STAGE-M, an area community theatre group serving Mecosta County, Michigan and its environs, began at the Old Jail in Big Rapids, Michigan with a meeting of a dozen people September, 1981. These charter members started a wonderful tradition of family involvement in, friendships around, and community support for a love of theatre that has lasted for well over thirty years.
Today STAGE-M boasts a membership of well over 100 families and has presented over 100 productions ranging from dramas by Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller to comedies by Shakespeare and Neil Simon, and from mysteries by Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle to wonderful musicals by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, and Kander & Ebb.
During its history, STAGE-M has encouraged those passionate about theatre, has educated the community and its young people through special presentations and workshops, has supported drama in the local schools, and has grown as an entity.
As we celebrate each anniversary, we look back at the wonderful memories, friends, and special nights of magic; and we are mindful of those who have given so much time, energy and talent to get us to this point. Yes, each anniversary is a time for reflection. However it is also a time for regeneration, rebirth, reawakening and a re-dedication to what lies ahead of us here in the 21st century.
Current Board Members:
Chair – Gordon Mallett
Vice-Chair – Zachary Krebs
Past-Chair – Jim Rumpf
Secretary – Barbara Pillsbury
Treasurer – Jerena Keys
Members-at-Large – Bob Clark, Ed Mallett, Dianne Nelson
Current Standing Committee Chairs and Staff:
Budget Committee – Jerena Keys
Education Committee – Courtney Piercey
Facilities Committee – Linda Rinehart
Fund Raising Committee – Shirley Garlick
Membership Committee – Dianne Nelson
Publicity Committee – Barbara Pillsbury
Program Selection Committee – Frank Hartley
Scene Shop Coordinator – Jon Taylor
Social Media and Digital Administrator – Aaron Wilkinson
Founding Charter Members:
Dennis Batt, Merelyn & Jim Brand, Carole & Caron Covey, Joanne & John Emmons, Dorothy Giel, Tina Hartley, Lois Jahr, Ginny Kerwin, Jerena & Leon Keys, Karen Killian, Janet & Gordon Mallett, Jerry Miller, Carol Nash, Les Osborne, Barbara Pillsbury, Jan Renne, Linda Rinehart, and RoseAnne Shansky