July 2009 Stage Lines

Volume 9, Issue 7 July 2009
Absence of a Cello


  • Editorial Ramblings
  • 2009-2010 Season
  • Absence of a Cello
  • Correction
  • Actor Spotlight
  • Duck Hunter Shoots Angel
  • I-48
  • Upcoming Events

Editorial Ramblings

Hi All!

Genny here, once again I have taken over this month’s ramblings for the newsletter.

I’m sure many of you are wondering where the handsome, debonair, clever, witty Mr. Hamill is at…well he has decided to take a break from the newsletter, although he may make a guest appearance here once in awhile.

So you are all stuck with Sarah and me! There’s a lot going on this summer too! In addition to the heat, we will have Casino Night 80’s style and our Annual Theater Picnic in August! Stay tuned for more details about both. Also, our next production coming up is The Absence of a Cello directed by Anthony Polidori. Be sure to read on to learn more about the show and the wonderful cast.

So during Leading Ladies, I was given the opportunity to run lights for part of their run. This got me thinking about the technical operators of a show.

I would like to take a moment and recognize these hard working folks. They are the stage managers, sound and light operators/designers, costumers, stagehands, makeup artists, propmasters, setbuilders, etc. They are people that work just as hard as the actors and the director, but don’t get any of the credit. They are also volunteering their time and energy to put on a production for people to enjoy but they don’t get to feed off of the energy of an audience. They are known as “booth monkeys”, “stage crew”, “booth fish”, “ghost-lighters” or “techies”.

Techies are people that keep the order of the backstage world. Techies spend hours creating wonderful sets just to be seen for a short period of time and then are willing to tear them down and create something completely different. Techies put actors in fantastic costumes and makeup. Techies give actors wonderful musical entrances, and good lighting. Techies are people that are willing to scour the city to find that one elusive prop, and are willing to make sure that elusive prop is at the right point on stage.

I have been both an actor and a techie. And as an actor I have learned to appreciate the techies of the world because without techies, an actor would be naked on a dark stage bumping into things and trying to remember their lines.

So the next time you see a show and when you are done reading the director’s and actor’s bios, be sure to read the names of the crew that are willing to work behind the scenes to create a wonderful production. Also, if you happen to see someone wandering around the theater with a walk-talkie and a headset and are dressed in black head to toe, take a second and tell them thank you.

See you at the theater!

2009-2010 Stage Coach Theater Season

Call 208.342.2000 to Reserve Your Season Tickets Now!!!

Click here to read full descriptions of all the shows in the new season

Season 29 – 2009-2010

Duck Hunter Shoots Angel
A comedy written by Mitch Albom
Directed by Kevin Labrum
Courtesy of Dramatist Play Services
Aug. 28-29, Sept. 3-6, 10-12

Art of Murder
A mystery written by Joe DiPietro
Directed by Anthony Polidori
Courtesy of Dramatist Play Services
Oct. 9-10, 15-18, 22-24

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
A Christmas tale written by Tom Mula
Directed by: Jenn Dunn
Courtesy of Dramatist Play Services
Nov. 27-28, Dec. 3-6, 10-12

Dilemmas with Dinner
A farce written by Robin Roberts
Directed by: Joseph Wright
Courtesy of Playscripts, Inc.
Jan. 8-9, 14-17, 21-24, 28-30

A drama written by Steven Dietz
Directed by Claudia Scott
Courtesy of Samuel French
Mar. 5-6, 11-14, 18-20

A romantic comedy written by Don Gordon
Directed by Ben Hamill
Personally Submitted by Author
Apr. 16-17, 22-26, 29-30, May 1

The Bob & Al Show
A comedy written by Geoffrey Howard
Directed by G. Robert Fields
Courtesy of Playscripts, Inc.
May 28-29, June 3-6, 10-12

Two One-Acts in One Night
The Whole Shebang
A comedy written by Rich Orloff
Directed by Genny Ulmen
Courtesy of Playscripts, Inc.

And the Winner Is…-
A comedy written by Mitch Albom
Directed by Lora Volkert
Courtesy of Dramatist Play Services
July 9-10, 15-18, 22-24

Absence of a Cello

“The Absence of a Cello” is about a genius professor, Dr. Andrew Pilgrim, who is unemployed and has hopes of landing a job with a large corporate company—Baldwin Nelson. In order to do this, Pilgrim and his family go to great lengths to impress an executive from the company, Otis Clifton.

Dr. Andrew Pilgrim (played by Kevin Labrum) is at first against the idea of changing his character and home in order to impress Clifton (played by Kevin Tuck.) However, after much persuasion by his daughter Joanna (played by Amanda Jacob) and the boy next door, Perry Littlewood (played by Ben Ulmen,) Pilgrim regretfully tries to conform to an ideal that would impress Clifton. With the help of Pilgrim’s wife, Celia (played by Jennifer Bertino-Polidori) and Perry’s grandmother, Emma Littlewood (played by Kathleen Bailey,) the Pilgrim family tries to change their home and appearance all in preparation for Otis Clifton.

Dr. Pilgrim’s sister, Marian Jellicoe (played by Karen Holcomb,) is the only member of the family who isn’t as willing to conform to impress Clifton, and is the one person who stands out in the executive’s eyes. As the Pilgrim family tries to maintain a “Baldwin-Nelson” image, their integrity breaks down and their true nature emerges. A wonderful discussion of honesty surfaces.

“The Absence of a Cello” is directed by Anthony Polidori and runs July 10th – 11th, 16th – 19th, and 23rd – 25th.


I wish to issue a correction in the interview with Jeff Thomson in the last issue. It was spelled “Thompson” versus “Thomson”. I figured I better spell Jeff’s name correctly since he is a lawyer and all.
Sorry Jeff…

Actor Spotlight!

Karen Holcomb, who is featured in The Absence of a Cello, is the subject of this month’s Actor’s Spotlight. Let’s find out a little more about Karen.

Personal Questions-

Stage Lines: Where were you born?
Karen Holcomb: I was born in Pomona, California which is about 35 miles east of Los Angeles.

SL: What made you move to Idaho?
KH: I was sick of LA which means I was sick of the traffic, millions of people crammed in on top of each other, and the insanely crazy “keep up with the Joneses” lifestyle. I was living in Pasadena and for years my sister-in-law had told me that Boise is a lot like Pasadena, but surrounded by nature instead of craziness. In 2005 I came up here for a visit and discovered that was indeed very true. The downtown area is very similar, with suburbs around that, but Boise is in the middle of nowhere instead of a gigantic megalopolis. Six weeks later, I quit my job, put my condo on the market and made the move up North.

SL: What do you do when you are not participating in live theater?
KH: I try and hit the gym a few times a week, take my dog Kodi for long walks, meet up with friends and just gab, read, watch movies, and my plan my next trip (there is always one in the works!). I am often found at local coffee houses and I love to listen to live music although I rarely do that for some reason.

SL: What got you interested in community theater?
KH: I was a late bloomer to theater. I was a sports junkie in high school and had no interest in acting. As I hit my late 20’s I made some friends who were in the theater and it looked like a blast. It took me years to get up the nerve to go to an acting workshop, but once I did I was asked to audition for a show and was given my first part. It was love at first role! There is something amazing about entertaining people and feeling their energy as they respond to the show.

To read the complete interview, please click here – Karen Holcomb complete interview

Duck Hunter Shoots Angel

A Comedy by Mitch Albom
Directed by Kevin Labrum
Courtesy of Dramatists Play Services

An uproarious story of two bumbling Alabama brothers who have never shot a duck but think they shot an angel, DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL has been hailed by audiences as a rare comedy with a surprisingly heartfelt lesson.
“…clever dialogue …high-energy …and funny wordplay.” —Oakland Press.

Featuring: Ben Hamill, Curtis Ransom, Brian Zuber, Courtney Ransom, Gerry Fields, Marissa Jerome, Frenchie Brown, Bradley Campbell

Rated PG-13

The show runs Aug. 28-29, Sept. 3-6, 10-12


Contrary to popular belief, theater people sometimes have lives outside of the theater. Shocking, I know. So as to encourage this practice, we’ve decided to highlight some non-theater activities that our frequent players are partaking in.

The Boise i48 film festival is an annual event in Boise. Teams of filmmakers are given 48 hours to create a 6-minute film from scratch. They are given a genre, line, character and prop to use. The resulting weekend is chaos for the teams. And this year, the teams consisted of many theater regulars. Watching the “Best of Boise” on Sunday the 7th was like a theater reunion.

At the Best of Boise (which only featured about 1/3rd of all of the films, I saw (on screen or in credits) Aimee Lewis, Ben Hamill, Brian Zuber, Erin Van Engelen, Gus Pollio, Geneva Stevahn, Tate McCullough, Lee Vander Boegh, Larry Dennis, Andrea Haskett, Maggie Sierra, Brandon Bilbao, and Karl Gautschi. Genny and I were in a film that didn’t make it to the Best of Boise, but trust us… it was awesome.

Way to go, theater people! Getting outside of your comfort zone of acting all the time is hard and you did it by… acting. Hmm. Maybe next time we can stretch ourselves even farther.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events!
July 10 Opening Night of The Absence of a Cello
July 25 Closing Night of The Absence of a Cello
August 1 Casino Night!! 80’s Theme!!
August 15 Annual SCT Picnic
August 22 Improvolution – Improv Comedy Troupe
August 28 Opening Night of Duck Hunter Shoots Angel
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