They Are Our Backbone ...

Theatre is an expensive pursuit. There are royalties to be paid. Every production requires funds for sets, costumes, wigs, make-up, properties, publicity and programs. There are ongoing expenses for lighting and sound equipment. When you lease a space, there are rent and utilities to be paid. And MCP tries to improve Theatre 42 as much as possible in order to make it more and more comfortable and accommodating to its performers, technicians and staff, and most importantly, for its audiences. Without the financial support of very generous individuals, MCP would not be able to continue to provide community theatre. And so with grateful hearts we acknowledge the support of the following:


Angels ($500+)
Phil & Laureen Catlin
Tom & Sara Davis
Jason & Lara Gonzalez
Eric Grimm
Peyton Hahn
Darren Lee & Trisha Cooper
Matt & Jennifer Lisa
Gail Rose
Bill & Gaylene Schumacher
Tim & Debbie Wesolowski

Producers’ Guild ($250-$499)
Mary Stan Fizer
Tim Geering
Becca McLaughlin
John & Pat Miller
Maureen “Mo” Rettig
Tom & Paula Johansen Triplett
Directors’ Circle ($100-$249)
Terri Beerens
Susan Berger
Perry & Melissia Gary
Theresa Kahle
Sonya Neff
Julie Poux
Rich & Gail Rudolph
Mickey Samons*
Bob & Charnice Supper*

Players’ Club ($50-$99)
Theo & Paula J. Brinkman
Tom & Diane Caruso
Fred & Royal Duncan
Gloria Giannestras
Larry & Verol Hirth
Carol Horst
Pete & Laura Padolik
Brian & Caroline Poedtke
Linda Powers

Patrons ($25-$49)
Mike & Jane Renkiewicz

Friends of MCP ($15-$24)
Brian & Jennifer Bisig
Josi Gottfried
Esther Larson
Marilyn Lee
Jackie Matisse
Randy & Cathy Overbeck

                                                   * In Memory of Jason Holt

MCP Leadership

The 2018 Board of Directors for
Mason Community Players, Inc.

Matt Lisa, President
Peyton Hahn, Vice-President
Jason Gonzalez, Secretary
Eric Grimm, Treasurer

Members-at-Large
Dana Davis               Brandon Dunphy
  Jonathan Eckman            Bonnie Emmer
Larry Hirth                  Eric Johansen
Darren Lee

Committees

Communications Committee
Lara Gonzalez, Chair
Susan Berger
Laureen Catlin
Phil Catlin
Stephen Catlin
Tessa Catlin
Jonathan Eckman
Ashley Keene
Joel Lind
Alexandra Lisa
Julie Poux
Gail Rudolph
Gaylene May Schumacher
Robert Terry
Debbie Wesolowski

Facilities Committee
Larry Hirth, Chair
Matt Lisa, Facilities Manager
Susan Berger
Tom Caruso
Eric Grimm
Becca McLaughlin

Finance Committee
Peyton Hahn, Chair
Laureen Catlin
Tessa Catlin
Brandon Dunphy
Jonathan Eckman
Melissia Gary
Jon Scheiding

Liaison Committee
Joel Lind, ACT Representative, OCTA Delegate
Laureen Catlin
Gail Rudolph

Membership Committee
Perry Gary, Chair
Diane Caruso
Dana Davis
Mary Stan Fizer
Paula Johansen Triplett
Ken Macke
Becca McLaughlin

Mo Rettig
Gaylene May Schumacher

Production Performance Committee
Matt Lisa, Acting Chair
Carly Baumgardner
Laureen Catlin
Jason Gonzalez

Eric Grimm
Darren Lee

Jim Watson

This Year's Honorees

Each year, Mason Community Players honors a number of members for their dedication and community spirit. These members are honored at the group's annual banquet. The 2018 Banquet, celebrating the shows and events of 2017, was held January 6th in the Pavilion at the Golf Center in Mason.

Some of the awards are humorous; some are in appreciation for service during the year and some are to honor the continued and dedicated service of many years. All are given in a spirit of gratitude for the members who give so much of their time, their talent, their skill and their knowledge to make MCP a success. Listed below are the individuals who were recognized for their "contributions" in 2017.

Below this list are links to all the recipients of the most prestigious awards.

Honored this year:

The Gong Award (the most significant in performance gaff)
Darren Lee for running the wheelchair into the set and then making it a "thing" in A Tuna Christmas and not to mention leaving his family standing on stage waiting for him to remember he had an entrance in Pride & Prejudice.

Bloody Smurfs (drawing blood in the service of MCP)
Theo Brinkman ... drew blood in the construction of set for Love Lost Revue
Eric Grimm ... bloodied himself moving a wardrobe in the container, and again moving a speaker and yet again by hitting the counter top in the kitchen while getting a cooler ready for Intermission all during preparation for The Wizard of Oz
Larry Hirth ... revenge of the microphone during prep for The Wizard of Oz
Eric Johansen ... drove a screwdriver into his leg while constructing for The Wizard of Oz

MO-Trin Awards (harming one's self in the service of MCP without loss of blood)
Larry Catlin ... in the process of lowering the ramp in A Tuna Christmas using the very ingenious wooden system constructed by Darren, he managed to lose his grip causing the ramp to fall to its position and the handle to rapidly turn back around and slap him in the wrist causing bruising and a strain

Most Community Player (chosen by vote of cast, crew, staff of show)
For Love Lost Revue
Performer/Musician: Lara Gonzalez

For Pride & Prejudice
Technician: Darren Lee
Performer: Isabella Lisa & Melissia Gary 

For The Wizard of Oz
Technician: Dana Davis
Musician: Pete Padolik
Youth Performer: Eric and Amanda Kniffen
Performer: Katie Hill


For The Curious Savage
Technician: Paula Fultz
Performer: Melissia Gary 

The Holliest, Jolliest Tuna Helper for A Tuna Christmas
Darren Lee

Magnet Mayhem (given by Catlin Family to highlight some occurrence from the past year)
Each individual who served on one of MCP's Committees (Communications, Facilities, Finance, Liaison, Membership, Production) was gifted with a magnet which reads, "Individually ... a drop, together ... an ocean."

Silver Service Awards (named by any group member for service above and beyond the call of duty)
Bill Baumgartner, Wrynn Boucher, Jess Bunn, Laureen Catlin, Phil Catlin, Stephen Catlin, Dana Davis, Lara Gonzalez, Eric Grimm, Randy King, Eric Kniffen, Leanne Kniffen, Darren Lee, Rebecca McLaughlin, Pete Padolik, David Pendergraft, Gail Rudolph, Monika Rudolph, Justin Sanford, Mike Turner, with a "Gold" Silver Service to Mary Stan Fizer and Larry Hirth

Business of the Year (chosen via vote by the Board of Directors)
Lebanon, Mason & Monroe Railroad

Catlin Award (chosen by the previous recipient and given to a member whose participation is or began because of their devotion to family or friend)

Mike Riesenberg

Jason Holt Award honoring the Technician of the Year (chosen via vote by the Board of Directors for dedication to the technical aspects of productions throughout the year)

Stephen Catlin

Vice-President's Award (chosen by the Vice-President to honor dedicated service by a member for 5 or less years)

Dana Davis

President's Award (chosen by the President to honor dedicated service by a member for 6 to 10 years)

Jim Hall

Terry Family Founder's Award (chosen by the Terry Family from nominations submitted from the members of the Board of the individual most responsible for administrative support during the year) ... This year chosen directly by the Board ...

Robert Terry

Dallas W and Helen Bowyer Award (chosen via vote by the Board of Directors for dedicated service in a critical aspect of theatre over a period of many years ... at least 5)
Diane Caruso

Grace Campbell Award (chosen via vote by the Board of Directors for continued dedicated service over many years ... at least 5 ... in many areas of theatre) 

Sonya Neff

Grace Campbell Award Recipients

Dallas & Helen Bowyer Award Recipients

Terry Family Founders Award Recipients

Director's Roll Call

President's Award Recipients

Vice-President's Award Recipients

Phil Catlin Award Recipients


And the Award Goes to ...

Mason Community Players is a member of both ACT of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. and the Ohio Community Theatre Association. Both theatre organizations recognize excellence within member theatres in various ways.

For ACT of Greater Cincinnati, with the agreement of each director, MCP invites adjudicators from ACT to view the show, give feedback and nominate individuals for an Orchid Award. Two or more nominations from the three adjudicators who see each show results in an Orchid Award. All ACT member groups can be adjudicated and many take advantage of this process for recognizing the work of their members and the group in general and as an avenue for improving the quality of future productions through the adjudicators' comments.
ACT has changed its categories over the years. You might notice in recent years the title "Excellence in Musical Theater Performance" and in earlier years "Excellence in Acting in a Musical" and "Excellence in Vocal Performance." Whether to keep the elements of performance together or treat them separately has been a long-standing discussion within ACT. Most member theatres believe that an award should only be given if an individual's performance is judged based on a complete and whole presentation.


OCTA offers theatres the opportunity to excerpt a 40-minute portion of a production and receive recognition for excellence shown during those excerpts and the possibility to be invited to showcase at the annual State Conference held each Labor Day Weekend. Also, member theatres can submit costume designs, lighting designs, set designs, newsletters, web sites and/or set up lobby displays to be adjudicated and be eligible for recognition. The group also recognizes one individual in each region with the Spirit of Community Theatre Award each year and welcomes members annually to their Hall of Fame.

THIS YEAR:

Listed below are the nominations from MCP shows presented from June 2016 through May 2017, those listed in bold are winners of an Orchid Award, which was announced at this year's ACT Conference/OCTA Regionals held June 23-24, 2017.
 
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels...

Excellence in Program - Susan Berger
Excellence in Pre-Show - Lara Gonzalez
Excellence in Set Construction - Darren Lee
Excellence in Vocal Quality - Elizabeth Beiting-Lipps, Matthew J Schiesl and the Cast
Excellence in Light Design - Jason Gonzalez
Excellence in Light Execution Susan Berger
Excellence in Set Design - Jason & Lara Gonzalez
Excellence in Choreography - John Woll
Excellence in Dance Execution - Mandy Caruso and separately the Cast
Excellence in Vocal Direction - Brian Bisig
Excellence in Ensemble - Lara Gonzalez and Cast
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Mandy Caruso
Excellence in Set Construction - Darren Lee
Excellence in Stage Management - Tessa Catlin
Excellence in Properties - Paula Clark and Paula Johansen-Triplett
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Lora "Lolo" Pateras as Jolene, Brandon Dunphy as Andre, Catherine Schultz as Muriel, Elizabeth Beiting-Lipps as Christine Colgate, Matthew J. Schiesl as Freddy Benson as Fiona, Darren Lee as Lawrence Jameson

Excellence in Producing - Laureen Catlin
Excellence in Musical Direction - Brian Bisig
Excellence in Orchestra - Brian Bisig and Orchestra
Excellence in Direction - Lara Gonzalez


Murder's Bad but Monday Can Kill You...

Excellence in Set Design - Perry Gary
Excellence in Set Construction - Darren Lee
Excellence in Costumes - Gaylene May Schumacher
Excellence in Sound Design - Jonathan Eckman/Ken Macke
Excellence in Other - Tom Davis for his Music Stylings and Composition, Julie Poux for Photography, Caroline Wallman for Scenic Artistry
Excellence in Acting in a Play - Mary Beth Benken Riesenberg as Dr. June Heidelberg, Philip Catlin as Officer Brogan, Kiya Fix as Cynthis Andover, Perry Gary as Maxwell Lansing, Lawrence Catlin as Sigmund Spence and Jeffrey Stadtlander
Excellence in Ensemble - Rebecca McLaughlin and Cast
Excellence in Directing - Rebecca McLaughlin
Excellence in Acting in a Play - Shannon Mahoney as Polly Boone, Melissia Gary as Kathren Hallifax, Jim Cronin as Harry Monday 
Excellence in Producing - Laureen Catlin


Inspecting Carol ... 

Excellence in House - Rebecca McLaughlin and Gaylene May Schumacher
Excellence in Lobby Display - Tessa Catlin
Excellence in Program Art - Ashley Keene
Excellence in Catastrophe Coordination - Dana Davis
Excellence in Sound Execution - Katie Werner
Excellence in Costumes - Liz Olekas And Mary Warner
Excellence in Special Effects - Dana Davis, Susan Berger, Darren Lee
Excellence in Overall Technical Quality - Darren Lee and Crew
Excellence in Acting in a Play  - Jordan Arnold as Walter E. Parsons, Ryan Drake as Bart Frances, Ray Lebowski as Sidney Carlton
Excellence in Overall Performance Quality - Susan Berger and Cast
Excellence in Direction - Susan Berger
Excellence in Acting in a Play - Joel Lind as Larry Vauxhall
Excellence in Properties - Gail Rudolph and Connie Bishop
Excellence in Producing - Darren Lee


Pride and Prejudice ... 

Excellence in Program - Susan Berger
Excellence in Set Design - Caroline Wallman, Perry Gary, Rebecca McLaughlin
Excellence in Hair and Wigs - Eric Grimm, Linda Wilt 
Excellence in Acting in a Play - Alexandra Lisa as Lydia Bennet, Sonya Neff as Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Stephen Catlin as Rev William Collins, Gail Rudolph as Mrs. Bennet, Elijah Preston as Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Beatty as Elizabeth Bennet 
Excellence in Overall Perfromance Quality - Rebecca McLaughlin and Cast

Excellence in Ensemble - Rebecca McLaughlin and Cast
Excellence in Direction - Rebecca McLaughlin
Excellence in Lobby DIsplay - Mary Beth Benken-Riesenberg
Excellence in Costumes - Lori Krull
Excellence in Set Construction - Mason Players
Excellence in Set Decor - Mary Stan Fizer
Excellence in Choreography - Steven Percer
Excellence in Stage Management - Carly Jo Baumgartner
Excellence in Acting in a Play - Darren Lee as Mr. Bennet
Excellence in Producing - Gaylene May Schumacher

MCP did not excerpt during the OCTA Regionals this year.


 

LAST YEAR:

Listed below are the nominations from MCP shows presented from June 2015 through May 2016, those listed in bold are winners of an Orchid Award, which was announced at this year's ACT Conference/OCTA Regionals held June 23-25, 2016.  

Shrek, the Musical ...

Excellence in Make-Up - Eric Grimm
Excellence in Musical Direction - Brian Bisig
Excellence in Sound Execution - Jim Hall
Excellence in Choreography - Laureen Catlin
Excellence in Stage Management - Darren Lee
Excellence in Set Design - Zach Huffman
Excellence in Set Construction - Mariah Ri Ray and Crew
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Claire Hingsbergen as the Dragon, Katie McCarthy as Pinocchio
Excellence in Costume Design - Julie Walborn
Excellence in Ensemble - the Fairy Tale Chorus
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Stephen Catlin as Lord Farquaad, Austin Gage as Donkey, Christina Sanford as Fiona, Tony Bergman as Shrek
Excellence in Producing - Perry Gary
Excellence in Direction - Lara Gonzalez


The Comedy of Errors ...

Excellence in Original Program Art - Ashley Keene
Excellence in House - Mary Stan Fizer
Excellence in Ensemble - Carly Baumgardner and Cast
Excellence in Acting in a Play - Melissia Gary as Adriana, Trisha Cooper as Luciana, Rich Schmaltz as Antiphois of Lebanon, Ken Macke as Antipholas of Mason, Lawrence Catlin as Dromio of Lebanon
Excellence in Acting in a Play - Michael Gettinger as Dromio of Mason, Kiya Fix as Courtezan

Greater Tuna ... 

Excellence in Set Decor - Mary Stan Fizer
Excellence in Make-Up - Eric Grimm
Excellence in Sound - Phil Catlin
Excellence in Overall Performance Quality - Laureen Catlin and Cast
Excellence in House - Melissia Gary and Becky Hounshell
Excellence in Program - Perry Gary
Excellence in Technical Skill - Tuna Dressers
Excellence in Costume Design - Julie Walborn
Excellence in Stage Management - Becca McLaughlin
Excellence in Acting in a Play - Brandon Dunphy as Arles and Others, Jay Fultz as Thurston and Others, Darren Lee as Harold Dean and Others
Excellence in Ensemble Performance - Laureen Catlin and Cast
Excellence in Producing - Lara Gonzalez
Excellence in Directing - Laureen Catlin

As a part of the OCTA Regionals, MCP excerpted from Greater Tuna. The show received the following from the OCTA Responders:

Merit in Costuming - Julie Walborn
Merit in Ensemble - Cast: Brandon Dunphy, Jay Fultz, Darren Lee

Excellence in Set Design - Phil Catlin



Awards from 2010-2014

Awards from 2000-2009

Awards from 1990-1999

Awards from 1983-1989