Auditions for "You Have the Right to Remain Dead" Are Soon

Director Tess Catlin invites you to come and audition for MCP's May show, You Have the Right to Remain Dead. This light-hearted approach to murder and mayhem involves the audience in the search for the culprit. Come be a part of this funny farce by the master of mirthful mystery, Pat Cook. The show will be presented May 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16 at 8:00 PM and May 10 at 2:00 PM. 

will be held
Saturday, February 1st, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and
Sunday, February 2nd
, from Noon to 5:00 PM at Theatre 42.
The venue is located at 2752 S US Route 42, Lebanon, Ohio 45036.

There is no need to schedule an appointment. Come expecting cold readings from the script. You are welcome to complete the audition form and bring it with you to streamline the process. See link below.

Characters of the show include:

HARNELL CHESTERSON - male, mid 30s-early 50s, a pompous narrator who expresses all thoughts without any regard for his words.

- male, 30s-40s, long suffering police detective; easily frustrated 

- female, late 20s - late 40s, frazzled director trying to maintain authority

- male, 40s, a large man with a large presence 
(also plays FAT DADDY - a rich vindictive southerner)

- female, 40s - 50s, a self absorbed actress 
(also plays SWEET MAMA - Fat Daddy’s wife)

- female, 20s - 30s, energetic but awkward 
(also plays SAVANNAH - Earl’s overly amorous wife & MAN 1)

- male, 20s, newcomer to the group, obviously does not know the others well 
(also plays EARL - a worm of a son, & MAN 2)

- male, 20s-30s, not very bright 
(also plays CLETE - the house handy man & MAN 3)

- female, 20s-30s, business like, very practical and plans everything out 
(also plays HYACINTH - a daughter who likes to clean firearms, & WOMAN)

TRUDY MARSH - female, teenager or early 20s, - ultimate techie, is able to handle many things at the same time

Here is a synopsis of the show for those who are unfamiliar with the work:

You've just settled down in a theatre to solve an audience-participation murder mystery. The narrator comes out and gives you a little insight as to what to expect during the show. The show starts and you meet Fat Daddy, a rich but vindictive southern man and his scheming family. It is obvious there will be a murder, but who will it be? Will it be Sweet Mama, Daddy's pandering wife; Hyacinth, the daughter who's always cleaning the family firearms, the wormy son Earl, or his amorous wife, Savannah? What about Clete, the handyman? As the play unravels, you find that nothing is as you expect. When the director comes on stage and the police arrive, everyone is accused of murder; even the actors. Yes, you are a suspect, as well! This frantic mystery-comedy will have you guessing and laughing until the last clue is dropped and the last line is delivered.

Click here if you would like to download the audition form and bring it completed to auditions!

Earnest Opens 125 Years After Earnest Opens

The Mason Community Players will open Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest 125 years to the day after its premiere on February 14, 1895 in London. That's right! Our MCP cast will take the stage at 8:00 PM on February 14, 2020, at Theatre 42 to bring this classic story to life once again. The message of this “Trivial Comedy for Serious People,” as its subtitle declares, rings as true in today’s world as it did in Wilde’s.

The nine-person cast will present five more performances February 15th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd at 8:00 PM with a 2:00 PM matinee on Sunday, February 16th. Together the performers will utilize Wilde’s high farce and witty dialogue to convey his timeless messages about marriage, morality, and the importance of turning earnestness on its ear. Learn more about the cast here!

Director Mary Beringer wants to invite everyone to come and bring a sweetheart to share in this light-hearted experience. An evening of dinner and theatre would make a wonderful gift for Valentine’s Day, for Valentine's Weekend, or even the weekend after, if your sweetheart deserves to be celebrated all week long! Better yet, MCP says make it a double date with close friends ... Algie, Jack, Gwendolyn and Cecily would approve. Or why not have dinner with a bunch of friends, come and chuckle at the "the things we do for love" and have a drink afterwards to top it all off. MCP has group rates for ten or more. Call the message line at 513.398.7804 to reserve room for your group!

Tickets are available online now ... just click here!


Highlighting the Cast of Earnest

Meet the cast of The Importance of Being Earnest.

MCP and Director Mary Beringer 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 - Charlie Rader
Lane - John David Hamilton
Merriman - Brandon Blair

Stephen Catlin is a lifelong member of MCP, and a veteran of numerous shows both on stage and off. Also a claimant to many years of service as a performer, technician and administrator is the multi-talented Melissia Gary. We are grateful to those returning to our stage from past performances ... Amy Sullivan, an accomplished veteran of area community theatre, Abby Farmer, also an accomplished musician, choreographer and dancer, and the man of many voices and many theatrical skills, John David Hamilton. And MCP is extremely thrilled to welcome to our stage for the first time, Christopher Ball, Katherine WhiteCharlie Rader, and Brandon Blair. Brandon is no stranger to MCP having been invaluable as a tech over the last year. And he will have double duty as the show's Technical Director in addition to his role. Christopher Ball is also a veteran of area community theatre with credits at four area groups. He most recently appeared as Sky in Footlighters, Inc. Mamma Mia! Katherine White is a relative newcomer to the area, but not to acting. She has experience on stage, on film, and online and seems to be a woman of many voices to rival our own John David. And Charlie Rader comes to us with many years of experience throughout area stages, but many MCPers will recognize him from his skilled work with Loveland Stage Company. 

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?