Theater club

Members of the Coterie d’Alliance gather for the club’s 128th anniversary

Alliance’s oldest social and literary club has come back strong after a long hiatus during the pandemic.

Coterie was founded on February 22, 1894, the anniversary of the birth of George Washington. Group members gathered on May 5 to mark the club’s 128th anniversary.

It was the first gathering in two years. Coterie has a history of varied philanthropic endeavors.

During the event, tables were decorated in spring colors and centerpieces featured the club’s signature flower, a single yellow rose. Around were Tiffany blue boxes stopping a crystal cake plate. The boxes contained delicate cookies made by Coterie member Marlene Admonius.

Anniversary President Marjorie Peterson welcomed club members and shared the group’s pleasure at being able to meet again.

“We are all aware of the many problems in our world these days, but just for today, we invite you to focus only on enjoying each other’s company and feeling happiness and happiness. friendship that fill this room right now,” Peterson said.

Other members of the anniversary committee were Joan Krohe, Leigh Mainwaring, Lynne Rhodes and Marjo Sangree.

“These talented and dedicated women handled all the ups and downs involved in planning a party of this magnitude with such style and grace,” she said.

After lunch, Mainwaring introduced Kevin Kern, associate professor of theater at Mount Union University, who led six students in a selection of performance pieces.

Accompanied by keyboardist Ben Wykoff, Ashley Burtscher sang “Hopelessly Devoted to You” from “Grease”; Sam Darrin performed “Out There” from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”; Olan Domer sang “Part of a Painting” from “Edges”; Clay Yoder performed “Streets of Dublin” from “A Man of No Importance”; and Amy Ali sang the jazz classic “Cry Me a River.”

Gretchen Wearstler will host the final Coterie meeting at noon on May 19 at the Alliance Country Club.

Mount Union University associate professor Kevin Kern, far right, led a group of student performers who performed show tunes at the recent Coterie reunion.  The performers were, from left, Ashley Burtscher, Ben Wykoff, Sam Darrin, Amy Ali, Clay Yoder and Olan Domer.