Announcing the Cast of Earnest

Director Mary Beringer has announced the cast of The Importance of Being Earnest.

MCP is excited to welcome to the production ...

Jack Worthing - Stephen Catlin
Algernon Moncrief - Christopher Ball
Gwendolen Fairfax - Katherine White
Cecily Cardew - Abby Farmer
Lady Bracknell - Amy Sullivan
Miss Prism - Melissia Gary
Dr. Chausble - Ray Lebowski
Lane - John David Hamilton
Merriman - Tristian Burbridge

Rehearsals will begin November 14th.

Performances will be ...
Friday, February 14th at 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 15th at 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 16th at 2:00 PM
Thursday, February 20th at 8:00 PM
Friday, February 21st at 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 22nd at 8:00 PM

Tickets are available online - just click here!

The show will open 125 years to the day when The Importance of Being Earnest first opened. It's true ... MCP's production will open on February 14, 2020 and the premiere of this classic work by Oscar Wilde occurred February 14, 1895.

It's a valentine for the ages. We are going to invite folks to bring a sweetheart to see this "trivial comedy for serious people." Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make this Wilde's most endearingly popular play.

MCP Extends Season

For many years, Mason Players has organized its season around the calendar year. That is not typical for the theatre groups in the Greater Cincinnati Area, especially for those groups who are members of ACT - the Association of Community Theatre of Greater Cincinnati. MCP is a member of ACT. At the direction of the MCP Board, it is adjusting its season to be organized from June 1st of one year through May 31st of the next year. To that end, MCP's 2019 Season is being extended into 2020.

So we invite you to ...

... Continue the ride and journey on the Mystery Tour.

Two shows will comprise the extended season - The Importance of Being Earnest and You Have the Right to Remain Dead.

Earnest will open on February 14, 2020. That is a very significant date; not just because it is Valentine's Day and this is a mystery about whether love can find a way. It is also 125 years to the day when this classic Oscar Wilde play was presented on stage for the very first time. Considered Wilde's most popular work, this show has stood the test of time. Love is still Wilde! Earnest will be directed by Mary Beringer. Auditions are forthcoming. Click here for more details, if you are interested in being a part of the cast!

You Have the Right to Remain Dead will be directed by Tess Catlin. Slated to open on May 8, 2020. This fun murder-mystery involves the audience. Not only do audience members participate in finding the murderer, they are suspects themselves. Are you sure that YOU are not the perpetrator?

Following these two shows, MCP will roll out its 2020-2021 Season. More details about the shows that will comprise that Season will be published soon.

Please keep supporting MCP by attending as many shows as possible. As we journey into 2020, come discover the answers to those burning, time-honored questions ... Will love prevail? and Who done it?

Visit Tuna One Last Time

It's true ... we will be returning to Tuna, Texas, for the fourth and last show in the series and, as an added bonus, visiting another state as MCP presents Tuna Does Vegas.

Worried that you shouldn't come see the show if you haven't seen the others? Worry not! Come and enjoy all the fun for the first time. See what you have been missing. Previous experience with Tuna is not required.

Brandon Dunphy, Jay Fultz and Darren Lee return to bring the residents of Tuna to life ... man, woman, child, and animals. AND ... they will add a few new personalities to their repertoires. Come visit with Arles, Thurston, Bertha, Charlene, Didi, Vera, Pearl, Inita, Helen, Joe Bob, and Leonard once again. Come meet Shot, Anna Conda, Maurice, Wo-Hu, and Carlotta.

The Production Team is in place once again with Laureen Catlin returning as Director, Lara Gonzalez as Producer, Becca McLaughlin as Stage Manager and Stephanie Dalsfoist as Crew Chief.

Please note that there is some adult language and some adult situations in this last installment.

Performances are:

Friday, November 15 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 16 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, November 21 at 8:00 PM
Friday, November 22 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 23 at 8:00 PM

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students and are available online ... just click here!

Help us put the Exclamation point on Tuna as MCP continues to R.I.D.E through 2019!

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.