Theater group to honor Mark with ceremony

TUPELO – Jess Mark’s dedicated service to Tupelo Community Theatre resonates a year after his death.
At 7:30 p.m. today at the Lyric Theatre, Mark’s family will accept an American Association of Community Theatres’ Spotlight Award.
“It’s given for outstanding contributions to community theater,” said Tom Booth, TCT executive director. “We’ll do the presentation right before our evening performance of ‘And Then There Were None.'”
The ceremony will take place on the Jess Mark Stage, which was named in 2006. His wife, Jo Mark, and their children, Janice, Barry and Ladd, will accept the award from a representative of the American Association of Community Theatres.
“He worked with TCT because he thought it was fun,” Jo Mark said. “It was something he really enjoyed. It was also something he believed in.”
A TCT board member from 1982 until his death on March 14, 2008, Mark directed and appeared in plays, built sets, kept the books and oversaw lighting and sound. Jo Mark said her husband believed TCT had an obligation to the audience to produce good work.
“He always thought it needs to be fun for the people who are doing it,” she said, “but it also needs to be good for the people who come to see it and support it.”
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