Step into the spotlight!

The Playhouse Leading Ladies program offers women who are passionate about theatre an opportunity to "step into the spotlight" and enjoy behind-the-scenes access with special events throughout the season.

As a Playhouse Leading Lady, you will also help sponsor Marie and Rosetta ― the compelling life story of real-life leading ladies Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight, who became one of the great duet teams in musical history.

Become a 2017-18 Leading Lady to discover what goes on behind-the-scenes.





BRAVA to the following ladies who have stepped into the spotlight and joined the Playhouse's Leading Ladies club! This list recognizes members of the Leading Ladies as of Sept. 5, 2017.


Whether you are a Grande Dame ($1,500), Diva ($1,000) or Starlet ($500), you’ll enjoy three exclusive Leading Ladies events that provide technical, wardrobe and artistic access and insights. Leading Ladies is also the above-title sponsor of Marie and Rosetta, and you're encouraged to bring a girlfriend to attend a fun reception and be the first audience to see the show before it opens to the public! You'll also be recognized in Playhouse programs and on this page as a Leading Lady throughout the season. Starlets may bring one guest to the final dress rehearsal event; Divas may bring two guests: Grande Dames may bring three. For more information, please contact Vickie Ellis at 513-977-2022 or


Program Co-Chairs: Cathy Hogan and Patti Meyers


Jan Bartel
Sue Cummings
Linda Greenberg
Marty Humes
Holly Huttenbauer
Marilyn Osborn
Rosemary Schlachter
Ronna K. Willis


Mary Ellen Cody
Marjorie Compton
Rebecca Cornelius
Amelia Crutcher
Betsy Hendy
Andrea Herzig
Karlee Hilliard
Cathy Hogan
Lindsey Huttenbauer
Mary E. Ivers
Margo Kirstein
Sandy Manteuffel
Danute Miskinis
Mary G. Moran
Patti Myers
Karen Neyer
Julia Pentecost
Digi Schueler
Maureen Vignola
Margaret Vontz
Barbara Weyand


Susan Anthony
Barbara Backscheider
Jean Balassone
Evelyn Banzhaf McCord
Molly Barber
Mandy Bartel
Bettye C. Beaumont
Rebecca Beckstedt
Mary Ann Bell
Charlin Briggs
Linda D. Brink
Lisa Broun
Sara M. Butler
Anne Chasser
Ivy Costa
Louise F. Cottrell
Alva Jean Crawford
Judy S. Dalambakis
Ellen Dick
Saralou Durham
Joyce Elkus
Denise Ferguson
Jenny Ferneding
Sharon Fiscus
Dr. Gail H. Friedman
Mrs. Sue Gilkey
Peggy L. Golden
Nancy Gollobin
Barbara Hahn
Margo Hall
Louise Head
Nirvani Head
Camille K. Healy
Carolyn Heck

Lesley Hern
Diane Herndon
Lisa Hillenbrand
Nancy Hollingsworth
Linda R. Holthaus
Dr. Linda Huntress
Diane Iseman
Sarah Raup Johnson
Lora Joyce
Rachel Kirley
Cecilia Kloecker
Heather Krombholz
Caren J. Laverty
France LeMaire
Terry Lemmerman
Dr. Sally A. Lloyd
Jackie Mack
Carolyn Ott Martin
Holly Hirt Mazzocca
Joann Mead
Diane Moccia
Abby Moran
Connan Morrissey
Catherine Moulas
Jeannie Niebuhr
Jill T. O'Shea
Claire Patterson
Patsy Pike
Susan M. Pinney, PhD
Jan V. Portman
Jenny Powell
Ildiko Pray
Betty L. Prince
Kathy Qualls
Margie Rauh
Pamela Reising
Margie Rennie

Karen Renz
Carol Reubel
Carolyn Reynolds
Sharen Ritter
Karina Rothzeid
Keke Sansalone
Laura Schuman
Julie Schwierling
Cindy Scott
Patricia Sheppard
Julie Shifman
Sue Showers
Maureen Smith
Kim Springer
Glenda Suttman
Kazue Takeuchi
Teresa Telford
Diane Temming
Jan H. Tepe, D.D. S.
Kathy Thornton-Keith
Sally Tieke
Catharina Toltzis, Ph.D.
Dionn Tron
Sue Ellen Tweddell
Maureen Valentine
Ellen G. van der Horst
Nancy Virgulak
Jill Warman
Bettie Watts
Deborah White Richardson
Linda Young
Susan Zaunbrecher
Suzanne J. Zimmerman

Bold = Committee Member

Promotional photo of Marie and Rosetta by Tony Arrasmtih/Arrasmith & Associates.


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