VIDEO/PHOTOS: Players belt it out at Orion

Celebrating their 33rd Anniversary this year, members of the Island’s amateur theatrical group entertained a packed house at the latest ‘In the Round’ function at Orion Bank

Actors Raise The Roof

Actress Kathy O'Brien expresses frustration at the actions of a non-commital beau, played by actor Eric Stumpf during a Marco Players presentation of a scene from 'Jake's Women' at the latest Orion Bank 'In the Round' get-together. Quentin Roux / Marco Eagle

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX

Actress Kathy O'Brien expresses frustration at the actions of a non-commital beau, played by actor Eric Stumpf during a Marco Players presentation of a scene from "Jake's Women" at the latest Orion Bank 'In the Round' get-together. Quentin Roux / Marco Eagle

Marco Players President Beverly Dahlstrom swishes by the audience during an opening singing number at the latest Orion Bank 'In the Round' get-together.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

Marco Players President Beverly Dahlstrom swishes by the audience during an opening singing number at the latest Orion Bank 'In the Round' get-together.

Long-time Marco Players actor and director Rich Joyce gets into it (theatrically speaking) with President Beverly Dahlstrom during the amusing presentation.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

Long-time Marco Players actor and director Rich Joyce gets into it (theatrically speaking) with President Beverly Dahlstrom during the amusing presentation.

Beverly Dahlstrom, Players' president, talks during the presentation.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

Beverly Dahlstrom, Players' president, talks during the presentation.

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Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

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.

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