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Mariemont Players Limelight Review – June, 2018

Jackie Miesle, Editor
Art Kibby, Distribution

Guess What!
The new dimmer system is installed!
Lighting Dimmer System Upgrade by Art Kibby

The final installation, check-out, and training of our new dimmer system was completed on April 27. Vincent Lighting Systems of northern Kentucky was the designer and contractor for the overall project, with installation and wiring in the capable hands of King’s Electric. Our maintenance team, Steve Farley and Kim Woods, installed the new outlet numbers next to each twist-lock socket.

Those getting training on the new system were Dan Maloney, Pat Kramer, Mike Morehead, and me. We all agreed the new system is much simpler and more capable than our old, often unreliable, patch bay and dimmer packs. We no longer have to throw those big bull switches to power the equipment – just turn on the dimmer board, and we’re ready to go.

An additional benefit is programmable controls in the auditorium and at the lighting/sound station in the loft. The five-button controls will be used to turn the auditorium house lights on/off and set several “looks” with the stage lights. This capability might be used by the lighting designer for rehearsal scenes, set painting, or for photography and videotaping.

Don’t Miss It!
If you haven’t seen The Outgoing Tide (by Bruce Graham), directed by Dan Maloney, yet – there’s still time! The Outgoing Tide closes Sunday, May 27th, you don’t want to miss this one!

“In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family's future but meets with resistance from his wife and son. As winter approaches, the three must quickly find common ground and come to an understanding – before the tide goes out.”

Current Show
The Outgoing Tide

Harold Murphy as Gunner
Barbara Karol as Peg
Michael Ireland as Jack

Production Team:
Director: Dan Maloney
Producer: Dan Maloney
Stage Manager: Sara Krehbiel
Set Design: Dan Dermody
Set Décor: Dan Dermody
Master Carpenter: Bill Pauly
Set Construction: Art Kibby, John Nixon, Tim Carney
Costume Design: Peggy Stouffer
Light Design: Dan Maloney
Sound Design: Dan Maloney
Light/Sound Execution: Aimée Ward & Elizabeth Wyan
Properties: Cast & Crew
Painting: Liz Venn, Bill Brockman, Tim Carney
Program: Teresa Johns
Lobby Display: Kristen Vincenty
Opening Night Party: Dan Maloney
Adirondack Chair: Art Kibby
Photography: Kenneth Smith – KPIX Photography
Publicity: Dan Maloney
Promo Video: Art Kibby, Patrick Kramer
Box Office Manager: Betsy Farro
House Manager: Tom Peters
Facilities: Steve Farley & Kim Woods
Original Poster Art: Teresa Johns

Special Thanks to: Norma Niinemets, Linda Vaccariello, Dan Dermody, Bill Pauly, Art Kibby, Ed Cohen, Jef Brown & Amy Stier, Anne-Marie Ireland, The Seven Hills School, Tom Peters, Sara Krehbiel

Thank You, Ushers!
Linda Callahan
Janet Costello
Chris Cullen
Danny Davies
Rilla Foster
Susie Hurst
Art Kibby
Joyce Kibby
Bett Kooris
Pat Kramer
Nisrene Langenna
Dava Lynn
Denise Mann
Cheri Misleh
Mike Morehead
Lon Nease
Anne Nixon
John Nixon
Tom Peters
Steve Phelan
Gudrun Raynor
Cathy Roesener
Carol Schneider
Arny Stoller
Chuck Strain
Liz Taylor
Traci Taylor
Samantha Toberman
Ginny Weil
Linda Winslow
Steve Winslow
Rita Winters
Karen Zaugg


Upcoming Auditions
Mariemont Players and Director Laura Berkemeier Announce Auditions for More Fun than Bowling (by Steven Dietz):
When: Monday, May 21, 2018 – 7:00pm & Tuesday, May 22, 2018 – 7:00pm
Where: Walton Creek Theater – 4101 Walton Creek Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227
Performance Dates: November 2-18, 2018

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?

Characters: 2 Male, 3 Female
Jake Tomlinson (35-50, dependent on Molly’s age), a widower and father with a passion for bowling… and really bad luck. Owner of the Dust Bowl, Bowling Alley and father to Molly.

Molly (mid to late teens), Jake’s daughter by his first wife. Maybe a red-head but not definitive.
Lois (30-40, mostly dependent on age of Jake), Jake’s second wife and Molly’s stepmother.
Loretta (30-40, mostly dependent on age of Molly, believably 10 years her senior), Lois’ best friend and Jake’s third wife. Also, Molly’s stepmother.
Mr. Dyson (20+ but really any age), a mysterious character with a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist. The more personality, the better.
All roles are available.

Auditions will consist of cold readings of the script.
For more information, contact the director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

May, 2018 Play Reading Report - By Anna Nixon
Our loyal readers this time were Maris Ryan, Joyce and Art Kibby, Linda Callahan, Fred Rothzeid, Karen Zaugg, Laura Hovland, Karen Rokich, John Nixon and yours truly.
Due to a recent shortage of new plays at our downtown Library, I had to dig deep into my collection of old good plays from which I selected “Proposals” by Neil Simon. It was written in 1998. We were surprised to find how much we all enjoyed it!

Our affectionate wishes to Joyce Kibby for a speedy recovery from a nasty fall which prevented her from reading this time.
Next reading: Tuesday 19th. June at 7.30 pm.

Cast Announcement
Director Jerry Wiesenhahn is pleased to announce the cast of our September production, The Cemetery Club, by Ivan Menchell!

Ida: Mary Ann Smith
Doris: Chessie Vigran
Lucille: Barbara H. Russell
Sam: Arny Stoller
Mildred: Susan Schapiro

3 Jewish widows in New York City have been friends forever and get together once a month to visit their husbands’ graves. One of them will never get over her husband’s death, the visit to his gravesite is the highlight of her month; another is just beginning to think about putting herself back out there socially and try dating; the third may have actually scheduled a date at her husband’s funeral for later that evening. How they support each other (and occasionally don’t) is a very funny (and sometimes touching) play about life, loss, friendship, and having the courage to turn a page and begin a new chapter for yourself.

All Around Town
NKU’s Commonwealth Theatre Summer Dinner Theatre Season will present the musical Life Could Be A Dream, directed by Dee Anne Bryll. The show runs June 6th through June 24th. Check the NKU website for ticket information.

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).

Jackie Miesle will be choreographing the East Side Players production of Beauty and the Beast! Performance dates: August 9-12, 15-18.

Katelyn Reid will be featured in Cincinnati Music Theatre’s “Nothing Like A Dame: A Cabaret of Broadway’s Leading Ladies” – at the Aronoff Center’s intimate Fifth-Third Bank Theater on June 8-9 and 15-16.

ACT/OCTA Registration is upon us!
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 – come out and support them!***
Early-bird registration is due by June 8. The final day for registration is June 17.
Register here. Be sure to list Mariemont Players first in the “Group Affiliation” field if you’d like to sit at the MPI table at the banquet.
Reserve hotel rooms by June 6 (Embassy Suites Blue Ash). Register online or by phone at 1-800-362-2779 or 513-733-8900
(ACT Room Block)
We hope to see you there!

Because You Asked…
Since we couldn’t get enough of Maris Ryan’s Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pie at the MPI Spring Membership Party, Maris has been kind enough to share her recipe with us. Bon Appétit!

3 c. Pecans, divided
¼ c. Sugar
¼ c. Butter, melted
14 oz. Kraft Caramels, unwrapped (all of one 11 oz. package and part of 2nd pkg)
2/3 c. Whipping Cream or Evaporated Milk, divided
8 oz. Dark Chocolate Chips
¼ c. Powdered Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla

Process 2 cups Pecans in food processor until finely ground. Mix with Granulated Sugar and Butter; press into 9” pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or lightly browned. Cool (if crust puffs up during baking, gently press down with back of spoon)

Microwave Caramels and 1/3 c. of Whipping Cream on HIGH 3 minutes or until caramels are melted, stirring after each minute. Pour into crust. Chop remaining 1 c. Pecans; sprinkle over pie.

Place Chocolate Chips, remaining Whipping Cream, Powdered Sugar and Vanilla in saucepan; cook and stir on low heat just until chocolate is melted. Pour over pie; gently spread to cover top of pie. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Makes 10 servings.

MPI extends our deepest sympathy to Amy Stier & Jef Brown for the loss of Amy’s father. He passed away peacefully May 14th.

They Like Us. They Really Like Us!
MPI was featured in a CityBeat article about Cincinnati’s marvelous community theatre!
“From Cheviot to Mariemont and Points Between, Community Theater is Strong in this City”

Since 1960, Mariemont Players has presented its shows at a two-story schoolhouse built in 1910, now called the Walton Creek Theater (4101 Walton Creek Road, Plainville).

The second-floor auditorium (accessible by elevator) has been renovated with comfortable seating and a sound induction loop for those with hearing issues. Sight lines are excellent.

On Friday, the group opens Bruce Graham’s The Outgoing Tide (through May 27), a three-person drama directed by Dan Maloney. With dark humor and powerful emotion, it’s focused on the challenges of aging. In a home on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner (Harold Murphy), an opinionated elderly man suffering from memory loss and dementia, hatches an unorthodox plan to avoid moving into an assisted-living center.

But Peg (Barbara Karol), his wife of 50 years, and Jack (Michael Ireland), his son who’s going through a divorce, are resisting — and time is running short. Mariemont Players has a history — dating back to 1936 — of producing six ambitious, dramatically satisfying shows per season, a fuller schedule than most community theaters. Tickets:
Check out the full article here!

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Letter From The Editor
Letter from the editor – Jackie Miesle
Hello, Mariemont Players community!

First and foremost, a HUGE “thank you” to Norma Niinemets, for her years of dedication to Mariemont, nearly 20 years editing the “Limelight Review” and all the hard work she has put into the MPI community. Thank you, Norma, for everything you have done, and for so graciously helping me step into this role.

For those of you who don’t know me, I am Jackie Miesle and I’m your new Newsletter editor! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and say that I am so excited to take on this role and serve the MPI community. I have a degree in Strategic Communication from Miami University and a background in Public

Relations, Communications and Marketing. I currently work in Communications/Marketing/Business Operations and I’m thrilled to bring those skills to my work with MPI.

I am a Cincinnati transplant, originally from Toledo, Ohio. I have been involved in theatre for most of my life, primarily as a performer (mostly in musical theatre), but have varied experience in several other aspects, including choreography, marketing/ticketing, and lights/sound execution. I came to Mariemont about a year ago, when I performed in Tom Peters’ production of Godspell. It had been several years since I had been in a show (I took some time off from performing in college) and Mariemont/Godspell turned out to be the PERFECT place to make my return. In MPI I found an instant familiarity and sense of home, a passion for art, and a standard of quality and hard work. This perfect blend, I believe, makes Mariemont stand out, endears its members, and will continue to drive it forward.

Ever since I re-entered the “theatre world,” I have hit the ground running and am quite eager to be involved and present. That said, I hope my admiration and enthusiasm for this community is clear.

Since I am new to the MPI Newsletter biz, I would LOVE your help! If you have any contributions or input, I am more than happy to hear them! I am doing my best to keep up with the “word on the street” and make sure I recognize members and their involvement in other productions around town, but I would love to hear from you! If you are involved in an upcoming production and would like to include it in the “All Around Town” section, send the info my way! Please feel free to reach out/send any information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at any time. Don’t be shy! Thank you for this opportunity; I look forward to serving you.

With gratitude,
Jackie Miesle

More Fun Than Bowling Cast Announcement
Mariemont Players Limelight Review - May, 2018