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Millbrook’s Script Club is for a ‘community of theatre lovers’

MILL HALL — Even though the most avid theatregoer may not have known it was gone, Millbrook Playhouse announced that the “Script Club is back!”

As David Leidholdt, artistic director, has seen the 2020 summer season canceled because of COVID-19, Brandon Fillete’s one man show “Grand Legends” will be presented in August.

One of the efforts to keep the summer stock theatre in the forefront of theatregoers’ minds, Millbrook recently presented a virtual reunion of its popular production of Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies.”

Now as an additional measure, Leidholdt has rejuvenated Millbrook’s Script Club, which he originally formed in September 2017.

The first session of the Script Club will be held at 6:30 p.m. on July 15 at Millbrook Playhouse, 258 Country Club Lane. Thereafter, club members will gather once a month, either online or in-person, if permitted, in a relaxed and social setting. Scripts to be discussed and read will be chosen by the Millbrook staff.

Leidholdt compares the Script Club as set up a little like the popular book clubs. The new Script Club is a “community of theatre lovers, dedicated to reading new plays and published scripts for pleasure, enlightenment and education.”

“The objective is to seek out potential shows for Millbrook production, introduce new works including diverse literature and perspectives, as well as encourage the development of local writers,” Leidholdt said.

Interestingly, Millbrook’s canceled 2020 summer season included two Cabaret productions that are, if not newly released, at least unfamiliar titles to most theatregoers. Both the smaller-scaled “The Cake” and “Popcorn Falls” fit Leidholdt’s definition of “new plays.”

Leidholdt, who will administer the Script Club program, emphasizes that members attending are “free to bring a snack or a drink to share.”

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