The Black Swamp Players’ production of the original historical drama "Momma’s Boys" received
several honors at the Northwest Region of the Ohio Community Theatre Association held this weekend in
Fort Jennings.
An excerpt from the play, about an imaginary meeting in the afterlife of the eight U.S. presidents
claimed by Ohio, was presented at the conference.
Stephen Froelich received special recognition for his original script.
Individual awards of merit were given to Lane Hakel who portrayed William McKinley and Kent McClary who
portrayed Ulysses S. Grant.
The entire cast, which also included Froelich as Rutherford B. Hayes, Gary Keller as Warren G. Harding,
Rob Albach as William Hnry Harrison, Dennis East as James Garfield, Terry Burton as William Howard Taft
and Dale David as Benjamin Harrison, received a merit award for ensemble acting.
The costumes and hairstyling for the production also received a merit award.
Originally produced for Ohio’s bicentennial in 2003, the revised play was staged in April in the
Pemberville Opera House.
The Bowling Green troupe was one of the companies at the conference to be recognized for a notable
anniversary. The Players received a certificate marking its 40 years of existence.