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Go Bed

Published on March 3, 2015 by in Stories

Shortly after we moved to Topeka, I became involved with Topeka Civic Theatre. While I had always had an interest in theater, work and family duties had taken precedence. But when I discovered I was staying home to be with a son who wasn’t there, I decided I could once again engage in a very

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Exit Please

Published on November 19, 2014 by in Stories

Anyone who has been a stage actor for any period of time has probably missed an entrance, at least once. But how many people do you know who have missed exits? Well I did. It was in the mid nineties and Topeka Civic Theatre and was producing Arsenic and Old Lace. On the last weekend

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Acceptance Speech

Published on November 18, 2014 by in Stories

Every year Topeka Civic Theatre hosts a Volunteer Appreciation Night, popularly known as The Rennas, after the Renna Hunter awards that are presented to actors in several categories. It is a great honor just to be nominated for a Renna, and an even greater honor to win one. (In the more than 30 plays I

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With Friends Like These . . .

Published on September 12, 2014 by in Stories

In 2011 Guy Forbes died. Guy was the head of maintenance at Topeka Civic Theatre. He was a sweet, gentle man, and greatly loved by the theatre community in Topeka. He was gay, and, so far as we knew had no immediate family in Topeka. He did, as we were to learn, have distant relatives,

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Tell Somebody

Last Saturday night after a Laugh Lines performance, I was leaving the theatre when a young woman acquaintance approached me. “Marvin I just want to tell you how much I enjoy your performances,” She began. Then she elaborated on why she enjoyed them and what she enjoyed about them. Wow! I left the teatatre walking

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Happy Birthday to me

Published on November 26, 2013 by in News

It’s my birthday! It’s my birthday and I’m alone in my office. It’s my birthday and two days until Thanksgiving and I stuffed with Thanksgiving leftovers. It’s my birthday and I won’t be celebrating this evening because I’m in rehearsal for Inspecting Carol at Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy . Life is good. We make adjustments.

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Sometimes you need a challenge.

Published on April 15, 2013 by in Uncategorized

My theatre experience expands over 20 years, and includes comedy, farce, drama, commercials and film. So why was my recent performance in a Theatre for Young Audiences Show at Topeka Civic Theatre so special? It was a musical! A musical in which I had to sing and dance! A musical in which I had to

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