Rousing skits, songs and banter marked the Marco Players’ contribution to the evening, but raising one of the biggest cheers was news about an inanimate object.
It was a niggly, and intrusive pole that has vexed directors, actors and audiences since the theater was acquired 10 years ago at the Town Center.
Problem was that the pole was load-bearing and couldn’t simply be hacked down with a band saw.
Instead, the ceiling will be appropriately strengthened, said Marco Players President Beverly Dahlstrom, enabling clear vision from all parts of the 83-seat auditorium.
Before a singing entrance by members of the Players, Dahlstrom recounted some of the history of the group, from inception in 1976 playing at halls, to the present stadium-like mini theater that has marvelous intimacy and acoustics.
Mid-way through the evening, director Rich Joyce put three of the actors in the upcoming play, Jake’s Girls — Eric Stumpf, Kathy O’Brien and first-time actor Lisa Lang — through their paces.
On cue, they started their presentation as if reading their scripts in the early stages of rehearsals, but within minutes had discarded them to launch into a polished and amusing 10-minute segment of the play. Opening night is Nov. 11.
Also well received by the audience was the announcement that the Players now have their own Web site: themarcoplayers.com.