SEASON 18:   2013-2014

At the close of each season, ActorsNET co-founders Cheryl and Joe Doyle select the season's Most Valuable Performers (MVP) - recognition usually shared by two, sometimes more.

Season 18 has been an amazingly eclectic year. Our stage has sparkled with the dazzling talents of many, including a number of previous MVPs. This Season we honor a song and dance heroine and an unsung one: Dani Tucci-Juraga and Pat Brofman.

Dani has been with us since Season One. Acting singing, dancing, choreographing, producing - the diminutive dynamo does it all, with style and grace. She joined us in 1997 to play (believe it or not) Tiny Tim in our first holiday production, The Christmas Carol Conspiracy: Scrooge's Revenge.

Dani started Downstage Center Dance Studio - believe it or not - here at The Heritage Center, in our dressing room. Her skill and personality began to draw a huge following and she moved across the borough to what she and Krese have transformed into a state of the art facility.

Despite all this success, she's never forgotten ActorsNET. For us, Dani has choreographed amazing productions of Oliver!, Gypsy, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Finian's Rainbow, Damn Yankees, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown., our 10th season revivals of My Fair Lady (both the Heritage Center and Open Air Theatre runs), Man of La Mancha, High Society, and our 2005 revival of the original musical The Man Who Bought a Country. And for 14 years, she was dance instructor/choreographer in our Summer Stars theatre program for young people.

This season, the indefatigable Dani topped herself: She produced and costarred in a hugely successful holiday run of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. In so doing, she helped make the season "merry and bright" for cast, crew and audiences alike. Dani Tucci-Juraga is an inspired and inspiring talent, receiving her long-overdue acclaim as an ActorsNET MVP.

For several years, Pat Brofman has been Vice-President of our Board of Directors. Back when we started Summer Stars, a youngster named Matt South came to us with desire and raw talent. His grandmother, Pat, saw the Summer Stars show(s) in which he appeared and soon became one of our biggest fans.

Fast forward to present day: Matt's now a grown man - a music teacher, performer and a much sought-after musical director in area theatre.

Busy as Matt is these days at other venues such as Kelsey Theatre, he and his grandmother, Pat, coordinate our company's cadre of volunteer ushers. Pat takes her normal shift as an usher and frequently steps in to usher when no one volunteers for a particular performance, or at the last minute cancels. Some weekends, she's been our sole usher at each performance.

Pat's always there for us. With a helping hand and a friendly smile, she's become a familiar face and friend to so many of our patrons. When we thank her, she shrugs off her service with modesty. But, we believe such unselfishness and dedication deserve praise and public recognition.

ActorsNET isn't just a theatre company. We're a family: Talented people who share their natural and nurtured gifts to create theatre magic -onstage, back stage and behind the scenes.

This year an online poll at BucksHappenings.com voted ActorsNET as the Best Theatre Company in Bucks County. We didn't earn that honor alone. Over the years many helped build our reputation for producing quality shows at an affordable price. Now, Dani and Pat join a distinguished list of exceptional artists. Please know, we thank and love them all.

--Cheryl & Joe Doyle, Co-Founders

Dani Tucci-Juraga
Pat Brofman