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by Patricia Clapp

Being presented as the Kansas entry into the AACT Community Theatre Festival

Three elderly women meet at a lunch table on their first day in a home for senior citizens. A
candle placed there by the matron awakens different memories in each. To the frivolous, friendly
ex-actress Maribeth Garrity, candles belong with champagne and flowers. To Miss Tolliver, a
children's nursemaid, they speak of childhood poverty when candles gave the only light. To the
aristocratic Mrs. Bramson, they mean the formal meals which only emphasized the emptiness of
her life. The lunchtime conversation reveals some surprising aspects of the lives and
personalities of the three women, and culminates in a friendship and an affirmative decision.
Sensitively drawn characters, gentle humor, and a generous dash of truth.

Performance is on
April 6
Curtain 7:30
Hussey Playhouse (downstairs in the 'black box'), TPAC

Seating is limited (only 40 this time) and is by reservation ONLY.
No charge for this performance
Call 785=256-2848 for reservations
We can hardly believe it ourselves!! Our little theatre will be representing the
entire State of Kansas at the AACT Regional Community Theatre Festival. We
throughout the Midwest. But of course we need your help and support.

It is going to cost us about $5000 to do this. That covers transportation (gas),
lodging (hotel rooms for the cast), royalties and festival entrance fees. But don't
panic (we didn't). If only 500 people each gave $10, we would have it made.
And considering the population (even the theatre-going population of Topeka)
that isn't a lot of people. We frequently entertain about 200 or more people per
show that we do.

If you can find a little to spare, you will help us get there. But the turn around time
is fast. The Festival is coming up at the end of April (April 27-30). We need to
transport four actresses, one stage manager, one tech crew person and one
director to Brainerd, Minnesota and back (yep we want to come home

If  you saw our 2016 season presentation of TWO FOR THE SHOW, you would
have seen the second act which was a one act play entitled "A Candle on the
Table." This moving dialogue between three senior ladies on their first day in an
"old folks home," was a humorous and touching drama. Our original cast, with
one replacement, will recreate this show for the judges of the Region V Festival.
If we would win, then we would advance to the national festival, representing
Kansas and the whole Midwest in competition with other community theatres
throughout the country.

This is the same festival that Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy won a couple
of times several years back. We would love to join their ranks and again put
Topeka's theatre arts community on the map.

To donate to our cause and help us represent Kansas you have several
  • You can mail a check directly to ACT at PO Box 4287, Topeka KS 66604.
  • You can donate directly to our campaign at our Go Fund Me page at www.,
  • you can drop a check or cash by the donation bucket that we will have at
    The Enchanted Willow at 2209 SW Gage Blvd (across from the VA),
  • You can check with us on a number of other fundraiser campaigns we may
    have going over the month. One such event is a bake sale that the board
    members of ACT will hold on the sidewalk in front of The Enchanted
    Willow on Saturday, April 1. Drop off some cookies for us to sell or pick up
    a sweet snack while supporting the theatre.

Remember every dime gets a a little closer to performance in Minnesota.

We look forward to representing you and thank you for your continued support.