We aim the spotlight for the month of October on Phil Quevillon, board member, actor, and director extraordinaire, who has been a familiar face at The Merc Playhouse since April, 2019, when he first landed in the Methow Valley via Kansas and Illinois and auditioned for and was cast in Diner on the Way.
Since that time, Phil has been on stage in Rope, Breaking Legs, A Christmas Story, and curated/directed Coronanthology. He is a member of our programming committee, which reads, discusses and selects the shows for our season, and he is set to direct a readers’ theater production called The Battle of the One-Acts, which opens on November 4; in addition, Phil has signed on to direct a readers’ theater called The Book of Liz,opening in January, 2023 and a full production called Ripcord, which opens in September, 2023.You can understand why we love him so much!
Phil has been a consummate actor since high school in Quincy, Illinois (lots of improv and full stage productions) and later when he was a “regular” in community theater for 12 years, acting in at least 2 shows a year. He says that in addition to honing his memorization skills as an actor, community theater has afforded him dancing and singing lessons as well as free haircuts and cool costumes.
Phil’s “spare time” is taken up by running a farm with his partner Rose Weagant, operating a land/stonescaping business called Gardens West, and working with students in several after school programs. Right now it’s Dungeons and Dragons, which spun off from a gaming club established by Phil during the pandemic at Liberty Bell and Disc Golf, played on a 9 hole course Phil designed and built somewhere in the vicinity of the ski trails.
When asked, “What draws you to support The Merc?” Phil responded that because the theater is small, he finds the space a creative challenge, thinking about how to make the stage visually stimulating with lights and sound. He shared further that as a director, he makes creative choices about how to make more out of the dialogue. The selection of a good, solid play is number one on his list of all considerations.
Something else the community should know about Phil is that he loves to emcee events. That’s good to know. He will be called!
Thank you, Phil, for being part of our community and our theater!
"The Battle of The One Acts"
Time Flies, Mere Mortals, The Butleress
Three One-Act Plays
Directed by Phil Quevillon
Sunday, September 18th, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, September 21st, 6 p.m.
Monday, September 26th, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, September 27th, 6 p.m.
Casting 6 actors 50/50 gender split for 3 short plays;
No prep necessary. Bring your calendar, contact information, water bottle, and details about potential activity conflicts. Rehearsals will start in early October.
Performances are November 4th - 13th
Boo & George Schneider
Interviewed by Jane Hill
This month we shine the Merc Spotlight on Boo and George Schneider, two loyal volunteers. Boo and George support the programming of the Merc through their donations, and they are also often found behind the concessions counter serving refreshments during productions.
Both “mostly” retired now, George continues to promote his love of music throughout the Valley – his flute, a well-known and welcome sound –, while Boo enjoys volunteer activities at Twisp Works, creates her own copper jewelry, and works with Hospice.
The outdoor opportunities, the arts scene, and the sense of community drew the couple permanently to the Valley in 2010. They note that Twisp is unique in having a vibrant community theater in so small a place. “Many small towns do not have this unique resource that offers coaching, the opportunities to be in front of an audience, to create on the stage and behind the scenes. We want to keep that going for all ages,” they assert.
Boo further explains the value of community theater by citing her grandmother’s words of wisdom to her as she left home to begin her first teaching job. “Join the community theater,” Grandma advised, “You’ll meet people there you wouldn’t otherwise.”
We are truly grateful that you followed Grandma's advice.