor and resident play director, Steve Lemenille portrayed Charles D. Clark. (1753-1821).
The Westfield Historical Society seeks to:
- preserve and share the rich heritage of the Westfield Area for future generations,
-to give voice to under-represented groups and tell the story of the common person;
-to build and support a community of people interested in history and culture;
-and provide tools for historical research and publication.

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[l-r: Russ Ortiz, Lou Savarese;
c: Steve Lemenille]
[l-r: Lou Savarese, Sherry Cronin,
VP Historical Society; Steve Lemenille,
Russ Ortiz]
[Lou Savarese; Sally Brown, WCP producer;
Steve Lemenille, Russ Ortiz]

WCP Atlantic City Bus trip on July 17th, 2009 to Showboat Casino.

WCP Trip to Atlantic City [2009]-- Showboat Casino

[Proceeds to benefit WCP Building Fund]
WCP President JoAnne Lemenille presented with Township Resolution by Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky at Council meeting April 27, 2010.
see more on Photos page

WCP President JoAnne Lemenille and WCP Board member Lucille Bills were interviewed on April 24, 2010 by Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky for Ch. 36. The taped interview was part of WCP's 75th Anniversary.
see Photos page

WCP received NJ Legislative RESOLUTION celebrating WCP's 75th season. See photos from the event Click here for photo
WCP received County RESOLUTION celebrating WCP's 75th season. See photos from the event Click here for photo
WCP's 75th Gala Anniversary Event...a success. See photos from the event Click here for details
WCP is actively seeking individual(s) interested in technical lighting to assist with our productions. Some experience is preferable, but we are happy to train eager volunteers! Please contact Bill McMeekan, Technical Director, at: Lighting Technician or submit your resume to: Bill McMeekan, Westfield Community Players, 1000 North Avenue West, Westfield, NJ 07090

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