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Leon R "Lee" Yopp
Birth: May 7, 1928
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA
Death: May 28, 2006
Cumberland County
North Carolina, USA

Theatre director, managing director of the Bucks County Playhouse (PA) from 1967 to 1973 and the Fort Bragg (NC) Playhouse from 1974-1993. He was a graduate of Trenton State University and attended New York University and the University of Delaware. Mr. Yopp taught at Hamilton High School and Rider University in New Jersey and Fayetteville Technical Community College and Methodist College in North Carolina.

During his tenure at Fort Bragg, he often brought in professional actors to complement a talent pool made up of soldiers and other local talent. Some of the actors who appeared on the Fort Bragg stage were Mercedes McCambridge, John Carradine, Tom Poston, Pat Paulsen, Joe Namath, Aileen Quinn, Frank Gorshin, and Howard Rollins. Noted director Joshua Logan brought his production of "Cherry," a musical version of "Bus Stop" to Fort Bragg for a pre-Broadway tryout.

Mr. Yopp also directed an annual "safety show" as part of the Army's campaign to teach young soldiers the dangers of risky behaviors such as drinking and driving. In 1976, the playhouse won six awards at the All-Army Festival of the Performing Arts. In 1980, it swept the U.S. Army Forces Command music and theater competition with 15 awards and in 1981, the playhouse won 18 awards, including one for having the best music and theater program among 17 Army installations around the world.

Mr. Yopp was survived by his wife of 56 years, Trudy, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Lee Yopp. 
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  Donald Lee Yopp (1951 - 1979)*
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Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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Record added: Dec 02, 2011
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Leon R Lee Yopp
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Theatre 59 Rider College, Trenton, NJ and Lawrenceville, NJ. Enjoyed helping Lee get the troupe started and working on sets and acting. I thought the best of him and appreciated his patience and friendship. That time at Rider became a life changer for me...(Read more)
- leigh roberts
 Added: Nov. 12, 2015

- leigh roberts
 Added: Nov. 12, 2015
I remember the first time I met you. It was at Trenton-Theater-In-The-Park. I asked you for work. you asked me what would you do? I said anything and I did. From Stage work to the chourse to lighting to sound. I learned it all. It was the hardest job tha...(Read more)
- Jim Hutchinson
 Added: Apr. 8, 2015
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