CULVER—The Maxinkuckee Players have truly become one of Marshall County’s most beloved civic theater groups. They put on a musical every year except during the pandemic.
After the two-year break, everyone is looking forward to the 2022 season. “I’ve been involved in it long enough that I can’t imagine dropping it on the doorstep and walking away, leaving someone behind. another take it and do whatever,” described longtime member and this year’s director Becky Liechty. “It’s like having another child. It needs to be maintained and taken care of. »
By the 20th anniversary in 2000, there were over 300 volunteers involved with the players, and the group has only grown since then. Liechty would like to invite everyone who has been bitten by the theater bug to join their family this year. There are all kinds of volunteer opportunities, both on stage and behind the scenes.
The Maxinkuckee Players do not select their actors based on who has the most experience in the troupe. “We start each production with a clean slate. Anyone can come and audition for the role they want,” says Liechty.
But the theater is not only the actors visible on stage. There are several others – stagehands, sound and light technicians, as well as countless other people who help with set construction, cleaning and preparing the stage for performances, sewing and modifying costumes, advertising, poster editing, ticket sales, and much more.
Ticket sales never exceeded $15 in an effort to keep the admission fee, as well as the production itself, family-friendly. “A lot of people look at the fact that we’re trying to keep our ticket prices low and [think] it is a production of lesser quality. And that’s not the case at all,” says Liechty. “I’ve had so many people say, ‘You know, I’ve been to Wagon Wheel, I’ve been to Round Barn, I’ve been to South Bend Civic, and you guys are better than anybody. of them. ”
For more information follow them on social media at facebook.com/maxplayandsing.