ACT Convention/OCTA Regional Begins June 20th

Each year, OCTA (Ohio Community Theatre Association) holds regional gatherings where member theatres from that region showcase an excerpt from one of the shows that the group has produced in the immediate past season. Those excerpts are adjudicated by three respondeers on the spot. Those responders not only give feedback, but determine which aspects of which excerpts deserve recognition of either Merit, Excellence or Outstanding and they award certificates for those. They also invite a certain number of excerpts based on the number of excerpts that present at regionals to showcase at the State Convention in September.

We are in Southwest Region. We have one of the largest conventions in the state. Fourteen theatre groups from this region will excerpt and MCP's The Foreigner will be one of those! With that many groups, at least three will be invited to go to the State Convention.

In the southwest region, there is the addition of an organized group of local theatres that has been in existence for many years ... ACT Cincinnati. OCTA and ACT work together to present the excerpts and ACT hosts a banquet on the Saturday of the big weekend where OCTA certificates for excerpts are awarded and groups that are invited to State are announced. It is also the event at which Orchid Awards are presented resulting from the adjudicators who come from ACT to see member shows and others are honored for long time service.

If you have never attended any part of the the ACT Convention/OCTAFest and you love theatre, you are really missing out!

For $15 you can see 14 great excerpts over three days. 

This year's weekend is Thursday, June 20th, Friday, June 21st, and Saturday, June 22nd. The Foreigner will be presented at 8:15 PM on Friday, June 21st. There are no individual tickets for just one night. It is $15 no matter how many excerpts you see. It is a super deal! Plan to come Friday to support Darren and the cast and crew of MCP's show. Come a little early and see Beechmont's Over the Tavern. Stay after and see Fairfield Footlighters' Savannah Sipping Society and see Darren perform in Out of Sterno for Mariemont Players.

If you are free Thursday evening, there are three great excerpts that evening and seven great excerpts on Saturday. Come Saturday morning. Come Saturday afternoon. See both sessions!

The ACT Banquet is Saturday evening. There will be other MCP members there. Just want to let you know that you should indicate when registering all of the groups that you have worked with over the season. Whichever group you list first is the group whose table(s) you will be assigned to for dinner seating. You CAN decide to skip dinner and come to the Award portion of the evening, but you will not be allowed to join your group at the table. They will have seating around the outside of the ballroom for those who are not dining.

Here is the link that will get you the information you need if you are interested and will allow you to register either online or by mail:

Early Bird registration ends June 9th. After that date prices increase.

If you wish to attend the dinner, you will need to register by June 17th. You can still register for excerpts and awards up to the day of attendance.

Come join the fun! You will be glad that you did. MCP had 5 shows adjudicated during last season that would be eligible for Orchid Awards ... Red, White & Tuna, Man of La Mancha, The Foreigner, Sentimental Journey: A Salute to the USO, and The Visit. Come cheer everybody on!


Cast of Mamma Mia! Announced!

Director Susan Berger is excited to announce the cast of Mamma Mia!

Sophie Sheridan – Bonnie Emmer
Donna Sheridan – Jennifer Lisa
Sam Carmichael – Peyton Hahn
Bill Austin – Phil Catlin
Harry Bright – Kevin Dunaway
Sky – Ty Boyd
Tanya – Julie Poux
Rosie – Alisha Flaherty
Lisa – Abby Farmer
Ali – Davi Hutchins
Pepper – Mark Mehlhope
Eddie – Caleb Courtney
Father Alexandrios – Jay Fultz

Ensemble – Mandy Caruso, Trisha Cooper, Willow Davis, Taylor Duecker, Royal Duncan, John Eigel, Kelley Flaugher, Jay Fultz, Hannah Gregor, Eric Grimm, John David Hamilton, Nancy Kammer, Isabella Lisa, Cheryl Lutz, Rebecca McLaughlin, Ilana Milberg, Lucy Mullenix, Karen Oehler, Ben Riesenberg, Mia Roehmhild, Tori Root, Monika Rudolph, Claude Ruizdeluzuriaga, Mary Beth Runnoe, Caitlyn Sanderson, Gaylene May Schumacher

Youth Ensemble – Landon Flaherty, Samuel Flaugher, Anthony Lisa

Susan and her staff can't wait to begin rehearsals in May. Jess Bunn and Katie Werner will serve as Stage Managers. Pete Padolik is the Vocal Director. Susan Schirmer will serve as Instrumental Director and Kevin Dunaway is the Choreographer.

Mamma Mia! will be presented July 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27 at 8:00 PM and July 21 at 2:00 PM at Theatre 42.

Tickets are on sale now ... just click here!

Take a R.I.D.E. with MCP in 2019

Take a R.I.D.E with MCP in 2019 ... 
Retaliation ...
Infatuation ...
Domination ...

Find out the cost of Retaliation
when you come discover the intricacies of ...
The Visit.

Come share all of the sweetness of Infatuation
when you bask in the glow of the popular ABBA vehicle ...
Mamma Mia!

See if the little kittens can save us all from world Domination
when you experience the delightful ...
Dr. Evil and the Basket of Kittens.

And help us put the Exclamation point on the popular Tuna series
when you join us for the final installment of our visits to Tuna, Texas ...
Tuna Does Vegas.

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MCP Banquet Honored Many

The MCP Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet held on January 12, 2019 was a great success. The Banquet celebrated the accomplishments of the 2018 season when MCP Lived the Dream with six productions and a special fundraising show. The productions included The Fantasticks, Enchanted April, the 2018 Gender Bender RevueRed, White & Tuna, Man of La Mancha, The Foreigner, and Sentimental Journey: A Salute to the USO.

Following a cocktail hour and dinner, the group held its annual meeting to elect the new members of the 2019 Board of Directors.
Click here for the list of those who will serve throughout this year.

Those present then turned their attention to the Awards Ceremony. The evening was filled with recognition. Some of the "awards" honored the humor that filled the year, while many honored the dedication and commitment of the troupe's members. Among the humorous were the Bloody Smurfs given to those who draw blood in the service of their art and the MO-Trin Awards for those who injure themselves without spilling any of their life blood.

Awards for dedication included Magnet Mayhem, the Silver Service Awards, the Most Community Player Awards for each show, the Vice-President's Award, the President's Award, the Jason Holt Technician of the Year Award, the Terry Family Founder Award, the Dallas and Helen Bowyer Award and the Grace Campbell Award.

Throughout the evening, members who were honored with Orchid Award Nominations from ACT Cincinnati and those who received Orchid Awards were acknowledged through a slide show presentation. Another presentation highlighted each of the productions throughout the year with projected photos.

The group once again honored Rebecca McLaughlin as the recipient of one of the coveted awards from ACT Cincinnati, the Roger Grooms Award. The Award is given annually in Roger's memory to a member from an ACT Theatre to honor an individual who has demonstrated dedication to raising the artistic quality of community theater production through active teaching and/or by demonstrating sustained excellence in the categories of directing, acting, choreography, musical or vocal direction. Becca is our resident research guru and has always promoted the need to teach the next generation of theatre members any "how to" that makes them a better contributor to the quality of a production and the growth of the theatre in general. There is no one more deserving! Matt Lisa challenged everyone to get their tickets to this year's ACT Banquet held the third weekend of June to witness Becca present the award to this year's honoree.

There were also 12 winners of door prizes ... superb themed baskets filled with many items chosen by the evening's presenters. And the evening wrapped up with dancing!

For a list of all of the Award Recipients from the Banquet, just click here!

For a listing of all of those who have received nominations or Orchid Awards from ACT Cincinnati, just click here!