Hal McCombs, President
A lapsed lawyer who spent his professional life in the Washington, DC area, Hal and his wife Lynne visited in Boca Grande for many years and acquired their home here in 2014. That fall, Hal made his RPP debut in the Arm Chair Theatre production of J.M. Barrie's Half and Hour. Roles in Oklahoma! (Slim), The Actor's Nightmare (George Spelvin), Hello Dolly (Ambrose Kemper) and The Ideal Husband (Robert Chiltern) followed. This season, he will be Murray the Cop in The Odd Couple and Rusty Charlie in Guys and Dolls.
Linda Rollyson, Vice President
Linda is a talented actor who excels in community relations and strategy. She is Co-Chair of ArmChair Theater (ACT), Royal Palm’s "pot luck" dinner theater, and supervises acting related workshops each season. Linda has served on the RPP Board twice, as well as the highly respected Dorset (VT) Theatre Festival Board. In addition to her work behind the scenes, Linda has performed in many RPP productions, including Hello Dolly!, Rumors, California Suite, Godspell and Red, Hot and Cole. Outside the theater, she enjoys reading, bridge and travelling with Mike.
Stan Ikenberry, Treasurer
Stan Ikenberry began his late-blooming stage career a few years ago in the cast of Royal Palm’s Red, Hot and Cole! He went on to play the role of Dr. Emmett in RPP’s staged reading of The Curious Savage. And surely you’ll remember Hello, Dolly! from 2016 when Stan had a bucket of fun as well. Last season you might have seen him in Guys and Dolls as “Angie the Ox!” In his prior life Stan led the University of Illinois as president for 16 years and left Illinois to head the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. Stan and Judy are long-time residents of Boca Grande and Stan serves as Treasurer and a member of the Royal Palm Board.
Carol Forrester, Secretary
Carol's connection to Boca Grande stems from the 1980’s with active involvement in organizations such as: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church; Barrier Island Parks Society; Boca Grande Woman’s Club; Boca Grande Garden Club; and Royal Palm Players. She's performed in Guys & Dolls, Hello Dolly!, Godspell, Red, Hot & Cole, Oklahoma!, and Twelve Angry Jurors. She also volunteers in many other aspects of RPP. Carol, husband Nathan and their Jack Russell, Aggie, enjoy year-round residency in Boca Grande.
Randy Bell, Director
Randy joined RPP board in 2015. In his early years he had some involvement with theatre. His reintroduction was as Stage Manager for RPP's successful productions of Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma! and Hello Dolly! He is a past member of the board of Boca Grande Art Center and is involved with St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Before retirement, Randy operated his family business enterprises in Newfoundland. He made Boca Grande his winter home from Hilton Head, SC. He also serves as Technical Director Committee Chair.
Ann Fletcher, Director
Ann first appeared on the RPP stage in 2006 as Cherie in Bus Stop and won the Anna Award for Best Actress the same year. Since then she has taken on the roles of Julia in Fallen Angels and Amanda in Private Lives, both Noel Coward plays. She performed the role of Miss Gwendolen Fairfax in the Oscar Wilde masterpiece, The Importance of Being Ernest. One of her favorite roles was that of Melissa Gardner in A.R. Gurney’s acclaimed Love Letters. As a retired interior designer, Ann is also involved with the set designs for many of the RPP productions, such as: Fallen Angels, The Importance of Being Ernest, Sex, Please, We’re Sixty, Love Letters, and The Last of the Red Hot Lovers. She extends her warmest thanks to all who have so generously supported her efforts with RPP, especially her husband Bob, for his patience, encouragement, and love.
Jeff Lehrian, Director
Jeff enthusiastically adds to the RPP board after starring in the 2015 performance of Oklahoma! to packed houses and being a cast member in the 2014 production of Red Hot and Cole. Jeff's past interest in music and theater include performances with the Erie Playhouse in the rock opera TOMMY, and with the Erie Philharmonic Chorus. He recently retired after 38 years in private practice as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Erie, Pennsylvania. He serves as House Manager & Housing Committee Chair.
Erica Ress Martin, Director
This is Erica's second term on the RPP board, previously serving as President. In addition to working as a producer for more than eight shows since 2012, and lending her talents to Kids Drama Club, she continues to strengthen her on-stage performances by working year round with a vocal coach. Erica lends her expertise in marketing and publicity as well as her savvy know-how in many real-life management applications.
Priscilla Masselink, Director
Priscilla and her husband Mark moved to Boca Grande in 2012. Impressed with with the talent and opportunities on this special island, she quickly became involved with RPP as an actor in Lend me a Tenor. In addition to acting, she enjoyed directing last year’s Arm Chair Theatre production of A Question of Sex. This year she is expanding her directorial efforts, assisting with the fall reading of Duets. While raising her three sons in CT, Priscilla acted in community theatre and also taught Improv classes to young students. She is now happy as one of the teachers involved with the Kids Drama Club.
Kimberly Whipple, Director
Kimberly joined the Board in 2016. Her first involvement with RPP was her performance in Red, Hot and Cole. The following year she co-produced and starred in the very successful show Oklahoma! She also co-produced the record-setting show Hello, Dolly! In 2017, she was back on stage with a lead role in Guys & Dolls. Kimberly acted in and directed plays through high school and college and has been a member of several a cappella groups throughout her life. Kimberly is a retired trial lawyer with extensive board experience. On island, she has been involved with the Johann Fust Library, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, and the Boca Grande Woman's Club. She and husband Jay live on island nine months of the year.
Betsy Fugate Joiner, Ex-Officio
Betsy is one of RPP’s original members and manages one of the top restaurants on Boca Grande. As a board member, she has given RPP frequent use of her venue at PJ's Seagrille, helped to run successful fund-raising parties and offered tons of local publicity - all, at no charge. Betsy also works and manages all Sunday performances for us. In addition, she manages our Public Relations efforts successfully and skillfully.
Meryl Schaffer, Artistic Consultant
Meryl began her theatre career at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. where she worked on productions of Tintypes and The 1940's Radio Hour, both of which subsequently transferred to Broadway. She worked for years as a stage manager in NYC, having the privilege of working with directors like Jerry Zaks and Alan Rickman. Meryl is the founder and director of an art-in-education outreach organization in New York. After three years of stage managing and directing with RPP, Meryl is pleased to serve as Artistic Director.
Kathleen Kelleher, Managing Director
Kathleen is now in her sixth season with RPP. Her computer expertise, graphic design sense and bookkeeping acumen are all well developed after her prior experience at The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. Kathleen has proven to be especially adept at managing patrons, volunteers and our Box Office. She looks forward to working closely with our Artistic Director, Meryl Schaffer, who continues to support RPP in various capacities.