Mason Players was honored to receive 44 Orchids for Excellence from ACT Cincinnati, Inc. for the plays presented from June 2018 through May 2019. The nominations from each show are listed below. Those in bold indicate an Orchid Award recipient. Awards were given at the ACT/OCTA event the weekend of June 20-22, 2018.

MCP is very proud of all of the hard work of these individuals nominated and honored and those who make our shows a success.

 
Red, White & Tuna …

Excellence in House - Mary Taylor & Melissia Gary
Excellence in Lobby Display - Mary Taylor & Melissia Gary
Excellence in Set Design - Jim Watson
Excellence in Set Decor - Mary Stan Fizer
Excellence in Stage Management - Rebecca McLaughlin
Excellence in Acting in a Play - Brandon Dunphy
Excellence in Acting in a Play - Jay Fultz
Excellence in Acting in a Play - Darren Lee
Excellence in Direction - Laureen Catlin
Excellence in Wigs - Eric Grimm
Excellence in Costume Design - Julie Walborn
Excellence in Special Effects - Phil Catlin & Jason Gonzalez
Excellence in Producing - Lara Gonzalez
Excellence in Ensemble - Lauren Catlin & Cast


Man of La Mancha …

Excellence in House - Mary Stan Fizer & Gaylene May Schumacher
Excellence in Lobby Display - Mary Stan Fizer & Gaylene May Schumacher
Excellence in Make-Up - Eric Grimm & Chris Siciliano
Excellence in Lighting Design - Jason Gonzalez
Excellence in Sound Design - Jim Hall
Excellence in Sound Execution - Jim Hall
Excellence in Set Construction - Eric Johansen & Darren Lee
Excellence in Choreography - Elenya Stephani
Excellence in Orchestral Performance - Larry Hirth and Orchestra
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Kevin Dunaway
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Gary Hopkins
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Darren Lee
Excellence in Ensemble - The Muleteers
Excellence in Ensemble - The Cast
Excellence in Direction - Liz Olekas
Excellence in Set Design - Jim Watson
Excellence in Set Decor - Liz Olekas
Excellence in Costume Design - Gail Rudolph
Excellence in Producing - Jonathan Eckman & Peyton Hahn
Excellence in Instrumental Music Direction - Larry Hirth
Excellence in Vocal Direction - Jon Scheiding
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - David Shough
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Sara Viola

The Foreigner …

Excellence in Progam Art - Ashley Keene
Excellence in Light Design - Steve Catlin
Excellence in Sound Design - Phil Catlin
Excellence in Acting - Jay Fultz
Excellence in Acting - Justin Bourne
Excellence in Acting - Mary Beringer
Excellence in Producing - Robert Terry
Excellence in House - Rebecca McLaughlin & Paula Johansen
Excellence in Lobby Display - Mary Stan Fizer
Excellence in Set Design - Darren Lee
Excellence in Set Construction - Darren Lee
Excellence in Set Decor - Sara Davis
Excellence in Acting - Pat Germano
Excellence in Acting - Gail Rudolph


Sentimental Journey: A Salute to the USO …

Excellence in Program Art for Ads - Perry Gary
Excellence in Set Decor - Perry Gary & Ann Sullivan
Excellence in Stage Management - Rachel Kavanaugh
Excellence in Acting in a Play - Joel Lind, Rebecca McLaughlin, Alex Lisa & Anthony Lisa
Excellence in Dance Execution - Bonnie Emmer & Kevin Dunaway
Excellence in Dance Execution - Cindy Wilmes
Excellence in Dance Execution - Claude Ruizdeluzuriaga
Excellence in Dance Execution - Maureen Rettig
Excellence in Dance Execution - The Cast
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Christina Sanford
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Elizabeth Zerhusen Pille
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Jay Fultz
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Julie Poux
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Kelley Flaugher
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Melissia & Perry Gary
Excellence in Instrumental Music Direction - Mike Schorr
Excellence in Orchestral Performance - Mike Schorr & Orchestra
Excellence in Vocal Direction - Pete Padolik
Excellence in Overall Technical Quality - Matt Lisa & Staff
Excellence in Producing - Matt Lisa
Excellence in Direction - Perry Gary & Ann Sullivan
Excellence in House - Mary Stan Fizer
Excellence in Lobby Display - Mary Stan Fizer & Mary Beth Benken-Riesenberg
Excellence in Program - Susan Berger
Excellence in Make-Up - Linda Wilt Geering
Excellence in Costume Design - Julie Walborn
Excellence in Dance Execution - Laureen Catlin
Excellence in Choreography - Laureen Catlin
Excellence in Choreography - Claude Ruizdeluzuriaga
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Bonnie Emmer
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Chris Toney
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Meghan Toney
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Dave Thompson
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance - Leah Busick
Excellence in Ensemble - The Wander Sisters: Kelley Flaugher, Christina Sanford, Elizabeth Zerhusen Pille
Excellence in Ensemble - Perry Gary & Ann Sullivan and the Cast

The Visit …

Excellence in House - Melissia Gary
Excellence in Lobby Display - Melissia Gary
Excellence in Program Art - Ashley Keene
Excellence in Properties - Dana Davis
Excellence in Light Execution - Jess Bunn
Excellence in Sound Design - Susan Berger
Excellence in Sound Execution - Peyton Hahn
Excellence in Acting - Dan Nieman
Excellence in Acting - John David Hamilton
Excellence in Acting - Sonya Neff
Excellence in Ensemble - Kayleigh Gleason & Nathaniel Morris
Excellence in Ensemble - Randy King & Phil Catlin
Excellence in Ensemble - The Cast
Excellence in Program - Laureen Catlin
Excellence in Light Design - Jason Dunaway
Excellence in Costume Design - Rebecca McLaughlin, Mary Seeck, Wrynn Boucher & Gaylene May Schumacher
Excellence in Producing - Matt Lisa
Excellence in Acting - Kevin Dunaway
Excellence in Acting - Rachel Freund
Excellence in Acting - L. Elise Kaplan
Excellence in Acting - Michael Easterling


Mason Community Players is a member of both ACT of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. and the Ohio Community Theatre Association. Both theatre organizations recognize excellence within member theatres in various ways.

For ACT of Greater Cincinnati, with the agreement of each director, MCP invites adjudicators from ACT to view the show, give feedback and nominate individuals for an Orchid Award. Two or more nominations from the three adjudicators who see each show results in an Orchid Award. All ACT member groups can be adjudicated and many take advantage of this process for recognizing the work of their members and the group in general and as an avenue for improving the quality of future productions through the adjudicators' comments.
ACT has changed its categories over the years. You might notice in recent years the title "Excellence in Musical Theater Performance" and in earlier years "Excellence in Acting in a Musical" and "Excellence in Vocal Performance." Whether to keep the elements of performance together or treat them separately has been a long-standing discussion within ACT. Most member theatres believe that an award should only be given if an individual's performance is judged based on a complete and whole presentation.


OCTA offers theatres the opportunity to excerpt a 40-minute portion of a production and receive recognition for excellence shown during those excerpts and the possibility to be invited to showcase at the annual State Conference held each Labor Day Weekend. Also, member theatres can submit costume designs, lighting designs, set designs, newsletters, web sites and/or set up lobby displays to be adjudicated and be eligible for recognition. The group also recognizes one individual in each region with the Spirit of Community Theatre Award each year and welcomes members annually to their Hall of Fame.