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Around The World PosterAudition Dates/Times
7 PM – 9:30 PM Tuesday, October 18th
7 PM – 9:30 PM Wednesday, October 19th

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Location
Mariemont Players
4101 Walton Creek Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45227

Rehearsals
• Read-through Wednesday, 12/6. Weekday evenings starting mid-January.
• Tech week starts Sunday, 3/4.

Performance Dates
March 9th-25th

Synopsis
A small troupe of actors takes on a global collection of unforgettable characters in this imaginative and theatrical re-imagining of the classic adventure. Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashed slapstick and snarky asides! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to travel the globe faster than ever before (a daunting task, even without being tracked by the detective who thinks Fogg is a robber on the run). Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show. H.G. Wells meets Monty Python!

Characters (4 men, 1 woman)

Phileas Fogg (M-30s-50s): The quintessential English gentleman – controlled, cool, and always dignified. Excellent British accent required.

Actor #2 (Male-20s-50s): Passepartout (Fogg’s unflappable French servant) + 3 British characters

Actor #3 (Female-20s-30s): 3 female characters, 2 male characters (Indian and British accents)

Actor #4 (Male-20s-60s): 10 different characters (British, Indian, and American accents)

Actor #5 (M-20s-60s): 17 characters (British, Indian, Chinese, and American accents)

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and some improvisation. Seeking quick-change character actors able to adopt outrageously broad characters in the blink of an eye and switch of a hat.

Please bring a current head shot and resume.

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On August 27 MPI hosted an Open House for Chairman Club Donors to see the renovated theatre. Over 80 guests enjoyed a beautiful array of food and drink. Many thanks to Noreen Sauer for catering the event and to her son, Michael, and his friend Alex Griffin for assisting her. A champagne toast saluted our 400 donors and the Chairman Club Committee Members (Michael Sauer, Chair, Art Kibby,
Norma Niinemets, Bill Pauly and Chessie Vigran.) The fund drive raised over $54,000. The guests were then invited to visit the theatre and enjoy the new seats and the beautiful renovation. Only oohs and ahhs were audible. Many thanks to Art Kibby and Bill Pauly, for explaining to the audience all the work that has been done on the theatre and introducing the newly installed Hearing Loop Enhancement System. A Big Round of Applause for Betsy Farro and the wonderful and tedious job of seating our subscribers in the new chair configuration. Not an easy puzzle to complete but she did it and she did it well!

Congratulations Arny Stoller
Arny Stoller was the inductee to the OCTA Hall of Fame at the Labor Day Weekend OCTA Event in Columbus, Ohio. This was certainly a well deserved recognition.

Also, congratulations to our Southwest sister theatres - Footlighters, The Drama Workshop and Village Players, on their award winning excerpts. Good showing all around for our region.

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From Norma Niinemets

As President of MPI during the 2016-2017 season it was my honor to select the
winners of the annual MPI awards. The chosen recipients of these awards gave
outstanding service to MPI. The awards were presented at the Annual Mariemont
Membership Picnic held August 12th.

F.A.M.E Award
Friendliest, Achievement, Merit and Enthusiasm
Dan Maloney

Elston Hurst Award for Technical Excellence
Art Kibby

Roger Grooms Award for Artistic Excellence
Tom Peters

President’s Award
The 2017-2018 Artistic Committee
Danny Davies
Anna Nixon
Arny Stoller
Tom Storey

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New seating blogBe sure you visit our beautiful renovated theatre during a performance of The Wisdom of Eve. New comfortable seating, new center aisle seats, new carpeting, fresh paint, new aisle lighting and a sound induction loop for those with hearing aid T switches and head sets for those with low hearing issues. Thanks to all the generous folks who supported this venture. The Chairman’s Club Committee (Michael Sauer, Art Kibby, Norma Niinemets, Bill Pauly and Chessie Vigran) raised over $52,000 for this project. A special salute to Committee Members, Art Kibby and Bill Pauly who supervised (and also added hours of muscle and man hours) for the renovation.

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Beckys New Car PosterMariemont Players and director Tom Peters are excited to announce the cast of BECKY’S NEW CAR by Steven Dietz:

Becky Foster – Traci Taylor
Joe Foster – Scott Unes
Chris Foster - TBA
Walter Flood – Lon Nease
Kensington (Kenni) Flood – Jackie Miesle
Steve – Jay Dallas Benson
Ginger – Linda Callahan

Synopsis
This laugh-out-loud amusement park ride will take you on a comedic cruise through the perils of middle-aged longing. Fasten your seat belt and enjoy the deadpan humor and U-turn plot twists as Becky leads you down the road less traveled.

Becky's New Car runs January 5-21. To order tickets, call Betsy at 513-684-1236 or order click here to order online. All seats are reserved and $20 each.

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