! Flat River Community Players – Fall 2010
2010 FRCP The Hound of
Board of the Baskervilles
A Sherlock Holmes
Larry Moss, classic mystery
President adapted for the stage
Linda Weger, by Tim Kelly from Sir
Vice President Arthur Conan Doyle’s
Karin Wahlfeldt, brilliant novel
Hilda Sorvari, The old and noble Baskerville family is
threatened by a curse: “A great, black beast,
Treasurer shaped like a hound, yet larger than any
hound that ever mortal eye has rested upon,” Whitney Stek as Laura tries to evade the questions
Trustees terrorizes and kills any family member who of the shrewd Sherlock Holmes (Ryan Garlick –
Center) while Sir Harry Baskerville (Brandon
comes to live at Baskerville Hall.
Carl Gatchel, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, The Hound
Rieckhoff) looks on.
Artistic Liaison of the Baskervilles, is one of the most his friend and colleague, Dr. Watson
Kim Joki, famous mysteries ever written. The Flat (Dennis Hess). While mysterious lights
Business Liaison River Community Players are proud to bring signal Baskerville Hall and the Hound
the theatrical version, adapted by Tim Kelly, terrorizes the countryside, the sleuthing
Doug to the Greenville Area Community Center begins and suspicion falls on sinister
McFadden, stage. servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in
Facilities Liaison distress and escaped convicts (Kim Joki,
Jim Anderson, As the story opens, the hound seems to have Karen Moon, Tim Addis, Kendra Moon,
claimed his latest victim, Sir Charles Adam Lindemier and Whitney Stek).
Finance Liaison Baskerville. Sir Charles’ nephew, Sir Henry
Linda Weger, (Brandon Rieckhoff), is poised to take up First time director Pat Cradit has read
Membership residence at the estate. A friend of the everything Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has ever
family, Lady Agatha Mortimer (Barb written, so she leaped at the opportunity to
Liaison Headley), has called upon the one person bring her vision to life. “This script was to
Pat Cradit, who can stop the beast from striking again. be done in modern times. I read it and
Publicity Liaison Into this atmosphere of lonely moors, immediately said, ‘No way’. Part of the
ancient secrets, deadly threats and ghostly mystique of Holmes is that whole turn-of-
apparitions, comes the supremely rational the-century English thing. I'm very proud
Sherlock Holmes (Ryan Garlick) along with
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A Little History!
35 Years Ago . . . Applause Page 2 of 4
No fall show in 1975.
FRCP Audition Notice!
30 Years Ago . . .
The fall show in 1980 was only our
third musical ever, “The King and I,”
directed by Elmer Coon. John For the upcoming FRCP production of those who have loved and lost, to those
Beam and Mary Brimmer starred as
the King and Anna. Art Hersey and
“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now who have fallen on their face at the portal
Valerie Schulz VanderMark were Change,” a musical by Joe DiPietro and of romance, to those who have dared to
Lun Tha and Tuptim. Char Lothian Jimmy Roberts ask, "Say, what are you doing Saturday
was Lady Thiang, and Dick Jessop night?"
played the Kralahome. 27 others Director: Timothy W. Addis
played adult chorus roles, and 36
kids played the King’s children, Music Director: Valerie VanderMark Audition Dates:
including Darron Simon as Prince Producer/AD: Hilda Sorvari Auditions are set for Tuesday and
Chululongkorn and Amy Updike as Wednesday, November 2 and 3, from
Princess Ying Yaowlak. Bob “Tex” Looking to Cast: 7:00 to 9:00 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal
Ritter and Doris Whitten co-
produced the show.
5 Men and 5 Women ages 25 – 60ish to Church, at the corner of Cass and Clay
play various singing and acting roles Streets in Greenville. Possible callbacks
25 Years Ago . . . There is the possibility that non-singers on November 4.
“The Sound of Music” was 1985’s could be cast for scenes without music.
fall show. Directed by Carolyn What to Bring to Auditions:
Burns Dombroske with music
direction by Eric Johnson, the show The Story: A prepared solo from a Broadway musical
featured Valerie Schulz VanderMark “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now with the sheet music.
as Maria, Dick Jessop as the Change,” a celebration of the mating
Captain, Char Lothian as Mother game, takes on the truths and myths Performance Dates:
Abbess, Greg VanderMark as Max,
Nancy Nielsen as Baroness
behind that contemporary conundrum March 11, 12, 13, 18 & 19 at the
Schraeder, Steve Lindeman as Rolf, known as "the relationship." Act I explores Greenville Area Community Center
and Christy Jessop as Liesl. Nuns the journey from dating and waiting to love
were played by Katy Brandon and marriage, while Act II reveals the Questions:
McDonough, Karen Turnbull Dodds,
agonies and triumphs of in-laws and If you have any questions or concerns
Kay Akkerhuis, Katie Arwood, Ann
Beach, Lisa Groot, Fern Jessop, newborns, trips in the family car and pick- about auditions or the show, contact
Hollie Lothian Stephenson, Jan up techniques of the geriatric set. This Director Tim Addis at (989) 291-3863, or
Meek, and others. hilarious musical revue pays tribute to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bottom’s Dream Theatre Auditions!
20 Years Ago . . .
In 1990, we “Camelot” was the fall
musical. Tommy Sanders and Lisa
Newton Stek were King Arthur and
Guenevere; Ron Baldwin played Up next for Bottom’s Dream Theatre is about their current predicament, only to
Lancelot. Supporting roles were the engaging yet intense “No Exit” by finally realize that their Hell is in one
handled by Doug Stek (Pellinore), Jean Paul Sartre. A French existentialist another’s presence.
Katy McDonough (Morgan Le Fey),
Mark Wheeler (Mordred), Bill preoccupied with human existence,
Bauman (Merlin), Sandy Duncan Sartre devoted special focus to the very Auditions for “No Exit” will be held at
Sanders (Nimue), and Kevin Dodd most dramatic and sometimes tragic 7:00 PM on January 11 and 12, 2011,
(Tom of Warwick). Knights and
aspects, those emphasizing the at the Barn Theater at Montcalm
Ladies were played by John
VanderMyde, Mike Doherty, Tim limitation of human reason. This play, as Community College in Sidney. Director
Spohn, John Morais, Ernie Mooney, a metaphor for the human condition, Sue Dehlinger will seek to cast four
Carolyn Burns Dombroske, Sandy helped popularize the Existential actors (2-3 women and 1-2 men, all of
Cote, Pat Barnhart, Julie Chapman
Jakeway, Kristen Partridge Movement in the 1940s. varying ages) for
Wheeler, and several others. Lisa the production.
Groot played the Wench to Ric In this classic play, three people find Performances are
Davenport’s Squire Dap. The show
themselves dead and mysteriously set for June 3-5,
was directed by Deb Dieckman with
music direction by David Inbody. together in the same room. They do 2011, also at the
Kelly Lucas was stage manager and not know each other and come from Barn.
head costumer. completely different backgrounds. The
three protagonists argue incessantly
Page 3 of 4 Applause 15 Years Ago . . .
“The 1940s Radio Hour” played
in the fall of 1995. Directed by
Small bits of News . . . Gossip . . . Kelly Lucas with Katy
McDonough and Valerie
and Hearsay . . . VanderMark sharing music
director duties, the show
featured several local favorite
actors: Lyle Fales, Ric
• 2011 Annual Meeting is scheduled • FRCP Singers Davenport, Steve Peterson,
for March 12. Meeting attendees will One of these days soon, FRCP members Keith Hudson, Andy Lewis,
be treated to a performance that night will be getting an email from Deb and Doug Stek, Don Zeigler, Sandy
Sherwood, Brooke Rasmussen,
of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Mark announcing a new Christmas Kevin Dodd, Bill Ross, Lisa
Change.” program for the ‘Hit & Run’ group. Stek, Pat Cradit, and Randy
Rehearsals will begin in late October and Burghart. Heidi Kulas, Jessie
Peacock Gilbertson, and Nellie
• Next Board Election run weekly into mid-November (specific Corder were the Usherettes.
At the 2011 Annual Meeting, the seats dates TBA). Our fabulous booking agent,
will be vacant on the Board of Kathy Jo VanderLaan, is handling the 10 Years Ago . . .
In 2000, “A Christmas Carol”
Directors. Treasurer Hilda Sorvari’s arrangements for three or four gigs for the was our fall show. Directed for
term is up; she has elected not to run group. These will be late November into the second time by Emerson
again. Karin Wahlfeldt has, mid-December (again, specific dates (Ric) Davenport, this time the
show starred Ron Ruper as
unfortunately, had to resign from the TBA). Mark and Deb promise that this Scrooge, Paul Kiste as Marley,
Board, and Kim Joki was filling out a program will not involve the Dickensian Kevin Powell and Lisa Stek as
previous term. Kim will be running period costumes (cool to look at but not so Mr. & Mrs. Bob Cratchit, and
Riley Kiste as Tiny Tim.
again (I’m pretty sure this is right). cool to pile on – or to drive a car in), but Jessica Peacock Gilbertson,
will rather be a more modern, popular Christine Kubec, and Mark
If you are willing to serve as a Board music format. Brief “teasers” for our 2011 Lindeman played the three
ghosts, Steve Osbun and
Member or, if you would like to musicals may also be included. Jamie Lindeman were Fred and
nominated someone you feel would be his wife, and Mike Eadie and
a good Board member, contact one of • Welcome Back to Dennis Hess, Barb Jani Hartman played Mr. & Mrs.
Fezziwig. Others in the cast
the nominating committee members: Headley, and Karen Hafey-Moon, all included Jennifer Aldrich, Alex
Larry Moss, Linda Weger, or Hilda recently cast in the fall show. It’s been Jacobsson, Dustin Winters,
Sorvari. Leave a phone message for awhile, you guys…we’ve all missed you! Jordan Wylie, Leah
VanderMark, AJ Gunn, Ariana
them at (616) 754-8207. Davenport, Don Zeigler, Kelly
Lucas, Krista Kahl Hans,
Brittnee Leysen, Alisha &
“Hound…Baskervilles”…cont. from pg. 1
Becky Jacobsson, Nick
VanderLaan, Emily Cradit, and
Barb Headley, and others.
that my cast has risen to the occasion the GACC Monday through Friday 5 Years Ago . . .
and delivered beautifully.” during regular business hours to pick up Larry Moss directed “Dracula”
Helping her achieve this Victorian tickets in person. For more information, in the fall of 2005. Ric
Davenport had the title role,
style is Costumer Jake Day, as well as visit the Players’ website at opposite Hilda Sorvari as Van
Set Designer/Builder Steve King and www.frcp.org Helsing. Jake Day was
Stage/Prop Manager Whitney Stek. Who summoned the hound? Is the Renfield, Keith Hudson played
Seward, Steve King was
Keita Rieckhoff is producing. supernatural at work? Is Sir Henry Jonathan, and Jill Warren Block
Performances of “The Hound of the doomed? The story’s many plot twists played Lucy. Kevin Powell as
Baskervilles” are scheduled for will keep audiences on the edge of their Butterworth and Malinda
Patmore as Miss Wells stole
October 15-17 and 22-23. Tickets are seats as they try to discover the true the show in their comedic
$12 for adults, $10 for students 18 and killer. scenes. Costumers were Sue
under, and $10 for seniors 60 and over. Moss & Kelly Lucas. Keita
Rieckhoff stage managed the
Call (616) 754-8207 to order tickets by Whitney Stek show, and Lila King & Kresta
with VISA or Mastercard, or stop by Train were co-producers.
In the Spotlight: Member News!
Flat River Community • Brittnee Leysen news . . .
Players Since the Leysens moved away a few
years ago, Brittnee, who was in several
FRCP musicals as a youngster, has
PO Box 284 graduated from Hilton Head Island
Greenville, MI 48838 High School in S. Carolina. She was
active in their selective show choir,
National Honor Society, and Music
PHONE: Honor Society. She left in August for a
616-754-8207 year in Lyonne, France, as a Rotary
International representative, and plans
to pursue a degree in broadcast
journalism when she returns. Gene &
email@example.com Carol Weeks of Greenville are
Brittnee’s proud grand-parents!
www.frcp.org • News of Thad Gommesen . . .
Thad (last seen as Laurie in “Little
Women”) graduated from MCC in 2007
and Ferris in 2008. These days, he is
Newsletter Editor: engaged to Cari Frizzell of Kaleva, and
Debra Dieckman planning an Oct. 30th wedding. Thad
firstname.lastname@example.org now serves in the U.S. Army, and is
stationed in Hawaii. Congratulations From left: Dennis Hess (Watson), Karen Hafey-Moon
and best wishes, Thad! (Mrs. Barrymore), Kim Joki (Barrymore), and Barb
Headley (Lady Agatha) rehearse a scene from “The
Hound of the Baskervilles.”
Greenville, MI 48838
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