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

In Honor of Our Friend

On May 28 of last year, MCP lost a valued member and a friend very suddenly at the age of 40.

To honor him in a special way, at its Annual Awards Banquet on January 7th of this year, MCP renamed the Technician of the Year Award the Jason Holt Award. The award will still be given to a technician who has shown particular dedication in the previous calendar year, but will now also honor the work that Jason did during his tenure with the group. 

For MCP, the loss of Jason was not only a loss of the heart but a loss of the help. Jason was an untiring technician. His expertise in sound, lighting and construction and his willingness to share his knowledge in those areas was invaluable. He also spent numerous hours working toward the success of the group by attending events that raised funds and by serving on the Board of Directors, one year as President.

We will let the list of credits below stand as the body of his work, but it will never be able to embody the person ... dedicated, hard-working, always smiling, always fun-loving, full of warmth. We will miss you, Jason.

The Sound of Music - Lighting Design, Mentor for Lighting & Sound Execution
Fiddler on the Roof - Lighting Design, Sound Design, Mentor for Lighting & Sound Exectuion
My Fair Lady - Lighting Design, Sound Design, Sound Efects Design, Mentor for Lighting & Sound Execution
Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? - Sound Design, Mentor for Sound Exectuion
Odd Couple, Male Version & Female Version - Sound Design
Guys and Dolls - Sound Design, Voice of Joey Biltmore, Mentor for Sound Execution
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Sound Design, Mentor for Sound Execution
Copacabana - Sound Design
Once Upon a Mattress - Sound Design
The Crucible - Lighting Design, Sound Design
Seussical, the Musical - Sound Design
Damn Yankees - Sound Design, Mentor for Sound Execution
Three Murders and It's Only Monday - Lighting Design w/Larry Hirth
Of Mice & Men - Lighting Design, Lighting Execution
The Music Man - Sound Design, Mentor for Sound Execution
Boeing, Boeing - Lighting Design, Lighting Execution
Almost, Maine - Lighting Design, Lighting Execution
David Ives Festival - Technical Consultant, Lighting Design, Mentor for Lighting Execution
The King and I - Lighting Design, Sound Design, Mentor for Lighting & Sound Execution
Twelve Angry Men - Lighting Design, Lighting Execution
Imagine! Mason - Sound Design, Mentor for Lighting Design, Lighting & Sound Execution

Board of Directors - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 (President)
Fundraisers - ATP Parking (7 years) Supervisor (5 years)
Committees - Production Facilities (5 years)
Many hours of service in renovating Theatre 42 with business partner, Larry Hirth

MCP continues to mourn Jason's passing and our hearts go out to his mother, Kathy Holt, his brother Jonathan Holt, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Ruby. In our own membership, we reach out to comfort Larry and Verol Hirth, his adoptive family. Jason was Larry's business partner of many, many years and the Hirths were a second set of parents who loved him greatly. Jason was not only a member of MCP but volunteer for others including the Boy Scouts, Landmark Church, Liberty Church and Lakota High School Drama Department. Jason was a great mentor and often brought students who were learning theatre tech with him to MCP to help them learn the craft more completely. Some of those youth have grown into professional theatre technicians. His absence still affects us all. 

MCP Leadership

The 2017 Board of Directors for
Mason Community Players, Inc.

Julie Poux, President
Matt Lisa, Vice-President
Tessa Catlin, Secretary
Eric Grimm, Treasurer

Laureen Catlin            Jonathan Eckman
Perry Gary                Jason Gonzalez
Peyton Hahn             Larry Hirth
Gail Rudolph


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
Laureen Catlin
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
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 2017 Banquet, Songs, Silliness and Surprises, celebrating the shows and events of 2016, was held January 7th 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 2016.

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 multiple occasions of ad libbing to comment upon the condition of the "hotel" in which his character was found. As pieces of the set and set decor fell, he commented on the condition of the hotel as going downhill.

Bloody Smurfs (drawing blood in the service of MCP)
Ryan Drake ... bloody knees from falling, fixing, etc. as his character in Inspecting Carol
Gaylene May Schumacher ... very deep splinter during set construction for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Stephen Catlin ... unknown cause of blood drawn during set construction for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Brian Bisig ... held baton so tightly while conducting for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels that it drew blood
Brandon Dunphy ...  drew blood at set construction for both Greater Tuna and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Eric Grimm ... cut finger while sorting show shirts for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and invoked the "Revenge of the Tape Measure" because he was playing with said tape measure and it snapped back and cut him during set construction for Greater Tuna

MO-Trin Awards (harming one's self in the service of MCP without loss of blood)
Larry Catlin & Eric Johansen ... carried heavy sofa on and off the stage during performances of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, causing bruises on legs and back aches, coupled with carrying many other heavy set pieces for the show 
Debbie Wesolowski ... huge and nasty bruise from a falling painting, part of the set decor for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 
Kiya Fix ... contracted Aseptic Meningitis during the rehearsals for Murder's Bad but Monday Can Kill You
Becca McLaughlin ... sprained wrist badly by falling off stage during a photo shoot for the pictures to be used in the lobby display for Murder's Bad but Monday Can Kill You
Justin Sanford ... ended up at the bottom of a pile of many fellow cast members during the shows for Inspecting Carol
Jason Gonzalez ... the total disregard of the cast of Sweetheart Revue for his lighting instruments gave him a serious headache

Most Community Player (chosen by vote of cast, crew, staff of show)
For Sweetheart Revue
Technician: Jason Gonzalez
Musician: Lara Gonzalez
Performers: Mandy Caruso & Shannon Mahoney

For Greater Tuna
The "Tuna Helper": Darren Lee 

For Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Technician: Dana Davis
Musician: Pete Padolik
Performer: Lolo Pateras

For Murder's Bad but Monday Can Kill You
Technician: Rachel Kavanaugh & Eric Johansen
Performer: Perry Gary 

For Inspecting Carol
Technician: Dana Davis
Performer: Joel Lind

Magnet Mayhem (given by Catlin Family to highlight some occurrence from the past year)
Anyone who aided in the fundraising efforts of MCP throughout 2016 including being a financial patron, gifting material for productions, volunteering for any fundraising event or donating items for the auction allowing MCP to raise over $45,000 was gifted with a magnet which reads, "Your dedication is cause for applause."

Silver Service Awards (named by any group member for service above and beyond the call of duty)
Mike Bohanan, Phil Catlin, Stephen Catlin, Stephanie Dalsfoist, Tom Davis, Mary Stan Fizer, Katrina Fulmer, Tim Geering, Larry Hirth, Terry Kahle, Matt Lisa, Becca McLaughlin, Gail Rose, Gail Rudolph, Gaylene May Schumacher, Angela Sparks, Katie Sparks, Austin Steinmann, Mary Taylor, Kally Turner, with a "Gold" Silver Service to Eric Grimm

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)

Bill Schumacher

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)

Jason Gonzalez

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

Darren Lee

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

Jason Gonzalez & Lara Gonzalez

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)

Peyton Hahn

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)
Mary Stan Fizer

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) 

John Miller

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