Mystery at Upton House Creative

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Pete Pellinen
Pete has over 50 years of experience in stage work, including 20 years and director of Small Parts Players children's theater and Northern Stage Works community theater. He is a founding member of Stages of the Range Players.
Stage Manager/Props and Costumes
Mary Lou Conaway
Mary Lou majored in Theater at Bemidji State and was deeply involved in Northern Stage Works, both on stage and behind the scenes. She now brings her talents for directing, acting and costume design to Stages of the Range Players.
Mason Kroll
Mason spent the last several years as Pete's right-hand man doing lighting and other tech work. We are delighted he can help us out in his role as Technical Director at Iron Trail Motors Event Center!

The Playwright

The creative mind behind the script for 'Surviving the Spotlight' belongs to Gregory A. Monk.  Greg originally wrote, directed and participated in this play in 2000 for what was then called IRRRP (Iron Range Regional Repertory Players.) 

Greg Monk began his theatre career at an early age, dragged into the spotlight by his mother, who was a musical theater actress, opera singer, and church choir director. Greg got his first starring role in Peter Pan in 1978, and spent the next several years involved in musical theater as an actor, stage manager, and dabbling in set and costume design. He took a hiatus during his military career,  then returned to theatre in Minnesota after his discharge, performing in Fiddler on the Roof in the Twin Cities, then expanded into writing as well as acting and directing in Duluth (through Renegade Comedy Theater) and in VIrginia, with IRRRP, before relocating to Southwest Florida. He still enjoys a number of creative outlets, including writing, singing in a men's chorus, and graphic design.