From the MPI Board of Directors
The entire MPI community was saddened to hear of the passing of Norma Niinemets on March 16, 2019. A longtime board member, actor, director, producer, and all-around champion of the theater, Norma's dedication to MPI and its mission inspired us all. For decades, Norma contributed her immense passion and intelligence to improve the theater, and all of us who had the privilege to serve with her were better for it. Norma was a true leader, and influenced generations of artists and board members at MPI. Her positive impact on the theater will be felt for years to come. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire Niinemets family. We were lucky to have you, Norma. You will be missed.
Thank you to Dee Anne and Maris for putting on a wonderful Spring Membership Party!
At the General Membership meeting on April 6, the MPI Membership voted to approve the nominations for the 2019-2020 Board:
President: Pat Kramer
Treasurer: Steve Winslow
Secretary: Dan Maloney
Production VP: Linda Callahan
Jr. Production VP: Vicki Rafferty
Business VP: Dee Anne Bryll
Jr. Business VP: Art Kibby
Members at Large: Maris Ryan, Karen Zaugg, Nancy Ann Storey, Jackie Miesle, Arny Stoller
"Around the World" goes Around the Region!
Break a leg at the AACT Regional Competition, cast and crew of
Around the World in 80 Days !
MPI’s Around the World in 80 Days, directed by Jerry Wiesenhahn, will perform among 10 shows at the American Association of Community Theatre Regional Competition, at the Kokomo Civic Theatre, on April 12 and 13, for the honor of representing Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin at the National Competition in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Run Crew Needed!
Mariemont Players' upcoming production, Out of Sterno, is in need of a few brave souls to join its run crew!
Performance dates: May 10-26, 2019
Outside Mullingar - Thank You!
By Michael Morehead, Director
While it is often beyond the use of words to express the depth of gratitude in a heart for efforts made to bring a production to a successful conclusion, I am, nevertheless, going to try to do so with a plethora of superlatives. The list may be a bit small-ish, but the people involved contributed mightily. Bill Hartnett ran lights and sound for every performance, with a level of commitment that is extraordinary in this day…besides, it is always great to have Bill's presence in our present.
Tom Peters found a group of ushers who gave our audiences first class treatment (shout out to Pat Kramer who ushered 4(!) times). Betsy Faro is the best. No other words needed. Dan Dermody provided numerous drawings for the eventual set design that greeted audiences upon entering the auditorium, solving the “conundrumic” mystery of how to fit 3 separate sets on our tiny stage, and add décor that was quite realistic. The gasps, and oohs and aahs that were chorused by the audience each performance after intermission were testament that magic can still rule the theatre world.
Bill Pauly, Paul Green, and Art Kibby led the building of the set, putting in over 180-man hours to complete. Paint crew members, Dan Dermody, Tim Carney, Bill Pauly, Steve Farley, Kim Woods, Jenny Aleson, Reed Aleson, Alex Newberg, Anne Baldwin, 'vicki Rafferty, and Steve Winslow, led by Liz Venn provided effort above and beyond the call of duty, creating dingy, smoky walls on two different kitchens, with different types of dinginess.
Vicki Rafferty agreed to do props for … MULLINGAR, but in typical ubergirl fashion, handled décor, and, with high attention to detail, set painting, Lobby Display, and helped scene changes (ACT I to ACT II, especially), AND provided some snacks for the greenroom, and a Guinness cake for one of our dinners.
The following people showed up to strike the set: Rebecca Whatley Brumfield, Steve Farley, Paul Greene, Bill Hartnett, Pat Kramer, Art Kibby, Barbara Karol, Darren Lee, Dan Maloney, Lon Nease, Betsy Obermeyer, Bill Pauly, Vicki Rafferty, Steve Winslow, and Kim Woods, making sure the stage was cleared so the set for the next show can come in quickly (beginning the next day).
Teresa Johns created the poster art and the playbill program, both quite creative and pleasing to view. Art Kibby put his superb photography skills to work. Ed Cohen found various settings of “Wild Mountain Thyme” to engage the audience’s attention during scene changes because of a whim I had to use only that tune. Not sure if much of the preshow was heard due to audience (full or nearly so every night) interaction, but lots of great Irish music was present therein. Katelyn Reed agreed to provide guidance for consistent accents, while also appearing in another show (that she is married to an Irishman helped to make the location of the accent very real.
It would do all of us well to match the humility of Steve Winslow, who produced, and when a stage manager was not to be found took on that task, making sure all or our patrons were seated before starting either act of the play, fed us on 2 show days, making the food with his wife Linda, who catered the opening night extravaganzic lalapalooza.
Then we have the cast: what a joy it was to direct 4 actors who wanted to find the layers that this beautiful script had hidden within it. Lon Nease, Becca Whatley Brumfeld, Art Kibby, and Barbara Karol were true professionals in their approach and delivered performances that received nearly universal praise from simple “great performances” to the “best performances I have seen on this stage” or variations thereof from numerous viewers, and made themselves look oh so pretty with their costuming and makeup skills. Our audiences were numerous (91% houses) and duly appreciative.
Lastly, thanks to the Board and the Play Selection Committee for allowing us to bring ...Mullingar to life. I am humbled. If I missed anyone whose contributions added to the great success of the show, please forgive me. Your efforts were phenomenal in support of this extraordinary script and production.
Out of Sterno opens May 10th!
Don’t miss Mariemont Players’ May production, Out of Sterno !
Synopsis: A coming-of-age play set in an Alice in Wonderland-like world that explores the triumph and heartbreak of growing up as well as the societal pressures women face just trying to make it across town.
Dotty – Patricia Mullins
Hamel – Darren Lee
Zena – Elizabeth Molloy
Dan – Bill Hartnett
Out of Sterno runs May 10-26, and is directed by Dan Maloney.
For tickets, call Betsy at 513-684-1236 or visit www.mariemontplayers.com.
Cast Announcement - Grease
We are excited to announce the cast of our summer musical, Grease !
Grease Cast List:
Rizzo: Adrianna Boris
Frenchie: Aimeé Ward
Marty: Jackie Miesle
Jan: Charlotte Loflin
Sandy: Julie Beitz
Danny: DeVohn Jackson
Kenickie: Garret Liette
Sonny: Mickey Masterson
Roger: Tyler Metcalf
Doody: Conner Liette
Rydell High Community
Miss Lynch: Betsy Bowers
Eugene: Nick Latham
Patty Simcox: Jessica Archer
Cha-Cha: Karly Danos (Dance Captain)
Vince Fontaine: Jay Dallas Benson
Teen Angel: Derek Snow
Come relive the high romance of past “Summer Nights” with Danny Zuko, Sandy Dumbrowski, and the rest of the gang in this rollicking musical that became the soundtrack of a generation.
Grease is directed by Tom Peters, assistant directed/stage managed by Sara Krehbiel, produced by Zach Riggins, and choreographed by Jackie Miesle.
For tickets, call Betsy at 513-684-1236 or visit www.mariemontplayers.com
Interested in helping organize the MPI costume closet? Join us Saturday, June 1 from 9am-1pm!
All Around Town
March, 2019 Play Reading Report
By Anna Nixon
We read a topical play entitled “Building the Wall” – a hard nut to swallow but I felt it was very necessary in today’s landscape. The author is Robert Schenkan, Tony Award winner dramatist who also wrote “All the Way” and other powerful plays.
Epithets by critics describe it as “a harrowing drama”, “taut”, “unnervingly artful”, “downright shocking”, “an urgent cry of warning”, and “Schenkan’s disquieting response to the dawn of the Trump era” from the New York Times.
Great readers were Bill Hartnett, Joyce and Art Kibby, Laura Hovland, Fred Rothzeid, Linda Callahan, John Nixon and yours truly. We were delighted to welcome Joyce and Art’s visiting family members, Pam and Greg Swope.
Next reading will be Tuesday, April 16th. at 7.30 pm. See you then!
ACT/OCTAFest - Save the Date!
ACT/OCTAFest 2019 is set for June 20-22! Registration Info coming soon! http://www.actcincinnati.org