Within the past several months, Playshop has lost 3 of its most enduring members. Here is just a little of what they contributed to our organization.
JAN MACERA (passed April 16, 2020). Her only onstage appearance was in Little Me in 1971. After that she dedicated herself to selling Playshop through membership and advertising campaigns at which she was very successful. She was a page turner for many musicals and comedies. She served as secretary/treasurer for 19 years, longer than anyone else. She was awarded the Spirit Award in 1999.
GARY WAUGH (passed April 18, 2020). Gary’s activities within Playshop are legendary. From the first time he was clumping his rifle butt during the song, “Real Live Girl” in Little Me (1971) his name was constantly listed in many, many backstage activities: set design, set construction, light director, stage crew. He was also often working backstage and performing onstage. His deep bass voice was obvious everywhere in annual meeting programs, Christmas programs both local and on TV. He was one of the original members of Juke Box Saturday Night. He also served on the Board as Chair. He was also active in the Town Hall Theatre in Grand Rapids. He was awarded the Spirit Award in 2000.
ROY HEINZ (passed May 6, 2020). From the time he was a sailor in South Pacific in 1975, Roy became one of the dependable and talented character actors in Playshop history. Always ready with a quip, he had lead roles in Music Man (Marcellus), Pajama Game (Heinze), supporting roles in Brigadoon (1978), Fiddler on the Roof (1977), Annie Get Your Gun (1984), Kiss Me Kate (2009), 1940s Radio Hour (2002), Li’l Abner (1986) to name a few. He could be found caroling with Playshop during the season and during the TV series “Songs of the Season.” He was an original and popular member of Juke Box Saturday Night.