Foreigner Cast Hard at Work

Under the direction of Darren Lee, the cast of MCP’s The Foreigner is focusing all its efforts on fun! The cast is working hard to ensure peals of laughter throughout every performance of this Fall’s production.

The ensemble is comprised of MCP veterans of many years, those who have joined the troupe within the last few years and two actors who are joining the family for the first time.

Amongst the MCP veterans is Gail Rudolph who will bring to life the character of Betty Meeks. Betty is the owner of a small fishing lodge in rural Georgia, which is the setting of the play. Gail is an accomplished, award-winning actress having experience on stage with multiple theatre groups. MCP is honored to call her their own. Gail joined the group in 1997 and has not only served as a performer but as a costumer, set decor coordinator, properties coordinator, stage manager, set designer and director. She has also served on the Board of Directors and is a mainstay in the areas of committee membership and fundraising. No stranger to principal roles, she has appeared in lead roles for MCP in Our Town and The Girls of the Garden Club and in major roles in Oliver!, Chamber Music, My Fair Lady, The Women, Inspecting Carol and Pride & Prejudice. She recently directed the critically acclaimed The Curious Savage, which garnered multiple Orchid Awards from ACT Cincinnati.

The role of Reverend Davis Marshall Lee will be portrayed by Randy King. Also a veteran of MCP, Randy began his association in 2000 when he appeared in the group’s premier production The Song of the Nightingale. Since that year, he has appeared in the ensembles of Our Town, The Lion in Winter, Once Upon a Mattress, The Crucible, Of Mice & Men, Imagine, Mason! and Comedy of Errors. Most recently he appeared in last year’s Fall production of The Curious Savage in the complex role of Jeffrey.

Jay Fultz can also be counted among the veterans of MCP. Jay first joined the group in 2005. For MCP, he has appeared as the Father in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as Hannibal in The Curious Savage and as Mellersch Wilton in Enchanted April. He is also one of only three members of the cast of the Tuna series having appeared as multiple characters in Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas and Red, White & Tuna. We look forward to his performance in the final installment of that series next Fall. Jay is going to bring his talent to bear for this show in the role of Owen Musser.

David Pendergraft joined MCP last year, but has lost no time in making himself a valued member of the troupe. David, who will appear as Froggy Lesueur, was Senator Savage in The Curious Savage last Fall and Fredrick Arnott in Enchanted April this past Spring. David comes to the area from Texas where he was a mainstay at his local community theatre.

The role of Catherine Simms will be portrayed by Mary Beringer. MCP is glad to have her back sharing her talents after her wonderful performance of Mortimer in the troupe’s February production of The Fantasticks. Mary comes to MCP with many years of experience despite her young age. She has been involved in theatre since her high school years at Ursuline Academy and has a degree in Theatre Arts from Hanover College. She has also performed with Kentucky Shakespeare Company and as a cast member with the Original Renaissance Pleasure Fair and the Ohio Renaissance Festival. No role intimidates Mary … not Teddy in Arsenic and Old Lace, Jesus Christ in Fist, Gun, Jesus or a Fairy for your local Renaissance Fair.

MCP is excited to welcome two new members to the family as they appear for the first time with the group.

Justin Bourne is the youngest member of the cast, portraying Ellard Simms, the seemingly dim-witted brother of Catherine, who is so much more than he is given credit for. Justin is a student at Lebanon High School and recently appeared there as Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also appeared with Acting Up as Big Bad Wolf in that troupe’s production of Shrek, the Musical. Justin also has an interest in film and is improving his acting skills through workshops and improv studies as he continues his high school career.

The Foreigner centers around the character of Charlie Baker and MCP is thrilled to have the experience of newcomer Pat Germano to bring the role to life. Pat has appeared in community theaters in the Southwest Ohio Region, but the skill he possesses most critical to this show is his talent with stand-up comedy and sketch comedy. Pat spent more than a decade in Los Angeles and Hollywood plying his trade in comedy successfully. MCP is very glad that he has returned to family and roots in this area and that he is willing to share his considerable talent with our audiences.

The cast is being supported by Producer Robert Terry, Assistant Director Tess Catlin and Stage Manager Jess Bunn. Darren and Robert have gathered together a great team of MCP members on their technical staff.

You don’t want to miss this talented group of people in this very funny show. Tickets are available now! Just click here! 

Cast of Sentimental Journey Announced

Directors Perry Gary and Ann Sullivan along with Producer Matt Lisa are excited to announce the cast of Sentimental Journey: A Salute to the USO. Musical Directors Lara Gonzalez and Pete Padolik, Choreographers Laureen Catlin and Claude Ruizdelazuriaga, and Conductor Mike Schorr can't wait to begin the rehearsal process to ready these talented people for a great show!
The cast includes: 

Glen Rodgers (Emcee)……….Tom Caruso
Ron Denny (Radio Announcer)……….Jay Fultz
Clyde Crosley……….Chris Murphy
Russell Franks……….Nick Godfrey
Rex Bennett ……….Peyton Hahn
Violet Cooper……….Bonnie Emmer
Marcella Deveaux……….Julie Poux
Hellen Starr……….Leah Busick
Patty Wander (Sister 1)……….Elizabeth Pille
Maxine Wander (Sister 2)……….Christina Sanford
Laverne Wander (Sister 3)……….Kelley Flaugher
The Libertones……….Jenn Lisa
The Libertones……….Sara Davis
The Libertones……….Phil Catlin
The Libertones……….Kevin Dunaway
The Libertones.......David Thompson
Jinglette 1……….Maddie Smith
Jinglette 2……….Taylor Duecker
Jinglette 3……….Katie Hill
Betty Layne ……….Melissia Gary
Frankie Lamont ……….Perry Gary
Jack Manny……….Dan Nieman
Liza Wesley……….Deb Giehl
Ted McHenry……….Randy King
Carothers Butler/Driver ……….John Hamilton
Lou Hamm……….Meghan Toney
Bud Armer……….Chris Toney
Terrific Tilderman……….Joel Lind
Hattie……….Becca McLaughlin
Janie……….Alex Lisa
Max / Shoe Shine Boy / Kid on Train……….Anthony Lisa
Sr USO Hostess……….Mary Stan Fizer
USO Hostess……….Kelli Norris
USO Hostess……….Rachel Freund
USO Hostess / Candy Girl……….April Reed

Dance Ensemble:
Mandy Caruso, Taylor Duecker, Bonnie Emmer, Abby Farmer, Missy Fram, Nick Godfrey, Katie Hill, Shannon Mahoney, Sherry Michalak, Maureen "Mo" Rettig, Chris Toney, Meghan Toney and Cindy Wilmes, with Laureen Catlin and Claude Ruizdelazuriaga

MCP Presents Special Veteran's Day Show

"A private, non-profit organization that provides morale and recreational services to members of the US Military and their families" - barely more than a dozen words to describe an iconic institution that has brought joy and comfort to millions. That's the USO, the United Service Organizations, which began its journey in 1941 in the early years of WWII. Still strong today, the USO does so much more than entertain; yet it is this aspect of its existence that is the most remembered.

This November, to honor veterans of every war and the USO who serves both active and retired military and their families, Mason Players is proud to present Sentimental Journey: A Salute to the USO. MCP will take audiences back to the beginning, when neighborhood cantinas provided a place for servicemen and women to dance and mingle, enjoying the sounds of "big bands," laughing at the antics of local comedians, and sometimes being treated to performances by the famous ... the Andrew Sisters, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, and Bob Hope.

From their beginnings stateside, the USO Entertainment wing traveled throughout the world bringing a piece of home to those deployed; and they continue to do just that. Sure the famous traveled, but from 1941 to 1947 alone more than 7,000 performers traveled on behalf of the USO, many whose talents were not known beyond their small town or their neighboring county.

MCP will salute the work of the USO in a special revue created by Directors Perry Gary and Ann Sullivan. Musicians will perform the big band sounds live. Dancers will bring back swing dance and tap dancing. Vocalists will croon and recreate the harmonies of a by-gone time. The audience will be treated to the look and feel of a USO Cantina and its denizens. It's time to take a trip down memory lane or go visit a time before you knew the world.

Sentimental Journey will be performed November 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 8:00 PM and November 11 and 18 at 2:00 PM at Theatre 42, 2752 S US Route 42, Lebanon, OH 45036.

Come celebrate Veteran's Day with us! Tickets are available now ... just click here!

Live the dream ... with the Greatest Generation!

MCP to Stage Fun-Filled "Foreigner"

Mason Community Players is excited to present The Foreigner as its Fall offering.
From the pen of Larry Shue, this Obie Award winning show is a favorite of theatre troupes throughout the country.
It is the perfect recipe for laughter.

Take one shy, meek Brit named Charlie, a proofreader from a science fiction magazine.
Stir in his cheerful friend, a munitions expert in the British Army.
Set them down in rural Georgia in a fishing lodge owned by a sweet elderly lady, wise about the ways of the American South but clueless of the wide world.
Toss in a bitter debutante and her younger brother who some consider "a bit slow."
Add a two-faced preacher and a leader in the local Klan.
Sprinkle in the information that Charlie is a foreigner who does not understand English.
Now stir.

Hidden heartaches, dark secrets, devious plots, and treachery aplenty are revealed. 
Charlie hears and "understands" them all.
How can he come to the rescue without revealing his own secret?
The solution to his dilemma comes with peals of laughter.

Director Darren Lee and Producer Robert Terry invite you to come and enjoy one of six performances. The Foreigner will be presented September 28th, 29th and October 4th, 5th & 6th at 8:00 PM and September 30th at 2:00 PM at Theatre 42, 2752 S US Route 42, Lebanon, OH 45036.

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

Live the dream ... it becomes clear!