December 2014

Letter from the President

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends. As we are now entering the Holiday Season there is a number of activities going on in our little theater group. We have The Christmas Schooner coming up on December 19th, 20th and 21st at the MENDEL CENTER and we have second stage productions of Educating Rita directed by Robert Myers and Little Women directed by Candace Seymoure Myers. Both of these shows can use a little help with stage building and costumes and lights and sound. If you are interested in getting involved a little or a lot please contact me directly at 429-6915 or call the box office at 429-0400 and leave your name and telephone number. I promise not to sell or give any of this information to any telemarketers or solicitors.

I would like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that we are participating in a promotional partnership with Lake Michigan College Mendel Center which can benefit TCP and the College. When you plan on attending the Kathy Mattea Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 14th, 2014 or the Russian National Ballet on January 10th, 2015 and/or the Jim Belushi program February 5th, 2015 and /or the Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court on March 14th, 2015, call the Mendel Box Office and tell them you are from Twin City Players and you will receive a discount, that's right a DISCOUNT on the price of your ticket. Everybody loves a discount and TCP will get a reduction on the cost of our rental for The Christmas Schooner production. What a great deal! You save and we save and you get to see quality entertainment! WOW, Happy Holidays.

Bill Klein 
President, Twin City Players

2014 - 2015 Mainstage Season

The Christmas Schooner
Book by John Reeger
Music & Lyrics by Julie Shannon

December 19th, 20th and 21st
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2pm

Directed by Paul Mow
Sponsored by Meijer

This program is made possible in part by the
support of Lake Michigan College


Set sail with The Christmas Schooner for a heart-warming story the whole family can enjoy. Based on the true story of a Michigan shipping captain, this critically acclaimed musical takes you on a journey over the Great Lakes in deadly winter weather as Christmas trees are delivered to homesick German American families in turn-of-the century Chicago. This voyage becomes a yearly tradition, despite the captain’s wife’s misgivings–until a fateful voyage makes her realize the true importance of his mission.

The cast of The Christmas Schooner includes Meagan Francis as Alma, Karol Garrison as Peter, Will Turner as Karl (Age 9), Jason Cope as Karl (Age 15)/Young Man, John Berecz as Gustav, Danny Ferenczi as Rudy, Bill Klein as Oskar, John Taylor as Steve, Bruno Rodrigues as Hans, Ed Brunner as Officer Wells, James Isaac as Man #1, John Rogers as Man #2, Josh Boger as Man #3, Ed Brunner as Man #4, Erin Turner as Enid/Woman #1, Kim Hunt as Martha/Kate/Woman #2, Katie Preston as Mary Claire Daugherty/Young Girl and Cindy Jakeway as Kate. The ensemble of women and children include Mary Alice Brunner, Julie Dokter, David Goodyear, Nancy Goodyear, Ariel Higgins, Kim Hunt, Micah Johnson, Lauren Klein, Farrah McNeil, Kacie Mercer, Jenny Miner, Sophia Newland, Maddie Ostenson, Debi Robertson, Joel Smiedendorf and Stacy Solanics.

Assisting Mow are Assistant Director Danny Ferenzci, Music Director Marcus Roll, Costumers Barbara Klein and Julie Smiy, Stage Manager Charlene Krikke, Assistant Stage Manager Aaron Rennhack, Set Designer John Taylor and Rehearsal Accompanist Beth Gray-Roll.

Performance dates are December 19th, 20th and 21st at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage, located just 40 minutes from Kalamazoo and South Bend on the Lake Michigan College Napier Avenue Campus in Benton Township, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Performance times are 8:00 p.m. for Friday and Saturday evening performances. We have changed the time for our Sunday matinees. Sunday performances will now be held at 2:00 p.m.

All Seats Reserved: Tickets for The Christmas Schooner are $15 for adults and $7 for children (12 and under) and are available through both the TCP Box office and the LMC Mendel Center Mainstage Box Office. Flex Pass and Coupon Reservations must be made through the TCP Box Office at (269) 429-0400 or by visiting The LMC Mendel Center Mainstage Box Office can be reached at (269) 927-1221 or visiting The LMC Mendel Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m., and one hour before show time. Group rates are available.

Other Upcoming Productions:

  • Educating Rita
    by Willy Russell
    January 9th-11th and 16th-18th, 2015
    Second Stage Production in TCP Studio
  • Little Women
    from the novel by Louisa May Alcott
    January 30th-31st, February 1st and 6th-8th, 2015
    Sponsored by Kreis Enderle
    Twin City Junior Players Production
  • The Dixie Swim Club
    by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten
    March 13th-15th, 20th-22nd and 27th-29th, 2015
    Sponsored by The Herald-Palladium
  • Social Security
    by Andrew Bergman
    April 24th-26th, May 1st-3rd and 8th-10th, 2015
    Sponsored by The Boulevard Inn & Bistro
  • Nunsense
    by Dan Goggin
    June 5th-7th, 12th-14th, 19th-21st and 26th-28th, 2015
    Sponsored by Professional Hearing Services

Annual White Elephant
Gift Exchange

December 8th at 7:00 p.m. will be our annual White Elephant gift exchange! Anyone who has attended this knows what fun it can be if everyone brings an imaginative and interesting gift to open and swap. As in the past, feel free to bring a dish you’re proud of to pass, but we will also provide some light appetizers. This event is BYOB. Don't miss out on another chance to mingle and socialize with your TCP family!

We'll be having a short director's forum for The Dixie Swim Club during our White Elephant Gift Exchange on December 8th

Auditions - The Dixie Swim Club

The Twin City Players (TCP) will hold auditions for its March production of the 2014-2015 season in December. Auditions for The Dixie Swim Club, book by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, directed by Larry Nielsen, will begin at 6:00 PM on Saturday, December 13th and 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 14th.

The Dixie Swim Club offers roles for five women.

Participants will be asked to perform selected readings and a comedic monologue from the script. They should also bring a monologue to perform or be prepared to read from one provided at auditions. Participants are asked to arrive early to fill out audition forms and check the tentative rehearsal schedule.

Auditions will be held at on TCP Campus at 600 West Glenlord Road, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.

Perusal scripts are now available at the TCP Playhouse at 600 West Glenlord Road, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.

About The Dixie Swim Club

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives.

Performance dates are December 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st 22nd, 27th, 28th and 29th at TCP Playhouse at 600 West Glenlord Road, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.

This production is sponsored by The Herald-Palladium. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Patron Feedback

The Twin City Players want to hear from you! Not only are we asking you to share your thoughts on comment cards during every production this season, but we also have an online survey where you can make your voice heard. Simply complete the survey found here to weigh in! We want to know what you think of our shows and what we can do better while delivering our services.

Upcoming Events & Performances


7:00 PM

TCP Campus

Annual White Elephant Gift Exchange



6:00 PM

TCP Campus

Auditions: The Dixie Swim Club



2:00 PM

TCP Campus

Auditions: The Dixie Swim Club



8:00 PM

Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage

The Christmas Schooner



8:00 PM

Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage

The Christmas Schooner



2:00 PM

Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage

The Christmas Schooner


Twin City Players
600 West Glenlord Road
Saint Joseph, MI 49085


Twin City Players Playhouse
600 W Glenlord Rd
Saint Joseph, MI 49085

Twin City Players
P.O. Box 243
St. Joseph, MI 49085

Box Office: (269) 429-0400

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