Players de Noc Theater – A place for artists to grow and develop
Our mission is to create high-quality theatrical experiences to entertain, enrich, and educate people of all ages.
2018 Shopko Foundation – Silver Level Service Award – Robin Gavriloff – Teammate Charitable Service Challenge – Volunteer Service – Players de Noc
2019 – 03 – 17 – AACFect Michigan 2019 – Jamie Peterson – Best Performer In Leading Role – The Cutthroat Games
2019 – 04 – 12 – Region III AACTFest – Excellence In Acting – J.R. Spaulding Jr – The Cutthroat Games
2019 – 04 – 12 – Region III AACTFest – Excellence In Set Design – Jamie Peterson – The Cutthroat Games
Board of Directors
Heather Grimes, President
She is very happy to be part of the team that acquired a new building to be remodeled into the Players De Noc Costume Shop. Heather also volunteers at Bay De Noc College with the drama department, helping students with all aspects of theater. Heather’s mission at Players De Noc has always been to ensure that everyone enjoys their time at the theater.
Outside of the theater Heather’s love of animals started her in her career working at a veterinary office in 2000 as an office assistant. She moved to Milwaukee Wisconsin in 2007 to further her career by working at Greendale Animal Emergency. She received training in intensive care,triage, internal medicine and exotic animal care. She became a Certified Veterinary Assistant in 2010. Retiring from animal medicine in 2015 she trained as an animal groomer at the K9 club where she currently works.
Heather spends her free time enjoying the outdoors fishing and playing disc golf. She loves sing in a band with her father.
Jesse Traub, Vice-President
During the day, Jesse co-owns and runs the Canterbury Book Store and teaches courses at Bay College.
In a past life he was an academic botanist. He believes firmly in the democratization of art: that all should be able to partake in the creation and enjoyment of it.
Lou Reynolds, Treasurer
Lou has been the Treasurer for Players de Noc since May 2020.
Lou first appeared on stage with the 2018 musical production of Curtains and has also been cast in Glengarry Glen Ross, Gypsy, Mamma Mia and Jerry’s Brain (competition production). Lou has also worked as the Backstage Manager for the productions of I Don’t Mind That You’re Ugly, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Don’t Talk to The Actors, Gypsy, Fruitcakes, Cutthroat Games (Competition Show), Jerry’s Brain (Competition Show), Cemetery Walk. Lou has also worked on the productions of Moon Over Buffalo, Cemetery Club, and Talley’s Folly. Lou also manages the Players de Noc website.
Away from Players de Noc, Lou was the Backstage Manager for Bay College Production of The Wizard of Oz. Lou is a proud member of The Esky Pops and a past member of St. Anne’s choir. Lou is also very involved with other activities around Escanaba, participating in the city cleanup of Escanaba the past several years, and volunteering to help people that cannot cut their grass or do snow removal in the winter.
Lou is also a retired Army Staff Sergeant of 23 years and is currently employed by the Escanaba Vet Center Counseling Service for Veterans and does several events a year in support of Delta County’s veterans.
Katherine LeDuc, Secretary
She graduated from Escanaba Area Public High School and obtained her undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University. She also took accounting classes at Bay de Noc Community College and obtained a paralegal certificate through Southern Career Institute.
She is a paralegal who has worked at the same firm for over 35 years. She has also worked for Mountain Retreat Productions, a recording company representing performing artist Mickey Newbury. She oversaw accounting and distribution of the recordings and obtaining venues for performing artists.
She is very interested in music and theatre and has performed in group concerts in the US, Italy, and Israel where she was a soloist with the American Pilgrimage Choir.
She has been involved in Players de Noc for 45 years and has performed on stage and filled many backstage rolls including, directing, stage manager, props, makeup, lighting, set design and construction, and sound. Her favorite plays include “And the Winner Is…”, which she directed, and the many musicals she appeared in. She has been elected to the Board of Directors off and on (usually as secretary but once as President of the organization) several times during her time with the organization.
Katherine is a Roman Catholic and is active in her church choir, as a cantor and lector in the parish of St Anne in Escanaba, Michigan. She attended the Diocesan Lay Ministry Leadership school. She has also been active with the National Association of Pastoral musicians serving as the Diocesan chapter director and served on the Cantor Steering Committee as the National Coordinator of the Basic Cantor Certificate for six years.
Sam Komay, Publicity Director
Since joining Players she has appeared onstage, worked back stage, been in numerous radio shows and Directed Charlotte’s Web. She became Marketing Director in 2021 and enjoys all aspects of job. She is the mom of four boys and also enjoys crafting and spending time with family and friends.
Christine Madalinski, House Manager
Christine is an active member of Central United Methodist Church. She has been on the finance committee and Lay Leader of the church. Christine is an active member of the Central Singers. She has also been a volunteer with Hope at the Inn rotating homeless shelter since it’s early days.
In addition to her two children Christine and her husband have hosted international exchange students for several years. They have housed children from Taiwan and Spain.
Christine looks forward to seeing you at the show!
Beth Peterson, Scene Shop Manager
Beth Peterson is a local artist, theater-maker, and teacher. She has been involved with Players de Noc since her loving husband, Jamie, dragged her to the green room to help with make-up for Into the Woods many, many years ago. Since then, a passion for creating a feeling of time and place is what has driven most of her theater endeavors. Designing sets, painting backdrops, dressing sets, and building costumes that transport audiences across time and space and into the playwright’s and the director’s world is her goal.
Some favorite plays that Beth designed are Charlotte’s Web (costumes), The Wizard of Oz (costumes and scenic design), A Christmas Story (costumes), The Hairy Ape (costumes), Spamalot (set design and painting), Wall (costumes), and Love, Loss and What I Wore (costumes and set painting).
Artistic talents and interests serve well in Beth’s profession as an art teacher for the Escanaba Public Schools. She has spent the last several years inspiring and guiding the area’s youngest artists in grades begindergarten-2nd grade.
Outside the classroom and theater, Beth is wife to Jamie and mother to their incredible boys: Gabe, Jack and Ty. As a family, they love to explore the U.P. in kayaks and on trails and go on road trips. Beth also serves the community as Vice President of Spotlights (Patrons of Escanaba School’s Performing Arts) and is a founding member of the Esky Pops.