John Maurer Takes Productions to
Despite his broad experience, Maurer doesn't consider himself a natural performer, but rather someone who has never been afraid to continue trying. "I had to work at being a performer; it's the best type of work experience. I always tell people to keep auditioning for different roles, even if they don't get the parts. You can't learn it in a book," he stressed.
Maurer began to focus his energies at Kelsey Theatre in 2003 after being approached by Kelsey Theatre Artistic Director Kitty Getlik to produce children's programming. Teaming up with Diana, John developed the popular "Nosing Around" clown shows featuring magic, mirth and a little bit of mayhem that quickly drew a loyal following among the younger set.
These days, Maurer and his company are taking on some of the great American theater classics -- and receiving accolades for their work. In the 2007-08 season, Maurer Productions presented "Driving Miss Daisy," with an on stage convertible as a prominent prop, and "Singin' in the Rain," which featured an actual rainstorm. The two shows were nominated for 17 Perry Awards between them, with "Daisy" winning five. Last season, the company's production of "Man of LaMancha" was nominated for four awards.
Maurer Productions OnStage is a family affair. Diana serves as a vice president and business manager, and John's brother, Dan, serves as a vice president and marketing director. Maurer enjoys working with family members, noting they are comfortable enough with each other to create a successful work dynamic. "We all have opinions, and we know when to back off and when to push. No decisions are made unilaterally," he said.
The Maurers are happy to have found a home at Kelsey Theatre. While John says he would love to retire one day and concentrate solely on theater production, for now he will continue to make the time to do what he loves, even in the face of life's other responsibilities.
Having wrapped up "Hollywood Arms," a play based on the childhood of actress Carol Burnett, in October, Maurer Productions OnStage will present "Children's Letters to God" at Kelsey Theatre from January 8 to 17.
More about Maurer Productions is available on their website here.
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