I am sad to share this announcement with you today from the Newton Country Players’ Facebook page:

Dear Friends of the Newton Country Players (NCP),

As you may know, the group has faced many challenges after having left our “home” at the Windsor Club in Waban several years ago. The hunt for a new space for performing, rehearsing, and storage takes up a lot of time and money.

While we have enjoyed many artistic successes, our audience size has shrunk dramatically, making it very difficult to launch a show with a reasonable budget. At a recent meeting of the NCP Board, a decision was made to close the group. It was an enormously difficult decision after weighing various alternatives and different ways to keep forging ahead without sacrificing the quality of our productions.

We sincerely thank all of the talented cast and crew members who have worked with NCP, as well as those who have supported the group in other ways over the last 57 years.

With much gratitude,
NCP Board of Directors: Colleen Locke, Liz Peet, Jean MacFarland, John Fitzpatrick, Julie Wiseman, Sarah Roth Carda, Stacy Andler, Susan Rubin, Tom Donaghey

This announcement is an unfortunate addition to Turtle Lane’s closing last year and Newton Symphony Orchestra’s official closing announcement this past March (while their final performance was spring 2011, a very heart-wrenching decision!).

I would love to talk to you all more about Newton’s arts and culture landscape in the coming weeks and months via this blog for starters. I would love to participate in conversations with you because, truly, as an arts administrator in town I want and need to know what you as an individual and/or as a family member are looking for from your local arts community. Together I am sure that we can make wonderful things happen in our town! Newton has amazing resources and I hope to share more of them with you and then help shape them so we can continue to be a thoughtful creative community.

In the meantime, I want to thank Newton Country Players for their dedication to community arts and theater and wish all of them the very best. I hope to see you on stage again soon!