The Court House Players
P.O. Box 643
Gloucester VA 23061
Mission Statement
Our mission is to create quality live theater for the citizens of the Middle Peninsula and surrounding areas. The Court House Players (CHP) acts as an outlet to provide opportunities for individuals to express their talents both on and off the stage. CHP maintains an open door policy and welcomes everyone. We are dedicated to providing learning opportunities in theater traditions, values and skills.
 
 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Kevin Gentry
Board Chair Kevin Gentry
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 643
Gloucester, VA 23061
Telephone 804 725-0474
Fax 0 000-0000
E-mail thecourthouseplayers@gmail.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1994
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $55,500.00
Projected Expenses $48,300.00
Statements
Mission
Our mission is to create quality live theater for the citizens of the Middle Peninsula and surrounding areas. The Court House Players (CHP) acts as an outlet to provide opportunities for individuals to express their talents both on and off the stage. CHP maintains an open door policy and welcomes everyone. We are dedicated to providing learning opportunities in theater traditions, values and skills.
 
 
Impact

The Court House Players had an exciting 2016.  We sold a piece of property that had been donated to us years ago but was of limited utility.  With the proceeds, we were able to build a storage/set construction building on existing property that we own.  This new space allows us to organize our set pieces, props, and costumes so that they can be found when needed.  In addition, the large space means that large set construction is much easier.  

CHP is dedicated to making theater accessible to children. It provides two week-long summer residency camps for over 130 children each year. These camps, utilize the Missoula Children's Theatre program to bring a full musical production with costumes and sets from auditions to show in a week. The Children's Committee moved one of it's summer camps from Gloucester County to Mathews County due to issues with the facility we were using.  We were concerned it would affect attendance, but it turned out to be a very positive change.  The school system is Mathews County is very supportive of our camps allowing us to utilize space in the school for a reduced cost.  Not only are we saving money, but the space is much better suited to our summer camps and we were still able to fill it.
 
In addition, CHP is staging two dinner theater shows, a musical, and a children's production.  The first dinner theater is a comedy about world peace called "The Day They Kidnapped the Pope." This summer a psychological thriller, "Proof" will be performed.  Our all children's production this year is "Elf" and it is in rehearsals. In the fall, the musical "Sister Act" will be staged.
Needs
CHP's most pressing need is to increase attendance at our shows. Ticket sales and concessions not only have to fund future shows but also the organization's general operating expenses. Low attendance at recent shows has reduced our income. The shows have been fantastic but getting the word out has not been successful.
 
Obtaining a theater. For over 35 years, CHP has been without a home of it's own. It is likely that staging shows in various locations around the Middle Peninsula has recently had an effect on attendance. It is difficult to build sets at one site and then have to move them to where the show is taking place. Lighting and sound equipment, costumes, props, and many other items have to be moved before and after a show. CHP would like to either build a theater on land they already own or obtain a building on Main St. in Gloucester. The new storage/set construction building was a step toward this goal.
 
Increase volunteers. During shows, the number of volunteers can range from 50-100 people each night. That includes performers, the production crew, the orchestra, the house crew and for dinner theaters serving and clean up crews.  Too often the people responsible for the shows are also the ones running the business side of the organization. It is difficult to juggle. 
Background

The Court House Players is a nonprofit community theater group, serving the tri-county area of Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex for 35 years. The group has been designated a 501(c)(3) corporation by the IRS for over 20 years. In 1979, four couples interested in theater put their heads together and decided to organize a theater group. This was the first, and to this date, the only such organization in the tri-county area. In 1980, the group mounted its first production, but it took five years before ticket receipts actually began paying for shows.

In 2001, a need for more youth involvement was discussed and a Youth Theater committee was created in order to mentor new, young members both behind the scenes and in front of the curtain during a live theater production. This was the beginning of CHP's sponsorship of the Missoula Children's Theater week long summer camps. In its 35-year history, Court House Players has performed over 100 shows ranging from Pulitzer prize winners to comedies to children's theater and major musicals; we have sponsored over 40 Missoula Children's Theater productions. We have had 18 different directors and thousands of participants - all volunteers. CHP has played to over 100,000 people from Washington, D.C. to Norfolk.
 The year 2016 saw the construction of our first dedicated building designed by CHP for the vital purpose of storage of sets, props, and costumes and set construction. 
Board Chair Statement

The Court House Players is an all-volunteer community theatre organization which is now entering its 38th season.   Since its inception CHP volunteers have built and painted sets in garages, cow pastures, empty store houses with no heat or plumbing, and rehearsed in living rooms, storefronts, gymnasiums, schools and churches.  Since we have no permanent home, our shows have performed in 29 different venues.  This means that everything, including staging, costumes, props, set pieces, and lighting equipment must be hauled to the locations and in most cases the stage itself must be constructed.  Due to the high cost of rent, we cannot afford to perform our shows for more than one weekend in any one location.  In 2002, CHP purchased property with the hope of building a performing arts center. So far, raising funds has taken a back seat to continuing our actual productions.  However, the new storage and set construction building was a step toward our ultimate goal.

CHP members come from every walk of life and every age group. The one thing we all have in common is a love of theatre. All are welcome to join and all of our auditions are open to everyone. Someday we hope to realize our dream of a theatre of our own so that we can continue to do what we love.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Gloucester County
Lancaster County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
Northern Neck
The Middle Peninsula, VA and surrounding areas.
Board Chair
Board Chair Kevin Gentry
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term June 2015 to June 2017
Email kevinkev1970@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Christine Britton Community Volunteer
Ms. Christine Britton Community Volunteer
Mr. John Dempsey Community Volunteer
Ms. Suanne Dittmeier Community Volunteer
Mr. Kevin Gentry Community Volunteer
Ms. Karen Hutchens Community Volunteer
Ms. Lynn Jaeger Community Volunteer
Ms. Anita Minuth Community Volunteer
Ms. Melissa Polonsky Community Volunteer
Ms. Pamela Thompson Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 89
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Standing Committees
Youth
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Youth Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Julie Blake Community Volunteer
Karen Hutchens Community Volunteer
Lynn Jaeger Community Volunteer
Heather King Community Volunteer
Donna Milligan Community Volunteer
Pamela Thompson Community Volunteer
Aryah Williams Community Volunteer
Comments
   
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Kevin Gentry
Experience An avid student of the theatre, Kevin began his dramatic career almost thirty years ago on a high school stage. Currently, he has been volunteering and performing with Court House Players since 2012. Since joining CHP he's had the opportunity to work in almost all areas of their theatre enterprise, soup to nuts. He is passionate about local theatre and honored and humbled to preside over such a fine organization. Kevin is also the Director of Information Technology for Middlesex County and does computer consulting in his spare time.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Brittany Haywood June 2011 -
Ms. Catherine Witty June 2013 - June 2015
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description Our mission is to cultivate a respect and interest for the arts in the Middle Peninsula's youth. The Court House Player's children's program acts as an outlet to provide opportunities for individuals to express their talents both on and off the stage. We are dedicated to providing learning opportunities in theater traditions, values and skills.
Population Served Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Budget $10,000.00
Description Our mission is to create quality live theatre for the citizens of the Middle Peninsula and surrounding areas. The Court House Players acts as an outlet to provide opportunities for individuals to express their talents both on and off the stage. CHP maintains an open door policy and welcomes everyone. We are dedicated to providing learning opportunities in theater traditions, values and skills.
Population Served General Public/Unspecified
Budget $15,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $55,500.00
Projected Expenses $48,300.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$47,500$50,103$40,197
Administration Expense$19,219$6,389$6,025
Fundraising Expense$0$2,897$4,863
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.300.900.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%84%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%42%124%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$204,146$137,677$143,322
Current Assets$113,520$35,577$33,866
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$204,146$136,677$143,322
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To raise money to build a theater building to provide a permanent residence for The Court House Players.
Goal $250,000.00
Dates Nov 2014 to Dec 2018
Amount Raised To Date $19,215.00
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2015View
Comments
Organization Comments
The year 2016 was an exciting one for Court House Players!  The negative funds shown in our profit/lost statement is due to a change in facilities.  We sold a piece of property that had been donated to us many years ago but was of limited use.  With the funds, we were able to construct a new storage/set construction building on existing property that we own.  The money from the property sale was placed in our building fund and then transferred to our general account to pay the builders which resulted in our statement showing a large loss. 
 
In fact, it is a huge gain for CHP. This building will allow us to better organize set pieces, props, and costumes for productions.  In addition, it provides space for construction of large sets, something that has been difficult in the space that we leased for that purpose.  We plan to give up the lease on our commercial space saving CHP additional funds over time.  
 
Aside from the building, we did show a slight profit in 2016.  However, increasing costs of goods and services has increased the overall cost of producing shows at a time when attendance has decreased due to reduced disposable incomes and the easy availability of other entertainment.  Overall, the shows are still profitable, but the margin has gotten significantly smaller. CHP is working to increase attendance through increased awareness in the community and marketing.  
Foundation Comments
  • If an organization has gross receipts less than $200,000 and total assets at the end of the tax year less than $500,000, it can choose to file Form 990-EZ.