Founded by Priscilla and Harry Gardner , the Bedford County Players have brought live entertainment to audiences since 1983.
The Bedford County Players are a family of special people that invites you to enjoy their performances or even join in on the fun yourself.
Many people across the world enjoy the arts in one form or another. That includes our little historical town of Bedford, Pennsylvania. The arts are alive and well within our community and the Bedford County Players have been making sure of that for many years.
With annual productions just for youngsters, the Players are able to help kids grow to love live theater. From the first time they hit the stage, they are infected with the "love of the stage" that only comes with live theater. They continue to grow with each performance, then before you know it, they are the ones teaching! It is important to the Players to continue to mold the young to continue bringing joy and laughter to audiences for many years to come.
Whether you enjoy a good laugh with a hilarious comedy, like to sing along with musicals or get in the spirit of the holiday with the Christmas show, the Players are here for YOUR enjoyment! So come on out and enjoy the show!
"A Christmas Story"
By Philip Grecian
Family Christmas Show for all ages
December 1, 2, 8 & 9 at 7:30 p.m.
December 3 & 10 at 3:00 p.m.
Old Bedford Village
220 Sawblade Road
Bedford, Pa 15522
Old Bedford Village welcomes you to discover America's history.
Players Receive “Hearing” Grant from Community Foundation
Recently the Bedford County Players received a grant, totaling $1,200, to purchase an assistive listening system for use at Gardner Memorial Theater at Old Bedford Village in Bedford, PA. Funding was provided through the Earl and Jeanne Berkey Fund of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.
BCP president Jim Dull expressed his gratitude, saying, “As many of our patrons currently suffer from some degree of hearing loss, improvements needed to be implemented at Gardner Memorial Theater so that those who have hearing loss can enjoy a theater experience just as stimulating as everyone else. The grant allowed us to replace an outdated system with a quality system for use at the theater.”
Dull went on to explain, “Patrons can stop in at the box office, when they arrive at the theater, to request a receiver. It is easy to use, just like wearing a small headset. Essentially the receivers are amplifiers that bring sound directly into the ear. They separate the sounds, particularly speech, that a person wants to hear from background noise. ”
Research indicates that people who are hard of hearing require a volume increase in order to achieve the same level of understanding as people with normal hearing. Board member and Past President Bob Fleetwood stated, “These individual receivers allow our patrons to achieve this gain for themselves without making it too loud for everyone else in the theater. The devices allow hard of hearing patrons to efficiently follow the show.”
Assistive Listening Systems help address listening challenges in three ways: minimizing background noise; reducing the effect of distance between the sound source and the deaf or hard of hearing person; and overriding poor acoustics, such as echo. ALSs are sometimes described as “binoculars for the ears” because they “stretch” the ear, hearing aids and cochlear implants, thus extending their reach and increasing their effectiveness.
Bedford County Players
Receive Community Foundation Grants
The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, through the Earl and Jeanne Berkey Fund, recently awarded Bedford County Players a $5,000 grant for the purchase of wireless microphones, adding to the existing sound system in use at Gardner Memorial Theater, in Old Bedford Village, Bedford, PA. These microphones are worn by the performers and permit them to move freely on stage for musical and dance numbers.
“The microphones, which we immediately put to use in our recent production of White Christmas, help ensure that all of the lead singers, dancers and actors can be heard and understood by our audiences,” reported James Dull, BCP president. Dull expressed his gratitude saying, “We received this grant at just the right time. The microphones we had been using were no longer reliable and sorely needed to be replaced.”
The Players also received a grant of $1000 earlier this year to purchase additional lighting for the theater. “We have begun to convert our antiquated stage lighting system to LED lights. Two years ago we purchase several lights for on stage. With these lights we are able to change colors from scene to scene, adjust the brightness, and add special effects such as a strobe effect,” Thalia Fleetwood, treasurer and one of the BCP directors, stated. She indicated that this project is ongoing, as many old lights are still in use. “But we are making progress toward our goal.”
“These lights also throw off less heat, making it more comfortable for our actors and less costly when air conditioning is in use,” added Bob Fleetwood, board member. “One LED light can do the work of several of the older style lights and give us more versatility and efficiency.”
“These improvements will enhance our shows for the 2017 season. We have two big musicals scheduled, Nunsense: The Mega-Musical Version in June and Annie in October. Both shows, with large casts, include numerous music and dance numbers.”
During the 2017 theater season, as the all-volunteer group acquires the funds, Dull stated, additional facility, lighting and sound improvements are likely.
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