Sunday, March 6, 2016
Carla Kerr, president of Theatre on the Hill Guild at NMSU-A presided at the March 6, 2016 meeting of the Guild.
Perry Lawson gave a report on the Senior Jubilee event held at First Presbyterian Church in Alamogordo, New Mexico. There were about 60 people present. Perry first made a presentation about COPE (Center of Protective Environment) and their contributions to the community in the way of help for victims of domestic violence and their children.
The second part of the program was titled "What Can Seniors Bring to the Stage?" and many seemed quite interested in the Theatre on the Hill. Perry called on Bob Trowbridge, playwright, set designer and actor, and Carla Kerr, president of the Theatre on the Hill Guild, playwright and actor, to give information about their experiences associated with the theater stressing a need for more seniors to become active in theater.
Perry presented a tribute to Joylyn Mercouris who had just passed on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Joylyn was very active in the theater in many plays, as a member of the Guild and a playwright as well. Attendees were treated to a video of Joylyn and Monica Helm in their roles in a skit called "Pet Names", a section of the "Senior Moments" production at the Rohovec Theatre on the Hill. The video was hysterically funny and from all the laughter we could tell enjoyed by everyone.
Carla reported on the "Celebration of Life" held for Joylyn Mercouris at Patron's Hall, headed up by Flori McElderry, president of the Flickinger Guild. There were probably about 75 people in attendance and it was a lovely event that Joylyn would have enjoyed. Many related their memories of Joylyn and the Orwoll family (four of them anyway) were much involved as Joylyn had been a volunteer at the Space Museum. Although Joylyn had only been involved in theater the past five years, it was a huge part of her life. The beautifully decorated cake had books on one side and theatrical masks on the other depicting her involvement with Books Revisited as well.
After several housekeeping items were discussed and voted on, two new members were recognized, Susan Gallegos and Scott Hancock, and welcomed to the Guild.
|Guild President Carla Kerr|
|New member, Susan Gallegos|
|L to R: VP Rod Barnes, Connie, Carla and Perry Lawson|
|L to R: Monica Helm, Victoria Kennedy, Secretary Kathy Barnes, Rod and Connie|
|L to R: Susan, Carolyn and Bob Trowbridge|