OCP ‘Broadway’ fundraiser dedicated to Hattman
Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
ORANGE — The show must go on, and, for the shows to continue at OCP, funds are needed to maintain the facility and provide needed materials and items for the cast, crew and membership.
The members of the Orange Community Players invite the public to attend its annual fundraising event, the eighth annual “Broadway Fun for Funds,” which will be held at 7:37 p.m., nightly, Thursday, June 14, through Saturday, June 16, at the Orange Community Playhouse, 708 W. Division St. in downtown Orange. Tickets are $25 per person and reservations are required by calling 409-882-9137. Wine, punch and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Desserts and coffee will be served at admission.
The fundraiser event is being directed by Brook Doss, a well-known member of the OCP family, both on stage and behind the scenes.
The purpose of the event, as always, is to generate funds for the continued needs and improvement of the facility.
“That’s how this event started,” Doss said. “It was an idea we had to raise money to help make improvements at the theater. We needed new flooring, and we didn’t have a way to pay for it.”
The annual event features a cast of dozens of all ages and experience levels as they sing, dance and make you laugh. Doss said this year’s group is one of largest ever.
“Our ‘Broadway Fun for Funds’ event has proven to be a real favorite of our patrons each year,” Doss explained. “We always have a lot of new actors on stage, but a lot of our veteran actors come back for this too. You never know who is coming out on stage next.”
This year’s event is bittersweet for Doss and many of the cast and crew as the fundraiser is being dedicated to the memory of Jeff Hattman, a founding member of the Orange Community Players who died unexpectedly this past May. “We wanted to do a really special event in Jeff’s memory,” Doss said. “It’s amazing how many people knew her.”
Doss said nearly every song and dance routine in the show is done from a production which Hattman directed at one time or another during her involvement with OCP and as an educator with the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District.
“I spent a lot more time this year than ever to make sure we had the right songs,” Doss said. “A lot of her old students from her days teaching theater are in the show singing some of those same songs they did all those years ago. It’s amazing how much she touched people.
I knew her my whole life because my mother taught with her,” Doss continued. “She was one of my mentors, and this is a way I can show my love for her.”