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March 2018 Limelight Review

The Slate Is Approved for the 2018-2019 MPI Board by Michael Sauer

Here is the proposed slate, approved by the board on 2/3/18:

President - Steve Winslow (1 year term)
Treasurer - Arny Stoller (1 year term)
Secretary - Karen Zaugg (1 year term)
Jr. VP Business - Pat Kramer (2 year term)
Jr. VP Production - Tom Peters (2 year term)

Members at Large -
Michael Sauer (1 year term)
Linda Callahan (1 year term)
Maris Ryan (2 year term)
Brieanne Sheehan (2 year term)

The following members are serving the second year of their 2-year terms:
Sr. VP Business - Art Kibby
Sr. VP Production - Dan Maloney
Member at Large - Nancy Ann Storey

In addition, the board approved President Steve Winslow's appointment of Linda Callahan to fill the ending June 30, 2018
Thank you to the nominating committee members: Art Kibby and Steve Winslow.
The Annual Election will be held at the April Membership Meeting onSaturday, April 15, 2018

Mariemont Announces July Show for the 2018-2019 Season by Tom Peters
It is going to be 1959 all over again! The 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Directed by Tom Peters
Choreographed by Jackie Miesle
Assistant Direction/Stage Management by Sara Krehbiel

This production will feature all the hit songs from the motion picture (Grease is the Word, Hopelessly Devoted, Sandy and You're the One That I Want)
as well as the classic stage songs (Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin', There are Worse Things I Could Do)

Mariemont Players and Director Ed Cohen Announce Auditions for All the Way by Robert Schenkkan

Audition Dates/Times:
7 PM Monday, March 12th
7 PM Tuesday, March 13th

7 PM Wednesday, March 14th

4101 Walton Creek Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227

Performance Dates:
July 13th-29th
***All those auditioning are REQUIRED to prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue.***

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.

Seeking 17 men, 3 women. Various ages and types. Several African-American roles. Due to characters being historical figures, non-traditional casting is not possible.

The role of Martin Luther King Jr. has been cast, but all other roles including LBJ are open.

Additional Information
Rehearsals will begin after Memorial Day. Please bring a resume and head shot. For more information or to review the script, contact director Ed Cohen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

February Play Reading Report by Anna Nixon
Thanks to jef Brown’s assistance we read an hysterical comedy (no, not a farce!) called Skin Deep by Jon Lonoff, a multi-talented writer. We only had a select group in attendance but they certainly did it more than justice once again, thanks to Linda Callahan, Maris Ryan, Joyce and Art Kibby, John Nixon, Karen Rokich and yours truly.

Next reading: Tuesday March 20th. at 7.30 pm.
Break a leg to all the cast and crew of “Around the World in 80 days”.

A Big Thank You to All the Ushers for Becky’s New Car - by Art Kibby
Dan Maloney, Danny Davies, Rilla Foster, Jan Costello (2X), Merritt Beischel, Lauren Woodiwiss, Tom Storey, Betsy Bossart, Liz Venn, Steve Winslow, Mike Morehead (2X), Chuck Strain, Art and Joyce Kibby, Gudrun Raynor, Pat Kramer (2X), Ann Barfels, Chris Cullen, Karen Rokich (2X), Rita Winters, Audrey Morrison, Kathy Franklin, Karen Zaugg, Jan and Rob Krehbiel, Tim Carney, John and Ann Nixon, Lee Anne and Jim Waldfogle, Arny and Steph Stoller, Dava Lynn Biehl, and Nisrene Langenbrunner.

Director Notes from Becky’s New Car - by Tom Peters
I would like to thank all the people who helped to make “Becky’s New Car” a successful production. I want to thank all the people who did not make it into the program, such as all the ushers and people who helped with the strike. The show could not have happened without a group effort from everyone. Co-producers Kate Arnold and Zachery Riggins paved the way for a smooth riding production. I want to thank my “right and left hands”, stage manager/assistant director Sara Krehbiel and board op and desk builder Mikaela Wormely. Rarely as a director have I been
blessed with a cast with no weak links. This was such a cast! Thank you to Kate Arnold, Jay Dallas Benson, Linda Callahan, Jackie Miesle, Lon Nease, Traci Taylor, Maverick Thurston and Scott Unes. Thank you all for taking a ride in “Becky’s New Car”! - Tom Peters

Becky’s New Set Strike Workers We Thank YOU!
Kate Arnold
Jay Dallas Benson
Linda Callahan
Art Kibby
Pat Kramer
Sara Krehbiel
Dan Maloney
Jackie Miesle
Ryan Naish
Lon Nease
Tom Peters
Don Phillips
Traci Taylor
Eric Thomas
Maverick Thurston
Scott Unes
Jerry Wiesenhahn
Mary Kay
Brayden Wormely
Mikaela Wormely

All Over Town
Ed Cohen will serve as director for the September, 2018 production of A Few Good Men for the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts.

Sunset Players welcomes Lon Nease in the male lead role in their upcoming production of Angel Street, The play will be presented May 4th through May 19 at the The Arts Center at Dunham. Purchase tickets at

Village Players spring production Bingo! The Winning Musical directed by Peggy Kenney will star John Langley and Dee Anne Bryll will do the
choreography. The show plays April 20 through April 27th. Tickets on line at the Village Players website.

Congratulations to Laura Berkemeier and Jay Gossett on the recent announcement of their engagement.

Amy Sullivan will perform in Mason Community Players production, Enchanted April. Weekend performances run April 13-21. Tickets are available at

We are sad to report that Mariemont Players lost a friend and former member recently when Gail Wilson passed away.

Joe Hornbaker and Elzie Barker on the recent passing of Joe’s mother Alice Hornbaker.

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February 2018 Limelight Review

Norma Niinemets. Editor
Art Kibby, Distribution

Mariemont Players Cast Announcement for
The Outgoing Tide by Bruce Graham
Mariemont Players and director Dan Maloney are pleased to announce the cast of our May production, The Outgoing Tide by Bruce Graham:

Gunner – Harold Murphy

Peg – Barbara Karol
Jack – Michael Ireland

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.

The Outgoing Tide runs May 11th-27th. To order tickets, call Betsy at 513-684-1236 OR order online at All seats are reserved and $20 each.

January Play Reading Report – Anna Nixon
Our choice this month was a 1983 comedy “Squabbles” by Marshall Karp. We found it hilarious and more than enjoyable. The interplay of the characters is very well written, especially between the rambunctious father-in-law who needs a good argument daily and the young pregnant wife’s mother who is equally difficult. The end is a pleasant surprise as all good comedies should be, of course! Thank you to readers who were few but good – Maris Ryan, Joyce and Art Kibby, John Nixon and yours truly. Keep warm and congratulations to the cast and crew of Becky’s New Car – what a performance!

Next reading – Tuesday, Feb. 20th. at 7.30 pm.

All Over Town by Norma Niinemets
A lot is going on at Beechmont Players with four familiar MPI names and faces. The following talented men were selected to direct for the 2018-2019 Beechmont Season; jef Brown, Jerry Wiesenhahn, Steve Phelan and Richard Zenk. Congratulations gentlemen!

Linda Roll has captured the female lead role in Milford Theatre Guild’s upcoming production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. This delightful play runs Feb. 16, 17, and 18. 23, 24 Blame it on the cold weather, the flu, the meds or the bossa nova because once again I have messed up a casting announcement, Bett Kooris is playing opposite

Arny Stoller in Ox ACT production of Gin Game playing February 16,17,18,23,24. Tickets are available at and by phone 513-523-6628. My sincere apologies to Bett and Chessie Vigran for my previous error.

Nisrene Langenbrunner will play the role of Morgan and also be part of the ensemble in Cincinnati Music Theatre’s production of Camelot. The musical will be presented at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in the Jarson-Kaplin Theatre form May 11 through May 19.Tickets are available by visiting the Aronoff Center Web Site or by calling 513-621-ARTS.

Beechmont Player’s May, 2018 production When We Are Married, directed by Cathy Roesener, will feature an all star cast including jef Brown, Eric Day, Steve Phelan, Richelle Rose and Amy Stier. The show plays May 11-19, 2018. Visit www.beechmontplayer’ for tickets or call 513-233-2468.

MPI’s The Wisdom of Eve Nominated for City Beat Best of Cincinnati Play Award by Norma Niinemets
Give a standing ovation to Director, Dee Anne Bryll and the cast and crew of The Wisdom of Eve for their nomination for City Beat’s Best of Cincinnati Award in the Play/Student/Community Theatre category. You can cast your vote by visiting CityBeat/Cincinnati Web Site. And while you are supporting the HOME TEAM you may want to give an X on the ballot to Ed Cohen and the law firm Clements, Taylor, Butkovitch and Cohen Firm under the Best Law Firm category.

Letters Via Web Site by Norma Niinemets
Just a quick note to say that a season ago, (or two) I had begun to usher, paint sets, and did a quick non-speaking walk on in Hay Fever, when my life became disrupted by mother's care giving needs. In short, I sort of disappeared which is something I don't like to do. Pass this along to Norma, Betsy, Dan, whoever, to say I still think its great theater and good people. Hope to try, try again. Best, and happy New Year, Nina Johns

The Silver Whistle Receives High Praise from ACT Judges

House Services: “As always, the front of house for MPI is a well-oiled machine. Betsy had our tickets at the ready and we exchanged a few pleasantries as I picked them up. Stephanie Stoller greeted us at the top of the stairs with her usual smile. The new seats are extremely comfortable – congratulations on making this major upgrade to your facility.”

Lobby Display: “The lobby display consisted of a simple display of headshots on a silver background, which was a nice touch to incorporate the name of the play.”

Program: “Love the gloss stock on the inside. Interesting to see the underlined show title on the cast/crew listing – this is a convention which has largely gone out of style in favor of italics. Fonts in the program were smaller than typical, but the crispness of the gloss interior stock made them easy to read. Graphics had good saturation. Did not notice any typos or grammatical errors. Nice job by Theresa Johns’

Original Art: “The original program art is a nice portrayal of an older gentleman holding a rooster which incorporates several elements of the show well. The wink, his posture and the rooster all do a good job of telegraphing the show’s overarching theme of the desire to live life to the fullest at any age.”

Pre Show: ‘The curtain was closed upon entry into the theater so we couldn’t view the set. There was flute music playing softly in the background to enhance the whistle theme. The preshow announcements were short and to the point.”

Set Design and Construction: “There are shows where when the curtain opens and you’re instantly transported into the world of the show, and this was one of those cases. Careful attention to sightlines, multiple levels through use of the porches, benches, and Emmett’s platform-behind-the-wall, multiple distinct playing areas which seamlessly flowed together all screamed professional-level work – and then I noticed Dan Dermody’s name, and said to myself, ‘of course.’ Outstanding job!”“The best design can be compromised by poor construction, but with Bill Pauly on the job that’s not a concern for MPI. Everything was solid – doors worked flawlessly, walls were plumb and well-braced, no construction issues whatsoever. Great job!”

Set Décor: “The furniture was all appropriate to the setting, and worked well. The décor included a great deal of greenery and flowers, both dead and alive, and these were very realistic and well done. I can’t say enough about how great the big upstage tree was. To me it looked completely like a large live tree. Whether it was created or you actually drug in a real tree, it was excellent.”

Set Painting: ” The interiors of the buildings were finished, with painted walls and decorations. The floor treatment completed the outdoor look with dying grass and dirt paths. Very nice work.”

Sound Design and Execution: “The actors could be heard well without mics. The music used during the preshow and intermission was appropriate for the show theme.” The music played preshow and during intermission and scene changes was at a good level.”

Lighting Design and Execution: “The lighting was simple, but effective. There were no dark or hot spots, and the change from day to evening was very well done. The interior rooms were also well lit, making them look lived in and realistic.”” It appeared to me that all light cues were on time. Lights up and down were done in a smooth fashion. Nicely done.”

Costumes: “The costumes were varied and seemed appropriate for each actor. They appeared to be accurate for age of each actor and time frame for the show. The religious garb for the clergymen was realistic. All the costumes seem to fit the actors well. Nice work.”

Hair and Makeup: “The makeup used was befitting the style and age of the actors. The ladies hair styles were different for each character. I particularly liked the use of the snood for Mrs. Hanmer and Miss Tripp’s hairstyle.”

Properties: “This seemed to be a fairly prop heavy show. Most of the props used were appropriate for the time frame of the show. The wheelchair and ear cone helped to set the time. All the props used were good for their application- from the games, to the plates, table cloths, etc., to the real stew.”

Stage Management: “The show seemed to progress as one would expect. All cues seemed to be executed on time; all entrances were made on time. A tight, well-run show.”

Ensemble: “The entire cast of this show worked extremely well as an ensemble. All were consistently in character at all times and worked as a cohesive unit. The result was the lovely telling of a story of a subtle but important transformation in the lives of a group of previously unhappy people.”


Dan Maloney as Rev. Watson: This was a very nice performance overall. You did a nice job of being appropriately imperious and holier than thou as required without appearing to be mean, so that we still understood that Miss Tripp had reason to love you. Your jealousy and ultimate capitulation to love felt very real.

Jan Costello as Mrs. Sampler: “What a fun role – playing the flirt always presents an opportunity to take a walk down a path few tread, but at the same time presents danger because it’s easy to take it too far and make it a caricature. Jan hit all the right notes, and was completely believable in her infatuation with Mr. Beebe. Great job!”

Dava Lynn as Mrs. Hanmer: “You gave a very nice performance as the acerbic hypochondriac in the group. You effectively portrayed Ms. Hanmer as a sarcastic woman with a tough outer shell, but full of heart on the inside.”

Nisrene Langenbrunner as Miss Tripp: “Nice job in a tough role, balancing an obvious caring for her charges with the relationship with Rev. Watson with trying to deal with the suggestive advances of Erwenter. Reactions to the situations you were placed in felt all very grounded, and I really loved the interactions with the residents. I’m looking forward to seeing Nisrene in future shows.”

Arny Stoller as Emmett: “So, it appears that even if all Arny does is pop up from behind a wall, he can still steal a scene. Great delivery, entirely in touch with the vagabond who ties Erwenter back to his former life as well as assisting in the reclamation of the residents. Nicely done!”

Chessie Vigran as Miss Hoadly: “Chessie Vigran was a hoot from the moment the curtain opened. She was a very believable as an elderly lady and a great drunk to boot. Her facial expressions and posture sold it. She displayed amazing comedic timing.”

Timothy M. Carney as Cherry: “Timothy M Carney was amusing to watch as Cherry. He had a twinkle in his eye at all times and a good stage presence. He has a great voice and used it well.”

Ann Barfels as Mrs. Gross: “Ann is one of the true gems of Cincinnati community theatre – she completely slips into a role. This is one of the tougher roles in the show because when you’re stuck in a wheelchair you will lose a lot of your normal body language. At least you have the *potential* to lose it, because I never felt that Ann did – the bit where she blocked Beebe and Sampler from each other by rolling back and forth was priceless, as was her reaction to being pressed into service to transport Miss Hoadly. Excellent!”

Art Kibby as Mr. Beebe: “Mr. Beebe (Art Kibby) – I thoroughly enjoyed Art’s take on Mr. Beebe. As the defacto ring-leader of the home, his pursuit of both Mrs. Sampler and Erwenter’s love potion were near-perfect takes on the theme of recapturing past youth and vitality. Interactions with all his cast mates were great, and I really liked the arc of his relationship with Erwenter. Excellent!”

Kenny Tessel as Oliver Ernwenter: “You provided an enjoyable performance as the vagrant turned catalyst for youth and happiness in the nursing home. Your ability to charm both the residents and Miss Tripp was very convincing, and toward the end I believed that you were honestly in love with Miss Tripp,”

Richard Zenk as Reddy: “Richard Zenk brought some comedic relief to the show as Reddy. He made the most of his part.”

Jeff Carteras the Bishop: “Jeff established the parameters of the bishop immediately upon entering the playing area - bombastic, in charge, and yet somehow easily duped by Oliver. Nice transition as he went from being completely against the idea of a fair to being supportive not only of the fair, but of Watson.”

Jim Waldfogel as Father Shay: “A great character role for an accomplished character actor. Jim certainly hit all the notes for the stereotypical Irish priest.”

Producing: “Production quality was generally high across the board, as expected for an MPI production. Lights, sound, props, etc all worked well together, with only a few exceptions as noted in the technical evaluation sections. It did seem like producer Dan Maloney might have been spread a little too thin, being in the show himself as well as also having to also pick up responsibility for lighting design, lobby display, as well as his usual gig working publicity for MPI – but sometimes you just do what you have do to make the show come off, and nobody can doubt Dan’s energy or commitment to excellence.”

Direction: “This show was very entertaining. The script was brought to life by a talented cast and good director. The casting was very appropriate. The actors seemed well rehearsed and comfortable with their character and lines. I feel the director had a good feel for the script and brought it to life with his overall vision. The cast seemed to work well together. Their characters were well developed. The blocking was thoughtful and natural. All areas of the stage were used to complement the story.”

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January 2018 Limelight News

MPI Holiday PartyWe had a great turnout for the December 9th MPI Holiday Party. Over 40 members braved the cold - and light snow - to join us for an evening of food, drink, door prizes and conversation. Thank you to Chris Cullen, Steve and Linda Winslow for their help with setup and final preparations. Also thanks to Tom Peters for his help cleaning up at the end of the night. Happy Holidays to all! 

Becky’s New Car Cast and Staff Update - Tom Peters

Traci Taylor/Linda Callahan* - Becky Foster
Scott Unes - Joe Foster
Maverick Thurston - Chris Foster
Lon Nease - Walter Flood
Jackie Miesle - Kensington (Kenni) Flood
Jay Dallas Benson - Steve
Linda Callahan/Kate Arnold* - Ginger
Kate Arnold - Mrs. Tipton

*Becky will be played by Linda Callahan at the following performances :Thursday, Jan. 11 & 18 @ 7:30,
Sunday, Jan. 14 @ 2pm, Friday, Jan. 19 and Saturday, Jan. 20 @ 8pm. Kate Arnold will step in as
Ginger on the performances listed above.

Kate Arnold & Zachary Riggins – Co-Producers
Sara Krehbiel – Stage Manager
Zachary Riggins - Lighting Design
Chris Cullen – Costume Coordinator
Mikaela Wormely – Lights/Sound Board Operator
Dan Dermody - Set Design
Art Kibby, Bill Pauly, Tim Carney – Set Construction

All Over Town - Norma Niinemets
Mea culpa. I’m sorry that I omitted the names of three of our newest members from the cast announcement of Village Players upcoming production of Ring Around the Moon directed by Alan Karol. Nisrene Langenbrunner, Tim Carney and Dava Lynn will be featured in the production opening February 9 and playing February 10,11,15,16, and 17, 2018. For tickets and show times call 859-392-0500.

• FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS opens at the Incline Theatre on January 26 and plays through February 11, 2018. Our own Dee Anne Bryll serves as director and features Merritt Beischel.

• Tickets are available on-line by visiting the Cincinnati Landmark Productions website.

• Kathleen Labanz joins the cast of the Center Stage production of Tribes directed by Richard Zink. The
performances run from March 23 through March 31, 2018.

• Springtime will take Jerry Wiesenhahn to Urinetown presented by Footlighters. This fun filled musical is
scheduled to play May 2 through May 19, 2018.

• Oxford Area Community Theatre will present the Gin Game starring Chessie Vigran and Arny Stoller. February 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 2018. Tickets are $ 12 and will be available on January 8th by calling 513-523-6628 or on line at

December Play Reading Party Dec.12th – Anna Nixon
We really enjoyed an exchange of holiday plans and travels while we drank and ate delicious appetizers. Then on to our Christmas play this year – “Coney Island Christmas” by Donald Margulies. This has just been staged by Center Stage with our very own Chessie Vigran acting in it. It is a hilarious family play for all ages, colors and creeds. Basically it surrounds a Nativity Play but actually includes Santa Claus and Scrooge towards the end. We had a ball!

Our readers were: Chessie Vigran, Joyce and Art Kibby, Fred Rothzeid, Karen Zaugg, Maris Ryan, John Nixon and yours truly.

We had a feast and a party not to be forgotten. Thank you everyone so much for contributing your time, talents and goodies.

Happy holidays to all our Mariemont members!
Our next reading will be on Tuesday, January 16th 2018 at 7:30 pm.

The Outgoing Tide PosterMariemont Players and director Dan Maloney announce auditions for The Outgoing Tide - Bruce Graham
Audition Dates/Times:
• 7 PM Monday, January 8th
• 7 PM Tuesday, January 9th
• Location: 4101 Walton Creek Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227
• Performance Dates: May 11-27

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.

Gunner - Early 70’s. Retired from the trucking business and now lives with his wife Peg on the
Chesapeake Bay. Still vibrant. Wears the world’s oldest, most comfortable fishing clothes.
Though it’s never named in the script, he is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

Peg - Late 60’s. Energetic. Strong. She is the rock. She takes care of her family. It’s what she does. It’s who she is.

Jack - 49. Gunner and Peg’s son. Pleasant, but distant. Seems out of place. Going through a divorce.

Please note, ages listed are stage ages. Actors auditioning can be older/younger in real life, but they have to believably be able to play the ages listed in the script.

Rehearsals will begin around the middle of March and will be determined by the availability of the cast. Please bring known conflicts from March 12th to May 27th. Please note, there is a 2 PM performance on Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 13th. Resumes and head shots are appreciated but not required. For more information or to review the script, contact director Dan Maloney at
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Ushers Needed For Becky’s New Car - Art Kibby
Thanks to everyone who has stepped forward to usher for Becky’s New Car from Jan 5-21. We still need 11 more volunteers, especially as head usher and/or elevator operator.

These are the unfilled spots as of Dec 22:
Thu, Jan 11 (6:30 pm call, 7:30 show) 1 auditorium usher
Fri, Jan 12 (7:00 pm call, 8:00 show) 2 auditorium ushers
Sun, Jan 14 (matinee, 1:00 pm call, 2:00 show) 1 head usher/elevator op
Sun, Jan 14 (eve, 6:00 pm call, 7:00 show) 1 head usher, 1 auditorium usher
Thu, Jan 18 (6:30 pm call, 7:30 show) 1 head usher/elevator op
Fri, Jan 19 (7:00 pm call, 8:00 show) 1 head usher
Sat, Jan 20 (7:00 pm call, 8:00 show) 1 head usher, 1 auditorium usher
Sun, Jan 21 (matinee, 1:00 pm call, 2:00 show) 1 head usher/elevator op

Please contact Art Kibby as soon as possible to fill these very important positions.

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