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Show 3

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                    poster adapted by: slemenille

A heartwarming drama

Directed by Steve Lemenille
Produced by Garry Tamburro


Scottie Templeton's a charming, irresponsible fellow. A sometime Broadway press agent and former scriptwriter, he's everyone's friend, nobody's hero and a great womanizer who's managed to live over fifty years without taking anything seriously including love, marriage and fatherhood. Life's been one continuous gag. But at fifty one, he finds the script's been rewritten as a tragedy: he is fatally ill. His son Jud, alienated by years of neglect, comes to visit. Scottie's one concern is to make friends with his son, for everyone else adores Scottie including his ex wife, his friend and boss, and his doctor, and after a bitter, revealing confrontation, father and son are reconciled. And it is Jud who gets Scottie to agree to be re-hospitalized for treatment and then organizes a giant tribute to his father in a theater.

Mar. 5, 12, 18, 19, 2016 @ 8PM
Mar. 13, 2016 @ 2PM
Tickets: $20.00; Active Military Personnel & Students: $10.00


Cast and Production Members

The Cast The Production/Crew 
Dickson Lane as Lou Daniels     Steve Lemenille     Director  
Marguerite Wurtz as Dr. Galdys Petrelli     Garry Tamburro     Producer
Russ Ortiz as Scottie Templeton     Barbara Ruban     Stage Manager
Katie Engel as Sally Haines     JoAnne Lemenille    Properties
Debbie Badal as Maggie Stratton     Bill McMeekan    Set Design
Bobby Marusiefski as Jud Templeton     JoAnne Lemenille    Set Decor
Kathryn Risi as Hilary     Barbara Ruban    Set Decor
    James Dukelow    Lighting Design
    James Dukelow    Lighting Operator
    Glen Crane    Sound Design
    Michael Bieber    Sound Operator
    Barbara Goldstein    Publicity
    Jessica Foerst    Playbill
    Steve Lemenille    Webmaster
    Renate Bieber    Box Office
    Doris Dias    Costumes
    TBD    House Managers
    TBD    Ushers
    Kevin Coulson    Stage Crew
      Steve Lemenille    Photographer
    George Hiltz    Set Construction Chairman
    Bob Smith    Set Construction
      Sal Villani    Set Construction
      Paul Kirsh    Set Construction

The Cast
(Leo Daniels) Dickson Lane is pleased to return to WCP in Tribute portraying this delightful character, Lou Daniels. Mr. Lane made his WCP debut back in 2009 as Dr. Zubritsky in Neil Simon's Fools. Dickson then returned to portray Inspector Hubbard in Dial 'M' for Murder in 2010. He has also played Jaques in As You Like it, and Levine in Glengarry Glen Ross at Nutley Little Theatre, as well as Froggy in The Foreigner and Sagot in Picasso at The Lapin Agile at Studio Players in Montclair. He has appeared in a Guinness commercial and on a number of shows on the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and the National Geographic Channel. Currently, he is wrapping up his 10th audiobook, Debridement by Sean Dow, which is scheduled to be released in March.

(Dr. Gladys Petrelli) Marguerite is very pleased to be returning to WCP in the role of Dr. Petrelli in Tribute. Marguerite made her WCP debut in Regrets Only back in 2014. She has appeared in a number of productions in the area including Master Class (Maria Callas), Over the River and Through the Woods (Emma), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Nurse Ratched), Moon Over Buffalo (Charlotte), Six Degrees of Separation (Ouisa), The Sisters Rosenstein (Dr. Georgeous), And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little (Catherine), Steel Magnolias (Truvy), Living Out (Zoila), Don't Dress for Dinner (Suzette), Jake’s Women (Perry Nomination as Edith), Fuddy Meers (Gertie), and Gypsy (Mazeppa), among others.

(Scottie Templeton) Russ Ortiz is pleased to return to WCP in Tribute. Russ was last seen here at WCP in A Thousand Clowns. Russ also appeared at WCP in Almost, Maine, Barefoot in the Park, Rehearsal For Murder and Squabbles. During the past five years Russ appeared in 36 productions in New Jersey and N.Y. In 2014 Russ appeared in Twelve Angry Men, A Man Of No Importance, Sex Relationships and Sometimes…Love, Time Stands Still, The Laramie Project, To Kill A Mockingbird, And Then There Were None, A Christmas Carol and most recently, Inherit the Wind.

Thanks to Steve and Gary for allowing me to do this wonderful role. Thank you Bobby, Debbie, Marguerite, Katie and Kathryn for making this a wonderful experience. Thanks to all the crew for all the hard work in putting this production up. Thanks to my sons Jason, Scott and Tony and my daughter Jenn, for their love and support. Also thank you WCP working here has always been a pleasure.

Russ also serves on the Board of Directors of WCP as Secretary.

(Sally Haines) Katie is thrilled to be making her WCP debut with this role as Sally Haines. She appeared in Sex, Relationships, and Sometimes...Love and stage managed for The Other Place, both for Fearless Productions in 2015. Thank you to Steve for giving me this opportunity. Thanks to Bobby, Debbie, Dickson, Kathryn, Marguerite, and Russ for making my first play experience so much fun and to the crew for all their work. Finally, thank you to all my family and friends for their love and support and to Bobby for always giving me the push I need.

(Maggie Stratton)is delighted to be back on stage at WCP! Ms. Badal was last seen here at WCP in Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike. Debbie also appeared in WCP productions Private Lives, The Dixie Swim Club, Rumors, Squabbles and A Midsummer Night's Dream.. Other favorite roles are Maria in Lend Me a Tenor at Studio Players in Montclair and M'Lynn in Steel Magnolias with Hexagon Players. Additionally, Debbie has performed in ballroom dance competitions with the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Morristown. Heartfelt thank you to the cast of Russ, Bobby, Dickson, Katie, Marguerite, and Kathryn. It's a pleasure performing with such top notch cast. To the production staff, thank you for making this a great theater to work at. To my two inspirations in life, the best daughters any mom could ask for, Kristen and Brittany. I love you!!

(Jud Templeton) is thrilled to be returning to perform before the audiences at Westfield Community Players in Tribute. Mr. Marusiefski last appeared as Albert Admunson in last season's production of A Thousand Clowns. Bobby debuted in WCP's production of {proof} in 2013, appearing as Hal. He then went on to portray Ralph Austin in Butterflies Are Free in 2014. Mr.Marusiefski recently took over the role of Jimmy in WCP's production of Almost,Maine in January, 2015. Bobby has also performed at the Jerry Orbach Theater in NYC in the monologue's show, Sex, Relationships and Sometimes…Love. He also portayed the role of Lt. Sam Weinberg in A Few Good Men at the Holmdel Theater.

(Hilary) Kathryn Risi is excited to make her WCP debut with the role of Hilary. Previous theater credits include Inherit the Wind as Rachel, Love Letters as Melissa, Rehearsal for Murder as Sally Bean, Moon Over Buffalo as Eileen, Becket, A Christmas Carol, This Property is Condemned, and Whose Life Is It Anyway. Kathryn studied theater at Kean University and plans to continue her education in the Performing Arts. She would like to thank Steve for this wonderful opportunity.


Production Staff
(Director) Steve has directed WCP's production of Dial 'M' for Murder, A View from the Bridge, the comedy Squabbles, {p r o o f}, Barefoot in the Park and last season's A Thousand Clowns. In 2013 Steve was nominated for a NJACT Perry Award for OUSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY for {proof}. He also has appeared in six consecutive productions here at WCP.

Steve has been involved in theatre since his college days at Jersey City State. He is a retired Social Studies teacher and Drama Director of 29 years with the Hackensack Public Schools. Steve was also a MFA candidate at Montclair State. He has acted with Tower Players and the Opera Workshop of Jersey City, StageCrafters (Fairlawn), and Bergen County Players. He has also acted in dinner theatre for Regal Productions.

Some of the roles he portrayed were: Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank (Tower Players), the Grandfather in The Long Christmas Dinner (Tower Players), Ulysses in Tiger At The Gates (Tower Players), Paul Verrall in Born Yesterday (Bergen County Players), Paul in Barefoot in the Park (Fairlawn), and Michael in Second Time Around and the Inspector Paul Sevigne in A Shot In The Dark (Regal Productions) and the Grandfather in Kurt Wiell's Down in the Valley (Opera Workshop). Steve portrayed Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Stanley in Death of a Salesman, The Magistrate in Fools, and Gen. Oscar Fairfax in Little Mary Sunshine and Kilroy in Don't Drink the Water, and most recently as Daniel in Almost, Maine…all for WCP. Steve was nominated for a 2009 NJACT Perry Award for OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE MEMBER for his role as the Magistrate in Fools.

His directorial credits include: You Can't Take It with You, Harvey, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Gramercy Ghost, George Washington Slept Here, L'il Abner, The King & I, Oklahoma, Sound of Music, The Diary of Anne Frank, Our Town, South Pacific, The Music Man, Rehearsal for Death (all for HMS), Dial 'M' for Murder (Stagecrafters/WCP).

Steve was nominated for two (2) 2012 NJACT Perry Awards for OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY (As Producer for Rehearsal for Murder) and as OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY (Rehearsal for Murder). Steve was also nominated for two (2) NJACT 2011 Perry Awards: OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR in a Play for his role as Justice Lawrence Wargrave in Main Street Theatre's production of And Then There Were None, and OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR in a Play for his role as Isaac Cohen in Westfield Community Players production of Abie's Irish Rose.

Steve is currently the President of WCP, as well as, the webmaster here at WCP. Steve wishes to thank his wife, JoAnne, for getting him back involved with theatre. "Without her support and love, I can accomplish little. Thank you dear!!" Steve also thanks Sherrie Ahlin and Drude Roessler for making his WCP experiences very special. A special note of thanks to Jessica, Mike, JoAnne and Barbara for their contributions in making this another excellent production. And of course special thanks to this Cast/Crew for their hard work and love of theatre.

Steve has also performed at the Grove Street Theater in Montclair performing in Apricot Productions' 1-act series. Also, he has appeared in a series of monologues entitled Sex, Relationships and Sometimes… Love at The Old Library Theater, Main Street Theater Company; and at the Producer's Club and the Jerry Orbach Theater, both off-Broadway, NYC. Most recently Steve directed Harper Lee's classic To Kill A Mockingbird at the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) on the Hamilton Stage, in Rahway, NJ. .

(Producer) Garry Tamburro has appeared in a number of plays at WCP, most recently as Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Sonia and Spike this past October. He also appeared as Fleetfoot in Little Mary Sunshine and Officer Thompson in Dial 'M' for Murder but this is his third time producing a show, the last being A Thousand Clowns but with the aid of such an exceptional director and such an extraordinary cast and crew this is making this job a breeze, a most pleasurable and memorable experience.

(Stage Manager) started with WCP as property master for many shows before branching out into stage managing and received a Perry Award nomination for props for the production of Angel Street. She also assists with set decoration and costumes. Having been on stage in a couple of productions, she would rather leave the acting to the pros and enjoy being in the backstage "hustle and bustle". Barbara also wrote two original plays which were performed at WCP. In addition, one play was performed in Chatham in the Jersey Voices Festival. She had been on the Board of WCP for two years serving as Director of Performance. Barbara is now Vice President of Productions. A legal assistant by day, she thanks WCP for allowing her to express her creative side and her children and grandchildren for their love and support, which makes it all more gratifying.

(Properties) JoAnne appeared as Mrs. Isaac Cohen in last seasons WCP's production of Abie's Irish Rose. She began her WCP experience with her role as Mildred WCP's production of The Cemetery Club. Since that time, JoAnne has been the Properties Mistress for our productions and served on WCP's Board of Directors as Director of Productions. JoAnne recently served as President of WCP for three terms; she is now serving as Director of Performance. JoAnne has been nominated for a NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Properties in a Play for Rehearsal for Murder

She has always been involved in theatre since she was a child back in Union with the Teen Stagers. She has also appeared as Polly in The Boyfriend, Anna in New Girl in Town; Eleanor in Second Time Around (for Regal Productions), and Peggy in Front Page. Besides doing props, she has worked on Scenery and Set Design. Her favorite role was Eleanor in Second Time Around because it gave her the chance to play her husband, Steve's, snobbish and self-centered wife.

JoAnne is a retired teacher of music from the Clark School system where she was the vocal, instrumental and music theory teacher for over twenty years and for which she directed and musical directed the plays for Kumpf School. "I make bead flowers - an old French art of using glass beads." Special thanks to my husband Steve and JoAnn Scanlon for giving me the chance to rekindle my love for the stage, and thanks to a wonderful cast and fabulous crew." It's good to have you back on front stage!!!

(Set Designer) Bill not only serves as our set designer, but is currently WCP's Treasurer and serves on the Board of Directors. Bill has recently been nominated for a NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Set Design for a Play for Rehearsal for Murder

(Lighting Operator/Playbill) Jessica is not only versatile at operating the light control board, but also sits on the WCP Board of Directors as Director of Playbill. She has aided in the lighting design of this show. She is also extremely talented as a graphic designer. Much of her art work is displayed throughout our website. Jessica has been nominated for a NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play for Rehearsal for Murder.

Jessica most recently produced two productions at the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) -- To Kill A Mockingbird on the Hamilton Stage and A Seussified Christmas Carol on the Main Stage in Rahway, NJ.

(Lighting Designer/Operator) James made his lighting operator/designer with WCP's most recent production of HOT L BALTIMORE.

(Sound Design) Glen has been nominated for a NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Sound Design for a Play for Rehearsal for Murder

(Sound Operator)Michael has played smaller and larger roles at WCP and Westfield’s Troupe of Friends free Shakespeare in the Park series. From 1999-2007 he was one of the lead male vocalists in the Daddy-Os and the Grateful Dads in the McKinley Kapers annual variety show. But he most enjoys working tech behind the scenes. Professionally Michael is Associate Chair of the Information Systems Department at NJIT (which also has a Theater Department and regular productions).

(Publicity) To be developed


(Webmaster) Besides directing for WCP, Steve also is the President of WCP and is the webmaster for our web site.

(Box Office) Renate has been Director of Tickets since the 08-09 season and enjoys making sure the front of the house runs smoothly. Participating in the chorus of Mikado and Pirates of Penzance with the Gilbert & Sullivan Players of Philadelphia many years ago makes her appreciate the hard work that goes into a production and confirmed her belief that she doesn't want to be on stage. Renate is a substitute teacher in the Westfield School District, a board member of Westfield Hadassah, a member of the Harvest Quilters of Central New Jersey and enjoys spending time with her family and reading.

(Costumes) I’m thrilled with the opportunity to work on this production. My personal goal is to make sure that the actors are comfortable and confident in their appearance on stage. I started working on costumes at the Westfield Community Theater in 2009 with their production of Little Mary Sunshine. At this point I fell in love with costuming. I was asked back to the theater and subsequently invited as the Chairperson of Costumes. I have great respect for the Director and his visions; they inspire me. I thank the production team for their faith in my ideas and their respect for my opinion. And especially my daughter for all the late hours, help and support.

Past credits: Little Mary Sunshine, Don’t Drink the Water, The Second Time Around, Dial M for Murder, Caught In The Net, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, Abie’s Irish Rose, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Top Girls, Stuart Little, Bizet’s Carmen, Squabbles, {proof} and Olympus on My Mind.

"I am a Costumer, I make clothes for imaginary people." ---Celestine Ranney, 1982

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(Set Construction Chairman) To be developed

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