Cast of "Curious Savage" Announced

Director Gail Rudolph along with Stage Manager Susan Berger and Producers Tessa Catlin and Carly Jo Baumgartner, are pelased to announce the cast of MCP's Fall Show ... The Curious Savage.


Mrs Savage - Melissia Gary
Titus - David Pendergraft
Samuel - Joshua Marcus
Lilly Belle - Trisha Cooper
Fairy - Elyssa Carmony
Hannibal - Jay Fultz
Jeff - Randy King
Florence - Karen Oehler
Mrs.Paddy - Rebecca Brewer
Dr. Emmet - Scott Mussari
Miss Willie - Ann Sullivan

John Thomas - Sammy King & Master Sullivan

The Curious Savage will be presented October 6, 7, 12, 13 & 14 at 8:00 PM and October 8 at 2:00 PM in Theatre 42.
 
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Seniors and $10 for Students.
You can purchase yours now ... right here!

MCP Honored with 28 Orchids

Mason Players was honored to receive 28 Orchids for Excellence from ACT Cincinnati, Inc. for the plays presented from June 2016 through May 2017. The nominations from each show are listed below. Those in bold indicate an Orchid Award recipient. Awards were given at the ACT/OCTA event this past weekend ... June 23-24, 2017.

MCP is very proud of all of the hard work of these individuals nominated and honored and those who make our shows a success.

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 Slated to Help at "Day Out with Thomas" Again!

Mason Players is returning to support the Lebanon, Mason and Monroe Railroad "Day Out with Thomas" Event. The 2017 theme is The Friendship Tour.

This will be MCP's third year of participation with our fundraising partners at LM & M. This year's event begins on Friday, August 18 as members help with event set-up. Event support will occur Saturday/Sunday, August 19-20 and Friday/Saturday/Sunday, August 25-27. A complete list of shifts is below. 

Some of the tasks that MCP members are called upon to do include: roving cleaning of tables and trash pick-up, stocking merchandise, guiding patrons to and through lines, counting attendees, and serving as attendants at games and attractions.

Volunteer sign-ups are available now and the slots must be filled by August 1st!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUps on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/jwccb8
2) Review the SignUps listed and choose the one(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone.

The coordinator for the Thomas Event Fundraiser is Perry Gary.

20 people are needed for each shift. The shifts are:


Friday, August 18 - 4:30pm - 10:30pm

Saturday. August 19:
       First Shift from 9:00am-2:00pm
       Second Shift from 1:30pm-6:30pm

Sunday, August 20:
       First Shift from 9:00am-2:00pm
       Second Shift from 1:30pm-6:30pm

Friday, August 25:
       First Shift from 9:00am-2:00pm
       Second Shift from 1:30pm-6:30pm

Saturday, August 26:

       First Shift from 9:00am-2:00pm
       Second Shift from 1:30pm-6:30pm

Sunday, August 27:
       First Shift from 9:00am-2:00pm
       Second Shift from 1:30pm-6:30pm


What do you need to know about helping out at the Thomas Event?
    1) There is no minimum age requirement but those who help out must be mature and responsible.
    2) There are jobs in the shade, but it is still August.
    3) Some jobs require a lot of standing; others are a combination of sitting and standing.
    4) None of the tasks for this event are intense.
    5) There are rude people in the world and very, very few of them come to Thomas Events. This is all about family fun! But you can always meet a few in such a large crowd.

    5) MCP is respected for the work it does for LM & M. We have a reputation for being hard-working, trustworthy, dependable, pleasant to the patrons of the event, efficient, knowledgable, good at teamwork and respectful of the staff.
    6) In the midst of all the work, we never cease to have a good time!
    7) By filling the more than 240 shifts, members can can raise some serious money for MCP ... at least one quarter's rent. We are good to LM & M, because LM & M is good to us.

If you would like to know more about the "Day Out with Thomas" event, click here!

MCP on the Job Again at Western Southern ATP Event

Mason Players is returning to be a part of the team that directs parking at the Western Southern Open, a tournament on the ATP World Tour.

Beginning Saturday, August 12, members will be participating in this event once again. From 2004 until 2015, MCP participated in this fundraiser with great success. Some members had experience before 2004 helping Mason High School Choral Department with their participation, thus many MCPers are "old hats" around the "outside" of the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

This year, MCP will be directing cars in the North Lot (formerly known as Lot B). There are many changes to the parking areas of the center, but past "parkers" will recognize our old haunt without much trouble.

Shifts will begin on Saturday, August 12 and end on Sunday, August 20. There are over 1,600 hours to fill, so the help of all members will be needed. Many members will work at least one shift every day, but the goal cannot be reached without everyone's support.

Volunteer sign-ups are available now and the slots must be filled by August 1st!
When you click on the link below, training videos are provided on the sign-up site to help both the experienced acclimate to the changes and the newcomer to get a feel for the tasks. Just put your e-mail and the Group Code ... mcp ... into the Volunteer Login area and watch the videos. Then return to the site, enter your e-mail and the code again and you can begin signing up.

Click here to volunteer for the ATP fundraiser!

For planning purposes, the shifts are:

Saturday, August 12 - 3:30 pm to 8:00 PM

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
August 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 -
       First Shift from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm
       Second Shift from 7:30 pm to 12:30 am

Sunday, August 20 -
       First Shift from 9:00 am to Noon
       Second Shift from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm
       Third Shift from 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
       Fourth Shift from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

The Manager of North Lot will be our very own Mickey Samons. The Supervisors for our team will be Laureen Catlin and Matt Lisa.

What do you need to know about helping out at ATP?
The specifics will be shared with you through the official training videos. When you have viewed those, please do not hesitate to approach Laureen or Matt with your questions.
But some basic things include:
    1) You must be at least 16 years of age to participate in the ATP fundraiser.
    2) It's August - so if heat is truly a serious problem for you, help with another fundraiser.
    3) You are on your feet a lot. There are break times, but ...
    4) There are rude people in the world and some come to the tournament, but the vast majority are appreciative of our help, express their gratitude, and understand that we are looking to serve them.
    5) MCP is respected for the work it does at ATP. We have a reputation for being hard-working, trustworthy, dependable, pleasant to the patrons of the event, efficient, knowledgable, good at teamwork and respectful of the authority of the Managers of the lots.
    6) In the midst of all the work, we never cease to have a good time!
    7) By filling all the necessary shifts, this is the single-most effective fundraiser ... in 9 days, MCP can raise nearly half of next year's rent. We are good to ATP, because ATP is good to us.

If you would like to know more about the Western Southern Open ATP Tournament, click here!

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