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Rotary Happenings: Templin’s ‘Unsinkable Women’ coming to Sanibel

By Staff | Apr 22, 2015

Here’s a story you’ve heard before, a man walks into a bar in New York City.

There’s only one seat open at the bar and that is where he is destined to sit. He sits beside a beautiful woman, they start up a conversation, and soon he invites her to come to his place.

The assumption here is this is a romantic encounter but that is not the case here. This story is about how our Sanibel Captiva Rotary Club President, Bill Rahe met Unsinkable Women playwright and equity actress, Deborah Jean Templin from New York City.

And yes, he really did invite her home to Sanibel to perform her play Unsinkable Women on Sanibel on Thursday, April 9, at Schein Hall BIG ARTS, Sanibel.

What a wonderful night of theater it was. Unsinkable Women based on the lives of nine women who were survivors of the sinking of the Titanic.

Deborah Jean kept the audience spellbound with her exceptional acting ability and the ease with which she is able to morph herself on-stage into each of these nine women, have them tell their own stories about that tragic event and how they took this experience and the loss of their loved ones to go on and build lives of purpose.

After this powerful performance, the audience was invited out to the garden for an opulent wine and dessert buffet.

Rave reviews from attendees about this performance were expressed and the fine wine and desserts ended this evening with sweet memories of a great evening here on Sanibel.

Proceeds of this Rotary fundraising event will go to the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships Inc. and BIG ARTS.

Thank You to our event sponsors Enchanted Ballroom, Bill & Stephanie Rahe, John Grey Painting, Soon Come Landscaping, Dan Hahn Custom Builders, Inc., and Holtz Mahsine DeCosta Attorneys at Law.

Now, there is more to this story. Deborah Jean Templin (Broadway, Touring, Television, Commercial, TradeShow actor) accompanied by Ron Schwinn (Unsinkable Women’s production man-in-the-booth.

A professional musical theatre veteran for over a half century, appearing in 13 Broadway productions, 5 national touring companies, and many regional theatres, film and TV) appeared as special guests, the morning after our Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Unsinkable Women fundraiser, at Rotary’s weekly meeting-the next day).

As Deborah Jean told us her mother said, “There was no way, you would do anything in life but be a performer”.

The life of a New York actor is not an easy life and even though Deborah has performed in over 100 varied musical productions, etc, she still has to go on audition calls.

Deborah told us in 2014 she attended 67 auditions and was lucky enough to receive three contracts.

She has performed on Broadway and in national touring companies in Anne, Titanic, Passion of Dracula, Young Frankenstein, Mamma Mia!, Dolly, Cabaret, Playing for Time (her favorite) and over 100 productions.

Just recently, Miss Templin was featured in Mary Poppins as “Miss Andrew”.

Templin is the 2013 New Hampshire Theatre Award winner for her work as “Frau Blucher” in Mel Brooks/Thomas Meehan’s Young Frankenstein.

Templin was given Philadelphia’s Barrymore Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her work as chanteuse “Kay Goodman” in Dennis Deal’s Nite Club Confidential.

The Los Angeles Arts Council awarded her the Richard Burton Award in Acting. Deborah Jean has been proud member of the performers unions of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association since 1977.

Deborah told us, “If you want to be a success performer, you must be prepared”.

When not performing, Templin continues to write for the stage.

Research was the key to the success of Unsinkable Women.

Developing this production took research for storyline and musical selections, costume research and design, and production, light, sound design. It does take a village behind a theater production including musical Director/ arranger/ research; Director, Costume Designer, Hair Design, and for Unsinkable Women Ron Schwinn Production Staging Consultant.

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club meets at 7:00 am, every Friday morning for breakfast at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, Sanibel. Guests are always welcomed.