67th Season 2013-2014

A Dicken’s Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts

This is a farce adaptation of the classical tale. From the bonny shores of England comes the Styckes-Upon-Thump Repertory Theatre Company, a stuffy old travelling troupe embarking on their fifteenth annual farewell tour of the Dickens' tale. The company includes Sir Selsdon Piddock, the consummate actor, in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, with Mrs. Bettina Salisbury, Dame Rowena Middleton-Lewis, Mrs. Cordelia ffoliet-ffolkes ffortescue Woods, Teddy Shub and Elyot Crummels in multiple supporting roles, and sweet Cynthia Imbry, the general understudy finds herself thrust onstageto perform a role she is ill-prepared for!. When the company's diva, Bertinna feigns illness, certain the production will be canceled, this merry troupe of over the hill and upstart actors carry on without her much to her shock and rage. Roles are shuffled at the last minute and the sweet understudy Cynthia, suddenly finds herself on stage knowing only one line of dialogue. She has written her part in and on almost everything, including the Christmas pudding! Midway through the doomed performance, the diva rushes in to reclaim her role. Total mayhem ensues as the company scrambles to keep the show going while everything goes hilariously wrong.

Cast of 3 men / 4 women
Auditions: September 9 & 10, 2013 Contact Info: (419)307-3035
Production Dates: November 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17. November 2013

Jerry Finnegan’s Sister

Brian Dowd has spent the last 10 years of his life wrestling with an unrequited "something" for his best friend's sister, who happens to live next door. But each and every time he's spoken with Beth Finnegan for more than 30 seconds, It's ended up with his foot planted firmly in his mouth. Now, Brian's time is about to run out. With recent news that Jerry Finnegan's sister is getting married, the time has come for him to put up or shut up. Like John Wayne in The High and the Mighty, Brian has reached the point of no return. What's he got to lose--except the love of his life! In a series of fast-moving, hysterically funny scenes, two actors play Brian and Beth from ages seven and six, through their adolescent and teen years, right up to the moment the play is happening, when they're both in their early 20s. Does Brian confess his feelings and win Beth, or.............

Production Dates: January 10, 11, 12 17, 18, 19. 2014
1 man / 1 woman (younger)
Auditions: October 21 & 22, 2013 Contact Info: (419)307-3035
Directed by Millie Butts

12 Angry Jurors

A 19-year-old stands trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. Their decision could lead to the boy’s death. “He doesn’t stand a chance,“ mutters the guard as he leads the jurors to the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case until one of the jurors refuses to vote guilty without discussing the facts which begins an eye opening experience. The discussion turns into heated arguments where jurors expose their personal prejudice, bias, and weaknesses that have clouded their judgment. Tempers get short but evidence is re- examined before a final verdict is reached.

Auditions: January 20 & 21, 2014 Contact Info: (419)356-6805
Production Dates: March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16. 2014
13 men and women
Directed By Brenda MacDonald

A Grand Night for Singing: A Musical Review

This musical review is a romantic journey from young infatuation to the touching and funny complexities of commitment and marriage, the joys of parenthood, and the power of enduring love. It features over 30 songs from the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals such as Carousel, Oklahoma, The King and I, South Pacific, Cinderella, and The Sound of Music, as well as lesser-known works such as Allegro, Me and Juliet, State Fair, Pipe Dream, and Flower Drum Song. Rodgers & Hammerstein signature songs like “OH, What a Beautiful Mornin” to “Some Enchanted Evening” are placed in a new context, in a way that celebrates the colossal appeal of their legendary songbook.

Auditions: March 10 & 11, 2014 Contact Info: (419)573-2091
Many Men & Women
Production Dates: May 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18. 2014
Directed By Brenda Hensley. Musical Director: Robert Bell


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In Memoriam

Once again, it is with great sadness that we at Playmakers Civic Theatre must relay to our patrons, especially to those loyal patrons who live in other communities, the death of long time theatre member Don Doell. He passed away on November 6, 2012 after a long and rare illness.

Don’s first play was A BAD YEAR for TOMATOES in 1992. He had a bit part as the sheriff of a backwater town smaller than Mayberry. After that his talent grew as fast as his love for community theatre. He played walk on roles as English cabbies and the old time family doctor making house calls. For a Christian, he played a little old Jewish man more than anyone at Playmakers in such plays as VISITNG MR. GREEN and Neil Simon’s THE SUNSHINE BOYS.

Once Don even played God in EARLY ONE EVENING AT THE RAINBOW BAR & GRILL. He endeared us in MIXED EMOTIONS, and as Norman in ON GOLDEN POND, both times playing opposite the late Jan Meyer Huston. We loved him TWICE in Ron Hill’s HOUSE for SALE. He also costarred with the first and greatest love of his life, his wife, Sue, in THE GIN GAME.

Don complained he could barely support the men’s section of the choir at Trinity Church, but he played many big & small parts in countless musicals: DAMN YANKEES, SCROOGE the MUSICAL, JACQUES BREL is ALIVE & WELL, and his last show, THE KING & I. He even traveled to Tiffin to play a role in BIG RIVER. In his later years he managed to find roles in musicals in which he wasn’t required to sing. But he could sing, and he was always an audience favorite no matter the part or the play. Don appeared in over 40 plays since that first time in the spring of 1992.

Don served on the Board of Trustees of Playmakers as president, vice president, and a trustee. He also served on the Playreading committee.

Anyone who knew Don knew he loved his wife and fellow Playmaker, Sue, and his daughters, son, and grandchildren. Don was a golfer, a hunter, a lover of history, especially that which involved the Marblehead lighthouse, and he loved his daily 4:30 “Happy Hour” as long as the doctor permitted. Don insisted that ethanol production is NOT the best use of sour mash corn.

Don was all about his family and the theatre. Both his family and the theatre already miss him dearly. After an 83 year run, the spotlight slowly went out on Don Doell. We know he is resting comfortably in the celestial balcony with his feet up on the railing, his libations at his side, his pipe in his mouth, and reading the script of a musical with the role of a life time!! Our prayers of comfort and consolation are given for Sue, the children, and the grandchildren.

Donald Ralph Doell
April 13, 1929 – November 6, 2012
“What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.”

Excerpted from “The Dash”, a poem written by Linda Ellis