On December 12, 2018, the Wesley Players took their final bow following a performance for the Retired Federal Workers, culminating 21 years of inspiring performances by this talented group of actors. "It has been my profound honor and pleasure to have directed this group for all of these years. I am grateful to have been given this opportunity", Linda Lundberg, Director. "I have retired from my "day job" in Hutchinson and will be moving out of the area, so I regrettably must retire from the Wesley Players."
I began my employment with Wesley Towers in 1996 as a part-time activities driver. When Activities Director, Nevada Dauber, hired me for this position, she saw that my resume included directing theatre groups and asked if I would be interested in forming a group at Wesley Towers. As I drove the residents to area activities and got to know them, I realized some of them were real characters and together we decided to give it a go and the Wesley Players were born. I soon discovered there wasn't much material available to perform, so with the Players as inspiration, I began writing scripts for them - a collection which now totals 60 plays.
The Wesley Players have performed for many area clubs and organizations, held public performances at Evans Chapel, and traveled to many surrounding communities as far away as Salina and Wichita. In 2001, when they received the Award of Excellence from the Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (KAHSA), I was a speaker at the annual meeting of Activities Directors and the Players performed at the annual CEO's meeting. They received a standing ovation and we felt like we'd won an Academy Award!
I am extremely proud to have been associated with Wesley Towers, and blessed to have had each of the Wesley Players in my life. Through many changes and losses over the years, this group held fast to the adage "the show must go on!", and as true actors, they picked up and carried on, sometimes stepping in to cover a role at the last minute in a performance. Time marches on, and eventually the final curtain must come down. I give thanks and wish the best to each of my Players and the entire Wesley Towers community. There's no business like show business!
Thanks for the memories. ~Linda Lundberg, Director
Wesley Players over the years ....
Current Wesley Players:
Vada Ambler, Sally Hamilton, Lola Shanley, Barbara Zody
Enid Gumm, Jerry Gumm & Sylvia Quint
Original Cast of 12, performance September 4, 1997:
Marguerete Blunt, Patt Goss, Ruthelma Meador, Marj Elliott,
Leola Greever, Elma Murphy, Nancy Ester, Dorothy Johnston,
Luella Rothe, Dorothy Fontron, Melba Long & Pat Woolfolk
Additional Wesley Players members 1997-2018:
Betty Allen, Mary Fry, Iris Seyb, Rachel Anschutz, John Griggs,
Joyce Griggs, Ethel Shuff, Elaine Applegate, Sue Smith, Marie Barker,
Glenola Hallgren, Charles Spencer, Lillian Benjamin, Thelma Starr,
Dorothy Johnson, Glenn Johnson, Virginia Bohannon, Marcella Stitt,
Ferne Bowersox, Mary Kesperis, Bob Strand, Margaret Cain,
Marjory McReynolds, Maxine Stremel, Iris Decker, Elizabeth Mettling,
Duane VanHorn, Elva Embree, Gladys Mosier, Mary Ward, Bob English,
Irl Palmer, Carol Wonderlich, Armour Evans, Charlene Powell, Wally Yust,
Catherine Yust, Neva Finney, Ruth Schmidt, Jerry Forker & Nola Schott