Summer Musical Announced!!

The Carnegie Players Board of Directors wish to announce that JOSEPH and the AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT will be produced on August 3, 4 and 5, 2017 in the R.C.H.S. Auditorium.

Back by popular demand, Jon Clevenger will be Director and Bernard Sell is Music Director. Auditions will be early May and rehearsals will begin early June with production nights of August 3, 4 and 5 2017. We will be offering for the first time “off-site auditions” for college students, with audition dates and further details to be announced soon.

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, “Joseph” promises to bring the audience singing and swinging in their seats. Cast requirements are: Narrarator, Joseph, Jacob, Eleven Brothers, Potiphar, Mrs. Potiphar, The Baker, The Butler, Pharaoh, Wives, 2 Ishmaelites, Male Ensemble, Female Ensemble, and a large Childrens Chorus. All ages are invited to audion for Joseph .

Mark this date on your calendar now. Questions? Contact Ron Jordan at

2017 Garrity-Laird Scholarship Applications

It is once again time for local high school students to apply for the Carnegie Garrity-Laird Scholarship..

To further its mission of supporting and promoting theater in the community, The Carnegie Players award a scholarship to assist a local graduating senior or a current college student to supplement his or her college tuition.

The Carnegie Players’ scholarship is awarded to a student who is a resident of the Rensselaer Central Schools district, whether that student attends public school, private school, Christian school, or is home-schooled. The scholarship is also available to a current full time College student who was previously a resident of the Rensselaer Schools district.

The Scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing studies in Performing Arts or Theater Arts at the College level and must have participated in theater in school or community organizations. Preference is given to applicants who have been active with The Carnegie Players.

Scholarship applications are available at Jordan’s, 324 S. College Ave., Rensselaer, The Carnegie Players website ( or in our Facebook page files.

The deadline has been extended to April 28th, 2017!

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.

Woody Slade…our dear friend.

The Carnegie Players has lost a member of its family this week.  Woody Slade passed away July 4 at his home in Flora.  Today Heaven is welcoming a player that will soon be forming new Trivia teams.  Woody has probably already begun researching questions for a Trivia Night contest.

Woody had been involved with The Carnegie Players most years from it’s start.  Holding various offices on the board as a Member at Large, Secretary,  Vice President and President, he was involved with helping to produce a show from set construction to publicity and costumes to clean-up. But Woody also enjoyed being an actor on stage. One will remember him as Mayor Shinn, Chief Sitting Bull, King Sextimus, Max Detweiler,  Father Kelleher and Horace Vandergelder,  to name just a few.

Woody, as Mayor Shinn (The Music Man), can now be heard repeating to each one he meets, “You watch your phraseology!”  Woody, job well done good and faithful servant.  Our community is better for the lives that you have touched.

Friends will be received at the First Christian Church of Rensselaer on Friday, July 8, 2016, from 1:00 to 7:00 P.M. CDT.  Funeral services will be at The First Christian  Church of Rensselaer Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. CDT.

Please remember Barbara and Mark and their family with your love, prayers and support at this time.

Beauty and the Beast Tickets Available ONLINE!!!!

Did you know that you can buy Beauty and the Beast tickets online right now for only $8 a ticket? I promise it’s going to be a great show! The online ticketing company is 100% safe and your credit card info will be safe. You just have to click pay with PayPal when you’re ready to check out and it will give you the option to pay with a credit card. You don’t have to have a PayPal account. Don’t wait to buy the tickets because they are selling pretty fast and we’re going for a sell out goal this year! This show is safe for all ages and what little guy or girl doesn’t love Beauty and the Beast!?  Here’s the link:

Beauty and the Beast Auditions!!

Beauty and the Beast Auditions

 This is a special invitation for you to join the cast for a fun music filled musical this summer. Beauty and the Beast is the Carnegie Play this year and auditions are Monday May 16 and Tuesday May 17 in the Large lecture hall at Rensselaer Central High School.  Please enter the building from the north doors near the gym.  Auditions begin at 6:30 p.m. and will run until 8:30 p.m. or until all have had a chance to audition. Call backs, if needed, will be May 19th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., also in the Large lecture hall. Under the direction of Jon Clevenger and Musical Director Bernard Sell, the production will take place August 4th, 5th and 6th at the R.C.H.S. Auditorium.

Come prepared to read from a script sample and sing a song of your choice.  Piano accompaniment will be available. Hopefully the cast list will be e-mailed by the end of the week to all who audition.

The cast includes a Narrator, 5 female and 8 male leads as well as a large ensemble with plenty of space for children.  Come be a part of this wonderful musical, and sing the songs we all have come to appreciate: “Belle”, “Gaston”, “Be Our Guest”, “Something There”, and of course, “Beauty and the Beast (Tale As Old As Time)”

If you are not quite the “on-stage” type but are interested in helping, we are always looking for help with set construction, costuming, make-up and hair styling, sound and lighting, stage hands and many other aspects of a show. We encourage you to come to auditions also and let us know what you are interested in. You don’t have to be a professional seamstress, construction worker or sound/ lighting engineer….so don’t be shy!

We do ask that if your child is involved with the production, that a parent or guardian be at each rehearsal that the child is required to be at.  We also ask that if you and your child are involved in the production, that an additional parent or guardian be at each rehearsal. We have many tasks or work areas that we can involve you with, if you do not desire to be an actor or actress on stage!

If you have any questions, please call Kevin Long at 219-866-8713 or email him at


BATB Audition Table Flyer

Please click on the flyer link for additional audition information!!

BEAUTY and the BEAST Auditions will be held at the RCHS Large Lecture Hall on May 16th and 17th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Call-backs, if needed, will be held on May 19th, also in the Large Lecture Hall.

Come join our production of this great musical!!!
If you are interested in working back stage, working the sound and/or lighting booth or behind the scenes…please attend the auditions and let us know!!  We’d love to have you!!

And Then There Were None

Mr. and Mrs. Rogers (Jim and Claudia Earnest) come to visit old friends on the island.  They are joined by Philip Lombard (Phil Nagel), Fred Narracoit (Cecil Hutchings) and others in the “keep you guessing” murder mystery.  You will not want to be the only person In Rensselaer who isn’t in on the murders, the plots and of course the delicious chocolate fountain at intermission.  Get your tickets from cast members, Long’s Gifts or Jordan’s.  $9 in advance. $10 day of show.  7pm at the Presbyterian Church this Friday and Saturday nights.