SEASON 21:   2016-2017

Theatre companies such as ours are blessed with amazing talents. Over the years, the co-founders have singled out some amazing performers , technicians, costumers and set builders for special recognition as Most Valuable Performers. For our 2016-17 season, we have three very special people who have gone above and beyond in contributing to ActorsNET.

Our Season 21 MVPs are (alphabetically) Joanne Cordingley, Joe Kemp and Mike Yager.

Joanne Cordingley for years was content to be in the shadow of her husband, actor/director/set builder James "Jim" Cordingley (who was a 2007-08 co-MVP). But, a few seasons ago, she stepped from the sidelines onto the playing field - co-designing the set for season 18's August: Osage County, then co-directing with Jim Season 19's Born Yesterday and this season's An Inspector Calls. She (and their daughter Brielle) also have assisted in building and painting sets. Her keen insights into the action onstage and the look of the sets - design, color schemes and properties - have made her invaluable to our company.

Joe Kemp more or less got sucked into The NET. His youngsters, Griffin and Jocelyn, have been active on our stage for a number of years - in Summer Stars and mainstage shows. Once he casually mentioned having artistic skills, he got drafted into doing scenic painting for us - greatly enhancing many of our sets. Tonight's show, and our recent productions of An Inspector Calls, The Explorers Club, Twelfth Night, Sherlock Holmes, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Groucho: A Life in Revue were all the beneficiaries of his artistry. We cannot thank him enough for his selfless donation of time and talents.

Mike Yager came onboard this season as Board of Directors member and Treasurer. It didn't take long for him to become a mover and shaker on our behalf. He has spearheaded the moves to improve our facility - arranging for new air conditioning and bringing in friends and neighbors to beautify our grounds and clear and organize our overflowing storage area. hanks to Mike, our books are well-balanced and our facility is in the midst of a much-needed face lift!

The efforts of Joanne Cordingley, Joe Kemp and Mike Yager represent how and why ActorsNET continues to win accolades as "the little theatre that could" - because they are among the volunteers that can AND do! (And we couldn't do it as well without them!)