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Doug Yetter, Artistic Director 
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Clear Space Celebrates Ten Years

CLEAR SPACE THEATRE CELEBRATES A MILESTONE

And

ANNOUNCES A $10,000 CHALLENGE


On September 13, 2014, Clear Space Theatre will be marking the 10th anniversary of bringing live theatre and performing arts education to the residents of Sussex County.  “These 10 years have been an exciting journey for everyone,” said Chris Berg, Chair of the Board of Directors, “for actors, directors, volunteers students, but most of all for the audiences who have enjoyed an array of Clear Space productions ranging from HELLO DOLLY, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, CHICAGO, OUR TOWN, MOUSETRAP, THE ODD COUPLE (female version) and most recently CAMELOT. “

To mark this milestone, Clear Space will be hosting a gala on September 13, 2014 – a “Casual Black Tie and Barefoot” dinner party catered by Nage with dancing to the Funsters at the Indian River Life Saving Station.  It will be a fun and fundraising event looking to the next 10 years.  It will also be a celebration of the community’s continued investment in performing arts and its appreciation for what the arts contribute to local businesses, craftsmen and others, especially to those in the hospitality industry.

Kay Ryan of Bethany Beach, Vice Chair of the Board and immediate past Board Chair and long term supporter of Clear Space is encouraging the community’s continued investment by making a $10,000 challenge grant .  The challenge is to be matched by a $10,000 donor in support of the gala.   Ryan says: “I am proud and confident of the vitality Clear Space brings to the community.”  In this she is joined by Clear Space’s Executive Director, Wesley Paulson, who adds “I am excited about the recognition and support Clear Space receives from the community and I look forward to the company’s growth.”



Clear Space Begins 10th Year with New Officers and Awards

Founded in 2004, Clear Space Theatre embarks on its 10th Anniversary season with new officers and fifteen awards recognizing artistic achievements in 2013.

After three years as chair of the Clear Space board of directors, Kay Ryan of Bethany Beach has turned over the leadership of the board to Chris Berg, a resident of Rehoboth Beach.  Following the recent election of new officers, Kay Ryan will continue to serve as vice chair of the board.  Curtis Christensen, a resident of Cadbury in Lewes, was elected as the board’s new treasurer.  Joan Thomas, also of Bethany Beach, will continue to serve as the board’s secretary.  “I am grateful for Kay’s leadership of the board”, said Wesley Paulson, Executive Director of Clear Space.  Paulson adds “Kay was the right person at the right time, and guided the company through a restructuring of the organization, while maintaining the Company’s focus on providing a quality performing arts experience for the community.”

While welcoming new officers, Clear Space also received recognition from BroadwayWorld.com for artistic achievements in 2013, garnering the top award in 15 out of 27 categories. The full listing of awards may be found at http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/2013-BroadwayWorld-Delaware-awards.

These 15 awards included:

Best Actress in a Musical (Professional)
Abby Toomey - 9 TO 5 - Clear Space Theatre Company

Best Actress in a Play (Professional)
Cheryl Graves - The Foreigner - Clear Space Theatre Company

Best Choreography (Professional)
Shondelle Alessi-Graulich - Radio Gaga - Clear Space Theatre Company

Best Costume Design (Professional)
Nancy Alexander - 9 TO 5 - Clear Space Theatre Company

Best Director of a Musical (Professional)
David Button - 9 TO 5 - Clear Space Theatre Company

Best Ensemble Performance in a play
The Foreigner - Clear Space Theatre Company

Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Mary O'Neill - Sound of Music - Clear Space Theatre Company

Best Featured Actress in a Play
Erin Williams - The Foreigner - Clear Space Theatre Company

Best Lighting Design (Professional)
Brendan Smith - Radio Gaga - Clear Space Theatre Company

Best Musical (Professional)
9 TO 5 - Clear Space Theatre Company

Best New Work (Professional)
David Button - Radio Gaga - Clear Space Theatre

Best Set Design (Professional)
Kevin Smith - The Foreigner – Clear Space Theatre Company

Best Sound Design (Professional)
Kevin Carter - Radio Gaga - Clear Space Theatre Company

Best Younger Actor (under age 25)
Hunter Graves - La Cage aux Folles - Clear Space Theatre Company

Best Younger Actress (under age 25)
Dallas Diguiglielmo - Really Rosie - Clear Space Theatre Company


Doug Yetter, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Clear Space Theatre Company, said “2013 was a terrific season for CSTC, and having the artistic quality of our actors and creative teams’ work recognized is a wonderful tribute. Knowing that our shows were recognized for every aspect of production is especially rewarding.”

Clear Space Theatre began its 10th Season on January 31, 2014 with a production of the female version of Neil Simon’s THE ODD COUPLE.

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Office and participation in all activities, programs and benefits of Clear Space Theatre Company, Inc. shall be open without regard to age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Clear Space Theatre Company, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tax Identification number 20-1712916.

Clear Space Theatre Company partners with Art-Reach to “Share the Experience” providing free or discounted tickets or admissions to Art-Reach member agencies that serve people with disabilities or economic disadvantages.

Tenth Anniversary Celebration

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"Casual Black Tie and Barefoot"
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Wesley Paulson, Executive Director

Wesley Paulson,
Executive Director

Doug Yetter, Artistic Director

Doug Yetter,
Artistic Director


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