Sunday, October 19, 2003

Beechmont teaching the ropes

Rebecca Weisman joined Beechmont Players in January. By May she made her stage debut in Blithe Spirit, and now she's director-in-training for the British farce See How They Run, which continues next weekend at Clermont College's Kreuger Auditorium.

Weisman, who lives in Anderson Township, is part of a new "apprentice" program at Beechmont where community theater veterans teach newcomers the ropes. Her mentor is Run director Kevin Minney.

Weisman runs rehearsals in Minney's absence, makes notes on blocking and monitors lines. And she's the stage manager.

"I definitely feel more involved in theater," says Weisman, who's expecting a baby in February. "The most surprising thing I've learned is just how many people are required to pull off a production. It's amazing to see all the wheels in motion!"

It's win-win, notes Minney, with the theater gaining "a growing pool of bale techies, spreading out the workload."

There's an even bigger win for Beechmont. Weisman's father is the show's master carpenter, her mother is house manager, her brother is sound operator, and husband Andy is lending a backstage hand.

For show reservations and information call the box office at 682-9090. For more information on the apprentice program contact Pam Kaesemeyer at 231-0144 or e-mail

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