Mark A. Marple

Bella Casa Theatre

In the late 1970's, I re-opened this theatre in the basement / banquet area of an Italian restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. My first show was "110 in the Shade" but we didn't have enough actors (or room for that matter) so we did "The Rainmaker" with certain songs from the Broadway musical. Royalties were paid for both but we sold out constantly and it paid off. It also allowed me to work with a young Duane Daniels who later would do shows with me at the Cabaret Dinner Theatre before he went on to stardom. I also was able to work with Wendy Leonard, daughter of Jerry Leonard (famous in Cleveland for children shows) in "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown". For Jerry, I played a Prince in Half Past Wednesday at the Front Row - see the Front Row tab. Then I went on to work with Providence Hollander in a short run of "Jaques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris". She and I would later be in the movie "Those Lips Those Eyes" (see tab).

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