The Accidental Texas Ranger: Ric Cedergren

You’ve heard of The Accidental Tourist, but Ric became the accidental actor this spring. He took his son (Leif) to open auditions, (and because he’s such a nice guy) ended up reading lines to just to help others try out… so got cast as Frank Hamer!

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Ric & Leif backstage where Leif has signed the wall (door) from his previous productions as a part of an old Parkway Playhouse tradition.

PP:  What have you learned about yourself as a performer preparing for this show?

Ric:  I have a fairly small, yet important role, as retired Texas Ranger Frank Hamer. Hamer is the the man hired to bring in Clyde dead or alive.  My personality is confident, but not usually so commanding. I also never imagined myself performing as a Pentecostal choir member in a choreographed dance routine.  I think I have learned to let go a little.  My response to these challenges is, in the words of Frank Hamer:   “I was hired to do a job. Let’s go get ‘em.”   

PP:  What is your favorite rehearsal moment?

Ric: Learning from failure.  When I missed a cue on my first entrance at a tech week rehearsal, I momentarily was in a kind of shock, not knowing what to do.  Then I heard Lily Bartleson (Ma Ferguson) yell, “Hamer!”  It was like a perfectly placed slap to the face. I immediately knew what to do next.

PP: If we’re not mistaken, this is the first time you’ve been in a show here AND the first time you’ve been in a show with your son.  How has that experience been? Do you recommend it for other parents/children?

I do recommend this experience. We always have something to talk about which is sometimes a challenge for parents and teenagers.  We both love the music and the challenge of performing.  Technically,  I have no formal training in acting though I come from a very musical family and grew up around the theatre. My father was lead in many musical theatre productions.

I may be following in Randall Garland’s footsteps. It was just a few years ago that Randall followed his son Gabe into an audition.  Randall does a great job playing a local Sheriff. We have a scene where we stare each other down of which I hope to get a picture.

PP:  What do you like about acting at Parkway Playhouse?

Dwight Chiles is a director who works expertly with creativity and talent. It has made this experience a privilege. I love watching so many of the actors and actresses that I knew as students.  It is an honor to be in “their world,”  and to see them working so passionately and professionally. I have also enjoyed getting to know many of the professionals who have given me the opportunity to see how a production like this comes together backstage.

PP:  What do you think audiences will enjoy about the musical?

This is a truly unique musical.  I have never seen anything like it.  I never expected to be part of anything this big when I accepted my role.  The singing in this play is fantastic.  

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You will also want to be a part of something this BIG!

Call 828.682.4285 to purchase tickets or get them ONLINE.

Showtimes the next two weekends are as follows:

  • Friday, July 14 @ 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 15 @ 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 16 @ 3pm
  • Friday, July 21 @ 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 22 @ 7:30 pm

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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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