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In Memoriam

On the occasion of our 90th Anniversary, SLOC recognizes those members and volunteers who are no longer with us. The time and talents they contributed to our community over the past 90 years is a part of the fabric of our company.

We had tried to make this listing as complete as possible, but know there are many more memories out there.

If you wish to add a person or memory of a person to this list please complete this form http://www.sloctheater.org/90anniversaryinmemorium.html.

We would also love to see your pictures. You can email them to mary@sloctheater.org.

Frank

Alvarez

Frank enjoyed acting and was in plays with the Schenectady Light Opera Company and Albany Civic Theater.

E. Dale

Atwell

dale AtwellTerry Karbowski with Dale Atwell

Dale was in over 50 SLOC shows . Alan Angelo, SLOC Historian, recalls Dale's philosophy: "I try out for the chorus and let the Director cast me where they want.." While he was cast in many chorus roles, Dale had some memorable principal parts, too: Hopkins in 1776 (1974); Benny in Guys and Dolls (1978), the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz (1985). Annie (1984) marked Dale's 50th show.

daleAs he got older, Dale kept saying it was his last show. Well, this went on so long, that his family gave him a special license that was worded, "LAST SHOW". Many of us had the fun opportunity to be in a show with Dale and experience how much fun he added to rehearsals. He has spend most of his time in Venice, Florida the past several years. However, he eagerly attended SLOC's public announcement for our new theater. SLOC was delighted to see him there.

Grace

Atwell

Grace was active in Schenectady Light Opera Company, was a volunteer usher at Proctors Theatre and recipient of the Volunteer Usher of the Year Award.

Robert

Baily Stone


Duff

Bambury


Norman F.

Barnes


Clair

Bee


Sheila

Bouchard

Sheila was an amazing artistic contributor to SLOC over many seasons & volunteered so many hours to create great makeup designs for our company actors. Her's was a friendly smile & genuine support.

Dr. Edwin

Brown

Dr Brown was a strong supporter of SLOC and other area arts organizations.

Fulvia 

Brun Hickman

Bill and Fulvia Hickman in 1965 and 1995

Steve

Burns


Don

Bush


Carol

Butler (Simons)

Carol played Aldonza in the SLOC production of Man of La Mancha. Carol also performed an original song about her personal battle with Breast cancer in the Breast Cancer Benefit at SLOC in 2003.


Jack

Byrne

1975
I remember Jack Byrne single-handedly holding one of the sets up for Carousel, as it was collapsing and tearing the backdrop.-Steve Leifer

Jack directed Oklahoma at SLOC in 1982 as one of his last major contributions to theater in the tri-cities area. It was also his second time directing that play, the first being some 22 years before. His first involvement with SLOC was in 1956 when he produced Showboat, the Companies last production at the former Erie Theatre. He contributed through acting, producing, directing, managing, set design, box office record keeper, and likely sweeping the floor at the end of every gathering. He contributed to community theater for some 37 years, and after his passing in 1988 a celebration of life was held at the Playhouse (Schenectady)where nearly 200 people attended. - Chris Byrne

Jack Byne with Carmen Scgarlata in 1982

Marion "Olive"

Carter


James

Cole

jimJim Cole in Promises, Promises 1977.

Jim Cole, isthe second from left, next to Lenny Tucker. Also in this picture are Lenny Herman, Jim Panzl, Don Countermine Gwen Fraser, and Marlene Countermine.

Don

Countermine


Don with his wife, Marlene and Bob Farquharson. Don and Marlene were recipients of the Etta Moore award in 2008.

Rick

Darling


Doug

DeLisle

Doug acted and directed for LOC, SCP, and ACT. He was also a genuine supporter to SLOC's success and publicity.

Grace

DiBatista (Hepburn)

Grace (back row) at a rehearsal. Also in this picture areAllan Foster and Drew MIlls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace with Ed Lewin in the 1981 production of The King and I.

Wally

Dillenbeck


George

Endries

George was a dedicated SLOC volunteer for many years. If you have received this newsletter in the past, George may have affixed the label and sorted the zip codes.


Jeffrey

Farrell


Ted

Farrell

Photo from the 1989 production of The Gondoliers

Beverly

Fasake

Beverly was the first SLOC woman president.

Marge

Feiner

margeMarge- from Curly Dimple 1977.

Allan

Foster

Allan Foster with Bonnie Williams at SLOCs 70th Anniversary Party.

Allan performed in over 35 principal roles with SLOC(1957-2008). His first show was The Merry Widow. Allan was Past President (1965-1966) and VP Facilities. He performed in 4 Anniversary Shows; Directed 5 SLOC shows and was the recipient with his first wife, Marion, of the Etta Moore Award and the Gwen Fraser Artistic Award (2010 - 1st recipient).

Allan's favorite directorial piece was Lies & Legends in October. 1989.This production won many TANYS(Theatre Association of NYS) awards & was selected to present at the International Theater Festival in Spain. He worked diligently to coordinate this repeat performance - a wonderful experience & memory for the cast & crew and SLOC.

Allan's favorites roles included Lieutenant Cable in South Pacific, Billy in Carousel, Tony in West Side Story and Ben in Follies.


Marion

Foster

marionMarion (with Bob Farquharson) working on the set of Pirates of Penzance 1992

Gwen

Fraser

Gwen in 1975 production of Damn Yankees and again getting ready for her role in Zombie Prom 2003.

Gwen first entered SLOC's doors in 1975 & was cast in a lead role as "Meg" in Damn Yankees. Other SLOC roles included: "Salome" (The Robber Bridegroom) and "Mrs. Lovett" in Sweeney Todd. She received SLOC's 2006 Etta Moore Award for her outstanding lifetime achievements. Gwen served as VP/Artistic and directed, Sullivan & Gilbert (March, 2006).

 

Art

Gauvreau

Art and Paige Gauvreau in the ticket booth for Zombie Prom.


Charlotte

Gerstenberger


Ira

Gilman

Ira with Grace DiBatista and the cast of Fiddler on the Roof, 1987.

My favorite Ira movement involved Caren Chanley Golon teaching Ira a dance sequence to Mame dur- ing the Lighting Concert in 1994. Ira kept saying he had two left feet but Caren made him dance like Fred Astaire!

Ira sang and acted in over 50 SLOC shows since 1972, including portraying Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at Proctor's Theater in 1987. He also served on the Board of Directors, and was a recipient of the Etta Moore Founder's Award in 1996.


Shirley M.

Gregory


Robin

Hackett


Irma

Hamilton


Al

Harned


E.J.

Hatfield Jr.


Charlie

Hepburn


Dorothea

Hilbert

Dorothea directed and /or produced many shows during the 1950's. She was involved with are Iolanthe, School for Wives, Brigadoon, Sweethearts, Carousel, Merry Widow, The Telephone, Yeoman of the Gurard, Die Fledermaus and possibly Show Boat and Finian's Rainbow.

I fondly remember her plotting out the staging on our dining room table, bagpipers practicing in our living room for Brigadoon and
Scottish Dancers coming over to practice too. I remember my Dad making fairy wands for Iolanthe and making one for me too. I'd have been 5-6 yeqrs old, but I kept that wand for the rest of my childhood even though the glitter wore off by the time I graduated from high school. -Joanne Irwin

Edwin

Hilbert

Edwin not only made fairy wands, he worked on lighting for several shows.

Metta G.

Hooker 


Steve

Kilgore


Leon

Kirchmayer

Leon was SLOC's President from 1955-56.


Olga

Kirchmayer

Olga Kirchmayer wasa 50+ year member & patron. Olga was very active at SLOC and was in the chorus of many productions (even at the Erie Theatre on State St. and Erie Blvd). Olga was also SLOC's Newsletter Editor and Scholarship Chairperson. She met her late husband, Leon, at SLOC.


Joe

Killgallen

Joe (3rd from the left, back row) along with Orlando, Carmen Sgarlata, Allan Foster, Paul Mastriani and others in Who Said What to Who?

Lillian

Klein


Mike

Knapp


David

Kroman

davidDavid in the 1948 production of The Sorcerer.

Irma

Kroman


Lee Ann

LeClaire


Pat

LeFleur

Pat was a dedicated SLOCer for many years, both on stage and off. Pat performed in the late 70's & '80's. Many were impressed how she played the ukelele She is remembered for her sense of humor & timing.


Ed

Lewin

EdEd with Grace DiBatista in the 1981 production of The King and I.

Bob

Louison

BobBob Louison (far left) in Hello Dolly,1972
Also in this picture:Eleaner & Deb Pigliavento next to him and Don Mealy.

Marion

Mackendree 


Don

MacMillan


Frances

MacMillan


Caren

Magee-Russell

CarenCaren during a rehearsal for Carousel in 1979

Ed

Magnusson

edEd (front left) from the 1973 production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.


Bobbi

Maras

bobbi Bobbi Maras in Hello Dolly, 1972

Paul

Mastriani

paulPaul (front row on the left) along with Orlando, Carmen Sgarlata, Allan Foster, Joe Killgallen and others in Who Said What to Who?

Chris

McCann


Colin

McCarty

Colin with Sue Rucinski, Melissa Lacijan, and Sheila Morris Barnes.

Colin was the consummate actor; extraordinarily gifted, generous with his talents and supportive of his fellow actors. Off stage, he was just as generous with friends. Kind, encouraging and incredibly witty, it was always a pleasure to try and match puns with Colin. We shall not see his like again. - Sue Rucinski

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colin in Triumph of Love 2005.

Colin joined SLOC in the late 1980's (one of his first performances was in Mame). Colin went on to shine as the "MC" in SLOC's Cabaret and many more memeorable roles.

Jensen

Merriam

Jenson was a vital member of the cast and crew of our production of BEGUILED AGAIN (January, 2008)

Greg

Millot


Drew

Mills

Drew with Alan Foster, Grace DiBatista and others at an 1987 rehearsal.

Drew's rich baritone voice was heard on SLOC's stage beginning in the 1950's. His favorite roles included Emile in South Pacific, Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls and Pooh Bah in The Mikado. Drew was also a SLOC Past President and Board Member. His artistic talents extended to both painting sets and many signs for SLOC.

Ginny

Mills

Drew and Ginny Mills at SLOC 70th Anniversary 1996.

Etta

Moore

In 1926 Etta founded the Bellevue Young People's Chorus, which later became Schenectady Light Oper Company. She passed away in 1988 at age 95.

George

Moross

He was the music director for the 1970's Once Upon a Mattress with Howard Moyer.  Father of Matthew Moross

Joan

Moross

Joan Moross (later Vincent) began working with costumes and props at SLOC with her friend Mary Bolan(d) in early 1970's. With her smiling  face and love of theater, Joan brought many people into SLOC as workers and players.  She is the mother of Matthew Moross.

Lois

Morrison

It was always a pleasure to wear Lois's creations! My Pink Sheep costume for "Candide" was a labor of love created from burlap and hooked pink fabric. My costumes for "Cinderella" were also created just for me and were gorgeous. I felt like Cinderella, even if I was just a Stepsister. - Sue Rucinski

Jackie

Mosher


John

O'Donohue

John performed in SLOC shows and served as VP of Facilities.


Esther

Owen


Frank

Papparella


David

Paul

Photo from the 1994 production of Man of LaMancha

Chris

Pedersen

Chris at the purchase of the Opera House on State Street 1971.


Larry

Pedersen

Larry and Chris at the 75th Anniversay in 2001.

Lawrence Steven

Pivacek


Walter

Rabb


Steve

Ralbovsky

Steve, promises, promisesSteve in Promises,Promises 1977.


Ted

Rucinski

ted

This is the Follies cast & crew reunion shot taken in 2010, after the final matinee production of Side-by-Side by Sondheim. Ted is in the front row. It was 10 years after Follies.

 

 

 

 

Ted with Carrie Bee in Anne of Green Gable, 1993.

Ted had a life-long passion for theater. At SLOC he is best remembered as an actor, director, makeup designer and board member. He was also willing to pick up a paint brush, sweep the floor, and be chauffeur to a 15 year-old future lighting designer who liked to work backstage. -Greg Rucinski

Carmen

Scgarlata

Carmen in Guys and Dolls 1963.


Andy

Shelton

Andy was a talented musician and performer. He was in the casts of City of Angels and Edwin Drood and played in the pit for Jekyll and Hyde.

Judith 

Simon Brown


Joan F.

Small


Peter

Stewart

Through- out his life Peter was involved with the theater asan actor, director, designer and writer.

His many SLOC endeavors included both on stage roles and behind the scenes. Bonnie Williams(former SLOC president) shared a personal memory of Peter when he directed SLOC's HMS Pin- afore in 1986; she was lucky to be cast as Buttercup. Peter infused the show with his love of everything Gilbert and Sullivan.


Benjamin Edwin

Storrs


Pat

Thompson


Harry

Tryon


Lenny

Tucker

Mimi Scott and Lenny Tucker in Damn Yankees, 1975.

Throughout his years in business Lenny continued to perform as an amateur and professional actor in plays, musical comedies, commercials and films. He appeared at venues like the Albany Civic Theatre, the Capital Repertory Theater, and the Schenectady Light Opera Company in lead roles in plays such as "Fiddler on the Roof," "The Odd Couple," "Guys and Dolls," "Pajama Game," and "Come Blow Your Horn."

Peter

Tyger

Peter was a talented performer, composer, author and director. He was last seen on the SLOC stage in Tommy.

Tom

Watthews

Tom WatthewsTom Watthews in the Secret Garden.

Richard

Webb


Mike

Wicks


Molly

Wright

Molly WrightI remember Molly Wright teaching me an authentic Cockney accent for my role as Arthur Kipps in Half a Sixpence. Or, as she taught me, AHFER KIPPS - Steve Leifer

William

Wright

Bill passed away several years ago - before Molly but he also had contributed to SLOC  in various capacities.

Marjory

Young Babcock


Thelma

Zeh

Thelma - Magic of Cabaret 1996

Thelma was always so kind, supportive and complimentary. Before I could drive, she would wait with me on the steps of our State Street location for my Mom to pick me up.-Sue Rucinski

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thelma with the Farquharsons at the 75 Anniversary in 2001.

Raymond T.

Zywot