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MCCT’s 2017 Annual Meeting

MCCT’s 2017 Annual Meeting

MCCT will be holding it’s annual members meeting to discuss the past season and the coming year. Look back on our great 2016 season and forward to our ambitious 2017 season plan.
Board elections will also be held at the meeting. We will have 4 seats open this year as the 2 year terms of Jennifer Whitaker, Brant Hughes, Maryann Iaria and Phillip Addison end. Remember, you need to be a dues paying member of Monroe County Civic Theater to vote. You can bring your 12$ membership fee to the meeting.

The following candidates are seeking election or re-election to the board:

Phillip Addison
Brant Hughes
Anna Hughes
Maryann Iaria
Gwen Livesay
Jason Lopez
Jennifer Whitaker

We have also decided that we will be creating so ex-officio position to work in tandem with the board on social media, web design & maintenance, publicity and fundraising to name a few. These positions and other organizational ideas will be discussed at the meeting.

The meeting will be held at HuHot Mongolian Grill in Eastland Plaza from 2-5pm on Sunday January 15th.

We hope to see you there!



The cast is in place for 2017’s opening show, Jean Paul Sartre’s adaptation of Euripides’ The Trojan Women. Director Jennifer Whitaker is very proud of this great cast, which includes actors from all of MCCT’s 2016 productions.  We also welcome back set designer Leah Lee (Macbeth, Lysistrata), costume designer Shannon Pilrose (Macbeth, It’s a Wonderful Life), choreographer Yolanda Valdivia, and our music team: Jason Lopez, Mary Emma Heaps, Nic Newby, and Zilia Balkansky-Sellés.

Meet the players below:

Poseidon                              Roy Sillings

Athena                                  Katelin Hope Vesely

Hecuba                                 Becky Stapf

Odune                                   Emily Bedwell

Cassandra                            Gwen Livesay

Andromache                        Tayler Fischer

Helen                                     Maria Roncalli

Talthybios                            Steve Heise

Menelaus                              Steve Scott



Janet Templeton-Heise

Anna Hughes

Dianne Shewmaker

Nancie Eagan

Jody Black

Mary Carpenter

Maryann Iaria

Mary Emma Heaps

Ashley Hash



Pip Chamberlain

John Hash

Support MCCT and The Trojan Women

Support MCCT and The Trojan Women

The opening show for Monroe County Civic Theater’s 2017 season is Jean Paul Sartre’s adaptation of Euripides’ The Trojan Women (directed by Jennifer Whitaker). This famous greek tragedy tells the story of what happens to the women of Troy once the city falls and their fates are left to the whims of the conquering Greek armies. The play’s antiwar message and examination of personal responsibility, misogyny, female agency and the cruel aftermath of war resonate as strongly today as they did over 2000 years ago.

Help us to make this dark tragedy beautiful, meaningful and outstanding by donating to the show’s budget.

Donate to MCCT through PayPal using either your PayPal account or debit/credit card:

We are also selling ads in our program. We are very grateful for the support from local businesses!  Ads are $40 for a quarter page, $60 for a half page, and $80 dollars for a full page. To arrange for an ad, please send an email with the subject “ATTN: Jennifer” to



Auditions for Sartre’s adaptation of Euripides’ The Trojan Women (directed by Jennifer Whitaker) will be held on Sunday December 11th from 2-4 and Saturday December 17th from 2-5 at the Monroe County Public Library.

Auditions on the 11th will be in Meeting Room 214. Auditions on the 17th will be in Meeting Room 1C.  You must be 21 or older to audition.

No need to prepare a monologue as sides from the script will be provided. For chorus roles, please prepare a short acapella singing piece. Also, if you play an instrument, in particular flute or percussion, please let us know during auditions. We will be composing original music for the chorus and playing it live during the show.

Rehearsals will begin with table reading on January 28th with performances on March 30th and 31st & April 1st and 2nd 2017 at Blockhouse Bloomington.

If you are interested in crew, primarily stage management & set and costume design and construction, please come to one of the auditions to meet with the director Jennifer Whitaker.

Warning: this show is a very dark tragedy, dealing with disturbing themes and imagery including war and sexual assault. Adult language & violence warnings as well. No one under 21 will be cast or admitted to performances

Also, please note that the roles of Cassandra, Menelaus, Poseidon and Talythybios have already been cast.

Roles Available:

Athena, Goddess of War and Wisdom – Female, age range late 30’s – early 50’s

Hecuba, Queen of Troy – Female, age range mid 50’s to early 70’s

Andromache, widowed Princess of Troy – Female, age range late 20’s to late 30’s

Helen of Troy – Female, age range early to late 20’s

Odune, leader of the Chorus – Femalel, age range late 30’s to early 60’s

Female Chorus (11 roles) – all age ranges (over 21)

Come out and join us for the first show of the 2017 season!

It Really is a Wonderful Life

It Really is a Wonderful Life

What a fantastic run! The cast, crew, and Sherwood Oaks choir and band put their all into making It’s a Wonderful Life MCCT’s best show to date! We couldn’t have done it without the support from local artists, writers, and businesses. A special shout-out to Russell McGee for writing the adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life specifically for our production!

There was a preview written in The Herald Times by Bloomington’s own Joel Pierson. It appeared in the Sunday, November 13th edition. You can find a copy of the preview HERE.

The show was also reviewed by Ken Pimple HERE and Bravo Bloomington HERE.

What did you think of the show? We’d love to hear from you!

Here are photos from the show:

Shop for MCCT!

Shop for MCCT!


The Christmas season is upon us — and with it comes a great new opportunity to support your favorite community theater!

As you start shopping for friends and loved ones, we know you’ll want to support local businesses as much as possible. But we also know there are just some things that you can only find online. And when you do, you can order it guilt-free knowing you’ll still be giving back to the community — with AmazonSmile!

Simply click this link here, sign-in to (or create) your Amazon account, and shop away! Amazon will then donate a percentage of the purchase price of all eligible products to Monroe County Civic Theater. It’s as simple as that!

And no matter where, or how, you do your Christmas shopping, all of us at MCCT wish you a joyful holiday season, and fabulous, theatre-filled New Year!

Much Ado in the Park!

Much Ado in the Park!

This year’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing, under the direction of Steve Heise and starring Jennifer Whitaker and Eric “C” Heaps as the bickering, bantering, battling Beatrice and Benedick, was a good time for all: audience, actors and crew. With lively performances, outstanding costumes and a great set, this was one to remember. Check out some images from the show!

Now even more great photos by Richard Mattson. Here are direct links to each of the ‘Much Ado’ albums:
June 2nd
June 3rd
Best –

Here are more photos from the show:

Lysistrata Brings the Laughs

Lysistrata Brings the Laughs

On the weekend of March 24th, Lysistrata sold out all three shows at the Blockhouse. Each night was a great show – big laughs, lots of happy audience members, and a buoyant mood among cast and crew created a fun-filled evening for all involved. Director Jennifer Whitaker is proud of the show and it’s reception, which she puts down to her wonderful cast of hard working comedians! And the magical costumes and wonderful set and props created by Mary Emma Heaps, Leah Lee, Anna Hughes, Pamela Milam and more.

You can watch the full run of Lysistrata on YouTube HERE.

You can read the IDS preview article HERE and the Herald-Times review HERE.

And check out our Lysistrata Gallery (Photo Credit- Beth Milam Cummins 2016):

The Plot to Overthrow Christmas

The Plot to Overthrow Christmas

Last Christmas MCCT performed a radio play on WFHB titled The Plot to Overthrow Christmas and it was a hoot! Members from all over Monroe County came together to meld their voices to create something spectacular!

Read the IDS review about it HERE.