When it comes to a play, the volunteers at Spanish Trail Playhouse make the production.
“We could not make it without our volunteers,” said Inell Reeves, office manager and secretary at Spanish Trail Playhouse, 680 Second Street. “It is a time commitment and we have people who set up the set for every play and musical.”
“We’re a family,” she added.
From stage lighting and sound to makeup and the cast, volunteers touch every part of each production. Incorporated in 2007, Spanish Trail Playhouse is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
“It’s a good atmosphere, a good help in the community,” Reeves. “It’s just a wonderful atmosphere.”
The organization is housed at the old Chipley High School and has boasted 12 seasons.
Volunteering has its perks.
Joy Hobbs, a recently graduated home school senior, was the recipient of the playhouse’s $1,000 scholarship given out annually to a Washington County senior who has volunteered.
“We have people that couldn’t afford to go to college, unless they were given help,” Reeves said. “We are happy to do that,” she added regarding awarding the scholarship.
She noted individuals as young as 16 years old may volunteer.
Not only students volunteer. Lee Shook is in his eight season and has performed in many roles after retiring from 20 years as an accounting professor at Chipola College.
Free seats on production days are available to volunteers, as well as, sponsors. The playhouse is funded entirely by its nearly 150 sponsors and private donations.
Different levels of sponsorships between $100-$5,000 are available.
For more information about volunteering, the scholarship program or becoming a sponsor, contact Reeves at 638-9113. Visit Spanish Trail Playhouse online at www.spanishtrailplayhouse.com.