On Saturday night, The Neely Theatre marquee once again lit the streets of downtown Oneonta as the Covered Bridge Players celebrated the opening of its next chapter. Just a few weeks ago, the group announced the partnership with The Neely School of Music giving the group a new place to showcase the multitude of talent in Blount County and surrounding areas.
“It was a dream come true,” CBP posted on their official Facebook page. “The Covered Bridge Players ended our evening with an official ribbon cutting! We say it often because we mean it: THANK YOU. Thank you to the audience. Thank you to community members. Thank you to our donors. Thank you to our season ticket holders. Thank you to every director, actor, sound and light board operator, stage manager, and volunteer.
“Thank you to Deborah Sarcinelli and The Neely Arts Center. This is the beginning of a new chapter, and we would be honored if you would join us! The future is bright for CBP!”
Of the partnership, Sarcinelli, owner of the Neely, said, “I am thrilled for this collaboration, and I believe it’s the start of something even bigger. I honestly feel that this building is meant for so much more, and I believe this move is a catalyst for the next step.”
CBP opens the 2020 season this weekend as they bring “The Outsider” to life on the Neely stage. A few tickets are still available for this Saturday’s 2 p.m. performance and Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. Call 205- 274-SHOW for tickets.