From Farm to Table

(or Plant, or whatever prop is necessary!)

Many know Clemence Mershon as a longtime volunteer for MCT. After my talk with her recently, I learned that she is also a long-distance volunteer, regularly making her commute from her west county farm to Meadville to support our theater. Winter-time Spring Street bridge created some white-knuckle events. 

How did you get involved with MCT?

It began when my children did MCT shows in the mid 90’s. When the theater did the musical 1776, I got involved in set design because many antiques from my house dressed the show as props and furniture. 

What kind of work have you done at the theater?

I have done everything on and off stage except lighting.  Because I was raised on a farm and have been operating one for many years, I prefer doing “hands on” work. I also enjoy the problem solving and creating illusion that goes into setting a scene. I have only performed once, Love, Loss and what I Wore (Feb. 2013) with 7 other women. For On Golden Pond, I doubled as Assistant Director and Stage Manager. 

Do you have a favorite show or performance?

1776 will always be special for me. I also loved Little Shop of Horrors, especially as Audrey the Plant resided in my barn for years until she was passed on to another theater. Other favorites are On Golden Pond and Noises Off. I especially appreciate MCT’s musical reviews which showcase our talented local singers.  

Why do think MCT is special?

It is a true community theater whose volunteers have been wonderfully welcoming and collaborative over the last quarter century. Although I have given many hours to MCT, I feel I have received friendship and enjoyable theater in return. 

As an all volunteer organization, MCT could not do what it does without the support of volunteers like Clemence (who is pictured in the center of the group dressed all in black). We thank Clemence, and all of our loyal volunteers who make theater opportunities accessible to our community.

Author: Guy McUmber

Guy is Vice-President of the MCT board of directors and honored to be part of such a great organization. The only thing he does not like about the theater is when his wife occasionally falls asleep at shows, especially those on Broadway.

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