By Jason A. Smith
Members of The Henry Players theatre group are preparing to lace up their bowling shoes for an inaugural event benefiting their acting troupe.
The Players will hold a bowling tournament fund-raiser July 17, at 1 p.m., at Pin Strikes lanes, located at 3478 Mt. Zion Road in Stockbridge.
Registration for the tournament is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., and bowling will start at 1 p.m. The cost to register is $30 per person, or $125 for a team of five people.
Prizes will be awarded to individuals, teams and children during the event.
Rebecca Dingbaum, president of the Henry Players, and an occasional director of local stage productions, said she hopes the tournament will enable the organization to continue providing affordable entertainment for area families.
"The cost of shows has gone up," Dingbaum said. "Bowling is an indoor activity that is fun for all ages, so it's a great way for families to participate, to help us raise money and to get out of the heat."
Teresa Moor, a Players' board of directors member and incoming fund-raising chairperson for the 2011 season, is using the tournament concept for her group after participating in a similar event with a different organization.
She said the event is designed to reward those who raise money, regardless of their bowling abilities.
"If you raise $1,000, you get a perfect bowling score of 300 for your third game," she said. "If you're not a great bowler, but you raise a lot of money, and you go up against a good bowler that raised very little money, you can still win.
"We want people to raise money, but whether they raise money or not, we want them to come out and enjoy themselves," Moore added.
The Players present five productions each year, including two plays with dialogue only, and three musicals. Putting a production together is a costly venture, noted Moore.
"On average, it costs the Players $10,000 to $15,000 per show," Moore continued. "That includes all royalties, building of sets, costumes -- anything that's needed for the show. We're trying to avoid raising our ticket prices, but to continue to bring Broadway to Henry County with high-quality shows."
For more information about the tournament, contact Teresa Moore at (770) 366-0098, or Denise McKee at (770) 313-1192.