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May, 2015
Volume 51 Issue 3



Nadine Jensen

Playmakers Civic Theatre

Presents A Theatre Favorite


Susan Baker


Sylvia Chappell


Bonnie Segaard

Past President
Millie Butts


Alison Smith
Katie Chafee
Susan Doell
Margot McCann
Lisa Meyer
Melinda Fluckinger

Managing Director
Brenda Hensley
Business Manager
Brenda MacDonald

Building Manager
Dale Jensen

Equipment Manager
Jim MacDonald

Committee Chair
Melinda Fluckinger
OCTA Delegate
Millie Butts

THE STORY: The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies
who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not
sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and
free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty
years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader,
M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled
with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves
toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strengthand lovewhich give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly
touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Director: Nadine Jensen

Assistant Director: Angela Fishburn

May 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 - 8 PM

May 17 - 2 PM

604 West 6th Street Port Clinton, Ohio 43452

For Reservations: Phone 419-734-5044 or www.pcplaymakers.org
Box Office Opens May 7. 2015


"There is no such thing as natural beauty" is a line from Steel Magnolias, but also a mantra
that most females believe in as seen in our regular trips to our favorite stylist. Most ladies
will relate to the friendships of the six women of who frequent Truvy's Beauty Salon and that
fact that they are an important factor in each other's lives. Steel Magnolias impacts us with
wonderful characters....lots of laughs.....and plenty of tears and tragedy. However, the true
message of the play is that we survive the hardships and heartbreaks of life through the love
and strength of our friends.
I am honored to be directing six extremely talented women who are working very hard to
bring " Steel Magnolias" to the Playmaker stage. You'll see Playmaker veterans....as well as
new faces
Steel Magnolias will feature....in order of appearance...........
Mary Jo Foos.................Truvy
Latisha Fields..............Annelle
Pam Shirtz...................Shelby
Terri Jones...................Clairee
Brenda Hensley............M'Lynn
Sylvia Chappell .......... Ouiser
Asst. Director, Angela Fishburn, and I have been busy with actresses and techies as we
strive to prepare this play for opening.
My talented sister, Anita Hanes, accepted the challenge of transforming the "Don't Hug Me"
set into Truvy's Beauty Parlor. The result is delightful!
Assisting Anita has been Dale Jensen, Steve Heineman and Dennis Gordon.
Wendy Holder has been helping with set pieces and props, and will also be offering her
expertise as hairdresser throughout the show.
Lisa and Samantha Meyer will be responsible for lights and sound. We know this mother/
daughter duo are unstoppable.
Bonnie Segaard is lining-up our ushers and raffle ticket sellers. Monica Heineman is busy
keeping the theatre clean....as she always does.
Brenda MacDonald will do her usual efficient job of co-ordinating the program and box
Reservation line opens on Thursday, May 7. Pick your date: May 15, 16, 21,22,23 at 8:00pm
and Sunday May 17, at 2:00pm.
Hope to see you at the theatre!
Nadine Jensen, Director

The Ladies of Steel Magnolias

Terri Jones, Mary Jo Foos, Brenda Hensley, Pam Shirtz, Latisha Fields, Sylvia Chappell

The Ohio Community Theatre Association Board met
in March at the site of the State Conference
OCTAopoly, From Boardwalk to Broadway
Conference 2015 is gearing up for Labor Day
weekend at the Holiday Inn Eastgate in Cincinnati.
Reservations can be made now by calling the hotel
or going online using the code OCT.
The form for purchasing ads for all OCTA print
material is completed.
The division is working on the new website which
will be unveiled at Conference. This will also have
an app so that you can view it on your smartphone.
They are also working on ideas to bring in more
theater members.
Many theaters have been taking advantage of the
first year fee waiver.

The Creative Lady with the magic

brush who turned a Minnisota Saloon
into a Southern Beauty Salon

Anita Hanes

The OAC Grant has been submitted for this year.

Visit the OCTA website for all OCTA news and meet
the OCTA Board Members and Regional
Representatives. Any questions or suggestions,
contact your theatre Delegate: Millie Butts at
419-307-3035 or millieb1962@aol.com
You can also contact our theatres Regional Rep:
Mitch Antesky at 419-356-6959 or
OCTAs next Board meeting is May 16 at St. Patricks
Episcopal Church in Dublin.

Playmakers Proposes Our 69th Season

A Season of Heart-warming & Hilarious Happenings!
Book by Anthony Drewe Music by George Stiles Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Based on Hans Christian Andersons The Ugly Duckling
HONK is a large cast family musical for adults and children, played by adults and
children, with wonderful music and a story that relates to our time and says
Its okay to be different.

Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters.
The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite
his mother's protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little
fowl finds himself on adventure of self discovery all the while unknowingly
outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way Ugly meets a whole flock of
unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be.

By Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom

Based on the book by Mitch Albom
Tuesdays with Morrie is the driven solely by his career, and Morrie
Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch
happens to catch Morrie's appearance on a television news program and learns
that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig's Disease. Mitch is reunited with
Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a
last class in the meaning of life.

By Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett

Newly Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne
Frank merges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who
confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with
astonishing honest, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the
lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The
Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief.

Faith County

By Mark Landon Smith

Faith County is the prequel to Faith County II: An Evening of Culture
Playmakers in January, 2009. You will recognize those charming characters
from The Mineola Cultural Society who gave an unforgettable performance
of Romeo and Juliet.
Somewhere in the middle of nowhere in the south, there's a place where the
bee-hive hairdo is still the rage and Saturday nights are reserved for the tractor
pull in nearby Pickler. A colorful collection of good ole' country folk gather
'round for this year's county fair, and there's stiff competition in the arts and
crafts category.

Important Guild Meeting You Wont Want To Miss

The final Guild Meeting of the season will be Wednesday, May 27.
The evening begins at 7:00 with meet & greet and refreshments.
The Business Meeting will begin at 7:30pm with lots of important items on the agenda.
Let your voice be heard as the Slate of Officers, 2015-2016, is presented plus hear the
exciting plays announced by Playreading for our 69th Season.
Proposed Slate of Officers are:
Nadine Jensen
Vice President:
Millie Butts
Sylvia Chappell
Recording Secretary:
Susan Baker
Membership Secretary: Bonnie Segaard

Katie Chaffee
Lisa Meyer
Susan Doell
Margot McCann
Denise Emigh
David Blankenbeker


Want to be part of choosing our slate of plays

for 2016-2017 season?
Playreading Committee Is Promoting Membership Early!!
Its fun, its easy, and its a rewarding experience!
Remember, you only need to attend at least 4 meetings and submit 5
play critiques to qualify to vote On the New Season . You wont want to miss any
meetings as this is when you hear about what other members have been reading.

Any questions or for more information, contact :

Millie Butts
at (419) 307-3035 or Millieb1962@aol.com
Monette Garn is creating an extensive
Membership List, but she needs your help.
You may have changed your
email address, your mailing address or your
phone number.
Please contact Monette with your current
This list can be used in many ways.
It's important to be able to contact you about
important events, dates, requests, changes,
and just to keep you informed
about Playmakers Civic Theatre.
Contact Monette at 419-635-5863 or

A Friendly Reminder
Its That Time Again!
If you have not yet paid your
Guild Dues for this 2014-2015 Season,
Please pay them NOW!!
Enjoy Our Award Winning Newsletter
Participate In Shows Or Not, Attend
Parties, and Support Community Theatre
Please Pay Your
$15.00 Membership

P.O. Box 149
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
Atten. Bonnie Blessings

Playmakers Civic Theatre

P. O. Box 149
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452

Theatre Talk
A Newsletter for Playmakers
Editor: Millie Butts

A Season Ticket Is Still the Best Deal In Town

$30.00 and That Includes The Musical!
Playmakers Civic Theatre
604 W. 6th Street, Port Clinton , Ohio 43452

For Reservations: 419-734-5044 or www.pcplaymakers.org

A Season of Heart-Warming & Hilarious Happenings

Deadline for articles
in the next
Theatre Talk
May 29, 2015
Contact: Millie Butts

May 5
May 15,16,17
May 21, 22, 23.
May 27
June 2
July 7

PCT Calendar
Board Meeting
1st week Steel Magnolias
2nd week Steel Magnolias
Guild Meeting
Board Meeting:
Board Meeting

7:30 PM the theatre

At the Theatre
At the Theatre
7:00 PM At the theatre
7:30 PM the theatre
7:30 PM the theatre

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