Making the Magic Happen
Theatre Guild Marks 60-Year Milestone
“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Vero Beach Theatre Guild, now celebrating its 60th season,” says an enthusiastic Jon Putzke as he greets the audience. As president of the volunteer-driven community theater, he has every reason to be excited about where the Guild has been, where it is now and what the future holds.
Putzke is a firm believer in the magic of theater. So, too, are the nonprofit organization’s members, who since 1958 have presented more than 355 main stage productions, 30 ESPs (extra special productions), 73 Reader’s Theatre productions, numerous fundraising concerts and workshops for adults and children.
Whether performing onstage or working in the wings, those who are part of what is fondly referred to as “The Guild Family” play vital roles. Without someone directing, producing, designing and building sets, painting scenery, fine-tuning lights and sound equipment, gathering props, fitting costumes, applying makeup, answering phones and taking tickets, the show couldn’t go on.
And go on it does, to the delight of appreciative audiences who leap to their feet applauding as the final curtain falls. Last season 11,550 people walked through the doors of the theater on San Juan Avenue, their anticipation high. They were not disappointed.