By: Elyse McMaster
The Liberty Center Drama Club has experienced some major changes in the past few months, most recently, staff changes. Katie Meyers of Napoleon has been directing the LC plays and musicals for the past six years. Katie runs MKats antiques in Napoleon. She directed at Napoleon High School prior to coming to LC.
Katie directed LC students in plays such as The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Dead as a Doornail, I´m Getting Murdered in the Morning, Murder Me Always, and, most recently, Among Friends and Clutter. The musicals that she directed were Sound of Music, Bye Bye Birdy, Cinderella, Godspell, High School Musical, and Annie. She also spent a few years directing middle school plays at LC. During preparations for Annie, Katie announced that it would be her last musical at LC. She, and assistant director Helen Imbrock, decided to retire as of April 2016.
Helen Imbrock, also of Napoleon, has been assisting Katie in directing at LC for six years. She also directed with Katie at Napoleon for five years. She worked at Napoleon High School as a paraprofessional to special needs students for 24 years before retiring at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Helen and Katie are loved by the LC staff and students, and everyone misses them.
The new director is Kevin Wietrzykowski of Ayersville. Mr. W, as he likes to be called, has directed at Ayersville High School for the past 10 years. He has directed shows such as Seussical the Musical, Hello Dolly, and Shrek. He also directed a few years at Archbold and many community theater productions.
Mr. W works at ProMedica as a System Administrator for TeleMedicine. He has decided to double up with Ayersville and LC in order to make sure both schools can do their plays and musicals. He has announced that the 2016 fall play at LC will be Murder’s in the Heir, an audience participation, murder mystery. As of now, his plans for the 2017 LC spring musical are undecided.
The cast list for Murder´s in the Heir is as follows,
Simon Starkweather- Seth Grine
Fiona Starkweather- Emma Bowers
Jordan Starkweather- Jason Calton
Paula Thompson- Ollie Starkey
Simon Starkweather III- Izayah Nonnenmacher
Bensonhurst- Drake Frederick
Mrs. Trent- Jody Buehrer
Minerva Walker- Kennedi Brogan
Nancy Pollard- Elyse McMaster
Rufus Jones- Jordyn Sunior
Miss Withers- Cailin Mysinger
Lois Van Zandt- Becky Sanders
Kathy Collins- McKenzi Collins
Mike Davis- Layne Alley
The Directing Team
Jean Culpepper- Samy Heath
Usher/Announcer- Trinity Saxton