In 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, Perry Como topped the music charts and a young, married couple from Sandusky appeared in their first show at The Harlequins Community Theatre.
For more than five decades, Jack and Joyce Mulaney have been sharing their talents with the community and building the theater into what it is today.
"They've done an awful lot for the community, but we know them for what they've done for the Harlequins Theatre. It's often been said by people that Jack and Joyce are the Harlequins Theatre," said Earl Boitel, Harlequins Theatre.
In the past 55 years, Jack has appeared in more than 50 productions and directed around 25, Joyce has appeared in more than 15 productions, directed 11 and also directed 10 seasons of the Kid Kompany, the Harlequin's children's theater. Jack served several times as president and once as treasurer. Joyce has served several times as treasurer and has been the season ticket chair for more than 20 years. Both were board members and have been awarded Mr. and Mrs. Harlequin.
"In the opinion of us and many others, the Harlequins Theatre wouldn't exist today if it hadn't been for the leadership given by Jack and Joyce Mulaney," Boitel said.
Their theater experience is not limited to the Harlequins Theatre, Jack and Joyce were a part of "The Follies" production in 2003 and 2006.
"The Mulaneys are just very community-minded. They've shared their talents for years. They are so willing to give of their time and talent," said Joyce Leimbach, general chairperson for "The Follies."
Leimbach said Jack and Joyce acted in "The Follies," but also helped with drama coaching and stage activity. She said one of the best things about working with Joyce was her sense of humor.
"She comes up with this wit that is just too funny, you just never know what she's going to say," Leimbach said.
In addition to the theater, the Mulaneys have been active in the Huron Booster Club and the Huron Memorial Stadium Committee. Jack served on the Huron Planning Commission for 23 years and on the Huron Boat Basin Committee.
Currently Jack volunteers at Firelands Regional Medical Center and Joyce has been with the Firelands chapter of the American Red Cross for 31 years. She plans to begin volunteering at Firelands hospital after the new year.
At their church in Huron, Christ Episcopal Church, Joyce is on the board, in the choir, organizes the flower guild, cantors and volunteers in the office. Jack serves on the stewardship committee and is a lay reader.
"They are very good, honest and good humored people. I can't say enough good things about both of them," said the reverend Wanda Ray, Christ Episcopal Church.
The Mulaneys' accomplishments outlined are only the tip of iceberg in their lifetime of service. Their Register Award nominator, Eilene Guy, summed up the couple's impact with one question:
"How can you not be in awe of them?"