Nominees for the 2018 Board of Directors

You may remember that at last year's annual meeting, the amendment voted on at the 2016 Annual Meeting took effect. The amendment called for new members elected to the Board to serve a term of two years. In order to accomplish this task, once the members were elected, 5 of the members chose to serve only a one year term to ensure that close to 50% of the board would not need to be re-elected.

The six members of the Board of Directors who chose to serve a two-year term and will continue their service through the 2018 calendar year are: Jonathan Eckman, Jason Gonzalez, Eric Grimm, Peyton Hahn, Larry Hirth, and Matt Lisa The remaining 5 members have chosen not to seek re-election to the board. So, at the Annual Meeting in January, the Board of Directors will elect up to 5 new members to fill the vacancies.

Current President, Julie Poux, sought nominations from the membership throughout the month of November and the following members were nominated for the 2018 Board of Directors to serve a two-year term. Members in good standing will be given the opportunity to vote for up to 5 of the following individuals to serve as members of the 2018 Board at the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 6, 2017.

Let's meet the Nominees:

Dana Davis (nominated by Matt Lisa) I would like to nominate Dana Davis for the board this year. She is a reliable, dependable, hardworking, fundraising young lady and I feel she would make a good addition to the board. Her heart lies with MCP and she participated in the success of so many shows.

Brandon Dunphy (nominated by Eric Grimm) Brandon has been involved with MCP since 2015. His involvement includes on stage performance, set construction, volunteering for fundraisers, and monetary donations. Brandon has been a board member with another community theater group and he understands the commitment that comes with being a board member. He has proven his dedication to MCP through his involvement. Brandon will be a great asset to the board by bringing fresh ideas and his knowledge of theater.

Bonnie Emmer (nominated by Eric Grimm) Bonnie has been involved with MCP in recent years mostly behind the scenes. She naturally was a great fit into the MCP family. Bonnie has contributed in on stage performance, directing, many hours of volunteer time for fundraisers, monetary donations, and is a member of the finance committee. Bonnie brings fresh ideas and suggestions to the group. Her most recent idea was directing our very successful Gender Bender fundraiser. Bonnie's involvement proves her dedication to MCP. She is always willing to help further the success of MCP.

Eric Johansen (nominated by Eric Grimm) Eric has been involved with MCP for many years. He was away for a while as he focused on his law degree, but has easily gotten back into the groove. He has always been part of the MCP family. Eric has contributed in on stage performance, back stage tech crew, set construction, master carpenter, countless hours of volunteer time for fundraisers, and monetary donations. He has made suggestions and brought ideas to MCP board members that have helped with ongoing improvements. Eric has shown his dedication to the success of MCP through his involvement. MCP always strives to create a family atmosphere and Eric embodies that same attitude. Eric is always willing to help further the success of MCP into the future. 

Darren Lee (nominated by Phil Catlin) It is my honor to nominate Darren Lee for the Board of Directors of Mason Community Players, Inc. Many of you will know Darren for his many stage appearances, but you should also know that he has actively been working back stage, as well. Darren routinely makes a significant contribution through his ability with construction. Many of the significant features of our recent sets have been Darren’s handiwork. (Think stairs, upper levels, the extensions on the stage itself, and many others!) He’s also made a significant contribution to the group with his business expertise. He has given prudent advice to the board on many occasions and I think that the group would be well served by electing Darren to the board in 2018.

Robert Terry (nominated by Laureen Catlin) Robert has 15 years of service to the troupe. Formerly, he served as a member of the Board for three years, two as secretary. He has performed in Our TownStalag 17 and Is There a Comic in the House?. Though being on stage is a joy for him, he dedicates many, many hours behind the scenes. He has served as Assistant Producer, Stage Manager, Ticket Coordinator, Box Office Manager, Sound Technician and Lighting Technician. Robert has designed programs. He has been a member of numerous Stage and Set Construction Crews. Recently, he has become the group's go-to photographer, providing pictures for both Lobby Displays and a record of the troupe in performance. Always mindful of MCP's need for volunteers to staff its fund-raising events, Robert has participated in ATP Parking, Kings Island Staffing, and Lebanon, Mason & Monroe Railroad events. Back in the day, he was a part of the Haunted Hayride events. Currently, Robert is a member of the Communications Committee and for that body has become the social media coordinator spending numerous hours ... at all hours ... keeping MCP up to date. Representing the third generation of Terry Family participation in MCP, Robert holds the troupe close to his heart. He is an excellent collaborator and shares many fresh ideas as a part of his participation in committee. Robert would be an asset to the Board of Directors. 


MCP Announces Cast for "The Fantasticks"

Director Rebecca Brewer and Music Director Sara Davis are excited to announce the cast of the 2018 Season Opening Show, The Fantasticks.

El Gallo will be portrayed by David Manegold. MCP members will remember David from such roles as Prince Charming/Wolf in Into the Woods, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the Minstrel in Once Upon a Mattress, Young Joe in Damn Yankees, and Marcellus in The Music Man. Dave most recently appeared in the ensemble of the Sweetheart Revue in 2016.

The roles of Matt and Luisa will be filled by Nick Godfrey and Willow Davis. Nick's first theatre performance was his appearance as Simon of Legree in MCP's production of The King and I. Since then, Nick has been studying musical theatre with aspirations of a career on the stage. Currently, he is part of the ensemble of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, a professional company dedicated to bringing live theatre to the young through a total family experience.

Willow will be appearing in her first production with MCP. No stranger to the stage, she has appeared with Queen City Productions, Bart's Bards and Ryle Productions. She recently appeared as Clover in Animal Farm at Northern Kentucky University, where she is pursuing a degree in Theatre Arts. MCP is excited to welcome this accomplished soprano and actress to the Theatre 42 stage.

Veteran MCP performers Phil Catlin and Perry Gary will be portraying Luisa's father and Matt's father respectively. As Bellomy, Phil will be adding another character role to a long list of stage credits in both musical and non-musical productions alike. He most recently appeared in MCP's Murder's Bad but Monday Can Kill You. Phil is also an accomplished technician and has been invaluable to the administrative aspects of the troupe. Also valued for his many volunteer hours with administrative tasks for MCP, Board Member Perry Gary is excited to be bringing Hucklebee to life. Another member of the Murder's cast, Perry most recently appeared in this year's Pride & Prejudice. He will be co-directing next year's A Sentimental Journey: A Salute to the USO with Ann Sullivan.

Prepared to shine as Henry and Mortimer are Joel Lind and Mary Beringer. Joel brings 14 MCP performances to this show along with countless stage credits from nearly every community theatre in Cincinnati. Character acting is his love and forte. His most recent MCP appearance was as Mr. Gardner in Pride & Prejudice. The Fantasticks will be Mary's first show with MCP. She comes to the troupe with theatre training and numerous stage credits. A graduate of Ursuline Academy and Hanover College, she has performed with the troupes from both schools. She has also performed with the Kentucky Shakespeare Company and is a member of the cast at the Ohio Renaissance Festival. She plans to put her training in stage combat and improvisation to good use in this production. 

Rounding out the cast will be Allison Shaw in the critical role of The Mute. Allison studied theatre performance at the College of Charleston and musical theatre at CAP 21 Conservatory. Her most recent performance with MCP was this year's summer musical, The Wizard of Oz. An accomplished dancer, Allison is currently appearing in Loveland Stage Company's Cabaret. She is looking forward to the challenges that this non-speaking role demands of performers. 

The Fantasticks
will be presented February 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17 at 8:00 PM and February 11 at 2:00 PM at Theatre 42. Tickets will be available online in December.

Eleven Elected to Board of Directors

Each year, Mason Community Players, Inc. elects its Board of Directors. This year, eleven individuals were elected to the 2017 Board of Directors. Five of the members will serve one year terms and six will serve two year terms. The members for this year are ...

Julie Poux
(One Year)

Matt Lisa
(Two Years)

Tessa Catlin
(One Year)

Eric Grimm
(Two Years)

Members at Large

Laureen Catlin
(One Year)

Jonathan Eckman
(Two Years)

Perry Gary
(One Year)

Jason Gonzalez
(Two Years)

Peyton Hahn
(Two Years)

Larry Hirth
(Two Years)

Gail Rudolph
(One Year)

Welcome to Theatre 42

Join us ... all MCP productions are now presented at Theatre 42 located at 2752 S. US Route 42, Lebanon, OH 45036. The venue is just north of Mason on Route 42 one driveway to the right beyond the Southwest Golf Ranch.

Nothing has been quite as exciting as having a place that MCP can call home. Being able to store, build, rehearse and perform in the same building has really made a difference for the group. It has streamlined the process for productions and it helps that our audiences know where to find us for every performance.

Still, MCP cannot make use of the building every day and so allowing the building to be used for other events is a very sensible approach. The group has developed a rental policy to welcome others to Theatre 42. Members are welcomed to rent the space for celebrations. Other theatre groups are welcomed to rent the space for productions. Performance groups of all types are welcomed to rent the space to present their talent to local audiences.

Rental Prices are as follows:
For one 8-Hour Day = $400
For a weekend, including Friday, Saturday & Sunday = $1,000
For a "Show Week" of Monday through Sunday = $2,000
For a Two Weekend Run = $3,500

Are you interested in a rental of Theatre 42? Have questions about the rates/details? 
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