Mansion Players

Community Theater for Valencia County and the Rio Abajo

Roundhouse Steps 2017

With national elections over, this year's edition of our popular political musical satire show focuses on our own backyard -- Central New Mexico.

Come join us September 16 for dinner theater under the stars at the Garden Gate Spa, with a hilarious look at the events and people who make the news every day.

For more information click here.

This is a dinner theater, with reservations required.


Last year's show was sold out, so make your reservations early and don't miss out!

She is My Mother Revival

Local playwright Pati Terrazas is the author of the play She Is My Mother, which deals with the subject of Alzheimer's Disease and its effects on families.  Due to popular demand,  we are reviving this educational and emotional drama three years after its first run.

The first performance will be held on Saturday, August 26, at Trinity Methodist Church in Belen at 6:30 pm. If your family has been touched by this devastating disease, you will want to experience this play, full of the humor and heartbreak that accompany patients and families who live with Alzheimer's.

Saint Patrick's Day Celebration

Whether you're Irish or not, come enjoy an event filled with the music and humor of Ireland on Friday, March 17, at 11 am, at the Good Life Center, 1650 Los Lentes Rd NE

Merry Christmas from the Mansion Players

ROUNDHOUSE STEPS

  It's been a tough political season.

You need a few laughs!

And we've got 'em here:

 

Click here for short song samples

 

Click here to watch video of full performance

(Warning:  it's an hour and a half long)

 

Another Performance of      Roundhouse Steps

By special request (and popular demand) we're offering an extra performance of our very funny Roundhouse Steps political parody show.

If you missed it before, or if you'd like to see it again, join us! We guarantee you'll have fun.

Saturday, October 8

6 pm

First Methodist Church

75 Manzano Freeway

 

It's the funniest show in town, and it's FREE!

Successful run!

Our comedy show of song parodies covering New Mexico issues, politics, and personalities had a very successful run of six performances, beginning with a SOLD OUT dinner theater.

Congratulations to the cast and crew!

  • Marie Benoit
  • Merci Chavez
  • Marj Conner  
  • Pat Fink
  • Andy Fuller
  • Robert Gallegos
  • Harry Joseph
  • Dirindia Kelley
  • Peggy McLoughlin
  • Ted Rau
  • Frann Scott
  • Jim Servais
  • Nancy Strickland

 

Senior Olympics

Four members of the Mansion Players traveled to Roswell in July to perform a short play written by our own Ann Brown, a local playwright.

The show was very well-received and Marie Benoit, Ninette Mordaunt, Ann Brown, and Jeff Hudson had a great time in Roswell.

Congratulations!

Valentine's Day Readings

A romantic and funny program of Valentine's Day readings and skits was presented to an appreciative audience at the Belen Library on February 13.

Participating were Marie Benoit (who also directed), Frann Scott, Gary Chorre, Esmeralda Cernius, William Wallace. and Marj Connor. 

Local playwright Ann Brown contributed to the script.

Jack Fink

We are sad to announce the passing of Jack Fink, one of the founding members of the Mansion Players, on October 20, 2015. Jack's body was cremated, and interment was private.

Jack was a valued colleague and a good friend. Over the years, he performed a wide variety of roles from hero to villain in genres from comedy to drama to history. He also directed several shows, and his fine singing voice was featured in all of our musical productions. 

His gentlemanly courtesy and unfailing good humor were characteristic, and made him one of the most popular members of our troupe. He will be deeply missed by all of us.

 

Jack's son, Jason, has written a wonderful story of Jack's life available at this link.

Our condolences to his wife, Pat, and the rest of his family.  

 

Animals Got Talent

The very funny play "Animals Got Talent" by our own Ann Brown was performed at the Belen Library to a sizable and very appreciative audience. A take-off on talent shows such as "America's Got Talent", "The Voice", and "American Idol", the show included musical numbers, comedy, and even fake advertisements.

Congratulations to Ann and her cast and crew for a great job!

Belen Chamber of Commerce Musical

Our musical review of songs related to Belen and New Mexico was a big hit at a recent evening social held by the Belen Chamber of Commerce. The songs performed included

  • The Belen Blues
  • Wide Open Belen
  • New Mexico Towns
  • The Belen Song

 

Auditions

Auditions for Animals Got Talent were held July 10-11. Casting will be announced shortly. The performances will be in last August or early September on dates to be set later.

Benefit Performance at the Harvey House

By special request, the Mansion Players recently performed a  version of one of our most popular pieces, Harvey Girls, at the Harvey House in Belen on June 13.

As part of a fund-raiser for the Wheels Transporation Museum, we played to a large and very responsive audience under the cool, shady portico.

The performance included 3 new songs and new scenes. Many thanks and kudos to the cast and crew: 

  • MARIE BENOIT (Presenter/Producer)
  • ANN BROWN (Presenter /Choreographer)
  • ESMERALDA CERNIUS (Harvey Girl Betty)
  • ROGER CERNIUS (Sound/Special Effects)
  • MERCEDES CHAVEZ (Presenter)
  • CHRISTINE CLAYTON (Harvey Girl Christine)
  • MARJORIE CONNER (Sal the Matron / Singer)
  • SYDNEY EUBANK (Harvey Girl Dora)
  • JACK FINK (Bob the Engineer/Salesman)
  • ROBERT GALLEGOS (Charlie the Cook/Blues Singer)
  • FRANN SCOTT (Presenter)
  • RAY JARAMILLO (Presenter/Cowboy)
  • MELISSA OBER (Harvey Girl Emily)
  • NANCY STRICKLAND (Keyboard/Writer/Director)
  • HENRY (TED) RAU (Charleston Singer/ Salesman)
  • ALEJANDRA WRIGHT (Harvey Girl Peggy)

 

We are very sorry to announce

The Mansion Players are very sorry to share the sad news that one of our founders, Brian Benoit of Los Lunas, passed away on Tuesday, November 18, of a sudden cardiac arrest.

Brian was born in Taunton, Massachusetts and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. He moved to California in 1969 and was employed as a computer technician for various companies including Magnavox and Alcatel. There he met and married Marie Fioroli who was his partner for the next 43 years.

Both Brian and Marie shared a passion for the theater.  While living in California, he appeared in "The Lady's Not for Burning", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat", "Twelve Angry Men", and "The Merry Wives of Windsor" in the Shakespeare-by-the-Sea series, as well as in dozens of other theatrical roles and in television shows including "NYPD Blue". He and Marie appeared together in "Witness for the Prosecution", "My Fair Lady", "Beyond Reasonable Doubt", and "The Crucible".  He was also active in other facets of theater from production, light, sound, and stage management to ushering. He co-wrote the play "All's Swell that Ends Swell", and won a "Best Producer Award" for producing "Pure as the Driven Snow" for the Palos Verdes Players. He regularly played  Santa (for which he was a natural!) at Christmas events, frequently accompanied by Marie as Mrs. Claus.

After his retirement, he and Marie moved to Los Lunas. When they found there was no community theater in Valencia County, they immediately decided to create one. They became the founders of the Mansion Players, which today is a successful theatrical company producing several shows each year. Brian was active in many of those shows in various capacities including production and acting.

A dedicated, lifelong Republican, Brian was active in local politics, and in 2011 was named Republican of the Year by the Valencia County Republican Party. He and his wife were also active supporters of the campaigns of several local and state Republican candidates.

Riverside Funeral Home is handling arrangements. No formal services are planned, but an informal memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 13, at 1:30 pm, at First United Methodist Church in Belen, for friends and colleagues to remember and celebrate his life. 

Christmas Show dedicated to Brian Benoit

The Fifth Annual Christmas Show of the Mansion Players, A Christmas Carol for Valencia County, will be performed on Saturday, December 6, at 12 noon in the Belen Library Theater. The performance is dedicated to Brian Benoit, who was a firm believer in "the show must go on". 

Newest Melodrama

Plan on seeing one of the fun performances of Her Fatal Beauty:

Saturday, Sept 6, 1:30, Belen Library

Thursday, Oct 2, Noon, Belen Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Belen Library

For more pictures from the performances, click on the Photos link above.

Rio Abajo Day, September 27

We'll be performing at 2 pm at the gazebo on Main Street for Rio Abajo Day. The show is a new version of our ever-popular "Train Days", with both old favorites and a brand new song. Come on out and see us! 

Lots of Fun at Harla May's

Our recent (Saturday, June 14) performance of Train Days for the New Mexico State Poetry Society was fun for all.

The audience was receptive and enthusiastic, the lunch was delicious, and the stage at Harla May's in Belen was a great venue.

Pictures to come!

Big Demand for Staged Readings

Our staged readings are becoming very popular!  Recently we've performed The Appraisal for

  • Tome Gallery
  • Christ the King Lutheran Church
as well as other readings for
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Sanado Women's Club
  • St. Patrick's Day Balloon Rally
  • Belen Pilot's Club

Our Harvey Girls Meet a Real Harvey Girl

Audience members at our most recent production of Train Days, for the Belen Railway Employees Credit Union, called it "the best meeting of the CU ever"!  A highlight of the event for us was getting to meet Mrs. Baca, a real-life Harvey employee who worked at the Belen Harvey House and posed for this picture with our own Harvey Girls: Marie Benoit, Frann Scott, Marj Conner, Peggy McLoughlin, and Beth Christensen. 

Valencia County Literacy Council Fundraiser

Guests at the Literacy Council's fundraising event on Friday, March 21, got to meet some of the Luna and Otero family members when we presented an abbreviated version of our show An Evening with the Luna-Otero Family.  The show was a big hit and we received many positive comments.  Portraying family members were:  Harmony Brazeal, Jack Fink, Marie Benoit, Robert Gallegos, Gary Chorre, Frann Scott, Beth Christensen, and Marj Conner.

Click here for some shots of the cast in the green room.

Roy Rogers Rides the Radio Range

As part of the St Patrick's Day Balloon Rally in Belen, the Mansion Players presented their first radio play: Roy Rogers and the Missing Atomic Scientist, complete with sound effects.  The day was windy and the balloons didn't take off, but the show sure did!  Thanks to the cast and crew:  Peggy McLaughlin, Esmeralda Cernius, Ted Rau, Beth Christensen, Sandra Chavez, Gary Chorre, Frann Scott, Marj Conner, Marie Benoit, Alice Torwit, Clark Metcalf, and Angel Caron.

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Rehearsal Schedule - Spring 2014

This spring is shaping up as an unusally busy season.  To help keep us all on track, this site now has a rehearsal schedule. Click on the Auditions,News link above to see the rehearsal calendar. Schedules can change, though, so keep checking back.  We'll try to keep this as up-to-date as possible. 

Pilots Week at the Harvey House

 

As part of the Belen Pilots Club week, the Mansion Players presented a short comic piece Ordering from the Menu at the Harvey House. There were plenty of chuckles and appreciative applause for Marj Conner, Frann Scott, and Beth Christensen, seen above.

Sweet and Funny Valentine's Day Show

The audience at Belen Library was charmed by S/he Loves Me, S/he Loves Me Not, a Valentine's Day production sponsored by the Mansion Players.

The authors of this show, Ninette Mordaunt and Ray Orley of Albuquerque, read from love letters written by well-known lovers over the past 7 centuries. There were sighs, laughs, and a tear or two as the audience heard from Napoleon and Josephine, John and Abigail Adams, and MIckey and Minnie Mouse, among many others.  

Thanks so much, Ray and Ninette, for bringing your show to Valencia County.

 

A Staged Reading in Albuquerque

 

Cheryl, Beth, Marj, Frann (looking very glamorous in Hollywood shades), Marie, Sandra, and Anita on a trip to Albquerque to present staged readings of two short comedies at a luncheon for the Sanado Women's Club.

The audience and the cast all had a great time. Good work, everyone!

Don Juan in Hell

Our staged reading of this George Bernard Shaw classic played to a large audience at the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus.   Our congratulations to:

  Jack FInk:   Director

  Gary Chorre - Don Juan

  Beth Christensen: Doña Ana

  Robert Gallegos:  The Commodore/Statue

  Ted Rau:  Lucifer

Pilgrimage to Belen

An estimated 1,000 people came out for an evening walk through the Christmas story, from angels and the Annunciation to  the Nativity.  The Mansion Players dressed as shepherds acted as guides.  We had a wonderful time and were proud to be associated with this special event.

Christmas in Belen

We had terrific audience feedback on our performance.  Thanks to everyone who made this possible.  Hope we'll be able to do it again next year! 

http://christmasinbelen.webs.com

Three great performances of Train Days

We presented Belen Train Days at the Rio Abajo Days festival in Belen on Saturday, September 28, and then again October 3 to the Belen Chamber of Commerce, who were one of our best audiences ever. Thanks, Belen C of C, for inviting us!

 

 







Interested in a

performance

for your event?

We have dozens of skits, musical numbers, comedies, radio plays, and other fun performances ready to go. If you'd like to book the Mansion Players for your meeting, convention, luncheon, dinner, party or other event, call Marie Benoit at 565-2154 to see what can be arranged. 

Your group will love it!