In addition, Staples Players will honor Joe — their beloved technical director — at the March 20 performance of “Little Shop of Horrors.” In a tribute to his fondness for reusing scenery, Players will use a large “recycled” set.
Following the performance, cast and audience members are invited to the backstage workroom — Joe’s home for many years — to hang a sign memorializing him, and exchange “Joe stories.”
Players director David Roth said: “Those of us who attended Players’ 50th anniversary celebration last May saw Joe emotionally moved. Many, many people — Jim Wheeler, Judy Luster, Jon Blackburn, Will Adams and others — honored him by their words, and he was given a standing ovation by the entire audience.”
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In June, Players will introduce the Joe Ziegahn Award for Craftsmanship, Artistry and Ingenuity in Technical Theater. Each year the troupe will honor a graduating senior who embodies the traits that made Joe such a genius.