A 'Titanic' Event at Tawasentha Park

"I like that I can be someone else," she said.

In this show, she's an Irish girl who is trying to make a better life for herself. It's one of the show's fictional roles.

In real life, Kalica credited her mom with making her a better actress.

"I love working with my mom," she said. "She always gives me hints on how to improve myself."

For her part, Mary said it's been a thrill to watch her daughter grow up on the stage.

As much fun as the pair has, though, putting on a play is hard work, especially one the size and scope of "Titanic."

Mary Kalica and co-producer Julie Phillips are in charge of securing the funding for the show, which pays for everything from the royalties to the orchestra to the elaborate sets. Kalica said one of the chief income sources for Family Players is the ads that local businesses buy.

"We have the cast solicit ads," she said. "With almost 70 people, that adds up."

Still, Hocking is quick to admit that a community production like this one can't have all the bells and whistles that the Broadway show did. For instance, the Broadway version used an 8-ton lift to tilt the stage at a 45-degree angle when the Titanic was sinking.

"We allude to the sinking," he said with a laugh.

Phillips, who described her job as "really from nuts to bolts," also oversaw the audition process with Mary Kalica. Despite having such a large cast, no one was handed a role.

"We auditioned for everything," Phillips said. "Thankfully, a lot of people showed up."

Phillips said she has been impressed with how seriously people have taken their roles, with those who are portraying real people devoting a lot of time to researching their characters.

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