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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Going Over the Ledge

Theater vet Joe Dickson launches a new company

by Tom Helma

Some people wish, some people dream,
others take action. Joe Dickson acts. He also directs, handles lighting
and sound, is on the Lansing Civic Players’ board of directors and is
in the process of creating his own theater company, Over the Ledge. The
name references the Ledges Playhouse  in Grand Ledge (which will be the summer venue for his fledgling company), but it’s also an apt metaphor for risk-taking.


“I want to get better at theater, and
the best way to do that is to just do it,” he said. “But that’s not all
of it. I want also to share emotion, maybe put in an adjacent coffee
shop where audiences can congregate and discuss the play after it’s
over.”


Dickson is not alone in this venture,
having assembled a team of local actors to create the company. Many
board members are familiar names: Veronica Wing, Kat Cooper, Eric
Grill, Chris Ordiway.


When opportunity knocked and Capitol
Theater Works did not renew its lease with Grand Ledge, Dickson jumped.
He’s not waiting for next summer to get started. Over the Ledge’s
production of “The Guys,” which focuses on the post-9/11 lives of New
York City firefighters, opens Thursday at the Holt High School Black
Box Theater. Rick and LeAnn Dethlefsen make up the two-person cast, and
50 percent of the proceeds go to the National Fallen Firefighters
foundation.  


A pre-Christmas production of “The Eight: Reindeer Diaries” is also under consideration. 


“Promotion is high on my list,” Dickson said, “but the bottom line always is whether it’s a good script.’”


’The Guys’


Over the Ledge Theatre Co.


Through Nov. 12


8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays


Holt Senior High School Black Box Theater


5885 Holt Road, Holt


$8-$12


(517) 318-0579


www.overtheledge.org


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