CCP’s Official Stage Manager
Community Circle Players (CCP) is thrilled to have Dana Goldsmith volunteer as its first official stage manager—the key person who makes sure props, sets, and actors are all in place. For CCP’s current, unique production, the challenge is to creatively and technically string all eight plays together to make a cohesive show. Dana is ready.
Dana Goldsmith and her husband, Sam, are brand new to SaddleBrooke, having moved here in June. They have traveled the country for both business and pleasure, spent time in many places, and found themselves drawn to the magic and beauty of Tucson. They know they now have found their home.
Not yet fully retired, they both have worked in live events and business theater for over 30 years. Dana has loved her roles as executive producer, video producer, stage manager, and assistant technical director and enjoyed working with many name talent, corporate executives, and past presidents. She loves the thrill of live theater, especially behind the scenes in a production or technical position.
An Evening of One Acts is Dana’s first CCP production, and she’s excited to be part of this team. “I’m awed by the amazing level of talent and creativity of this troupe, and I am relishing my role as the stage manager. Live theater brings a wonderful feeling of camaraderie with it, and it is very evident that CCP is no different.” Happy and honored to have become a key part of the show, she looks forward to many more CCP productions. The feeling is mutual.
What’s Happening Backstage?
Thanks to the help of Costume Coordinator Susan Schweitzer and Props Coordinator Mary Riemersma, Community Circle Players (CCP), our live dinner theatre troupe, will delight its audiences once again. CCP is producing An Evening of One Acts—a charming dinner theatre production in a new format. The show’s producer, Shawne Cryderman, is grateful for Susan and Mary’s resourcefulness and hard work on the production team.
Soon after moving to SaddleBrooke three years ago, Susan Schweitzer and her CCP actor husband, Jay, joined the Community Circle Players family. Susan is thrilled to have worked behind the scenes as costume coordinator for the last three CCP productions (Don’t Drink the Water, Cooking with Gus, The Outsider). Susan enjoys using her creative skills—combing through thrift stores, raiding actors’ closets, sewing, and altering—to help make the actors look their best on stage. When not helping CCP, you’ll frequently find her on the pickleball court.
Mary Riemersma is new to CCP, coming on this year to coordinate props. She has been a resident of SaddleBrooke for over four years and enjoys participation in a number of activities, including but not limited to golf, hiking, pickleball, line dancing, and country western dancing. She and husband, Ken, have been married for 51 years and enjoy traveling, time in the mountains, and kayaking. She also serves on the Scholarship Committee for SaddleBrooke Community Outreach. She and Ken have one son, three grown grandchildren, and one great-grandson. She is excited about her new CCP responsibilities.
CCP’s official photographer, Steve Weiss, makes our actors look great. He and his wife originally lived in the northern suburbs of Chicago, where the winters seemed to be getting angrier each year, so in March 2013, they moved to SBR. In high school, when his sports career was over, he appeared on stage in the cast of the musical Bye Bye Birdie. Steve spent 34 years helping people protect their inventions and trademarks as an intellectual property attorney. He had many opportunities to photograph performing arts for a company in the Chicago area and enjoyed not only taking the pictures but the presentations and the music. He has volunteered his time and talent for every CCP production.
Check out their great work behind the stage for this year’s unique production.
Monday through Wednesday: Monday, Nov. 8; Tuesday, Nov. 9; and Wednesday, Nov. 10
Friday through Sunday: Friday, Nov. 12; Saturday, Nov. 13; and Sunday, Nov. 14
Tickets: The $49 dinner theatre tickets are on sale in the HOA2 Admin office and online with a credit card at tickets.saddlebrooketwo.com.
CCP Dinner Theatre Lights! Sound!
Community Circle Players’ (CCP) excellent dinner theatre productions rely on the skill of lighting and sound experts. These volunteers, Alex Infald, Denis Greenland, and Mark Albrecht, toil closely with the stage manager and enhance the audience’s theatrical and dining experience.
Alex Infald worked backstage in many of the theatres on Broadway before becoming a SaddleBrooke resident and CCP’s technical/lighting director. His experience includes lighting, set construction, sound, and stage management, and he found, “It was very interesting and exciting working with many Tony award-winning actors, directors, set designers, and lighting designers.”
Fifteen years ago, Alex and his wife moved from the Bay Area of California to SaddleBrooke, and now you will find him at the DesertView Theater, where he volunteers his time as lighting designer and lightboard operator. When not at the theater or helping CCP, he builds model ships.
Denis Greenland, the sound director for CCP’s An Evening of One Acts, filled the same role for the previous CCP productions Don’t Drink the Water and The Outsider.
His challenge for the current show is to coordinate with all the directors and provide requested sound effects, like squeaky doors and phone tones. With a limited number of microphones, actors must share them, which only allows Denis to be able to check mics once before the start of the show, but he works hard to make sure every audience member can hear every word.
A retired electrical engineer, Denis has lived in SaddleBrooke for 13 years. Currently single, he enjoys dancing, hiking, astronomy, jewelry making, and traveling.
Also working on sound is Mark Albrecht, a former management consultant and public speaker, who auditioned after living in SaddleBrooke for only two weeks. He acted in high school and was a contributing writer for one of those plays.
Mark is looking to expand his creative skills, plus leverage his writing, storytelling, and music composition/performing by also providing sound/music composition for this production. Not only is he a walk-on in several shows, he makes sure audiences hear dog barks, songs on the keyboard, and thunder.
We thank each of them for all they do!