Peterses Named to OCTA Hall of Fame

Posted: Monday, September 4, 2017, 6:14pm

Mark and Betty Peters are Hall of Famers.

The couple was inducted into the Ohio Community Association Hall of Fame during the OCTA State Conference dinner event Sunday September 3 in Columbus.

Mark Peters accepted the honor on the couple’s behalf. Betty Peters died July 16. She was remembered in a special in memoriam presentation earlier that evening.

James F. Petsche, Curtain Players president, introduced Mark Peters, saying to fellow community theatre leaders in the ballroom that their organizations should be as fortunate as Curtain Players is to have the likes of Mark and Betty Peters among their respective ranks.

“Community theatres do not succeed without the likes of Mark and Betty Peters, and Curtain Players is proud to have these originals in our ‘community in theatre,’” reads the nomination essay prepared by Petsche for Curtain Players. “We hope OCTA recognizes Mark and Betty Peters for their generous efforts and spirits, allowing them well-deserved regard and the chance to be seen as an example among their peers.”

The nomination was supported by letters from longtime Players Jill Taylor, Doug Browell, and Marla Williams.

Mark accepted a plaque and medallion from Jesse Bernal, OCTA president.

The OCTA Hall of Fame was established in 2000 as a way to recognize outstanding achievements to the statewide organization and the community theatre movement in Ohio.

Betty and Mark Peters have been honored by Curtain Players with its Richard D. Near and Volunteer of the Year awards, and by The Ohio State University Department of Theatre with its Joseph F. Scharrer Phantom of the Theatre Award. Betty Peters was a recipient of the Ohio Community Theatre Association Spirit Award for the Central Region.