Nick Benson first joined Community Players Theatre when he performed in Shrek in 2014, and has been actively involved ever since. He is excited to take over as President and continue our traditions enjoyed over the last century while also striving to prepare the theatre for its next century. Some favorite on stage roles were in The Addams Family, RENT, Seussical, All My Sons, The Wedding Singer, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Wendy Cottone has been a part of the Community Players family for over 25 years, starting when she was 12 in The Music Man. Wendy has performed on stage (recently 9 to 5, SPAMALOT and West Side Story) as well as choreographing dozens of shows (recently Shrek, Aida and Legally Blonde) and is excited to be part of the Board.
Chris Terven has served as a Community Players Board Member in several capacities and has participated in almost every aspect of the organization since he began his involvement at a very young age in 1989. He’s owned and operated several successful small businesses, manages his family’s property holdings, and garnered numerous Financial and Insurance Designations over the years. This (and the fact that he has a deep conviction regarding making the arts available to all) makes Chris a perfect fit as our current Treasurer. By day Chris is a professional “geek” with COUNTRY Financial, a position he seems to relish. Chris participates onstage and off at Community Players and can frequently be found with a drill, paintbrush, or other tool in his hand as he hangs precariously from some set piece.
Ashleigh Feger is currently serving in her second term as Secretary for Community Players. Her first show was back in 2009. After taking some time off and obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts and Drama she returned to CPT in 2016 and hasn’t slowed down since. A master of all, her talents at Community Players have seen her not only Act, but handle Costumes, Stage Manage, Produce, and Direct. She enjoys serving on a variety of committees and working with everyone at Players. She has worked with a variety of theatres in the area as well as with local schools. She is currently the 4th-6th grade Drama Director for Tri-Valley Middle School. She is excited to continue in in her current position and looks forward to what the future holds for her at Community Players.
Jennifer Maloy has been involved with Community Players since 2014, when her daughter dragged her to Shrek auditions. Since that time Jennifer, her husband and 4 children have all participated in one form or another at CPT. When she’s not at the theater taking care of the costumes, she is working at Bromenn Hospital as the Newborn Hearing Screen coordinator, volunteering at The Davis Davis Mansion, being a cool grandparent with her husband Jason, and navigating the pit falls of middle age. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of an incredible theater in this amazing community.
Bruce Parrish, historian and Emeritis, has served Community Players for over 40 years. He is a past Board president and trustee and has held a variety of Board positions. Bruce has directed, produced, designed, built or performed in over 130 shows for Community Players. He most recently appeared in “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” and counts Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” as one of his favorite roles. Bruce has served as historian for over 27 seasons, and he co-authored a publication on the history of the organization in 1997. Community Players stage was named for Bruce and his wife, Kathy (also an Emeritis) for their years of service to the organization in 2012.
Jay Hartzler has been involved with Community Players since 2007 after being cast in Fiddler on the Roof. After that, he was hooked and has been a part on many shows since then, both on and off stage. Favorite roles include Mike Nulty in White Christmas, Tiny Tom in Urinetown, and Donald in You Can’t Take It With You. He has been on the board since 2010 as the House and Grounds chair dealing with elusive leaks, running toilets, and pesky weasels.
Emily Ohmart is honored to be a part of the Board of Governors. You may have seen her on stage recently as Julia in The Wedding Singer and Jack's Mom in Into the Woods. Emily currently works full time as the Lead Web Strategist with Cybernautic Web Design. She loves to cross stitch, admittedly watches way too much TV, and plays Dungeons and Dragons pretty regularly (#NerdAlert).
Brett Cottone is excited to be back serving on the Board of Governors after previously acting as Technology Chair, Vice President and President. Brett has been performing in shows at CPT since 2006. A few of his favorite roles are Garry/Roger in Noises Off, The Captain in Mr. Roberts, Uncle Louie in Lost in Yonkers and Franz Liebkind in The Producers. He has been directing shows at CPT since 2012 including RENT, Legally Blonde, Avenue Q, Complete Works of Shakespeare and The Wedding Singer. Brett is happy to take over a new role and help lead this incredible organization.
Darlene Lloyd has been a member of CPT since 2015. She was up on stage for two shows during the 93rd season at Players, Noises Off and Little Shop of Horrors. Darlene also began working in the Box Office during this time as the Assistant Box Office Manager. For the 94th season, Darlene found a passion behind the scenes as she co-produced her first show, A Streetcar Named Desire. She is currently producing the kids summer show, Lessons from Broadway: A Musical Review. Darlene also served as a member of the Play Reading Committee for a one year term. Darlene looks forward to having a place on the the Board of Governors for the next two years and hopes to get involved in many more aspects of Community Players Theatre.
Missy Freese has been performing at Community Players since the Fall of 2014. Some of her recent roles include Young Sandra in Big Fish, and Holly in The Wedding Singer. She studied Theatre Education at Illinois State University. What keeps her coming back to Community Payers is its true sense of community. CPT has really been a home away from home these past 6 years. That is why Missy is elated to take over the Events and Membership chair on the Board of Governors. She hopes to encourage more people, not only to get involved at CPT, but to keep coming back for more! When not doing Theatre, she can be found cooking, gardening, and spending time with her loving, supportive, and goofy husband, Jack.
Jessa Hendricker is from Clinton, IL and recently received her Masters in Communication from Illinois State University in May 2019. The theatre has always been her second home. She has been a part of the Community Players family since 2017, appearing in productions of The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Addams Family. She is excited to be putting her talents in a new light, serving on the Board of Governors as the Fundraising Chair! She is grateful for this sweet place to just be herself and just breathe.
Rosie Hauck’s love of Theatre began in 8th grade, when she had her stage debut as an orphan in every little girl’s favorite musical of the time, Annie. After taking a break for school, work, family, and life in general, she rediscovered her love for Theatre at Community Players, first as a patron and then on stage in many CPT’s productions, such as Avenue Q, Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story, and Big Fish. She is honored and excited to be able to continue her journey with CPT as part of the Board of Governors. Thank you for your support and enjoy the show!
Dan Virtue has been involved in many shows at Community Players starting with Guys and Dolls back in 1993. Over the years, Dan has been seen on stage several times (Charlotte's Web, 1776, Boy Meets Girl, and My Fair Lady). But he has found his true calling as a Lighting and Sound Effects designer for the many shows he has helped stage. Some of his favorites include: Sweeney Todd, Dracula, Titanic, Into the Woods, Urinetown: The Musical, and The Wedding Singer. Dan is retired from State Farm, where he was a Programmer/Database Administrator for 37 years. Dan has served on the Community Players Board of Governors several times over the years, and is thrilled to be a part of the upcoming auditorium renovation!
Anthony (Ace) Overton is extremely honored to be elected as the Social Media Chairperson for the Board of Governors. He first joined CPT as a member of the Sharks in 2016's West Side Story. Since then, he has been seen in multiple productions at CPT, including Sister Act the Musical, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, with the Historical Acting Trope as Absalom Hawkins, a part of Live Play Reads online with such plays Women’s Minyan & Don’t Be Too Surprised, and had his directorial debut with COVID’s Metamorphoses for The Coalescence Theatre Project. Ace is a HUGE gamer, like board and video games, anime, and LOVES Pathfinder and Dungeons and Dragons! Known for always moving and pushing forward with brazen new ideas, Ace is excited to find as many ways as possible to share the joy that he’s found at CPT with as many people as possible!