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Merry Wives of Windsor 2013

Meet the Cast (in order of appearance)

 

Sir John Falstaff -Todd Ponder

Todd is thrilled to be back on the Park Player's stage playing "Falstaff" and is even more excited about sharing the stage with his darling wife, Lisa. He was last seen in South City Theatre's short play, "Variations on the Death of Trotsky" and "The MLK Project" with Red Mountain Theatre Company. Todd also recently appeared in Billy Ray Brewton's "Must Come Down" at Theatre Downtown. With Park Player's, he has played Verges in "Much Ado About Nothing", Antonio in "Twelfth Night", Duke Solinus in "The Comedy of Errors" and Lord Capulet in "Romeo & Juliet" where he met the cutest little stage manager named Lisa who is not only playing Mistress Quickly, but also Mrs. Lisa Ponder! Love you sweetie!! Many, many thanks to Paul, Vicki, Victoria and the rest of the cast & crew for all their continuous support!

 

 

 



Fenton -Thomas McCarron


This is Thomas' fifth production with Birmingham Park Players and he is excited to be in it. He was last seen in Clay Boyce's production of William the Bard.
Theater is his passion and the stage is a good friend of his.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Robert Shallow - Raymond Quintero

This is Raymond’s fourth appearance with The Park Players. He was last seen here in last summer’s “Cyrano De Bergerac”. Other Park Players performances “Twelth Night and "A Midsummer Night’s Dream". He has been seen in the LAC production of "The Music Man" as Charlie Cowell. He has performed in numerous Centerstage Productions including "42nd Street", "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", "Peter Pan", "South Pacific", and "Gilligan’s Island - The Musical". He has also performed in South City Theatre productions of "The Crucible" and "You Can’t Take It With You". He has been in the L.J.C.C. productions of "The Odd Couple"," Amadeus", and "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof". Raymond attended Auburn University and is employed by American Cast Iron Pipe Company.

 

 

 

 


Master Francis Ford - Bill Allen

Bill is pleased to be making his debut with Park Players.  His previous rolls have been Don in The Universal Language (South City Theatre), Inspector Craddick in A Murder is Announced and The King in Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Leeds Arts Council) and a Policeman in Pirates of Penzance (Riverchase United Methodist Church).  By day, Bill works as an Electrical Engineer for a steel coating company, living proof that even Engineers can put mathematical problem solving aside for a time and participate in the arts.  Bill would like to thank his wife, Karin and her parents, Susan and Glen, for who have had to carry much of the load during rehearsals.  He also wishes to thank his children, Lindsey (8 years old), Michael (6 years old), Noah and Joshua (both 3 years old) who have shown a great deal of excitement and support during this entire production.

 

 

 


 

Master George Page -Terry Hermes

 

This is Terry’s 11th show with The Park Players. Yes, 11. Ironically, his very first one, back in 2003, was this very same Merry Wives, in which he played Shallow. His favorite Park Player roles over the years have been Oberon in Midsummer, the old Russian Botvinnik in A Walk in the Woods, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. Around town, he has played George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Juror #4 in 12 Angry Men, Aaronov in Glengarry Glen Ross, the adult Ralph in four different productions of A Christmas Story, and recently, the eccentric Ray in Yankee Tavern. Most recently, he had the honor of playing King Lear for The Bards of Birmingham, the role of a lifetime. Park Players productions are one of my favorite summer treats. I hope you enjoy this show as much as I do.

 

 

 


 
Sir Hugh Evans - Stephanie Lamphere

While this is Stephanie Lamphere's first role actually on the stage, she has spent the last several months collaborating on the technical aspects of theatre with the Bards of Birmingham. This long-time fan of the performing arts finally decided to get involved with live theater for the very first time in the last year, when her daughter Lauren was working with the Bards. Since then, she has done everything from sewing to sound to set painting to help with this year's Bards productions: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, All's Well That Ends Well, and King Lear.

   

 

   

 

 



Mistress Alice Ford - Laura Coulter

Mistress Ford. Laura has a great many dysfunctions, and theater is right at the center of her multitude of issues. She is delighted to be performing with Park Players again, having previously appeared as Bottom in Park Players' 2011 production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Laura is the Executive Director of Bards of Birmingham, and also has a paying job at Edward Jones Investments. She is deeply grateful to all of her lovely friends, who are the best people in the world and who also enable her theater habit, and to her daughters, Katherine and Abbe, who are the absolute best thing who ever happened in her life. 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Mistress Margret Page - Nancy Moore

Nancy is delighted to be returning to Birmingham Park Players. You may have seen Nancy as Catherine in Proof for South City Theatre, as Mrs. McCarthy in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever or as a maid in The Misanthrope (both for Park Players), or in one of several roles at The American Village in Montevallo, AL, where she works as a historical interpreter & costumer. Nancy would like to thank Paul and Victoria for giving her this wonderful opportunity to be in her first Shakespeare production, the cast & crew for warmly welcoming her, her family & friends for their constant love & support, & God for all of the blessings He has bestowed upon her.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Mistress Anne Page - Victoria Boyce

Victoria Boyce (Anne Page) is thrilled to once again be on the Homewood Park stage with Park Players, (her favorite role to date being Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream).  She is also now serving on the board of Park Players and has been working with them for nine years.  Victoria has also done performances with The Bards of Birmingham (King Lear, Kent; The Importance of Being Earnest, Gwendolyn; and As You Like It, Touchstone),  The Leed’s Arts Council ( A Murder is Announced, Philipa; A Little Princess, Maria; and Cheaper By the Dozen, Anna), ACTA (Miracle on 34th Street, Cleo), and The LJCC (Once Upon A Mattress, Lady in Waiting).  In addition to acting, Victoria also does ballroom dance and has just finished a Cha-Cha exhibition. She would like to thank her director Paul for casting her, her mom for always helping out and driving her where she needs to be, her dad for introducing her to theater, and her best friends, Stephanie Moore for always supporting her and Crimson for helping her keep her sanity. Enjoy the show!

 


 
Mistress Quickly - Lisa Ponder

Lisa is making her stage debut with Park Players after serving as Stage Manager for Romeo and Juliet and Comedy of Errors. Favorite roles include Eppie Lederer in The Lady With All The Answers, Mrs. Quimby in Ramona Quimby, Cassie in The Real Queen of Hearts Ain't Even Pretty, Abby Brewster in The Tubes Glow In The Dark, and Veda in Dearly Departed. She appeared in the short films Main Street, High Expectations, Elden Presley: ETA At Large and Thr33 Days Dead. Lisa has most recently taken the director's chair with The Miracle Worker and The Curious Savage at South City Theatre. In addition, she just wrapped Onesies at South City Theatre, a project that marked the return of one acts after a two year hiatus. She would like to thank Paul for giving her this opportunity and Park Players for being a company that puts family first. Lisa sends her love and appreciation to her husband, Todd Ponder, the best husband a woman could wish for. She would also like to thank Park Players for introducing her to the man who would eventually become her husband, Todd Ponder. Ladies, if you are looking for a good man, skip the bars. Do a show with Park Players instead!
 

 


 

Dr. Caius - Steven Cullen

 

Steven is making his second Park Players, performance.  Steven is from Carthage, Mississippi and has recently taken a job as a software developer here in Birmingham.  Steven has experience in the theatre scene with past performance roles of “The Mousetrap” (Christopher Wren),  “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” (Charlie Brown), “Barefoot in the Park” (Victor Velasco), “The Spitfire Grill” (Caleb Thorpe), “Jane Eyre the musical “(ensemble), “The Secret Garden” (Major Shelly), “Murder at the Fruitcake Inn” (Harmon Sellit),  and “Sweet Bird of Youth” (Stuff).


 

 

 


 

Hostess of the Garter - Jeannine Pope-Carter

 

Jeannine is thrilled to be acting in her third show with the Park Players. Her many creative interests focus on all things story related.  Previously she has performed in several Birmingham productions of the "Vagina Monologues."  Occasionally, she has told stories and poems at venues around Birmingham and Montgomery. Likewise, she is an avid film enthusiast and has crewed on several small productions as well as writing and directing her own short.   Jeannine would like to thank Paul for casting her in the production of "Merry Wives of Windsor."  Her continued work with Park Players has been a source of joy for her.


 

 

 

 


 
Bardolph,John, Servant #2 Rugby - Dorian Donnell Davis

Dorian is excited to in his second production with the Birmingham Park Players, for in his words “There is nothing more exciting than being on stage”.  Dorian Donnell Davis was previous cast in Park Player’s 2012 production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  He is a 5th year student at Creative Montessori School where he was introduced to theatre and acting under the direction of Jessica Walston-Alldredge and where he now takes classes under Morgan Walston, ASFA student and younger sister of Mrs. Alldredge.  Dorian made his main stage debut at age eight in The Bards of Birmingham production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream where he played the role of the young lover Lysander.  Dorian has since been seen as Silvius in As You Like It; Young York in Richard III; Ferdinand in The Tempest; Duke Orsino and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night; and Hamlet in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead all produced and directed by The Bards of Birmingham’s Artistic Director Laura Coulter. Dorian also played the role of Jack in Alabama School of Fine Arts Summer Camp’s 2012 production of Who Said Jack Doesn’t Know Beans.   Dorian is presently cast with Children’s Dance Foundation’s production of Romona Quimby. Dorian recently earned all 20 pins and the Arrow of Light in Cub Scouting and is now a Boy Scout in Troop 79. 
 


 

Pistol - Katherine Coulter

Pistol. Katherine is 13 years old and a student in the theater arts department at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. This is her second play with Park Players; she appeared as Mustard-Seed in their 2011 production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." She has appeared in a number of other roles, including Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Celia in "As You Like It," Queen Elizabeth in "Richard III," Merriman in "The Importance of Being Earnest," Guildenstern in "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead," and Regan in "King Lear." Katherine would like to thank Victoria Boyce, for being not only a great professional colleague but a great personal friend, and Morgan Walston, who is her inspiration and the big sister she didn’t even know she needed. 

 

 

 


 
Nym, Simple, Servant #1 - Lauren Lamphere

 

Lauren Lamphere is a 5th grader at Creative Montessori in Homewood. She was first bitten by the acting bug during the Bards of Birmingham spring 2012 production of The Tempest, in which she played the goddess Ceres. She went on to work with the Bards in a Box for their production of Twelfth Night at the Alabama Renaissance Faire, along with lots of street performing of various plays. Lauren most recently played Lafeu in the Bards' junior division production, All's Well That Ends Well. Aside from acting, she enjoys the technical arts, and most recently served as Tech Crew Chief for the Bards of Birmingham's King Lear and Lighting Tech for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. This is her first performance with the Park Players.
 
 


 


 

Robin - Abbe Coulter

 

Abbe is finishing up her 5th grade year at Shades Cahaba Elementary School and will start 6th grade at Homewood Middle School in the fall. She takes music lessons with Miss Eliza and enjoys playing the piano and singing. She has been acting since she was six years old, playing Mustard-Seed and then Cobweb in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", a court lady in "As You Like It", Caliban in "The Tempest", a player in "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead," and Curan in "King Lear." This is her second time on stage with Park Players and she is very excited!


 


 

 


 
Abraham Slender - Josiah Schock
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Director - Paul McCracken 

 

Paul is thrilled and honored to be a part of his second Park Players’ show. His directorial debut with Park Players was A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has also directed Into the Woods, Crossing Delancey, as well as Amahl and the Night Visitors. He has been seen on-stage in a variety of shows including The King and I, Jekyll and Hyde, The Secret Garden, and Godspell. Paul is a graduate of Auburn University where he was a member of the Auburn University Band and the Auburn Knights Orchestra. He is married to the wonderful Nancy and has three adult children, three grandchildren, and is the minister of three Methodist Churches in Lee County. He also teaches with Creative Scholars Inc. as well as teaching annually in Israel/Palestine. He is constantly amazed by the talents of this wonderful cast to whom he is very grateful. He is also wishes to thank Assistant Director Victoria Boyce, without whose hard work this production would not have been possible.

 



Asst Director -Victoria Boyce


Victoria thrilled to be back with Park Players. Other shows she has done with Park Players are A Midsummer's Nights Dream(2011),Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, and  A Midsummer’s Night Dream(2004).  Other theaters she has acted with are The Leeds Art Counsel (Beauty and the Beast), The LJCC (The Pajama Game and High School Musical), and Center Stage (Music Man). She has also done some tech work for MCAT (Pippin), Center Stage (Thoroughly Modern Mille, Guys and Dolls), and BFT (Over the River).  She would like to thank her mom for teaching her, her dad for introducing her to theater, her best friends Aaron, Spenser, and Noelle for supporting her, and her drama teachers Francie Gardner and Sandy Dittmer.  

 

 

 



Stage Manager - Nancy McCracken

Nancy has worked behind the scenes on a few Center Stage shows, but is no newcomer to theater. She started stage managing in college and has been involved ever since, including “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Into the Woods,” a cheesy production of “Cinderella,” “Joseph and the Amazing…”and “Hello, Dolly,” to name a few. Occasionally she wanders onstage in a cameo or as a last-minute substitution for the butler or a delivery man. She has appeared onstage in several shows, including “The Sound of Music,” “Godspell” and in “Once Upon a Mattress.” CenterStage shows include “Jekyll and Hyde” as stage manager, Wife Number Whatever in “The King and I,” “Kiss Me,Kate” running tech, and Nana the dog in “Peter Pan” ( one of her dream roles – Woof! Woof!) She and The Ghost of Christmas Past (her husband Paul) designed and helped construct the sets for “Gilligan’s Island – the Musical. In her spare time she is Senior Physical Therapist at HealthSouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital, and she and Paul travel as often as possible to the Holy Land to participate in archeological excavations.


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