Skits and plays are an important part of life at the BPKFL. It is the chance for guests to share their acting talents and be a part of the entertainment. From New Year’s to a special “Big-O” parties, everyone looks forward to being a part of the show!
Christmas Eve 2014
Christmas Eve skit is the first of the season and was titled “A Rag Tag Christmas.” The setting was Bonnie and Ron’s site E-73. On Christmas Eve, a group of their “happy hour” neighbors decided to make a nativity scene to share with the whole camp. With Hilde’s enthusiasm and Lois in her famous cow outfit, it was truly a fun night. The truth is, all of our actors are so accomplished and with Bonnie’s choir backing them up, even a Rag Tag Christmas looked pretty good! So, the only outstanding star was the Star of Bethlehem.
New Year’s Eve 2014
Father Time was played by Hans Hoffman. The New Year’s baby was all set to come by drone, however, Karl Haken, a young hacker, took charge of the drone, putting Father Time in a panic. The hacker re-routed all the drones, bringing New Year’s babies from all over the US to Big Pine Key. Playing the part of our babies was Ginny, Terry, Pam, Robin, Robin, Coleen, Judy, Theresa, Sandy, Jean, Kathy, Suzie, Holly and Kelsey, all accompanies by Gloria, their godmother. These babies really committed to playing the part – – dressed in diapers and 2015 sashes. By the time these babies arrived, Father Time REALLY wished he could stretch 2014 a little bit longer.
Big-O Birthday Party
The 24th annual Big-O birthday party was a “roast and toast”, created and produced by Terri Clauss. Terri took us through time from one Big-O birth year to the next, with the roasting being led by the friends of each Big-O honoree.
Toasting was done with Mojitos, our theme drink of the evening. Not only because there are two “o’s” in the word, but because Cuba agreed to establish a US Embassy on Cuban soil the day of the party. Castro himself (played by BeeBop) even came to the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge to give champagne to every Big-O, restoring the historical bond between the Florida Keys and Cuba. A personalized, handmade birthday card accompanied this special champagne gift.
Great job Terri, we vote to do it again next year!
2015 Big-O Honorees:
- Gina Gladding
- Marian McSherry
- Lois Woolsey
- Jay Gladwell
- Marv Bohnen
- Sandy Doyon
- Margaret Krupe
- Julie Brunet
- Joe Otis
- Debby Belknap
- Debbie Bringer
- Sue Ervin
- Peter Markis
Valentine’s Day Party and Skit
Mayor Frances and Vice Mayor Eva presented the Joe Kopusky Key Deer photo trophy to Trudy Otis who was voted BPKFL Sweetheart of the Year.
Steve Krupe, host of all hosts, played MC for our 1950’s themed musical evening. The show opened with Mike Conley’s lip sync rendition of Dean Martin’s “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes.” It is a tradition we hope he will repeat for us every year from now on!
The team of Judy Rebilien and Don Hickey served again as cupids of years past. We were very grateful to have several cops on stage to manage the evening, with three new “skitters,” all of them retired police officers. They are Jim Steinberg, Rich Mattice and Dave Grossman.
During the show, Steve became aware of the huge generation gap between the 1950’s cupids and the modern “More than Just Lunch” cupids. So, of course, Steve called in Hans Hoffman, Marian McSherry, Secretary of Fishing and Donna Rocheleau, Secretary to the Secretary to deal with it. Alan Thompson stepped in to the calm the situation by performing a rendition of Elvis doing his famous tune Teddy Bear.
The cupid problem was quickly solved by using 21st century technology and the 1950’s bonded with Theresa Anderson, Barbara Maffei, and Anna Siegrist, the “More than Just Lunch” cupids. The grand finale was all cast on stage with all the cupids singing “Cupids Let Your Arrows Fly.”
Big-O Anniversary Skit
TheBig-O Anniversary show was titled “The Love that Lasts.” It was back by popular demand and was written and produced by Astrid Tallon. The skit features a TV game show, and it was so well received, we hope it becomes a Big-O anniversary tradition.
This year’s cast consisted of five Big-O couples. Each of their stories was told by Bruce Appleton while the three person panel wore sound-proof ear protection so they couldn’t hear what was being said. The panel included Dan Gerber, Ms. Penelope Didwald, played by Connie Matice, and Joe McSherry.
Steve Krupe, the host of hosts, began by questioning the panel about each couple. When the panel guessed the right Big-O couple, they would come through the wedding arches for pictures. From there they went on stage to receive their personalized, handmade anniversary card and champagne while their favorite song was being played.
Big-O Anniversary Couples and their Songs
- Peggy and Dan Kushuba – Cat Man Do
- Kathie and Mike Ruedin – Through the Years
- Shirley and Marv Bohen – You Light Up My Life
- Margaret and Sharkey Hayward – New York, New York
- Vicki and Jay Gladwell – Wonderful Tonight
Another important part of the evening is highlighting couples that have been married for 50 or more years. We missed honoring a few of these special couples on the night of the party, and want to make sure they are recognized. They are:
- Char and Dave Sawyer
- Jill and Brian Smith
- Jeanie and Joe Kopasky
- Pat and Jerry Ostler
- Sarah and Rudy Kronbichler
- Sue and Joe Rabidoux
It was such a lovely evening, and without a doubt, the highlight was when Astrid Tallon took the stage, escorted by her bodyguard Rob. Astrid did an amazing impersonation of Julie Rogers singing the Wedding Song for the grand finale.
Mini/Regular Lobster Hop
The Lobster Hop skit has its grand opening at mini-lobster season and is replayed during regular season with a different cast. This is a little tricky, since everyone is out on the water catching their limit, but our seasoned cast, and our audience, understands the time constraints, and somehow we pull the skits off each year.
Just to log a bit of history, Joan has written 38 lobster-hop skits over the years. Of course, she always had help from the guests, with great story ideas and such. For the 39th year, she thought she would try something different and it is the first time that the lobster hop was written entirely by someone else! This gave JoAnn Woolsey, a retired skitter, and Joan, time to make all new lobster tail costumes for the cast. This year, we added a lobster family to the cast of characters that can return each year.
2015 Cast – Lobster and Ugly Giant
Lobster Family: Mini-Season Regular Season
- Larry Lobster (dad) Noel Tobias Noel Tobias
- Lisa Lobster (mom) Natiali Garcia Janet Wade
- Lorraine Lobster (mom-in-law) Kathy Garcia Kathy Risley
- Uncle Lou Lobster Bill Horner Hoot Wade
- Leo and Lucy Lobster (children) Pearce Ward
The family was joined by our usual cast of characters:
Lobster Cast: Mini-Season Regular Season
- Queen Looe-ky Jessica Horner Debbie Risley
- General Lee Speaking Willie Ridgeway Willie Ridgeway
- Captain of the Shorts Zachery LaBonta Michelle Natlenan
- Daryl Dale Beaver Dale Beaver
- Other Brother Daryl Johnny Beatty Johnny Beatty
- King Newburg Stacy Ward Elijah
- Bug Harvey Brian Gladwell Bob Risley
- Triple Tail Susan Dalton N/A
- Rumors Allie Dalton Robin
- Misc. Lobster Paul Sorchy Landon Beaver
Human/Ugly Giant Cast:
- Michael LaBonta Michael LaBonta
- Rick Bowers Rick Bowers Rick Bowers
- Diver Dance John Dance John Dance
There are no best actor awards, but who loves participating the most? John Dance, who loves his role as Diver Dance and does such a great job, year after year. Noel Tobias, who played our dad lobster, did a great job too as did Natiatli, our new lobster mom. She brought so much energy to the role and she was a delight to watch on stage.
Bravo to Theresa Anderson for writing this year’s play and for being a new addition to Five Star Productions. Special thanks to everyone that shares their vacation time to entertain others. We could not do it without you and look forward to seeing you next year.