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A Nice Family Gathering October 20, 2014


A Nice Family Gathering Opens This Weekend
Patrick Lighthall

The Marshall Civic Players invite everyone to grab the last few tickets to the hysterical performances of Phil Olson's A Nice Family Gathering. Audiences will settle into the beautiful and cozy house setting as the Lundeen household gathers on Thanksgiving Day.

They'll also relate to all the silly and hilarious family dynamics that occur when the matriarch, her kids, and the rest of the family get together.

"I play the youngest sister, Stacy," explains Erica Kamm," she is the overlooked, somewhat ignored sister."

Kamm's theater experience from Battle Creek Central and Alma College help her fit right into the diverse and talented cast. That cast includes Juliana Gilger, taking the stage for the Marshall Civic Players once again as Jill.

"Jill is very emotional," says Gilger, "She is a fun character to play because she is down crying then busting out laughing."

These characters combine with the rest of the well-crafted family members to create a holiday experience that everyone can relate to. "The show is really funny, and I think that's because the realism of the characters shows a dysfunctional family with a certain charm," explains Gilger.

A Nice Family Gathering runs November 7-9 and 14-16 at the Franke Center for the Arts in downtown Marshall with Friday and Saturday shows starting at 8:00pm and Sunday shows starting at 2:30pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for students. Please call (269) 781-3335 to book your tickets for this amazing show!


A Nice Family Gathering opens November 7
Chris Gorsline

November 7th is opening night for the Marshall Civic Players' production of the comedy, A Nice Family Gathering. You may have never heard of this hilarious play, but you will thoroughly enjoy this fun show. Did you ever wonder how we select our productions for the season? The Marshall Civic Players have a committee just for this task. The Play Reading Committee, headed by Chairperson Jane Reid, meets several times a year to discuss possible productions and read through a lot of scripts. Other committee members are: Kathleen Warriner, Tom Whitesell, Sam Friia, Diane Long, Cecilia McCaleb, and Christine Gorsline. Ideas for possible shows come from research and suggestions from our patrons, actors and MCP board members. Our committee narrows down the selections to two or three per performance time slot. This is handed to the MCP board of directors who finalize their choices by March for the upcoming season. Our Play Reading Committee and the board of directors work closely together to select plays and musicals that will produce a season with old favorites and new unknown gems.

Join us for the production of A Nice Family Gathering November 7-9 and 14-16. The setting is Thanksgiving Day and it is the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since the Patriarch died. At the gathering, Dad (John Sims) comes back as a ghost with a mission; to tell his wife (Barb Kinney) he loved her, something he neglected to tell her while he was alive. The only family member who can see and hear dear old dad is the youngest son, Carl (Sam Friia). Carl's golden-boy brother, Michael (Scott Whitesell) has some serious issues and a troubled wife, Jill (Julianna Gilger). And sister, Stacy (Erica Kamm) has a secret. To top it off, Mom has invited a date (Jerry, played by John Marsh) for dinner! A good heart is behind all this family silliness that will have you laughing and crying. Tickets are on sale starting November 3rd in the front lobby of the Franke Center. They also can be reserved by calling or texting 269-781-3335.


Cast Announced for A Nice Family Gathering


The Marshall Civic Players are excited to announce the cast for their November production of A Nice Family Gathering.

The Lundeen family have gathered for their first Thanksgiving Dinner without their dearly departed Patriarch, played by John Sims. Dad neglected to tell his wife of 41 years (Barb Kinney) that he loved her and sets out to tell her through their youngest son, Carl (Sam Friia). Dad never paid much attention to Carl, yet he is the only family member who can hear him. His golden-child brother, Michael (Scott Whitesell), though a successful doctor, has some problems of his own along with his troubled wife, Jill (Juliana Gilger).

Rounding out the cast is Stacy (Erica Kamm), the overlooked sister and Mom's dinner date, Dad's old golfing buddy, Jerry (John Marsh). Not everything is what it seems.

This hilarious production of A Nice Family Gathering, directed by Tucker Hale, runs November 7-9 and 14-16.

To reserve tickets, simply call or text the Marshall Civic Players Box Office at 269-781-3335 at any time.

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