Online Art Auction to Benefit MCP

Mason Players will be hosting the Not-So-Silent Art Auction ... 

                  and since an in-person event is not possible right now, we will just hold it online!



All proceeds will benefit MCP.


Items to be auctioned will be available for viewing beginning Monday, April 27, 2020.
The auction will close with a special online event the evening of May 1, 2020.


There will be a variety of art pieces available to be auctioned and we promise some good, old MCP fun to close out the event.

Start passing the word. A link to the auction web site will be made available soon. Look for it here, in your members' e-mail and on Facebook!

Annie Get Your Gun Auditions Now ... Online!


MCP is auditioning its summer musical, Annie Get Your Gun online!


This light-hearted telling of the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley, born and raised in Southwest Ohio, is slated to grace the stage in July. 
The cast includes 14 principals, an additional 8 named roles, and a large ensemble portraying the performers in two Wild West Shows, New York socialites, and avid fans from cities across the country.  

Since the show is in July, there are not plans at this time to cancel or postpone.
MCP will continue to monitor the current situation and will inform the theatre community as soon as possible about plans for this show.

To Audition:

1. Please fill out and submit the online audition form.

2. Please prepare an uptempo song showing your musical range; one which is not from the score of Annie Get Your Gun.

Those under 10 who audition may sing a song from memory. (It can be as simple as "Happy Birthday" or be more complex such as a song from a favorite Disney movie.) Video yourself in a full body shot performing the song. Consider it your opportunity to impress the audition panel.

3. Prepare a resume that includes your theatrical training and experience. Please be specific about your experience in the field of dance. Have you had dance training? If so, in which styles and at what level? For how long have you studied dance and with whom? Do you have collegiate training in dance? Is your experience in dance from doing shows? Please list all shows in which you were required to dance, the role in that show and if you were a featured dancer.

4. Supply a head shot - it can be a selfie. This is mostly for organization purposes to identify all those interested.

5. Click here to access the audition form.
   Submit the resume and the photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
   Complete the submissions by April 20, 2020.

 


Rehearsals will tentatively begin in mid-May.

The show will be presented July 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, and 25th at 8:00 PM and
July 19th at 2:00 PM

A show synopsis and character descriptions are below.


Families are welcome to participate together. There are four roles for performers age 13 and younger, as well as opportunities for young performers to be a part of the ensemble.

The show will be directed by Laureen Catlin and produced by Rebecca McLaughlin. The production staff will include Vocal Director Sara Davis, Instrumental Director Larry Hirth, Choreographer Eric Grimm, and Stage Manager Stephanie Dalsfoist.

Come join our theatre family for some summer fun!

SYNOPSIS:
Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she's discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction which, while good for business, is bad for romance. Butler hightails it off to join a rival show, his bruised male ego leading the way, but is ultimately pitted against Annie in a final shoot-out. The rousing, sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity.

CHARACTERS:
Annie Oakley - though from the backwoods and illiterate, she becomes an international star as the key sharpshooter in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. She only knows to be open, honest, war, friendly, talkative, and bold. Annie falls for Frank Butler, which is much more challenging than she ever imagined it would be. (Playing Age: mid-20s to mid-30s; Vocal Range: Mezzo)

Frank Butler - the star sharpshooter of the Wild West Show, until Annie comes along, he is handsome and charming. He has traditional ideas about the roles of men and women and it comes as a real surprise to him that he has fallen for Annie. (Playing Age: 30s to 40s: Vocal Range: Baritone)

Buffalo Bill Cody - the historic soldier, scout, and buffalo hunter who started Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1872. He is charismatic, larger than life and a force to be reckoned with. He and Annie develop a strong friendship. (Playing Age: 40s to 60s; Vocal Range: Baritone)

Chief Sitting Bull - the historic chief of a Sioux tribe, he becomes Annie’s protector and a supporter of the Wild West Show. He is the voice of wisdom, reason, and dignity in the play. (Playing Age: 50s to 70s; Vocal Range: Non-Singing Role)

Dolly Tate - assistant to Frank Butler, she thinks that the world revolves around her and that the Show could not go on without her. Not a sympathetic character, she does not get along with Annie and tried to control her sister’s life. (Playing Age: mid-30s to 40s; Vocal Range: Alto)

Charlie Davenport - the Business Manager for the Wild West Show, he is always on! Charlie is a fast-talking salesman and promoter with a heart
of gold. (Playing Age: 30s to 50s; Vocal Range: Baritone)


Tommy Keeler - a knife thrower in the Wild West Show he happens to have Native American heritage. Tommy is young, dashing, and ambitious. He is smitten with Winnie Tate, which lands him on the bad side of Dolly. That, however, does not daunt him. (Playing Age: Teens to mid-20s; Vocal Range: Tenor)

Winnie Tate - a dancer in the chorus of the Wild West Show, she is the younger sister of Dolly. Fun and flirtatious, she also chafes when treated like a child, something which her sister does on a daily basis. In love with Tommy, she struggles to solidify their relationship despite Dolly’s intrusion. (Playing Age: Teenager not yet 18; Vocal Range: Mezzo)

Pawnee Bill - owner of Pawnee Bill’s Far East Show, he is not as respected or trustworthy as his rival Buffalo Bill. (Playing Age: 40s to 60s: Vocal Range: Non-Singing Role)

Foster Wilson - owner of the Wilson Arms Hotel who “discovers” Annie, he is out for number one. His prominent characteristic is grumpiness. (Playing Age: 50s-70s; Vocal Range: Non-Singing Role)

Jessie Oakley - the eldest of Annie’s younger sisters, she helps to herd the other siblings as she aids Annie in the family’s hunting business (Playing Age: 12 to 13; sings in group with siblings)
Nellie Oakley - one of Annie’s younger sisters, she helps Annie with the family’s hunting business. (Playing Age: 11 to 12; sings in group with siblings)
Minnie Oakley - one of Annie’s younger sisters, she helps Annie with the family’s hunting business. (Playing Age: 10 to 11; sings in group with siblings)
Little Jake - Annie’s young brother, he is her “bird dog” fleshing out game for her to shoot. He is the epitome of the term energetic. (Playing Age: 7 to 8; sings in group with siblings)

There are numerous ensemble roles bringing to life roustabouts (the “techies” of the Wild West Show), performing cowboys and Indians, railroad personnel, socialites from both Europe and America, and the many folks who come to see the Wild West Extravaganza. Many of these have featured songs, featured dance, featured dialogue or a combination thereof.
 

Spring Show Postponed

Director Tess Catlin wishes to announce that cast of MCP's show,
You Have the Right to Remain Dead will continue to support the production into the future.
At this time, due to the current situation, the show will NOT be produced in its previous May slot.
MCP hopes to reschedule and awaits the results of more information from our Governor!
 

Taking the stage for this merry murder mystery will be

Harnell Chesterton - Tom Yoder
Officer Bainbridge - Scott Mussari
Blanche LaToure - Julie Walborn
Arnold Turnbull/Fat Daddy - Phil Catlin
Doris Turnbull/Sweet Mama - Melissia Gary
Lois Jacobsen/Savannah/Man 1- Gabrielle Witherspoon
Steve Randall/Earl/Man 2 - Kyle Hoskins
Leigh Dorsett/Hyacinth - Ashley Wuerdeman
Ajax Conroy/Clete/Man 3 - Daniel Ballard
Trudy Marsh - Isabella Lisa

MCP is excited to welcome back to the stage Scott, Julie, Pat, Melissia, and Katie. And the troupe is thrilled to welcome newcomers Tom, Gabrielle, Kyle, Ashley, and Daniel.

The Producer for the show will be Laureen Catlin with Jess Bunn serving as Stage Manager.

Tickets are on sale and will be honored! Just click here!

Three Mason Players Honored for Service

Mason Players is extremely proud that three of our members were given special recognition at the Annual OCTA Regional/ACT Cincinnati Conference the weekend of June 20-22, 2019.

Peyton Hahn received a Rising Star Award honoring those whose dedication to community theatre is evident early in their association with a group. The award was created to acknowledge that the number of years of service does not affect the quality of the service. Outstanding service can be evident, and often is, among the youthful and those who have returned to theatre after a long hiatus. Since Peyton joined MCP in 2012, while still a student, he has given countless hours toward the success of the group. He was instrumental in ensuring the financial health of the group as chair of the Finance Committee, and Peyton serves on the Board of Directors, currently as Vice-President. Peyton was also instrumental in encouraging ACT Cincinnati to institute this award to honor the dedication of his peers. Eight others were named Rising Stars with him, and he can take pride in knowing they received accolades because of his commitment. MCP is proud to have him be recognized throughout the region as a “Rising Star.”

Perry Gary was awarded the Ohio Community Theatre Association’s Spirit of Community Theatre Award. This award is to recognize individuals within a region of OCTA for their service to community theatre, as well as their positive influence on their member group, their region, and community theatre in general throughout the state. No one embodies being positive more than Perry. His dedication to the success of MCP is apparent in the hours he spends as chair of the Membership Committee, as a fundraising coordinator with Lebanon, Mason and Monroe Railroad, behind the stage in a myriad of ways and on stage as a performer. MCP is thrilled to let the whole state know that Perry brings us great joy as he gifts us with so much talent and hard work.

Laureen Catlin received the coveted Art Rouse Award from ACT Cincinnati. The Art Rouse Award is given annually in Art's memory to a member from an ACT Theatre to honor an individual who has shown exceptional commitment and dedication to community theatre. Laureen has been dedicated to the success of MCP for more than 35 years in a variety of capacities from administration to strike. She joins a long list of honorees who have dedicated countless years toward community theatre in the Cincinnati area.

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