The Prime Time Players
St. Paul, MN
Prime Time Players:
Theater by and for Seniors
Actors, Officers, Directors, Technicians
is a director, actor, and acting instructor who has worked around the world in theatrical release motion pictures, stage plays, award-winning television dramas, radio theater productions and thousands of TV/radio commercials and non-broadcast industrials. He teaches acting at the Guthrie Theater and The Talent Center, read for 15 years for State Services for the Blind, and supplies direction and performance perspectives from both sides of the proscenium, the camera and the microphone.
, Vice President & Commercial Director Melodee was born and raised in New York City. She has worked on the stage, including Broadway, since she was three years old. Melodee is presently Ms. Minnesota Senior America. She entertains and speaks to Seniors about “living life to the fullest.” Melodee certainly practices what she preaches through teaching, acting, singing, directing, working in commercials and voiceovers, and working at St. Gerard’s Church.
, Actor and Technical Director Larry has acted at Park Square Theater, Theater In The Round, Chimera Theater, and in his own “Mindless Mirth Productions”. He has won awards at the MACT play festival, tours with his own show, “The Games Afoot” and performed recently in Stillwater and St. Cloud. Larry is a former radio announcer.
, Actor and Graphics Director A set designer and theater director at Tartan High School in Oakdale for 9 years, he still works as an illustrator, painter, muralist, sculptor and actor. He’s acted in theaters throughout the Twin Cities and enacts colorful roles for the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. His most recent work was seen at the Varsity Theater in “An Interview with Paul Robeson.”
, Actor and President Tom switched from Architecture to Theater Arts in college and was very active at North Dakota State and the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theater before moving to the Twin Cities in 1963. His high-powered business career took over and he had to forsake his first love, taking a break to tour the state with Shakespeare in the Streets. Now, in retirement, he’s still drawn by the siren call of the stage.
, Actor, P.R. and Sergeant-at-Arms As a reporter Bill Wagner was honored by the American Political Science Association for his articles about American Indians. He was a legislative aide for Senator George McGovern, and managed communications for both the National Farmers Organization (NFO) and the National Farmers Union. He has contributed hundreds of articles to business and professional publications. His interest in drama goes back to his student days at the University of St. Thomas.
is now concentrating on his own productions He formerly served as our Sound Effects and Technical Director As a Radio Theater specialist, Jerry has written, produced, directed and acted in numerous audio dramatic productions, many of which live on in CDs for sale under his Great Northern Audio label. His weekly KFAI radio theater show plays many of his and other works by members of Prime Time Players. Working regularly with the famous Firesign Theater group personnel, Jerry is also a nationally-known sound effects expert.
, Actor, Vice President, Grant/Funding Co-Chair -- traces her acting back to the College of St. Catherine, and from there to Theater in the Round, Cricket Theater and many other Twin City venues. Another successful business entrepreneur, she too finally returns to her first love with the help of, and to help, The Prime Time Players.
, Actor, Financial Manager and Treasurer -- Mike's acting career extends back to the University of St. Thomas and includes Shakespearian performing. He also acted and sang in many musical productions on the Church of the Ascension stage. Mr. Dols also directed class and one-act plays while teaching in Minnesota.
, Current Annoouncer and Legal Counsel. Practicing lawyer, longtime actor and supporter of Theater, TV, and Radio drama; former radio news announcer. Involvement: Actor, singer, legal consultant and as-needed instructor.
, Now retired from Prime Time Players, formerA nnouncer and Web Master Gary has been involved with Old Time Radio since the late ‘60s when he brought OTR to the airwaves of KTEQ-FM in Rapid City, SD. As a software developer, Gary has grown his business, The Examiner Corp., into a supplier to Fortune 500 companies. He does voiceovers, including a recent L.A. art video, “What Manner of Person Art Thou?” and plays trombone in the River City Jazz Orchestra.
Alice Des Lauries, Rose Johnson, Anita O’Sullivan and musician David Emerson, are also occasionally active performers with Prime Time Players. Judith Chinello, of RadioFolks in Los Angeles, is a production advisor.