Columbian Players announce Winter Show

The Columbian Players of Saint Joseph’s College will present Agatha Christie’s Classic mystery Thriller The Mousetrap on February 2,3,4 at 7:30 in the College Theatre. Admission is $5.00 with children under 12 and SJC students, Faculty and Staff admitted free.

The Mousetrap is the longest running show of any type in the world. The play opened in November of 1952 and has been playing in London ever since amassing a record 26,000 performances in its 65 year run. The play takes place in Monkswell Manor where a young couple, Giles and Molly Ralston, are starting up a guest house in the old manor which Molly inherited from an aunt. On the very day the guest house is to open, there is a winter storm which traps the Ralstons and their guests, an odd young architect named Christopher Wren, Mrs. Boyle, a stern former Magistrate, Major Metcalf, a retired army officer, a young woman, Miss Casewell, and a mysterious stranger, Mr. Paravicini, whose car has run into a ditch and must stay at the manor.

As the guests settle in, they learn of the murder in London of a former resident of the area who was involved in a case of child abuse which had resulted in the death of a young boy. Each of the guests either were involved with the case or might be the siblings of the deceased boy. Into this intrigue comes Sgt. Trotter, a police detective who was able to ski to the manor to investigate the possibility that the killer had come to Monkswell Manor. As a second murder happens at the Manor, each person at the manor is a suspect. Who is the murderer? Come join the Columbian Players on February 2,3,4 at 7:30 pm to find out.

The cast includes freshman Kayla Shoaff as Molly Ralston, freshman Brett Previdi as Giles Ralston, freshman Brian Vidal as Christopher Wren, sophomore Kayla Gustafson as Mrs. Boyle, junior John Irak as Major Metcalf, Freshman Brianna Velasco as Miss Casewell, senior Marten Moreno as Mr. Paravicini and senior Jake McCoy as Sgt. Trotter.

Dr. Gordon Klockow – a dear friend passes

“All the world’s a stage. And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.”
William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Dr. R. Gordon Klockow exited this earthly stage and made an entrance onto the stage of heaven. While on vacation in Florida, Gordon became ill and passed away on Januaray 13, 2017.
Gordon, along with several others, sat around a table about twenty-five years ago dreaming about a community theater in Rensselaer. After many hours of planning and rehearsals, The Carnegie Players produced their first show on August 19, 1994, Bye Bye Birdie. Gordon served as The Carnegie Players first President for two years and with the newly appointed seven member board of directors, formed Carnegie’s by-laws. With Gordon’s guidance and forethought, the by-laws have seen very few changes through its twenty-four years.
Gordon appeared in at least eleven Carnegie productions and was also a facilitator behind the scenes helping and urging others to experience the theatre arts. He loved all aspects of producing a theatrical production, a concert or a recital. He had a passion to encourage everyone to find their inner strength and talent. Gordon was a kind and empathetic leader who was a friend to everyone. A gentleman, he was respected locally, statewide and nationally for many roles that he played. Gordon touched lives through the world with an outreach of dental supplies to Lithuania to outfit a dental clinic. He received Rotary International’s highest Kissinger Award, in recognition of these efforts.
Gordon was also a Fellow of Saint Joseph’s College, had taught classes at St. Joe and through The Saint Joseph’s College Missionary Outreach, helped send large containers of medical equipment, supplies, books, toys and medicine to Tanzania. He was also on dental and other music boards and supported the arts beyond this area.
Gordon, your performance on the stage of life was superb. The dialogues were your own. There were no rehearsals. There were no retakes. The show always went on.
There will not be an encore performance. We stand applaud and thank you for your life well lived. We thank you for the many lives that you have touched by your example of self-less living, love and encouragement to others. You will be greatly missed.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Jackson Funeral Chapel in Rensselaer.

Carnegie Players’ Annual Meeting

Hello Carnegie friends!!
We are pleased to announce our Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the Methodist Church basement. It is a dessert carry-in; coffee and tea will be provided.

Carnegie members will be voting on the 2017 operating budget and new Board members and we will be presenting our annual reports.

Please come and join us and bring any ideas you have on shows you would like to see us produce or activities you would like to see us do.