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VOTING GUILD MEETING During Which The Most Important Activity Occurs ONCE A YEAR, and that is . . .


OFFICERS and TRUSTEES for 2009-2010

Cast Announcement For Maybe Baby, It’s You What a wonderful response for auditions for Maybe Baby, It’s You. 22 talented people turned out and 22 talented people were cast. We have ages 17-81 and new folks for our audiences to enjoy!

Susan LaFountaine, Cassandra Warren, Bonnie Segaard, David Kihlken and Eric Martin. All this from a play which was originally produced with two people! And the set will be an easy one, so this is a great way to end our season. Some tech jobs are still available and we will need one heck of a person running sound; it is complicated. Please contact Bonnie Segaard and volunteer for a tech position. Jan Huston-Director

This meeting happens during the “Behind the Scenes”



Thoughts of Clara Johnson in Minnesota (aka Monette Garn in Ohio)

(Great Food & Beverages for a Modest $5 Donation)

will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, MAY 19th

Those cast, and in no particular Not a member? order, are Matt Parker, Jaclyn Come anyway so you can see Kromer, John Aiello, Shaina the fun we Frisch, Angela Fishburn, Deb and have! Dan Jadwisiak, Jan and Dave Then JOIN Us! Baker, Steve Heineman, Keith President Dick’s Fisher, Louise Palmerton, Perspectives Melinda Bahnsen, Sarah Leid- Presidential Our NEW Season for 2009-10 heiser, Susan And Don Doell, What is a costumed merrymaker? Our END OF THE YEAR GALA Info Margaret Meinke (Helbing),

The Bunyan Bay Bar has closed up for now, but maybe we’ll open again in a couple of years. Dale Jensen, the-alwaysthinking set construction worker, took photos of everything in place, just in case we decide to do that ….say for Christmas some year. (FYI: there is a Don’t’ Hug 3 Me Christmas play.) 2 3 4 5

The cast and crew had a great time both on and off (continued on page 2)

Playmakers Civic Theatre


P.O. Box 149 Port Clinton, Ohio 43452


Theatre Talk A newsletter about Playmakers Civic Theatre

Published monthly by The Really Useful Media Company Editor, Richard Renn 521 East Second Street Port Clinton, Ohio 43452 Phone: (419) 734-1668 Fax: (419) 734-6468 E-mail: Guild President, RICHARD RENN 521 E. Second St., Pt. Clinton, OH 43452

MAYBE BABY, IT’s YOU, 11 Vignettes About Picking “the Right One” May 7-9 (No show on Mother’s Day) May 14-17

Evening Performances at 8 pm; Sunday Matinees at 2 pm

PLAYMAKERS CIVIC THEATRE, 604 W. 6th St., Pt. Clinton, OH 43452

Deadline for Articles to make it into the next THEATRE TALK is: May 24, 2009 Please contact Dick Renn anytime with information you’d like included in your theatre’s newsletter! Email— Cell—419-341-1843 Land Line—419-734-1668


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Board Meeting, May 5th @ 7:30 pm MAYBE BABY, IT’s YOU opens; no Mother’s Day show Second Week Run of MAYBE BABY GUILD MEETING “Behind the Scenes” 6 p.m. @ Theatre Election of Officers amongst Good Food & Beverages TOMORROW: send FORUM topics for our Website! Visit our new website!

Presidential Perspectives by Richard Renn Hi, Three down and one to go! This is what has driven Elaine and I for forty years in this community theatre; the beginning and the end of a Season, and all those exciting points in between! The points in between have been awesome (this is why you readers who are not Guild members, should join!) The performances on stage, the back stage working support of the production, the parties and Guild meetings in between, the special events we attend as Guild members, the state theatre (OCTA) competitions and events, and the community activities in which we support and participate. MAYBE BABY, IT’S YOU is the last production of our 62nd Season, the one to go, as stated above. And what an END it will be, with 22 actors from all across the Playmaker spectrum, playing characters who seek out who they want as their life partners, etc. in eleven vignettes. A concept that is so unique and interesting. Jan Huston is the director, and she has listed these fine actors on the cover page of this newsletter. She still needs volunteers to wrap up a few technical ends. This show was chosen last season to “make it easy for us” to make a smooth transition to our planned remodeling and expansion of our theatre during this coming Summer, by not making our last “teardown” difficult; we wanted to be prepared! The architectural plans were finished, the land is ours, and we have the financial “down payment” to get it started—in a normal economic environment!! But in 2009 we have to wait for this nationwide economic slowdown to end; we need community monetary support to help us to make this improvement happen. We all need our community to be financially healthy. We know all of our loyal friends wish their community theatre success in improving their comfort level whenever attending a performance! So we wait! We have strived for over 62 years to be one of the major arts contributors to this area. Maybe we have taken this for granted after such a long time? We know now have competitors. But live theatre should compliment our competitors so as to enrich the arts environment for all our citizens in a wide area of NE Ohio. Finally, after I have stepped down from my soap 2 box, I would be remiss if I didn’t say something

MEMORIES OF DON’T HUG ME (continued from page 1)

stage. The audiences (at least the comments we heard) enjoyed the show as much as we did. If you are reading this and didn’t see the show… we missed you. Our attendance numbers could have been greater. Wish I knew the answer as to why we can’t fill those seats every night. It’s still a bargain for live entertainment. Perhaps, there were a lot of snow birds that couldn’t be here. Gunner (Matt Parker) certainly would understand that. In fact, with this April cold spell we’ve had this week almost has me convinced he’s right. Sometimes Florida sounds good, but I am still a walleye woman in a (not so) crappie town. Born and raised here, I’m here to stay. Yah, you betcha. about our recently closed DON’T HUG ME. Playmakers has been so fortunate this Season to have started with a “kids’ musical”, followed by a well-acted spoof, both were GREAT!!!! SEUSSICAL the MUSICAL and FAITH COUNTY II. Then comes along DON’T HUG ME!! What more could one want? A musical in cold Minnesota! Matt, Monette, Jaclyn, Jeff, and Rich, you were SPECTAULAR!!! Thanks, Brenda and the Techies! These three were not famous BLOCKBUSTER hits like Mame, Hair, My Fair Lady, or Jesus Christ, Superstar, etc., but they were so GOOD and MEMORABLE. Now comes another Super Show, Maybe Baby, It’s You! It’s not a musical, but the cast is awesome and there are so many interesting characters and bits of good writing for each. Jan Huston, as a veteran director, AND actor, knows how to stage all of these vignettes to make a big impact on the audience. These will be funny and poignant! So there you have it. A litany of my impressions as a long-time Playmaker. We are an organization devoted to bringing live, entertaining theatre to people who just might enjoy it! That’s all. Richard Renn, PCT President 2008-2009


Looking Cool and Saving Money with a Spanking Brand New Website!

Have you visited our new website at It is filled with interesting things to see and do, such as the FORUM on which you can post your thoughts on several topics. Then there are the Video and Photo Galleries featuring the current show and views from past productions. There are links to many other area theatre websites, tourist and area informational links such as the PC Area Chamber of Commerce and the county Visitors Bureau, and links to the Jet and Miller ferry lines. You can even get information on local hotels and bed & breakfast offerings. One advantage to having our THEATRE TALK newsletter on our website is that we can save a lot of postage (soon to be 44 cents per newsletter) by asking you to forego a hard copy being mailed to you, and instead we would invite you to read Theatre Talk online. If you register on our website by typing your name and email address, we’ll even remind you with an email message when a new newsletter is posted for you to read! Of course, some of you may not use a computer, so please indicate on the postcard enclosed that you would like us to still mail the newsletter to you. Speaking of postage, we thank you in advance for supplying the 27 cents for a stamp to mail this postcard back to us! Finally, as more and more folks use a website for many of their daily sources of information, and for various purchases, our website soon will enable you to book show reservations and to pay for your tickets online with your credit card. While using this feature, you may click on the “Contact Us” button and ask the Box Office any questions) you might have concerning your choice of performances, changes you need to make, or any other general questions about our operation. Thank you.

Introducing . . . The PLAYS for Our 63rd SEASON, 2009-10 On April 15th, Chair Monette Garn presented to the Guild the exciting slate of plays her Playreading Committee had chosen for next Season. The first production, CLUE, The Musical. November 12-22, 2009 Based on the popular board game, called CLUE in North America and CLUEDO in 71 other countries, this rousing, fun-filled musical brings the world's best-known mystery suspects to life on the stage, and invites the audience to play along to solve a mystery and win prizes. CLUE, The Musical is an international theatrical sensation, wowing audiences everywhere. Leading off in the New Year, a play titled WEEKEND COMEDY. January 14-24, 2010 Weekend Comedy, is written by a husbandand-wife team, Sam and Jeanne Bobrick. The show is all about two couples and their relationships with each other, with a comic twist. The Bobricks have given an amusing look at life, love, marriage and relationships. The premise of the show is simple. Frank and Peggy have booked a cabin in the Catskills for a weekend. They have been married for many years and are very set in their ways. Frank is reluctant to leave home and worries about everything, especially his job in office supplies. Peggy is hoping the weekend getaway will inject some romance back into their marriage. Into the cabin walk Jill and Tony, a younger couple who have also rented the same cabin for the weekend, due to a booking mistake. It's late, no one wants to leave, and they end up sharing the cabin, with Jill and Tony taking the bedroom and Frank and Peggy sleeping on the sofa pull-out bed. Romance seems to go by the wayside as the two couples get to know each other and the two men in particular spar verbally back and forth about life and work and relationships. Talk about a generation gap! You couldn't find two more different couples. Next, a play titled The Messiah On The Frigidaire. (continued on page 4)


The 63rd SEASON is ANNOUNCED (continued from page 3)


March 18-28, 2010 The small town of Elroy, South Carolina is thrust into the evangelical spotlight, when what seems to be the image of Jesus appears on a refrigerator in a trailer park. The discovery by Lou Ann Hightower, her husband Dwayne, and her best friend Betsy, sets into motion a frenzy of conflict, communion and good old fashioned commerce. When the National Investigator turns the appearance into front page headlines, their trailer park becomes a mecca for miracle seekers, soul searchers and disciples with a decidedly political agenda. Through the ordeal, the three undergo an evolution in their relationships with each other, and they are forced to come to grips with their lowly status in the caste system of the rural south. In a region where religion is as much a part of life as grits and cotton fields, God surely moves in mysterious ways. Finally, to end the Season, Playmakers will produce the hit musical, MAME. June 17-27, 2010 Mame is a happy happening. She is well-to-do, lives in New York at the peak of the Twenties, and is surprised by a "wonderful present": an orphan nephew named Patrick. Now, ten-year-old Patrick needs his aunt, and this is something new for Mame—to be needed. It changes her life. It brings her into sharp conflict with her best friend, Vera Charles, a multimartini grande dame of the legitimate theatrefor Vera can't stand children. The man Mame is about to marry is perfectly willing to take on the boy as a bonus, but Mame doesn't think she'll have time for marriage-"I'll be too busy being a mother!" Mame is Eve, St. Joan, Lady Godiva, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Bow and Florence Nightingale. She dances, too, and defies all generation gaps! We have seen hundreds of Auntie Mames and Mames: in each one there seemed to be a flash of something a bit different, a new discovery in the way this remarkable lady thinks, feels, moves. Of course there is more to the story, but this description will suffice to show you the joy you’ll feel as you embrace the great MAME! Now you can look forward to experiencing a very unique Season of live theatre in Port Clinton. Monette and the Playreading Committee deserve a big hand for choosing such a varied and entertaining slate.


As many of you know, our great singer and actress, Louise Palmerton, has a husband named Larry. Larry has suffered from a serious illness and from a battle with Winter 2009 (resulting in a couple of falls on the ice that resulted in the need for an orthopedic doctor). Happily, today he is on the mend in all areas, and they asked your Editor to insert this BIG Thank You from them to all of you who had Larry in your thoughts and prayers.

QUESTION—Which word can be defined as a masked, or a costumed merrymaker? Submitted by MD E. David Baker A. mummer B. munchkin C. mummichog ANSWER-mummer (mum'er) 1. A masked or costumed merrymaker, especially at a festival. 2a. One who acts or plays in a pantomime. 2b. An actor. [Middle English, from Old French momeur, from momer, to wear a mask, pantomime.] Mummers tradition dates back to 400 BC and the Roman Festival of Saturnalias where Latin laborers marched in masks throughout the day of satire and gift exchange. This included Celtic variations of “trick-or-treat” and Druidic noise-making to drive away demons for the new year. Reports of rowdy groups “parading” on New Years day in Philadelphia date back before the revolution. Prizes were offered by merchants in the late 1800’s. January 1, 1901 was the first “official” parade offered about $1,725 in prize money from the city. The Mummers parade is a celebration of the New Year but is serious business in Philadelphia. Clubs work on the costumes and practice all year for their one day in the sun (… wind, rain or snow). There are many lively discussions over the scoring by the judges and adherence to the complicated set of rules the marchers must follow when being

judged. String Bands are judged on their musical presentation as well as the costumes. Seeing and hearing a String Band performing live in the parade is a one-of-a-kind experience. Comic clubs tradition from ancient Greek god Momus, who was the personification of mockery, blame, ridicule, scorn, raillery and stinging criticism. Momus was expelled from heaven for his/her criticisms and ridicule of the gods. The comic clubs continue to raise controversy over these themes they use in the parade that make fun of current issues and news stories such as issues involving religion, ethnicity, and feminism. Many Mummers parade controversies over polices, such as the exclusion of women and the use of black-face, lasted many years. This might give us a new twist for the 4th of July Parade.

will be a cash bar. The 2008-2009 Committee is giving everyone four months notice, so if you set aside $3.00 a week per person, the money will be there. Save even more and you can buy a new outfit! Mark Your Calendar Today!


The 2008-2009

Your Editor has this space left in the newsletter. As many of you know who do newsletters, it ain’t always easy to fit submitted news and articles into an allotted space; sometimes you get too much for 4 pages and not enough for 6 pages, etc.!

Saturday, August 15th, 2009 at the

So to fill up the rest of this newsletter I will discuss the issue of blogging, or joining a forum, almost the same thing, isn’t it?


Year End Gala

Port Clinton Yacht Club This annual event is always a great time and the Board and Gala Committee wants ALL of YOU to know YOU are invited! Join us for an evening of food, fun, The Installation of 20092010 Officers and Trustees and The Playmocker Awards will be the highlights of the evening, not to mention the great food and lively camaraderie. The cost is generally about $30.00 per person, which includes the meal, hall rental, decorations, award plaques, cleanup, and The Playmocker Awards. It

On our new website we have a FORUM!! You can read the four topics and comment on them for the whole world to read. Deciding which topic to post is difficult so your Editor needs your suggestions. Click on the “Contact Us’ button and send them to me. Any concerns you want others to think about and comment on is what we need. Then, we need folks to go to the site, click on the Forum link, and “post a note.” Please, very few theatre websites I have visited have this feature. We are so lucky to have this viewer-driven interactive addition in place now, thanks to Paul Wallen, our Webmaster. (Note: Now we have a lot of interesting LINKS to other theatres and area tourist websites you can surf) 5

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