[A look at TownSquare Players' "Sound of Music" in 1974.]
TownSquare Players even has a program specifically for playwrights called Phoenix Workshop. “We act as a sounding board and have actually produced some of those shows,” Gasior said.
In addition to the educational role the group plays for it’s members, TSP also is a social group. Gasior said many members recently gathered to go downtown to see "Hamilton" in Chicago.
And the bonds between cast and crew and board extend far beyond the theater.
“TownSquare Players is a community theater,” Falbo said. “What stands out to the people involved is truly the word ‘community.' We honor, respect and take care of one another.”
To further that goal, the proceeds from the upcoming gala, including the concert and a silent auction, will be donated to McHenry County nonprofit organizations, including Turning Point and local food pantries. Funds also will help the group buy new sound equipment.
“We want to thank the community for supporting us all these years,” Falbo said.
While the group celebrates its first 50 years, they are looking to the next 50 with anticipation.
“The path that we have started taking and are striving to continue to follow is in the support programs,” Gasior said. “We are investing our resources and time in people who want to get into theater and giving them a place to do so."