Theatre Association of NewYork State For more information ... visit us on the web at ... Inside This Issue: Front Cover - President's Letter Pg. 2 - Note from TANYS Adminis- trative Secretary Pg. 4 - Festival Results Pg. 5 - Festival Results (Cont’d) Pg. 6 - Message from Bob Frame Pg. 7 - BMI Entries Needed Pg. 8 - Contact TANYS Pg. 9 - Members & Sponsors Pg. 10 - Membership Levels Pg. 11 - Renew Now for 2018 Dear Members, As the new president, I feel that I should introduce myself. I have been in- volved in community theatre almost my whole life and have actually served on the TANYS board for the last 20 years, starting when they created the position of administrative secretary and hired me. It was a crazy initiation into TANYS, but I have never regretted it. I have always felt that commu- nity theatre is an important part of our society just as theatre in general is an important part of our world. I think that now, more than ever, theatre is needed in our lives. We need it to feel human, to communicate, to learn about ourselves and the world around us. It helps us confront the problems in society and make some sense out of the craziness of the world. We had another successful festival in November – congratulations to all the participants! Special thanks to Ann Frame and her festival committee and the generosity of Bob Frame and Cayuga Community College! This com- mittee works hard all year long planning and working to make sure we have a weekend to enjoy and celebrate theatre. If you would like to help out, in any way, with the festival’s success, please contact me. There is always room for more helpers! On that note, the original intent of the TANYS board was that the festival would move to different parts of the state on a two year rotating basis. We would love to be able to move the festival to your part of the state – north, south, east or west – so that it gives everyone a chance to have the festival closer to them and avoid overusing one area. This is the current issue we are having. Auburn has been the home to the festival for several years now since we have had no other regions offering to step up and host a festival. As anyone would expect, a festival of this size will “burn out” the generosity of the local merchants who donate food and other items, in addition to the committee members who work tirelessly all year, especially around and on festival weekend. It is with this thought that I beg you all to take a look at your area, with your theatre group, and consider hosting a festival. It’s a large responsibility, but it’s not impossible. We all want this fantastic, fun and fulfilling event to continue so it’s imperative that we find other places for the festival. If you have questions about hosting a festival, please contact me or any other board member. We will be happy to assist and answer any questions you might have. If you have any questions, ideas or other comments involving TANYS and/ or the festival please feel free to contact me. I know that ultimately, we all want TANYS to grow and flourish! Colleen Law-Tefft, TANYS President Callboard - Issue 1 • Spring 2018