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Mahoney State Park
May 25, 2001, was the
starting date for the ninth Mahoney State Park melodrama season. A slight reduction in the number of
performances was scheduled for the summer as Fridays were not utilizing a very substantial attendance
for the 6:30 performances so they were not scheduled until late July when general attendance tends to
improve. Also the cast was reduced to two males and three females for economic reasons. The dinner train
show was also cancelled this season in order to utilize the staff more efficiently. One of the cast members,
Erin Reitz, was enrolled in Purdue University's Graduate program and also had a prior wedding commitment,
so Erin Walker substituted for her for one weekend and Jade Lewis was kind enough to substitute during the last
three weeks of the season. D. Chapelle continued in his capacity as writer/director/actor for the fall show and
the schedule remained the same as in prior seasons. Cecilia Burkhart served in the dual role of pianist and
actress. Cec was in the inaugural season in 1993 appearing under the name of Cecilia Gibb. She and producer
John Burkhart were married December 26th. The plays selected for the summer Mahoney shows were "Three tickets To
Timberwolf" and "The Scoundrel Of Dagger Gulch", by D. Chapelle, and "The Villain Strikes" by
John Burkhart. The fall play chosen was "School Marm's Inn Danger" by D. Chapelle, a sequel to the play
produced in 1998.
The Production Staff for the 2001 season:
Producer/Director .......John Burkhart
Music Director ...........Lynette Zimmer
Costumes .........Donna Himmelberger
Technical Director........Tom Curtright
Set Construction ..Mark Matulka, Nick Robinson
The Cast of "Three Tickets To Timberwolf"
Simon Neal ........Brian Lucas
Sela Fait ......Kristine Kapustka
Lucifer K. Bogus....John Burkhart
Ma Luscious ........Erin Reitz
Merry/Joy Luscious...Melissa Veys
Fred McAble.......Fred Gartner
The Cast of "The Villain Strikes!"
Henrietta VanderMiser.......Erin Reitz
Rose Blossom..........Kristine Kapustka
Throckmorton T. Throckmorton...Fred Gartner
Ben Barnstormer........Brian Lucas
Penelope Pinkerton.......Melissa Veys
The Cast of "The Scoundrel Of Dagger Gulch"
Daisy Darling .......Erin Reitz
Flora Darling ........Kristine Kapustka
Preston Goodly ..........Fred Gartner
Rita Wigglesmore ......Melissa Veys
Dirk Dagger ...........Brian Lucas
The Mahoney State Park Fall Melodrama:
"School Marm's Inn Danger"
Molly Dewdrop .......Kristine Kapustka
Biff Baxter/Lefty LaRoach .....Fred Gartner
Betty Baxter ...............Vicki Clark
Blacky LaRoach/Fr. Digby O'Roarke..D. Chapelle
Wilbur Hewitt.....John Burkhart
Calliope Hitchum .......Cecilia Burkhart
Merry Lucious (Melissa Veys) conspires with
villain Lucifer K. Bogus (John Burkhart).
Villain Throckmorton T Throckmorton
(Fred Gartner) has the advantage
over Heroine Rose Blossom, (Kristine Kapustka) hero
(Brian Lucas) and Henrietta VanderMiser (Erin Reitz).
Rita Wigglesmore Melissa Veys) is
not pleased that villain
Dirk Dagger (Brian Lucas) has romantic intentions.
Villain Blacky LaRoach (D. Chapelle)
reveals his evil scheme
to his brother Lefty (Fred Gartner).
Sheriff Wilbur Hewitt (John Burkhart) and his fianceé Betty Baxter
(Vicki Clark) are receiving instructions from wedding planner
Calliope Hitchum (Cecilia Burkhart)
while hero Biff Baxter
(Fred Gartner) and heroine Molly Dewdrop (Kristine Kapustka)
are too engrossed with each other to pay attention.