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! 

Man of La Mancha This Month!

Live the dream ... it's not impossible!

Come share the story of a dreamer ... of an author ... of a knight errant ... of a madman ... and of the prisoners whose lives were changed because of him. 

The original production of Man of La Mancha won five Tony Awards after its debut in 1965. It was proclaimed Best Musical of the Year with the Best Musical Score. It also won Tonys for its leading man, Richard Kiley, its director, Albert Marre and for its scenic design. The musical is the story of three characters in one man ... the author Miguel Cervantes, who penned the novel that is its source, the main character of the novel, Alonso Quijano, and Alonso's alter-ego, the knight errant, Don Quixote.

This beautifully crafted work takes the audience to the depths of a Spanish prison during the height of the Inquisition and lifts them beyond the stars. No one walks away from the production untouched.


The outstanding score includes "The Impossible Dream," a song that became an instant classic. Other songs from the score, though they did not become a part of popular culture, are no less beautiful. They range from the sardonic "I'm Only Thinking of Him" to the sweet "I Really Like Him" to the haunting "To Each His Dulcinea." The music broke with Broadway's traditional scores by incorporating the influence of the Flamenco style.

Though the work is not a biography of Miguel de Cervantes, it honors the world in which he lived and wrote. It is also not a retelling of Cervantes' novel Don Quixote; but it pays homage to its themes and settings. 

If you have never had the opportunity to see Man of La Mancha live on stage, here is your chance! A talented and skilled cast and staff are dedicated to bringing this ground-breaking musical to life. Let MCP lead you to the prison and take you to the stars.

View the cast list for the show here!

Performances will be July 27 & 28 and August 2, 3 & 4 at 8:00 PM and July 29 at 2:00 PM at Theatre 42. Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for students and are available now ... just click here!

Foreigner Auditions Are Soon!

Mason Community Players is excited to announce auditions for its 2018 fall show, The Foreigner.

Join director Darren Lee and his production staff at auditions.
They will be held:
July 31, 2018 and August 1, 2018
7:00 to 9:00 PM
 
  • Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
  • Those auditioning for the role of Charlie may be asked to demonstrate an ability to do improvisation and physical comedy.
  • Resume and headshot appreciated but not required.
 
Performances: September 28-30 and October 4-6, 2018.


Auditions on both days will be held 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 north of the Southwest Golf Ranch.

 

Synopsis

Charlie is a pathologically shy Englishman who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. He accompanies his friend, Froggy, on a trip to a small fishing lodge in rural Georgia. So that Charlie can avoid talking to the other people at the lodge, Froggie tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. The fun begins when Charlie overhears more than he should – personal secrets and damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn't understand a word being said.


Roles

Charlie Baker: Male. Plays late 30s to 40s. Initially a shy, mild-mannered Englishman seeking peace and quiet, Charlie begins to see himself differently through the eyes of the tenants at the lodge. Requires great comedic timing and physicality. Requires some ability to do accents.  

Froggy Lesueur: Male. Plays 40s to 50s. A British military demolitions expert. Charlie's caring friend. Requires a cockney accent.

Betty Meeks: Female. Plays 60s to 70s. The proprietor of the fishing lodge, Betty is a widow and a long-time friend of Froggy. Good-hearted, generous, “down-home” Southerner. Requires a strong rural Georgia accent

Reverend David Marshall Lee: Male. Plays early to mid-30s. Comes off as a charming Southern preacher, but has a dark side. Engaged to Catherine. Southern accent.

Catherine Simms: Female. Plays mid to late 20s. A former southern debutante from a wealthy family who is uncertain about her future. Catherine is Ellard's older sister and is engaged to Reverend Lee. Southern accent.

Ellard Simms: Male. Plays late teens to mid-20s. Seemingly slow and slightly dim-witted, Ellard exhibits genuine intelligence when given the chance. Requires great comedic timing. Ellard is Catherine’s younger brother. Southern accent.

Owen Musser: Male. Plays 30s to 40s. Stereotypical southern Klansman. Should be physically intimidating. Heavy rural Georgia accent.

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