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),Murray the Cop in The Odd Couple and Rusty Charlie in Guys and Dolls followed. Last season he starred in My Fair Lady as (Henry Higgins). This season he will produce Anything Goes.
Ann Fletcher, Vice President
Ann was first bitten by the acting bug when she appeared as Cherie in Bus Stop for RPP in 2006. Since then, favorite RPP roles include Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Ernest, Melissa in Love Letters and Charlotte in Moon Over Buffalo. After starring in Love, Loss and What I Wore, Ann and her husband Bob produced it for the Chautauqua Women’s Club as a fundraiser. She reprised her role to a sold-out crowd, which was the perfect way to end 10 years on the CWC Board. As the Chair of Architecture & Design, Ann led the renovation of a historic building. Currently, Ann is VP of Development on RPP’s Board and next season’s President-Elect. She is pleased to be performing as Liz in this season’s Present Laughter.
Stan Ikenberry, Treasurer
Stan began his late-blooming stage career in Royal Palm’s Red, Hot and Cole! and went on to play the role of Dr. Emmett in RPP’s staged reading of The Curious Savage. You may have seen Stan in recent musicals including Hello, Dolly!, Guys and Dolls as “Angie the Ox!” and last year in My Fair Lady. In his prior life Stan served the University of Illinois as president for 16 years and went on to head the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. Stan serves as Treasurer and a member of the Royal Palm Board. Stan and Judy join you in a love of Boca Grande.
Carol Beauchamp Forrester, Secretary
Carol is a Florida native and graduate of Florida State University. She has been connected to Boca Grade since the early 1980’s. Community involvements include: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church; Barrier Island Park Society; Boca Grande Woman’s Club; Boca Grande Garden Club. She has volunteered in many other aspects of RPP: Stage Manager, Gala Chair, Set Design and Props. You have seen her on RPP stage in Godspell, Red Hot & Cole, Oklahoma!, Hello, Dolly!, Guys & Dolls, Mame and Twelve Angry Jurors. Carol and Nathan along with their two Jack Russells, Trevor and Ivy, enjoy year-round residency in Boca Grande, when they are not traveling the US in their Airstream.
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!, Hello Dolly! and Don't Drink the Water. 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 Play Reading Committee Chair.
Betsy Fugate Joiner, Director
Betsy is a 3rd generation native of Boca Grande and one of the founding members of RPP. Assists with advertising, publicity and community relations. She is a semi -retired restaurant manager; Director on BGHS & GIMM; plus a volunteer for many community events. "I love the theater and am looking forward to a fantastic year at RPP!"
Jeff Lehrian, Director
Jeff hails from Erie PA where he practiced Oral and Maxillofacial surgery for 38 years. He has been active on stage with RPP, with roles in Red Hot and Cole, Oklahoma!, Hello, Dolly!, Guys and Dolls, and Don’t Drink the Water. Jeff was instrumental in instituting reserved seating for the theater and works on committees that will improve the physical needs of our productions. He is looking forward to the upcoming season’s production of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes.
Priscilla Masselink, Director
Priscilla and her husband Mark moved in 2012 to Boca Grande after raising three sons in Darien, CT. Impressed with with the talent and opportunities on this special island, she quickly became involved with Royal Palm Players. She has enjoyed several roles in both the fall readings, comedies, and other special productions. She will appear this season in Present Laughter. She also has tried her hand at directing both Arm Chair Theater, and one of the three acts in last season’s Duets. Priscilla is active with Kids Drama Club at the Island School with other RPP volunteers. When not learning lines, she can be found, golfing, playing tennis, painting, and enjoying Boca life.
Peter Powell, Director
Peter has enjoyed being a part of RPP’s Hello, Dolly!, Guys & Dolls, and My Fair Lady. Performing onstage, singing in glee club, and theater management were treasured parts of growing up. After graduating from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, he returned to his hometown of Kansas City to build a business in, of all things, salt and sand. He is thrilled to return to his youth by joining the great team at RPP. He and his wife Cappy are residents in Boca Grande, enjoying golfing, beaching, and time with family.
Robbie Stanley, Director
Robbie became involved with the Royal Palm Players in 2015 and has been busy backstage since then. Following careers in engineering and editing her small town’s newspaper, her interests include volunteer commitments with Vermont arts and music organizations. Family, friends, travel and golf take up the rest of her time.
Kathleen Kelleher, Managing Director
Kathleen is now in her eighth 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 another exciting season with RPP.