Spotlight on Jenny Martin as Muriel

I’m sure Ms. Jenny would agree that we’ve saved the best actor profile for last.

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PP:  Tell us a little bit about the character you’re playing. What’s her romantic story?

Jenny:  I’m playing Muriel.  She is Henry Bingham’s (Jeff Messer’s), domineering wife whom he refers to as Lady Voldemort–enough said.  I also have an unrequited love for Dickie (Graham Livengood).  You’ll have to watch the play to see if its “requited.”  

PP: Without spoiling any surprises, do you have a particular scene that’s your favorite? Why?  

Jenny:  My absolute favorite is when Justin (Jered Shultz) comes out in his brand new golf attire.  No matter how many times I watch it, it never gets old.  Jered and I have a long history of inside jokes/playful banter/making fun of each other, so it makes it even funnier.
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PP:  You teach middle school drama, and also for the Parkway Playhouse Junior program… What do you want your students to notice about the performance?  

Jenny:  There are a lot of excellent reactions from cast members to things going on around them, without anyone saying a word.  Honest reactions are so important to good acting.  It keeps the audience engaged in the play–if you’re reacting, they’re reacting.
 
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PP: We understand that you’re the very first cast to use the newly remodeled dressing rooms.  So…. what do you think?

Jenny:  They are AMAZING. I have been working at Parkway on and off since 1997, and they are the best addition that has happened (besides air conditioning)!  The counters are so pristine I didn’t want my makeup to touch them!
Only two more chances to see this hilarious show (Friday and Saturday)… and who doesn’t need a good belly-laugh by the end of the week?
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Spotlight on Myra McCoury as Louise

She’s sure to make you laugh… either on the stage or in real life.

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PP:  Tell us a little bit about the character you’re playing. 

My character is Louise, a 20-something -year- old waitress at Quail Valley Country Club and a bit of a bimbo, but in the best sense of the term. She and her love interest, Justin, are always looking for the best in every situation even when they’ve royally screwed up—-which happens quite a lot.

PP:  What do you think audiences will like about The Fox on the Fairway?

I think audiences will love the show’s fast paced energy, the ever-thickening web of relationships between characters, the constant golf jokes, and Kelli Mullinix’s dresses.

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PP:  Without spoiling any surprises, do you have a particular scene that’s your
favorite? 

I don’t really have a favorite scene. I enjoy acting the scenes that involve Louise ugly crying, watching the intercom scene between Jeff and Kelli is funny every time, as well as every time Muriel (Jenny Martin’s character) makes a grand entrance.

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Spotlight on Graham Livengood as Dickie

Oh, Graham. What can you even say about him… other than hold on for a wild ride!

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Graham Livengood leans, oh-so-suavely, against one of the new walls  in the remodeled dressing rooms while holding his beard on.

PP:  Tell us a little bit about the character you’re playing. And which triangle is he in?

Graham: I’m playing Dickie Bell, Director of Crouching Squirrel Golf and Racquet Club. Dickie isn’t in a triangle–he has his very own special orbit. Like a planet trying to ruin other planets’ orbits. Dickie has one and only one directive: Dickie comes first.

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PP: Without spoiling any surprises, do you have a particular scene that’s your favorite?

Graham: There are several scenes in this show where someone who is seemingly incompetent outsmarts the “smarter” person. You can’t judge a book by its cover, especially since all these covers are mostly insane.

PP: Do you actually play golf in real life? Any golfing stories? Please tell us the cast party includes a round of putt-putt golf…

Graham: Why yes, the cast party is 100% mini-golf (we’re not children). In fact, Jeff Messer and I may or may not have a fairly substantial wager on the game. Make sure to attend the final performance on Saturday September 16th and you might be able to figure out who won.

Of course, you’re always welcome to come before the final performance!

P.S. Kristen says that in all the years she’s known Graham, she’d never heard “that laugh” before this show!

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Spotlight on Jeff Messer as Bingham

Jeff Messer is a well-rounded talent: he directed the opening show of the season On Golden Pond which our audiences loved, he’s acted in musicals at Parkway Playhouse, and several plays he’s written have been performed on the Parkway Playhouse stage (Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, and Dracula).  With such a breadth of theatre ability, it’s always worth our time to check in with Jeff and see what’s special about his latest show.
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PP:  Why did you audition for The Fox on the Fairway?

Jeff:  My real life wife, Kelli Mullinix, and I did the show two years ago at HART in Waynesville. A few weeks before we started rehearsals, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and went into treatments at roughly the same time as the rehearsals started. Stubbornly, she refused to let cancer rob her of doing our first show together onstage. There was an understudy, but she played Pamela for most of the run, scheduling her treatments early in the week so she would have the strength to perform on weekends. When we had the chance to do the roles again, a year out from the last surgeries and being cancer free, we jumped at it. The show two years ago was under such a cloud of anxiety, we wanted to get another crack at it, without all that hanging over us.
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Bingham (center played by Jeff Messer) is decidedly not keen on the sweater. Also pictured are Graham Livengood playing Dickie, and Kelli Mullinix playing Pamela.
PP:  Tell us a little bit about the character you’re playing. And which love-triangle is he in?
Bingham is a middle-aged, unhappy man who let life pass him by. He’s successful, but always the underdog. He is unhappily married to Muriel, but longs to be with Pamela, who he has had crush on since they were young. I liken Henry Bingham to the character Henry Blake from MASH. He’s a good guy, but just a bit of a screw up, and is not all that bright about many things. There’s a point near the end of Act One, where he has to play-act in order to calm things down, and it is tremendous fun to intentionally show him as being a horrible liar and an even worse actor.

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PP:  So, what’s it like acting with Graham Livengood?

I worked with Graham when he was 17, directing him in a show. He and I worked on many shows together in the years that followed, helped run a small theatre company in Asheville, and worked in Improv together. Not to mention spending huge amounts of time for a couple of years watching football together when we both first moved to Asheville. To say that there’s a natural and fun chemistry with Graham is an understatement. At one point a few years ago, our wives were talking seriously about arranging playdates for us. 
Pun absolutely intended—>  You are all encouraged to arrange a play-date at our place!  We’ll even provide snacks on opening night.
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Spotlight on Kelli Mullinix as Pamela

This cast. These characters. You just have to see them for yourself in The Fox on the Fairway. We’ll begin with Kelli.

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PP:  So, what’s it like acting with this ensemble of characters?

Kelli:  This is a very funny cast.  I have enjoyed learning things about my fellow cast mates – like Jered’s Machine Gun Buttocks’ Zumba Move.  And the fact that Myra can do at least 75 different voices.  It’s quite entertaining.

PP:  Tell us a little bit about Pamela, the character you’re playing. Is she in some sort of love triangle?

Kelli:  Pamela has been around the block – she likes men and money, she likes to drink and she knows what she wants.  She has been married to Dickie, and likes Bingham and Justin.
 
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PP:  Without spoiling any surprises, do you have a particular scene that’s your favorite? 

Kelli:  My favorite scene is the one with the vase.  You’ll know why when you see it.

PP: Just out of curiosity, do you actually play golf in real life?

Kelli:  I do play golf, but the last time I played, I had just had my first child so I pushed him in a stroller on the course and carried my clubs.  The next time I play will be when I retire.
Once, though, my ex-husband signed up to play in a golf tournament when we first got married.  (He’d never played golf before.)  He was teeing off and it was drizzling a bit and as he pulled his club back to swing – it slipped out of his hands and went swirling around into the woods.  This really happened.
We know the suspense is killing you… but fastest way know “the scene with the vase” and see Jered’s “Machine Gun Buttocks’ Zumba Move” is to join us opening night! How about we throw you a party for coming? Done. Meet in the lobby after the show — the snacks are on us. 
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from the director, Kristen Livengood

Managing Director Kristen Livengood knows one of the keys to a great season is selecting plays that directors are passionate about bringing to life on stage. A case in point, Dwight Chiles had been wanting to direct Bonnie & Clyde at Parkway Playhouse for years… and what a fantastic result! So, with the ability to select the plays herself, she naturally chose one she was excited about directing.

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PP:  So, Kristen, why did you select The Fox on the Fairway for this season?

Kristen:  I am a HUGE fan of Ken Ludwig shows.  When I was reading plays, I found this one in Parkway Playhouse’s library and found myself laughing out loud.  Ken is really great at developing characters and my favorite part of directing is focusing on bringing characters to life, so it was one that I immediately fell in love with.  This show is an homage to the classic English farces, but with a modern twist, so I really feel this show is accessible for any audience.

PP:  What’s it like directing your husband, Graham, in a play?

Kristen: This is actually my first time directing Graham in a scripted show.  We’ve worked together before – acting in shows, performing improv, performing in murder mysteries, and he’s participated in a few of my improv workshops – but this was the first time I’ve really been his “boss.”  It’s been a really great experience.  He’s just as eager as the rest of the cast to give me exactly what I want, and I think I’ll be looking back on this experience and laughing about the rehearsals where I’m standing two feet away from him and Jenny while I choreograph their slobbery, over-the-top kiss.

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*wink*wink*  Jenny Martin and Kristen’s husband, Graham Livengood

PP:  What do you think audiences will like about The Fox on the Fairway?

Kristen: I think the audiences will love the performances that the actors are giving.  I have been so inspired and excited by watching the actors bring their characters to life.  Since it’s a farce, the energy has to be incredibly high and boy, are the actors sweating through these rehearsals.  They’re giving me 110% and I leave rehearsals with my cheeks and abs hurting from laughing so much.

We all need a good laugh by the weekend, so let Parkway Playhouse give you a dose of the best medicine: laughter!

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