Although in a lot of pain, up to the bitter end Leslie Juriet fought her battle with breast cancer. She lost that battle on Feb. 5 this year.
Juriet and Cindy Mueller were co-owners and operators of Center Stage Productions, a company that every January produced different plays and musicals for the Marco Players.
An outstanding talent, Jureit’s recent performance with Center Stage Productions at the Marco Players Theater was in “Relatives and Other Strangers” where she outdid herself with a rapid wordy excuse to the audience why she didn’t want to get married. How she memorized a rapid wordy script was an incredible feat considering she mentioned that “it’s tough getting old and having all this pain.” But she persevered through the play until just a few weeks ago.
Her role involved a number of costume changes, which she was famous for, and included a number of characters. What a trooper she was!
Going back in time, in 2007, she performed in “Remember When” with her company, playing one of the Andrew Sisters as well as other characters. She had an enormous amount of energy.
“Give My Regards to Florida” in 2006 was a true comical treat on living in Paradise. Previous to that in 2005, “Travel Comedy” was another sensational hit and one of the funniest plays her production company performed. In 2004, “All About the Girls” was a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Juriet and Mueller directed the show.
“The Ted Sullivan Show” was a take-off on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and a flash through the 1950s and 1960s. Performed in 2003, Juriet played the part of a somewhat production assistant who wants her own show and constantly tries to sabotage Ted’s show. Her antics were hysterical.
Their performances along the years included country clubs and resort audiences throughout Southwest Florida.
Jureit never took credit alone for doing any of the writing, producing or directing. She worked very closely with Mueller and a number of people in the show business world and always included them in the credits.
Noted for helping out the Marco Players in January and early February every year, Leslie Juriet, a true professional, will be sadly missed not only by the Marco Players but by everyone in the community who enjoyed her various performances, her love of costumes, and the theatrical talent she had.
“An angel visited the green earth and took a flower away.”