PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” â€śAll the worldâ€™s a stage,â€ť according to Shakespeare. Now, the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild Inc. (PTAG) is proving the truth of that famous comment through its new Web site, punxsytheatre.org.
Developed through the efforts of Guild member Jef Dinsmore and Web site designer John McManigle of Brookville, the site is a â€śone-stop location for all news and information about PTAG,â€ť according to Dinsmore.
â€śWe want to give Internet users everything they need to keep in touch with the shows, people and projects thatÂ PTAG is involved with,â€ť Dinsmore said. â€śThis site can do that.Â It hopes to be a resource for members, participants and newcomers alike.â€ť
For newcomers, the site offers a history of the Guild detailing the past 35 years of local theatrical productions. In the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), information is available about joining the organization, making donations and purchasing tickets.
A Comments section invites users to make suggestions, offer feedback on current shows, etc.
For participants, punxsytheatre.org features all pertinent details about auditions and performance dates. They can also register to receive an e-mail invitation to every audition. A â€śFun Stuffâ€ť section offers a medley of quotations, anecdotes, puzzles and other diversions.
A â€śSHOWcaseâ€ť scrapbook will highlight every main season production of PTAG.
Members will find a great deal of helpful information on the site. A current list of members, meetings and agendas will enable directors, officers and committee chairpeople to communicate their news and reports to all those interested in the business of the Guild.
As an added enticement for those who wish to become registered users, the site will have a Green Room. Here casts and crews can receive updates about the most current production.
Commenting on the Guildâ€™s venture, Webmaster Dinsmore explained, â€śPTAG has struggled to find new ways to keep people interested in live theater in their hometown. We hope that a stronger Internet presence will help us keep our organization healthy. As the Guild improves and grows, there is room for this site to grow as well. Note, though, that it is not a social network; there is, however, a link onsite to the Guildâ€™s Facebook page.â€ť
Dinsmore concluded, â€śWe welcome everyone to punxsytheatre.org. It is a site that we hope you will utilize and help make an exciting place to stop and catch up on what is going on at PTAG. Your hometown theater group hopes you like what you see. Feel free to giveÂ us a comment on the site. Enjoy.â€ť