From left: Founding Director of the School of Dance, Film, and Theater Madeleine Scott; Alan Rust, a 1973 Fine Arts alumnus and artist-director of the OHIO Players of Monomoy Theatre; and College of Fine Arts Dean Margaret “Peg” Kennedy-Dygas.
Photographer: Julie Zdanowicz
Guests dine at the Ellie Baker Pavilion before Saturday’s performance.
Photographer: Ayrika Whitney
Linda Simonitsch, a 1961 College of Fine Arts graduate, with one of her paintings.
Photographer: Ayrika Whitney
Jul 8, 2013
By Kelee Riesbeck
The Monomoy Theatre was abuzz for the Chatham, Massachusetts venue's 56th season opening weekend June 28-30. The season opened with the Theatre's production of "The King and I," performed by the Ohio University Players. The Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) and the Massachusetts Chapter Serving New England hosted three receptions and one dinner throughout the weekend.
A Friday reception with University leaders was held at the Chatham home of Jean Axline, widow of the late Robert Axline, a 1957 graduate of the College of Business. Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis provided alumni and guests with an inspiring update about the University. Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations and Executive Director of OUAA Jennifer Neubauer closed the event by thanking everyone for their participation in the historic weekend. The Axline's home also played host to a post-opening night performance reception with student performers.
A Saturday reception and lobster or chicken dinner was served at Ellie Baker Pavilion near the Theatre before curtain. The Axline home also welcomed guests to a Sunday farewell brunch. The Axline family has hosted the traditional weekend event for decades. The family worked with OUAA and alumni volunteers Dave Abram, a 1989 graduate from the Scripps College of Communication, Dawnetta Jones, a 1983 College of Health Science and Professions graduate, and Kathy L. Cerminara, 1983 Scripps College of Communication graduate, to make the event a success.
"This event always brings together OHIO alumni and friends to this picturesque Cape Cod region," said OUAA Interim Senior Director Dawn Werry. "Thanks to our hard-working chapter volunteers, The Monomoy Theatre tradition is one that Ohio University is very proud of because it allows the University to showcase the talent of our School of Theater student actors and crew. It also allows us to celebrate the great work by Ohio University's students, faculty, staff and administration."
Purchased by former Ohio University First Lady Elizabeth Baker, the Monomoy Theatre trains the University's graduate and undergraduate students in all aspects of theater. Since 1958, the Ohio University Players have put on a challenging play a week, from musicals to Shakespeare, at the Theatre. The Theatre has drawn many alumni and friends to Cape Cod for this special summer weekend.
The weekend highlighted the University's The Promise Lives Campaign, which has raised more than $425 million toward its goal of $450 million by June, 2015 in support of students, faculty, programs, facilities and community partnerships.