Getting to know SLCT’s president

Sandy Bocynesky is the new President of the Sun Lakes Community theatre

Sandy Bocynesky is the new President of the Sun Lakes Community theatre

Sandy Bocynesky was elected as president of the Sun Lakes Community Theatre in March after having served on the board of directors and nine years as a member. She is enthusiastic about the goings on of the theatre and delighted for this opportunity to share.

My husband and I moved from Connecticut to Arizona and settled in Sun Lakes 10 years ago. At the time I was amazed by all the activities. After attending an Open House, I decided to join SLCT. I figured I could help out by ushering. Since joining I expanded ushering to helping with ticket sales, working on props, taking a beginner acting class, playing a small role in one of the summer plays, and am now looking forward to other opportunities.

I’ve noticed that we are fortunate to have dedicated and talented volunteers who work to bring entertainment to the greater Sun Lakes area. Being a senior community, we are sometimes restricted as to how far we can or wish to travel for events. This is right in our back yard and the entertainment is first class!

I’ve learned SLCT not only does stage plays in the San Tan Ballroom in Cottonwood, but we perform mystery dinner theatre in the Oakwood Ballroom and at Sun Lakes Country Club. Some actors perform in our Children’s Theatre which travels, props and all, to many local Chandler area elementary schools providing an opportunity to bring live theater to students who may not ever experience it otherwise. SLCT has made financial donations to area high school’s drama departments in Chandler as we support the arts we love. We provide opportunities for the students to perform at our general meetings. They love it and so do we!

This summer I am props manager for the stage production, What the Bellhop Saw, which will air July 20, 23-26 and I encourage your attendance at this light-hearted production. I can’t stop chuckling at rehearsals. Tickets go on sale July 7 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Saguaro Room foyer in Cottonwood. Dinner and show tickets are $35; show ticket only is $15.

Away for the summer? No problem. For those returning in the fall, enjoy an evening out and a great meal in October at our mystery dinner theatre, Murder at the Tropicabana, which will air in both the Oakwood and Sun Lakes Country Club Ballrooms. I am very excited about the opportunity I have in that play. Returning after October? Here’s another occasion to get the neighbors together for a fun evening in November as we present a stage play in the San Tan Ballroom in Cottonwood, a comedy called Murder at the Howard Johnson’s.

If you are looking for something interesting to do, consider membership. I am glad I did. Anyone living in Sun Lakes or SunBird can become a member. Learn more about our opportunities and ways to help by attending the Open Houses in Sun Lakes this fall or visit us at