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 will be available beginning at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, July 5, and the slots must be filled by August 1st. A link will be provided here when the sign-up site goes "live." MCP uses (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool).

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click the link that will be provided July 5.
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

Note: 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 shifts 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 will be available beginning at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, July 5, and the slots must be filled by August 1st. A link will be provided here when the sign-up site goes "live." 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.

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!

The Curious Savage - Auditioning June 22 and 25

The Curious Savage, written by John Patrick, is a comedic play about Ethel P. Savage, an elderly woman whose husband recently died and left her approximately ten million dollars. Contrasting the kindness and loyalty of psychiatric patients with the avarice and vanity of "respectable" public figures, it calls into question conventional definitions of sanity while lampooning celebrity culture.

Curious? Crazy? Committed! 
Come join the fun ...

Auditions for The Curious Savage will be held at Theatre 42 on Thursday, June 22nd, from 7 to 9 pm and again on Sunday, June 25th, also from 7 to 9 pm. Expect cold readings from the script. The show will be presented October 6, 7, 8, 12, 13 & 14 at Theatre 42.

For additional information please contact our director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Residents The Savages
Florence Williams: (20's-40's) The elegant "mother" of The Cloisters, she believes she has a five-year-old son named John Thomas; in fact, John Thomas is a doll. During Mrs. Savage's stay at The Cloisters, Florence believes that John Thomas has the measles.

Titus: He is the eldest step-son of Mrs.Savage. He sent so many threatening letters that he is listed by Western Union as a "tangible asset," Titus is the least popular senator in congress. He is sober, humorless, and direct. Titus also has a temper that tends to come out most when dealing with his mother.
Fairy May: (early 20's) Fairy is a compulsive liar who is obsessed with having others love her. She is unkempt throughout the play, but believes herself to be stunningly beautiful. She is also very childlike, behaving and speaking in the tone of a six-year-old.

Lily Belle: Lily Belle, the middle step-child, was once married to a Slovak prince, and has remarried five times since then. A celebrity heiress, she is arrogant, chic, and self-assured. She is also very selfish and is constantly putting forth the effort to make sure others are respecting her. When Lily Belle first met Ethel, she bit her new stepmother's finger and has promptly been just as vicious ever since.
Jeffrey: (20's-30's) Once a military pilot, Jeff was shot down in the war, surviving a crash that killed all his men. He now believes that he has a scar on his face, which he constantly hides from others. He plays the piano, but is too shy to do so around other people. He is also married to Miss Willie, but does not remember that he is, due to the crash. Miss Willie works at the Cloisters in the hopes that one day her Jeffrey will remember her. Samuel: The youngest step child of Ethel, Samuel has the distinction of being the judge with the most overturned decisions in the U.S. He walks in the shadows of his siblings, offering a sassy, short comment every once in a while, only to be shot down.

Hannibal: (20's-40's) Hannibal, once a statistician, was fired and replaced by an electronic calculator. He has then taken up the violin, which he wrongly believes he can play beautifully. He is a kind man with a vast array of knowledge stored in in his sometimes sarcastic head. Mrs. Ethel P. Savage: Referred to as "Mrs. Savage" for the majority of the play, she is a witty, kindhearted, blue haired woman with a shifted viewpoint of humanity. The events of the play are centered around her and her decision to hide the money which she has inherited from her late husband from her greedy stepchildren, to give away to those less fortunate or to fulfill others' random, yet important life long dreams.. She dislikes her stepchildren, but learns to love the residents of The Cloisters, accepting their own realities and delusions with an open-mindedness that others on the outside do not.

Mrs. Paddy: (40's-50's) Mrs. Paddy paints with the quality of Hannibal's violin playing. She paints only seascapes, which strikes Hannibal as "odd, because she's never seen the ocean." The other patients say that Mrs. Paddy stopped talking when her husband told her to "shut up" one day, and she hasn't spoken since. She only speaks to announce what she hates. She hates "everything in the world." Her main lines are lists of random things she hates, strung together loosely alphabetically. Her tirades are ignored by the other characters. She has given up electricity for Lent and turns off all the lights multiple times throughout the play, causing mayhem.
The Staff
Dr. Emmett: The staff doctor for this wing of The Cloisters, Dr. Emmett is kind, warmhearted, and he works hard to help his patients.
Miss "Willie" Wilhelmina: Miss Willie is an administrative assistant and nurse. She is married to Jeff, but struggles to pretend not to be because he doesn't remember her. She occasionally calls Jeff her pet name "Bingo." He is the reason she is working here, but she is nonetheless extremely kind and understanding towards all the residents of The Cloisters.

Meet the "Wizard of Oz" Cast

Auditions for MCP's Wizard of Oz were held at Theatre 42 on Saturday and Sunday, April 22 & 23. There were 74 talented individuals who came to perform before Director Shannon Mahoney, Music Director Lara Gonzalez, Choreographer Ellee Cornett and Stage Manager Carly Jo Baumgartner.

The following individuals were chosen to present The Wizard of Oz on July 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22 at 8:00 PM and July 16 at 2:00 PM at Theatre 42, 2752 S US Route 42, Lebanon, OH 45036. Tickets are available now! Just click here to guarantee a place for you "over the rainbow" with these super talented individuals!

       Dorothy Gale -------------------------------------- Katie Hill
       Toto --------------------------------------- Melody Gonzalez
       Uncle Henry/Gatekeeper ------------- Michael Easterling
       Auntie Em ----------------------------------- Leanne Kniffen
       Hunk/Scarecrow ------------------------------- John Rothan
       Hickory/Tinman ----------------------------- Justin Sanford
       Zeke/Lion ------------------------------------ Tony Bergman
       Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch ----------------- Jennifer M Lisa
       Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz --------------- Tom Caruso
       Glinda ---------------------------------- Christina Jo Sanford
       Nikko ------------------------------------------------ Matt Lisa

       Mayor of Munchkinland ----------------------- Anthony Lisa
       Coroner -------------------------------------- Amanda Kniffen   
       Barrister ------------------------------------ Landon Flaherty
       Lollipop Guild -------------------------------- Carter Sanford,
                                                         Eric Kniffen, Kyle Rosa 
       Lullaby League --------------------- Emma Ogden, Grace Sanford,
                                                                 Kaitlyn Stierhoff 
       Munchkin Villagers: Leah Allman, Katie Appell, Andrea Caulfield, Lily
           Droege, Vivian Henry, Kimberly Kurtz, Gabby Larson, Scarlett Marcussen, Jantzen
           McClure, Merrick McClure, Julie Ogden, Alexandra Root, London Sanford, Sophia Scalfaro


Singing/Dancing Crows:
       Wrynn Boucher, Leah Bracknell, Leslie Caulfield, Isabella Lisa, Abby MacNeil, Izzy Sanford, Olivia Scalfaro

Singing/Dancing Trees:
       Annemarie Bakos, Alisha Flaherty, Isabel Henry, Kara Meoak, Allison Shaw, Annika Wagner

       THE Jitterbug -------------------------------- Mandy Caruso
       Jitterbug Chorus ---------------------------- Leah Allman, London Sanford 

Kamryn Appell, Annemarie Bakos, Carly Boldman, Kim Bracknell, David Bruening,
       Carol Byers, Mandy Caruso, Leslie Caulfield, Morgan Doak, Annie Droege,
       Jonathan Eckman, Alisha Flaherty, Jaden Glaser, Isabel Henry, Ginny Johnson, Amanda Kniffen,          Elle Koch, Joel Lind, Isabella Lisa, Abby MacNeil, Cayla McNamara, Alyssa Meoak, Kara Meoak,  
       Grace Sanford, Izzy Sanford, Olivia Scalfaro, Allison Shaw, Harry Shepard,
       Kaitlyn Stierhoff, Annika Wagner


       General ---------------------------- Joel Lind       
       Wrynn Boucher, David Bruening, Jonathan Eckman, Harry Shepard