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Mariemont Players Limelight Review – August, 2018

Jackie Miesle, Editor
Art Kibby, Distribution

Save The Date!
Mariemont Players Membership Summer Party: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 6:00pm
Bring an appetizer, side item or dessert to share. Entrée, sodas, beer and wine will be provided.

If you have not yet renewed your membership for the 2018-2019 season, you can do so the evening of the party.

Current Show
Don’t miss the Mariemont Players production of All The Way, directed by Ed Cohen! Shows are selling out!

Synopsis:
1963… An assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon B. Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, this charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into the Civil Rights Act, a tinderbox issue emblematic of a divided America. Note: Graphic and crude language.

All The Way runs July 13-29, 2018. To order tickets, call Betsy at 513-684-1236 OR order online at www.mariemontplayers.com. All seats are reserved and $20 each.

Thank You All The Way Ushers!
Ann Barfels
Merritt Beischel
Betsy Bossart
Jan Costello
Chris Cullen
Danny Davies
Rilla Foster
Bill Hartnett
Susie Hurst
Art Kibby
Joyce Kibby
Wayne Kirsch
Pat Kramer
Nisrene Langenna
Mike Morehead
Anne Nixon
John Nixon
Gudrun Raynor
Karen Rokich
Linda Roll
Fred Rothzeid
Carol Schneider
Amy Stier
Stephanie Stoller
Chuck Strain
Jenn Sullivan
Donna Surber
Fred Tacon
Jeanette Tacon
Traci Taylor
Samantha Toberman
Jim Waldfogle
Lee Anne Waldfogle
Rita Winters
Lauren Woodiwiss
Karen Zaugg

Upcoming Auditions
Mariemont Players and director Becky Mullins announce auditions for Three Bags Full by Jerome Chodorov
Audition Dates/Times: 1 PM Sunday, August 12th, 7 PM Monday, August 13th
Location: 4101 Walton Creek Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227
Performance Dates: January 11th-27th, 2019

Synopsis:
A bright French farce about a greedy merchant who finds himself snookered into being a matchmaker for two daughters, one the child of his wife and the other the maid's offspring. Rebellious young ladies, a comely new maid, pregnant ladies and mistaken identities lead to explosive hilarity. A larcenous employee who has embezzled half a million dollars even offers to return it for a managerial position and the daughter's hand. Half of the loot is in diamonds and half in cash the stashes in separate but identical bags. A third identical bag contains the maid's skivvies.

Characters (acting ages vary)
Bascom Barlow (>35) – Greedy sports goods business owner, father, husband, center of the action.
Richard Foyle (<35) – Scheming employee of Bascom, in love with Bascom’s daughter.
Boris (<35) – The Barlow’s chauffer, and the true love of Bascom’s daughter.
Mr. Cottingham (>35) – Wealthy bank merchant and friend of Bascom.
Preston Cottingham (<35) – Lazy son of Mr Cottingham. In love with the Barlow’s maid.
Jenkins (age various) – Butler for the Barlow household
Genevieve Barlow (>35) – Mrs. Barlow, competent, socialite, artistic.
Angela Barlow (<35) – Bascom’s headstrong & rebellious daughter.
Charlotte (>35) – Mysterious new maid.
Jeanette (<35) – Young love of Richard.
Kathleen (age various) – Irish, previous maid for the Barlow household, in love with Preston Cottingham.

Rehearsals will begin in November.
Please bring a resume and head shot. For more information or to review a copy if the script, please contact director Becky Mullins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All Around Town
Tim Carney will play Lord Canterville, Eric Day will play Hiram B. Otis, and Jan Costello will play Mrs. Umney in the Beechmont Players production of The Canterville Ghost (Performance Dates: July 27-August 4, 2018).

Aimée Ward will be playing Belle* in the East Side Players production of Beauty and the Beast, choreographed by Jackie Miesle. Performance dates: August 9-12, 15-18.

*Aimée will be playing Belle on August 10, 12, 16 and 18.

Harold Murphy will play Walsh in The Milford Theatre Guild’s production of Rose’s Dilemma. Performance dates: October 19-21, 26-27.

Danny Davies will play Sy Benson, Katelyn Reid will play K.C. Downing, Tim Carney will play Uncle Morty, Samantha Toberman will play Aunt Sadie, and Sharon Shelton will perform in the ensemble in Cincinnati Music Theatre’s production of My Favorite Year. Performance dates: November 9-17.

Scott Unes will play Yusef El Fayoumy, C.J. Bossart will play Jesus of Nazareth, Michael Ireland will play Satan, Susan Unes will play Henrietta Iscariot, Dan Maloney will play Butch Honeywell, and Kenny Tessel will play Saint Matthew/Saint Thomas/Drunk Uncle Pino/Sigmund Freud in Village Players’ production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, directed by Dan Maloney. Performance dates: September 28-Ocrober 6.

Congratulations!
Congratulations to all of this year’s Orchid recipients!
OCTA Spirit of Community Theater - Dan Maloney
ACT Orchid Awards

Godspell
Excellence in Lobby Display – Tom Peters
Excellence in Producing – Zachery DeCarlos Riggins
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance – Will Graber
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance – Julia Beitz
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance – Aimée Ward
Excellence in Ensemble – Tom Peters and Cast

The Wisdom of Eve
Excellence in Direction – Dee Anne Bryll
Excellence in Costume Design – Chris Cullen
Excellence in Light Design – Elizabeth Boland
Excellence in Set Décor – Dan Dermody
Excellence in Set Construction – Art Kibby & Bill Pauly
Excellence in Producing – Tom Storey
Excellence in Program – Teresa Johns
Excellence in House – Steve Winslow
Excellence in Acting – Linda Callahan
Excellence in Acting – Katey Blood

The Silver Whistle
Excellence in Producing – Dan Maloney
Excellence in Set Design – Dan Dermody
Excellence in Set Décor – Dan Dermody, Art Kibby, Joyce Kibby Vicki Rafferty, Steve Farley
Excellence in Set Construction – Bill Pauly and Crew
Excellence in Properties – Vicki Rafferty and Art Kibby
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Art Kibby
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Jan Costello
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Dava Lynn
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Chessie Vigran
Excellence in Ensemble – Allan Karol and Cast

Becky's New Car
Excellence in Program – Teresa Johns
Excellence in Program Art – Teresa Johns
Excellence in Direction – Tom Peters
Excellence in Ensemble – Tom Peters and Cast
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Traci Taylor
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Lon Nease
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Scott Unes
Excellence in Overall Performance Quality – Tom Peters and Cast
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Jay Dallas Benson
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Linda Callahan

Around the World in 80 Days
Excellence in Direction – Jerry Wiesenhahn
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Jay Dallas Benson
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Eric Day
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Ryan Naish
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Patricia N. Mullins
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Eric Thomas
Excellence in Acting in a Play/Sound Execution – Patrick Kramer
Excellence in Stage Management – Jay Gossett
Excellence in Costume Design – Sharon Shelton, Kristen Vincenty and Pam Kaesemeyer
Excellence in Ensemble – Jerry Wiesenhahn and Cast
Excellence in Special Effects (Projections) – Jeff Surber
Excellence in Lobby Display – Kristen Vincenty

The Outgoing Tide
Excellence in Program Art – Teresa Johns
Excellence in Set Design – Dan Dermody
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Harold Murphy
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Michael Ireland
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Barbara Karol
Excellence in Direction – Dan Maloney
Excellence in Set Décor – Dan Dermody
Excellence in Set Construction – Bill Pauly, Art Kibby, John Nixon, Tim Carney
Excellence in Light Design – Dan Maloney
Excellence in Light Execution – Aimée Ward and Elizabeth Wyan

SW Regional OCTAFest - Around The World in 80 Days

CAST – OUTSTANDING IN ENSEMBLE
ERIC DAY – OUTSTANDING IN ACTING AS ACTOR 1
RYAN NAISH – EXCELLENCE IN ACTING AS ACTOR 2
JAY DALLAS BENSON – EXCELLENCE IN ACTING AS ACTOR 3
PATRICIA MULLINS – MERIT IN ACTING AS ACTOR 4
ERIC THOMAS – MERIT IN ACTING AS PHILEAS FOGG
PATRICK KRAMER – EXCELLENCE IN FOLEY EXECUTION
JERRY WIESENHAHN – OUTSTANDING IN DIRECTING
SHARON SHELTON – MERIT IN COSTUMING
KRISTEN VINCENTY – MERIT IN COSTUMING
PAM KAESEMEYER – MERIT IN COSTUMING
MARY KAY WIESENHAHN – MERIT IN COSTUMING
PAM KAESEMEYER – EXCELLENCE IN PROPS
THE CAST – EXCELLENCE IN USE OF PROPS

Special Congratulations to Around the Word in 80 Days – STATE OCTAFEST INVITEE

July, 2018 Play Reading Report
By Anna Nixon
We had a great turnout for this meeting: Dava Lynn (also in All The Way), Joyce and Art Kibby, Laura Hovland, Barbara Burke (welcome back, Barbara!), Karen Zaugg, Fred Rothzeid, Linda Callahan, Chessie Vigran, Karen Rokich, John Nixon and yours truly.

We read an older play (1985) “Stepping Out” by Richard Harris, a comedy about an evening tap dance class held in an old church hall. Despite the humor there is some bathos evolving from the background lives of the varied characters, especially as they are all women but one – Geoffrey. They mostly go to class to have fun but also to escape their unhappy private lives.

My thanks to Joyce for all your help– running the reading while we were away, copying the plays, cooking great refreshments!

The next reading is on Tuesday, Aug. 21st. at 7.30 pm.
“Mariemont Players Go ‘All The Way’ With LBJ”
Check out CityBeat’s review of MPI’s All the Way here!

Excerpt:
“As Johnson, actor A.J. Ford becomes increasingly presidential as the Mariemont Players’ All The Way progresses. Yet Ford also captures the aggressive insecurity of a man fighting for what he believes is right, who feels abandoned as various political interests pursue their own conflicting goals. He is particularly worried that the pro-civil-rights Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party is threatening to challenge the conservative Mississippi delegation to the 1964 Democratic convention, which could threaten party unity.

All The Way also follows civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight to bring unity to the cause. The play shows how the civil rights movement incorporated several different advocacy groups who favored different tactics, like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. As King, actor Derek Snow does a solid job of capturing the complexities facing a leader bringing together myriad valid but conflicting viewpoints.”

Membership Renewal
MPI Membership Renewal – Please stay and play with us for another year!
The 2018-2019 membership year begins July 1st and we hope you will renew! If you haven’t sent your renewal ($15 for individual or $25 for family), please do so as soon as possible so you can continue to receive the Limelight Review, party invitations and other news. See the membership form for more information.

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