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The Owosso Community Players, with the support of the Cook Family Foundation, is realizing its vision of bringing performing arts education in its many disciplines to the greater Shiawassee region.  At OCP, we believe that immersion in the arts fosters confidence, creative problem-solving skills, and a healthy self-image.

Our new Performing Arts Program is now year-round and will be split into three 6-week “terms”, plus Summer Camps.  It is our hope to engage students from kindergarten through adulthood every term, with workshop times varying from after school into early evening, and on Saturdays.

 

Meet Our Professionals

Mark Shaheen

Mark retired from East Lansing High School where he was Director of Theater and an English teacher. Most recently, he has taught arts integration and children’s literature classes at Baker College.  Mark has been in four OCP productions including Calendar Girls and The Full Monty. He is currently the education coordinator for OCP and is excited about the possibilities this position holds. Mark will be teaching acting this Fall for high school students.

Erica Duffield

Erica Duffield is a professional dance instructor and choreographer. After traveling the world performing on cruise ships, Duffield now teaches dance and serves as a frequent choreographer for OCP.

Lyn Freeman

Lyn joined OCP in 1991 and quickly became involved by appearing, producing and directing shows.

She started the Youth Summer Workshop Program in 1998, directing three shows over the next 5 years for youth.  She also directed regular season shows for OCP including; Lend me a Tenor, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, Ghost, Legally Blonde and plays like;  I hate Hamlet, The Boys Next Door, The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds, Father of the Bride and most recently Leading Ladies.  She has served on the production committee for several years.

She has appeared in Steel Magnolias, Crimes of the Heart, Boeing Boeing, Plaza Suite, Joseph; Lend me a Tenor, Anatomy of A Murder and many more.

Lyn is excited to teach this class on Comedic Timing.  She lives in Owosso with her husband Greg and is the Event Coordinator for Memorial Healthcare Foundation and the Volunteer Coordinator for Memorial Healthcare.  She has two grown children who live in Michigan.  She loves to travel, spend time at the lake and go to the theatre …of course.

Rachael Cupples

Rachael Cupples attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC as a Musical Theater Major, and is now a Secondary Education/English Major at SVSU. She performs in, choreographs, and designs lighting for community theater and high school productions around central Michigan. Regional credits include Brigadoon (Meg) and Crazy For You (Tess) at the Encore Musical Theatre Company. Other previous roles include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), Legally Blonde (Enid Hoopes), 9 to 5 (Roz Keith).

Mistie Jordan

Mistie Jordan is best know for her design and creation of fairy tale creatures that once were humans, including theatrical costumes for ShrekThe Addams FamilyThe Little Mermaid and her favorite show ever, Peter and the Starcatcher.

She has been part of the theater since the ripe old age of 5, when she lost her hat and invented her own curtsy. Realizing she would never be a dancer after all (who really knows at 5 anyway), she went to college and began working as a professional scenic painter, continued as a professional clown, and became a full-time creative production designer/manager. Mistie has collaborated in over 485 theatrical productions.

Julie Wenzlick

Owosso children’s author Julie Wenzlick is a retired English teacher and veteran OCP performer.  After years of writing poems and songs, she finally found time to publish her first children’s book in 2016. She naturally wrote a song to go with it!  From there, she created a song or chant for each rhymed story in order to get students to interact with her tales.  She has presented her stories and songs to students in seven school districts.  Visit her website:  www.juliewenzlick.com