Actors Raise The Roof
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.