Jackie Miesle, Editor
Art Kibby, Distribution
Director Applications are being accepted for Mariemont Players’ 2019-2020 Season!
Mareimont Players hope to present theatre that make our audience think and feel about what they see on our stage. We want our patrons to be entertained but just as importantly we want them to feel an emotional connection to the material.
Our season slots are September, November, January, March, May, and July. The committee is looking for comedies that can make an audience laugh, a drama that makes them cry, or best of all a show that can do both. It could be a mystery that keeps them guessing until the end or a musical that has them singing in their seats. It could be a favorite classic with a fresh production or an exciting new show.
In addition, we want to provide opportunities for local actors, designers, and technicians to continue to grow and develop as artists.
Deadline for applications is July 15, 2018.
Save The Date!
Mariemont Players Membership Summer Party: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 6:00pm. More information to come.
“The Outgoing Tide” – Thank You!
By Dan Maloney, Director
First of all, thank you to the MPI Artistic Committee and Board for believing in this show and giving me the opportunity to stage it. It was a tremendous blessing for me to bring it to MPI audiences, and I am eternally grateful for your trust and support. Thank you to Norma in particular for sharing this script with me early on, and believing I had the ability to do it justice.
Obviously, I need to thank the cast: Harold, Barbara, and Michael. This was a demanding show, and it wasn’t always easy. Your unyielding effort and commitment to the roles was all the difference. I am so proud of what we accomplished together, and I am honored you chose to share your talents with me.
Behind the scenes, Sara Krehbiel was great as our stage manager. This was my first time working with her, and I look forward to future collaborations. Also, thank you to Aimée Ward and Liz Wyan executing lights/sound. This was Aimée’s first experience running the MPI board, and she did a fine job. Also, it was great to have Liz back in the booth for the first time in about a year. She had been recovering from a leg injury, and we’re thrilled she was able to help out once again!
The set for this show was simply EXTRAORDINARY. Dan Dermody did a fantastic job designing it, and we received more positive comments about this set than any I can remember during my time at MPI. Bill Pauly, along with his crew of Art Kibby, John Nixon, and Tim Carney did a wonderful job of bringing the set to life and getting it up in a timely fashion. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: the quality of our shows would not be the same without the hard work that goes into our sets. In addition, Art made the Adirondack chair at his home, and he also wired all the dock lights.
We were fortunate to have Peggy Stouffer back designing costumes! This is my second time working with her, and she challenges me to expand my thinking about how the characters should dress and costumes can be used. She gave the actors the final pieces needed to fill in their characterizations, and she did it all while staying within budget! Moreover, she helped Barbara with her hair most nights, making her look just like Grace Kelly.
Liz Venn and her team did a great job painting the set. Kenneth Smith did an amazing job with photography, giving us lasting memories of this production. Pretty much everyone in the cast & crew helped some way with props. Kristen Vincenty jumped in at the last minute to help with lobby display, and she found a wonderful pattern to use a background.
Also jumping in at the last minute was Chris Cullen sewing curtains for us, which brought the set décor together. Art Kibby and Pat Kramer put together a great promo video. As always, Teresa Johns did a wonderful job with the program art and laying out the program, including implementing all of my proposals to make it more readable. Tom Peters had the thankless task organizing the ushers, and Betsy Farro continues to make MPI patrons feel at home. In addition, there are several people who provided me with differing levels of feedback and support including Norma Niinemets, Ed Cohen, Jef Brown, Amy Stier, Linda Callahan and others. Thank you all.
Finally, I need to thank our patrons. Thank you for supporting live theater. You are our heroes.
Thank You, Ushers!
By Dan Maloney
The Outgoing Tide set was struck following our closing performance on Sunday, May 27th. It was a complicated strike, especially since Art wasn’t available for the first time in as long as anyone can remember. However, we had a wonderful turnout, and we able to get it down in about 2.5 hours, which was at least an hour faster than any of us had imagined. Thank you to Bill Pauly, Dan Dermody, John Shova, Patrick Kramer, Tim Carney, Nick Briggs, Arny Stoller, Harold Dull, Michael Ireland, Barbara Karol, Sara Krehbiel, Dava Lynn, Peggy Stouffer, and Dan Maloney.
Mariemont Players and director Laura Berkemeier are pleased to announce the cast of our November production, More Fun than Bowling, by Steven Dietz.
Jake – Pat Kramer
Molly – Jackie Miesle
Lois – Elizabeth L. Taylor
Loretta – Natasha Boeckmann
Dyson – Mark Metzner
Jake owns the bowling alley in a small Midwestern town. He is sitting on a hilltop where two of his three wives are buried. Lois was zapped by lightning while carrying a bowling trophy in a thunderstorm and Loretta was killed by a ball return machine. In his younger days, he was a promising concert musician but a foul tip baseball broke his fingers which subsequently healed into a perfect bowler's grip. Jake replays the key frames of his life and is visited by his daughter Molly who has become adept at talking women into marrying her father for love and free lane time. But who is that nattily dressed man with dark glasses and a revolver lurking nearby?
More Fun than Bowling runs November 2-18, 2018. To order tickets, call Betsy at 513-684-1236 OR order online at www.mariemontplayers.com. All seats are reserved and $20 each.
All Around Town
ACT/OCTA is this weekend!
When: The Annual ACT/OCTA Convention will be held June 21-23, 2018
Where: Miami University-Hamilton, 1601 University Boulevard, Hamilton, Ohio 45011 (Excerpts)
Blue Ash Embassy Suites (off Reed Hartman) 4554 Lake Forest, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242 (Banquet & Awards)
MPI will be represented by Around the World in 80 Days on Saturday, 6/23 at 2:00pm!
Come out and support them!
MPI’s OCTAFest job is door security Saturday morning, 6/23, from 8am-Noon, and we would greatly appreciate your help! Essentially, we will be watching the entrance to make sure people don’t go into the auditorium without a nametag or enter/exit during the excerpts. This does not mean you will have to miss the excerpts – just that you’ll need to sit near the doors. Please let Dan Maloney know if you can help! Thank you.
We hope to see you there!
All The Way opens in just a few weeks! Don’t miss this wonderful production, directed by Ed Cohen.
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.
Mariemont Players mourns the loss of long-time member Ellie Shepherd, who passed on June 3rd. Our hearts go out to Bill and their family. Please respect Bill’s privacy at this time.
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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.
The Outgoing Tide – “Emotionally Charged and Empathetic”
Set Design, Décor, Construction:
Lighting Design & Execution:
Sound Design & Execution:
Harold Murphy (Gunner)
Barbara Karol (Peg)
Michael Ireland (Jack)
Stage Management/Scene Change: