Mariemont Players, Inc. (MPI) is one of the area's oldest community theaters. Needless to say, the group has seen many faces come and go over the years,
but one fact remains - this all-volunteer organization has always been committed to delivering high quality entertainment at affordable prices.
MPI was formed over 75 years ago as a church group that performed plays in the village of Mariemont, Ohio. Founded in 1936, the group began a regular season of
performances in the 1950s and was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization on August 28, 1956 by its president, Woodrow (Woody) Jarrett. In honor of Woody and Lois Jarrett’s longtime
commitment to the theater, the auditorium is named for them.
In 1960, for $8,250, the group bought the old Plainville four-room school building. Volunteer members have been converting the structure into the Walton Creek Theater ever since. The original
building’s cornerstone was laid in 1869, but the present solid brick building at the intersection of Walton Creek and Muchmore Roads dates from 1910. We’re fortunate to be one of the few local
community theaters with a permanent home. Our continuing improvements to the building include an elevator to the theater auditorium, replacement windows and doors, a new costume room,
modern lighting and sound systems, a handicap-accessible restroom on the first floor, a new dressing and Green Room for our casts and crews, and a new roof.
The Players have had almost 500 members during the past 10 years. Some have become movie actors, Broadway musical directors and played roles in professional theater, TV and Internet
commercials, corporate videos and voice-overs plus dozens of support roles in media and the creative arts.
Art Kibby, President
Arny Stoller, Past President
Tom Storey, Treasurer
Jennifer Prichard, Secretary
Charles Sampson, Sr VP Production
Rosco Mlinek, Jr VP Production
Greg Schlairet, Sr VP Business
Peter Merten, Jr VP Business
Norma Niinemets, Member at Large
Charles Sampson, Member at Large
Michael Sauer, Member at Large
Fran Uecker, Member at Large