We began 19 years ago attending shows. The quality is incredible - so we became subscribers. We continued to be so impressed that we became donors as well. Five years ago we started volunteering to help back stage. Seeing the sets built, the lighting design, costuming, the talented actors and all the people who work behind the scenes just added to the WOW of the Walpole Footlighters.
I first came to Walpole Footlighters as an actor and remember being very impressed (and even a little intimidated) by the professional approach they took with their productions. From the director to lighting person to dialect coach everyone had a plan of attack and contributed to telling fantastic stories. I quickly got over feeling intimidated, however, by the down-to-earth approach of everyone involved. One particular standout in my acting experience was participating in the drama 'The Laramie Project' which is about the life and death of Matthew Shepherd, the gay teen who was killed in a hate crime. 'Unselfish teamwork' best describes this organization's approach. The Footlighters also regularly feature local writers' work - providing a much needed forum.
The Walpole Footlighters is a fabulous community theater that provides a close to professional theatrical experience for far less cost than in the city. It is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who put in many, many hours of their time and effort. I always enjoy my time working with the creative, devoted, and friendly people there.
I was introduced to the Footlighters by friends about 8 years ago. Since then, I've performed in a couple of plays, volunteered backstage, ushered, and had a two-year stint on the playreading committee. I enjoy the cameraderie of this terrific group of volunteers (ALL VOLUNTEERS) who consistently bring interesting and entertaining theatrical eperiences to suburbanites.
I have worked backstage for the footlighters for a number of years. They put on good quality productions of interesting shows - the sets and lighting are always beautiful and the actors are very talented. What really impresses me though is how valued I feel as a volunteer. This group really makes me feel like everything I do, no matter how small, is important. It's not surprising to me that their volunteers keep coming back.
Our Red Hat Ladies went to the production of "Thirty Nine Steps" and throughly enjoyed the play because we were placed in excellent seating. We had excellent seats because the organizers at Walpole went out of their way to place us for our handicap and elderly ladies. They did not have to do that, but did anyway. As a result we have gone to other productions as well. Five star and recomendations for Walpole Footlighters.