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Board Highlights

Below, you’ll find highlights from our monthly Board meetings. These include actions taken by the Board and updates on how we are working to keep The Robertson County Players going strong as we head into our 2016 season! If you should have any further questions or want to be present to hear what’s going on with the RCP, we encourage all members to join us every 1st Monday of each month at 6:30PM at Aspire Co-Working in Springfield, TN.

January, 2018

  • The board approved a request for a donation to the Open Door Pregnancy Center of $250.
  • New officers were elected for the 2018 term and are as follows:
    • President: Amber DeForest
    • Vice President: Connie Smith
    • Secretary: Cheryl Southard
    • Treasurer: Rusty Riddle
  • There was one proposal for the 2018 Kids Camp and it was approved. Leslie Marberry will direct Cinderella Kids June 4 – June 16. Performances will be held on June 16 at 2:00 and 6:00. The camp will be split into two age groups — The younger group (K-3) and the older group (4-8) will attend camp at two separate times each day.
  • Footloose auditions will be held on April 12 – 14.
  • The board voted to replace the legs of the grand piano at Springfield Middle School.


  • Those in attendance served themselves from the delicious food catered by Sarah Head of Shadetree Farm and Orchard.
  • Annual reports were given by the President and the Treasurer.
  • Directors and/or Producers of the 2018 40th Anniversary season gave a brief summary of their shows.
  • New board members were nominated.  These new board members are Thom Wilson,  Ann Love Judd,  and Daniel Turner to replace outgoing board members Guy Stanley, Shelby Andal, and Sarah Head.  JR Suter will complete the unexpired term being vacated by the resignation of Steve Haley for one year.
  • President Guy Stanley was presented with a personalized director’s chair as a token of appreciation for his many years of service to the RCP.

November, 2017

  • It was decided that The Hobbit be rescheduled from Spring to Fall (September) so we can do daytime performances for the schools.
  • Little Women is in its final week of rehearsals and will open next week! Everything is going well and the cast and crew are excited to open the show!
  • Season Ticket prices were set at $35, and will be printed and distributed shortly.  These will be available for purchase at  The Robertson County Chamber of Commerce.
  • The purchase of a new EV transmitter was approved.
  • It was decided that Shelby Andal continue to serve as webmaster and maintain the email account for the RCP going forward.
  • The RCP will sponsor Good Morning Robertson County on November 16, 2017.
  • Danny Atchley, with the Robertson County Historical Society, requested that anyone with memorabilia from previous years in RCP history be gathering these items.  They will be accepted after January 1 to possibly be included in the RCP 40th Anniversary Exhibition at the RCHS Museum.
  • 2 Season Tickets were donated to Westside Elementary PTO for their Christmas Event.
  • The nominating committee for 2018 Board Members presented their four nominees:  Ann Love Judd,  JR Suter, Thom Wilson, and Daniel Turner.
  • The 2017 Membership Meeting will take place at Aspire Co-Working in Springfield.

September, 2017

  • Beauty and the Beast, Jr. – Guy Stanley, director, reported that the cast is amazing and ages range from 4-17. Posters are ready to be hung around town, and t-shirts are being ordered for the kids to wear!
  • We have a booth next weekend on 9/16 at Taste of Country/Art in the Park. Some cast members from Beauty and the Beast, Jr. will be present and in costume to meet and greet. We will do ticket giveaways and sell tickets.
  • The Board of Directors approved the purchase of a seat in the SMS theater in memory of Melva Seay, Connie’s mother. This was presented to Connie during the meeting.
  • It was decided that The Robertson County Players will do three shows plus the kids camp in 2018.
  • Play submissions for the 2018 season were presented as follows:
    • 12 Angry Jurors – presented by Thom Wilson
    • Footloose – presented by Seth Brown
    • The Hobbit – presented by Jodi Deal and Daniel Turner
    • The Little Mermaid – presented by Rusty Riddle
    • Plaza Suite – presented by Montreal Fisher
    • Miracle on 34th Street – presented by Connie Smith

August, 2017

  • The SMS Theater restoration project is virtually complete! There are some final items that need to be finished before the Fire Marshall will approve occupancy, but we are hoping this is finished within the next week or so!
  • Beauty and the Beast, Jr – We will open September 30th and will host a Gala event as the “Grand Opening” of the theater! Dates for the production are Sept 30 @7pm, October 1 @1:30 & 4PM, Oct 5 and 6 @ 7pm
  • Little Women – Leslie Marberry was present to report that the production staff is set for auditions on September 2 from 12-4pm. Callbacks will be held September 3 from 2-5pm. Performance dates are set for the 2nd and 3rd weekends in November.
  • Rusty Riddle has invited everyone to attend a dramatic reading of Bill W. and Dr. Bob.  This will take place on August 31 at 7pm at Aspire CoWorking in Springfield.  Admission is pay what you can.

July, 2017

  • Sarah Ballentine reported on a successful Kids Camp. Discussions are already in the works regarding improvements that can be made for next year!
  • Our first weekend of Smokey Joe’s Cafe is in the books! We had great attendance and have had an overwhelming amount of positive feedback!
  • Danny Atchley was present to report on the Hal Aldridge 100th Birthday Display and Event – This event has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 24th. The Robertson County Players are proud to be a part of such a wonderful celebration for one of our founding members.
  • Beauty and the Beast, Jr. – Rusty Riddle reported that we have scripts for the show, and auditions are scheduled! Auditions will take place August 14 & 15 at 3:30PM at Springfield Middle School.
  • Little Women – Amber DeForest reported that Little Women auditions will be held Labor Day weekend.  Rehearsals will begin October 2nd.
  • 2018 Season Proposals – Anyone who wants to present a proposal for the 2018 season should email their intentions by August 31. Each will be invited to present their proposal at the September board meeting. The Season will be determined by a vote at the October board meeting.

June, 2017

  • Sarah Ballentine was present to report on the first day of camp! Everything is going great!
  • Smokey Joe’s Cafe – Things are chugging along for Smokey Joe’s! Tickets should be available at outlets by June 9th.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the RCP Board, and by SMS, Robertson County Schools, and the Robertson County School Board. This states that we have a formal understanding that the RCP’s home will be the soon-to-be-finished, newly renovated Springfield Middle School Theater.
  • Auditions for Beauty and the Beast, Jr. will be held on August 14 & 15 at 3:30PM. Anyone who is under the age of 18 may audition.
  • We will host a Grand Opening Gala for the Springfield Middle School on Sunday, September 30h.

May, 2017

  • Scholarships were awarded in the amount of $500 each to the following: Seth Brown, Lucy Shay, Cameron Sharooni, Alex Banta, Grace Shoemaker, and Kate Pierson.
  • Lunches have been secured from ten different restaurants in the Springfield area for RCP camp.

April, 2017

  • Three applicants have applied for the 2017 Scholarship. Applicants have a couple more weeks to get their applications in. Decisions will be made once all interested students have had a chance to apply!
  • The board unanimously approved a motion that we donate the full “playing it forward” account balance of $15,000 to the SMS S.E.A.T.S. Sponsorship Fund! More information to come!
  • The Haunting of Hill House – Jodi & Daniel were present to give their thank you to the board/cast/crew for all their work on Haunting of Hill House. The show was a huge success!
  • RCP Kids Camp / Kings Kids – Bakari King & Sarah Ballentine were present to discuss camp.  The dates are June 5-17. The fee for the camp will remain the same this year: $175 for the first child, and $125 for each child thereafter. We also will have a “camp nurse” this year! Applications have been created,  the poster is ready for print, and a parent meeting has been scheduled for June 4 at 3:00pm.
  • Smokey Joe’s Cafe – Auditions are May 20, with Callbacks on May 21.  Auditions will be held at Willow Oak Center for Arts and Learning. The show will run the weekends of July 6 and 13.
  • Beauty and the Beast, Jr. – The show will be held in September. We intend on coordinating the event with the grand opening of the SMS theatre.

March, 2017

  • New storage space has been secured for our props/building materials.
  • The Robertson County Players have agreed to sponsor a mini-grant Tammy West (Jo Byrns High Art Teacher) is applying for, for her students.
  • The Haunting of Hill House –Set is almost complete and expenses should not exceed $1000. The posters, t-shirts, and tickets are all available. The cast and crew are ready to go!
  • The RCP will donate 4 tickets to Community Christian School’s silent auction fundraiser, and will be donating a camp scholarship to Willow Oak’s silent fundraiser.

February, 2017

  • Danny Atchley presented a request from the Robertson County Historical Society that the RCP provide memorabilia from our early years for a display at the county museum featuring the arts in Robertson County.  He asked that Connie Smith and Judy Stanley assist in gathering this memorabilia.
  • All meetings going forward will be taking place on the FIRST Monday of each Month, beginning in March.
  • Scholarship Applications will be available before March, 1.
  • The Haunting of Hill House –  The cast is doing a phenomenal job! We have shot all promotional videos and photos, and will start publicizing these this week. Posters and Tickets should be ready to pick up within the week, and will be available to cast, crew, and Board Members for sale in a few days.
  • We will be having a booth at Art in the Park (now a part of Taste of Country) on September 6th.
  • The RCP provided 4 tickets, good for any showing of Hill House to Ebenezer Baptist Church ACTEENS for their silent auction fundraiser on February 18.

January, 2017

  • The new Board of Directors met for the first time this year and elected officers. The new Board and officers are as follows:
    • Guy Stanley – President
    • Shelby Andal – Vice President
    • Connie Smith – Secretary
    • Steve Haley – Treasurer
    • Karen Ballentine
    • Amber DeForest
    • Sarah Head
    • Deron Martel
    • Cheryl Southard
  • “The Haunting of Hill House” – Jodi Deal reported on the progress leading up to auditions on January 27 & 28.  March 24th’s show will be “Pay What You Can” night. Press releases are going out to all media about auditions
  • Sponsorship Committee: 2017 Season Sponsorships are for sale starting at $100 each!
  • The Board of Directors decided to have all 2017 meetings at ASPIRE CoWorking in Springfield

December, 2016

  • The 2016 Annual Membership Meeting was held. Approximately 40 people were in attendance.
  • Each of the directors (or producers) for the shows in 2017 gave a brief update/preview for their show.
  • We had an update from Ronny Noles, chairperson for the fundraising committee for SMS theatre renovations.
  • New Board Members were elected:  Connie Smith, Deron Martel, Cheryl Southard, Karen Ballentine


November, 2016

  • The RCP will have a booth for Christmas on the Square. Connie Smith and Stephanie Bradley will work together to decorate the booth and work that day.
  • We have received our 2017 season “rack cards” and marketing materials!
  • Connie will be doing publicity for all the shows in 2017, coordinating and working with each production team.
  • Springfield High School theatre teacher, Matt Pulley, along with RCP member Seth Brown were present. SHS will be doing “Little Shop of Horrors” in the Spring of 2017.  The Board voted to give SHS $500 in 2016, but it was never used.  Following their presentation, the board approved a motion to add an additional $300, for a total contribution of $800.  We also assured them that if we could help with construction supplies from our storage, costumes, or anything else, we’d be more than happy to do so.
  • Nominations Committee Report:  Karen Shoemaker (chair) is waiting to hear back from people the committee wants to recommend and will email the board as she has all the responses.
  • Annual Meeting: We have decided to hold the annual meeting at Willow Oak on Tuesday, December 13, at 7:00pm.
  • “The Haunting of Hill House”  – Daniel Turner (co-director) reported that all dates have been approved by SHS, and Cheryl Southard has agreed to be the ticket manager for this production.


October, 2016

  • The Robertson County Players will have a booth at the upcoming Christmas on the Square!
  • Season tickets will become available at $50 each at the Chamber of Commerce, Holman Jewelers, and White’s Jewelers.
  • The 2017 Season has been selected! The season will include:
    • The Haunting of Hill House
    • Kids Camp
    • Smokey Joe’s Cafe
    • Beauty and the Beast, Junior
    • Little Women
  • We will begin seeking Sponsors for our 2017 season soon!
  • A Nominating Committee was selected for the 2017 Board of Directors.  The committee consists of Karen Shoemaker (chair), Steve Haley, and Shelby Andal.
  • The tentative date for the Annual Membership Meeting is December 12 at Springfield High School at 7PM.

September, 2016

  • Play submissions for the 2017 season were presented as follows:
    • “August Osage County” – presented by Leslie Marberry for Spring 2017
    • “Assassins” – presented by Leslie Marberry & Seth Brown for Spring 2017
    • “Little Women” – presented by Leslie Marberry for Christmas, 2017
    • “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” (musical) – presented by Shelby Andal for Summer, 2017
    • “Miracle on 34th Street” (musical) – presented by Connie Smith for Summer, 2017
    • “The Haunting of Hill House” – presented by Daniel Turner and Jodi Deal
    • “Beauty & the Beast, Junior” – presented by Rusty Riddle
    • “Our Town” – presented by Rusty Riddle
    • “Game of Tiaras” – presented by Montreal Fisher
  • Votes will be cast by secret ballot at the October meeting, ranking the 9 shows from 1-9 with 1 being the show we want most to produce, and 9 being the show we least want to produce. (This voting decision was amended by an email decision to vote via email with Secretary Karen Shoemaker receiving the votes and tallying them in order to publish the 2017 season in the “Sweeney Todd” programs, which go to press prior to the October meeting.
  • Anne of Green Gables: Financially and artistically, the show was a success!
  • Sweeney Todd: Rehearsals are going very well!

August, 2016

  • Springfield Middle School Auditorium Restoration Project:  We had much discussion about fundraising options! Stay tuned for more information!
  • Anne of Green Gables:  The set is being built and painted this week! Almost everything in the set has been recycled from past shows in an effort to keep costs down. Rehearsals are going great and the actors are doing a wonderful job!  We will be honoring Elsie Barbee from Murningside’s Dream to be in a play by giving her a non-speaking walk on role in the performances.  Student performances will be in the morning, likely on September 12, and performances for paying SHS students will be in the afternoon.
  • Sweeney Todd:  We had an excellent, VERY talented group turn out for auditions this past weekend! We saw lots of new faces!  The cast has been chosen and emailed, and all principal roles have been accepted.  The total cast will be about 17 people and a large crew.  Rehearsals start this week with Shane Shoemaker as vocal director.
  • Springfield Middle Adopt A Teacher Program:  We have decided to adopt Mr. Wiggins, the SMS band director for the 2016-2017 school year’s SMAAT program.


July, 2016

  • Anne of Green Gables: Everything is going great! No problems so far!
  • Sweeney Todd: We will be looking at new ways to publicize this production and reach a younger audience in addition to our standard marketing.
  • Pay What You Can Night:  We have implemented a PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT! This will begin the second weekend of Sweeney Todd on Thursday night. We will continue this practice for all future shows as well! There will be a suggested rate of $15, but whatever a person can give will get them in the door!
  • 2017 Camp: Plans are already in discussion for the 2017 Kids Camp!
  • 2017 Submissions:  Submissions for the 2017 season will be accepted soon! All submissions must be emailed or given to the Board ( by August 31, 2016 to be considered. Submitters will have the option (suggested) to make a presentation at the September Board meeting.  The Board will vote before the October meeting, and the 2017 season will be announced on opening night of Sweeney Todd!


June, 2016

  • Theater Camp: We have at least 31 campers this year! We aren’t finished adding campers yet. Camp starts June 13.
  • Anne of Green Gables: Auditions will be held July 1 and 2 at Springfield High School. Performances for the schools are scheduled on Monday, September 12.
  • RCP’s Americal Associate of Community Theaters and ASCAP licenses have been renewed for 2016-2017.


May, 2016

  • We had a short meeting this month to celebrate our 2016 Scholarship recipient!
  • Kaitlynn Logsdon is the 2016 recipient of the RCP Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.  She will be attending Western Kentucky University in the fall, and has appeared in three plays with the RCP: Anne Frank, Big River, and Fiddler on the Roof. 


  • Kids Camp: We’ve had 11 applicants so far, which is great for this early on! Sarah Ballentine, Assistant Director, held an organizational meeting this past Sunday for adults who will be helping with the camp.
  • The board approved a request to sponsor the United Way “Amazing Race” at a cost of $250, which will have our logo on the back of t-shirts worn by participants.


April , 2016

  • Scholarship Committee:  The Board has chosen a recipient for the 2016 Robertson County Players Scholarship! Stay tuned for more details!
  • Oklahoma!: We had a fabulous turn-out for auditions, and will begin rehearsing Monday, April 25.
  • Kids Camp: Insurance has been approved and secured by the Board. We will be getting details in backpacks throughout the county over the next two or three weeks. We’ve had several children sign up already, and are looking forward to an exciting 2016 Camp!
  • The Board agreed unanimously that we will be putting highlights for all meetings on the website within 10 days of each meeting, and will be meeting on every second Monday of the month through the end of the year.


March, 2016

  • The Man Who Came to Dinner: We wrapped up performances this month. We had a wonderful cast and crew who worked very hard to put on an excellent show.  Ticket sales were down from previous shows, but overall the show was a success!
  • Sponsorship Committee: A positive report from the sponsorship committee chairperson, Amber DeForest, shows that nearly all sponsorships have been renewed from 2015, including our Season Sponsor, Reliant Bank! We’ve also added some new sponsors this year as well.
  • Kids Camp: Sarah Ballentine, Assistant Director, has finished putting the applications together, and is working on getting some crafts and other activities for this summer’s camp! She’s also working on a “theme day” list for the kids to have fun dressing up throughout the weeks of camp.
  • Anne of Green Gables: Production meetings have begun. Joseph Nicholson and David Bliss have agreed to run lights and sound, and Pamela Gregory has signed on board to be the Stage Manager for this show!
  • Sweeney Todd: Everyone is very excited to be involved in this show. Blocking and prop lists have almost been completed.
  • Willow Oak Center For Arts & Learning is providing 380 art classes for middle schoolers in the Robertson County area.  They have asked for volunteers, and are selling t-shirts with proceedings going toward art supplies.  A motion was made and unanimously approved that The Robertson County Players donate $500 to Willow Oak to go toward this project.


February, 2016

  • The Board approved funding for Community Christian School’s set for their production of Annie! We will be re-using these set items for our Kids Camp in June.  The Board also approved their request to borrow microphones for this production.
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner – Rehearsals are going well and the season ticket outlets will get their tickets on Wednesday of this week!
  • Oklahoma! – Auditions will be held April 16.
  • Sweeney Todd – Stephanie Brown has agreed to design the set, and poster art is in the works.
  • Connie Smith visited the Board to let us know that she will be heading up publicity for every production this year.  She’s getting us set up for Taste of Country, and to do presentations for Retired Teachers, and Kiwanis, and Rotary clubs for each show.
  • Kid’s Camp – We have a committee formed to take care of Kids Camp this year, and are working on details already! Camp will begin June 13, with final performances on June 25.  We will have applications on the website soon!


January, 2016

  • The new Board of Directors met for the first time this year and elected officers. The new Board and officers are as follows:
    • Guy Stanley – President
    • Shelby Andal – Vice President
    • Karen Shoemaker – Secretary
    • Marissa Hardee – Treasurer
    • Karen Ballentine
    • Stephanie Bradley
    • Amber DeForest
    • Sarah Head
    • Steve Haley
  • Sponsorship Committee:  Amber DeForest volunteered as chairperson for the Sponsorship Committee, and is putting a group of members together to help sell season sponsorships starting at $100 per business/individual or family.
  • The Board authorized Rusty Riddle to purchase two flatscreen monitors for our lighting program.
  • Oklahoma!  – Auditions will be held April 16. The production starts June 9.
  • Kids Camp – Camp is set for June 13. It will be $175 per child with a $50 sibling discount for additional children in a single family. The performance will be held on June 25.
  • Anne of Green Gables – Sarah Head has agreed to produce, and we will be performing for the schools!
  • Sweeney Todd – Auditions will be held in August, and the show will be performed in October.
  • Scholarship Committee:  Steve Haley volunteered as chairperson for the Scholarship Committee. Steve has plenty of experience, as he also serves on the Robertson County Scholarship Committee. The Board approved a motion that we give at least one $1,000.00 scholarship in 2016.