Blackpool and Parrish, July 2007

Meet the Cast:


Harry Blackpool - Chris Burch
Chris is thrilled to be acting in his first show with the Park Players. Previously, he and his wife, Laurie, have assisted in several technical aspects for the troupe. (He built sets in only four hours, and she ran sound). Chris was bitten early on by the acting bug and it seemed a perfect fit, as he liked being the center of attention. It wasn’t until High School though that he was able to start honing his craft under the tutelage of Ms. Lou Smith at Minor High School. Then he joined the Navy and decided to pursue a side career as an entertainer.
He is a Master Balloon Artist, magician, and face painter. The acting bug, however, would not be silenced, and he made his return to the stage over three years ago at South City Theatre in the role of Chief Bromden in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.
Since then he has racked up a sizable number of roles on stage and recently on screen in several independently produced film projects. He has also taken it upon himself to write, produce and direct a few shorts himself. In preparation for playing the ultimate evil on earth Chris spent plenty of time with his in-laws to truly appreciate what evil really means. He wants to say “thanks” to the Boyce’s, his lovely wife (and soon to be born tax write-off), and Mr. Belke for a hilarious script. Oh, and Clay, thanks for not replacing me with a puppet


Rachel Parrish - Shannon McCrory
Shannon is so excited to be acting in her first Park Players production! After receiving her BFA in Theatre from the University of Alabama in 2005, she went on to NYC’s, William Esper Studio to study acting. Recently having been seen in Birmingham Festival Theatre’s production of Woman in Black, previous credits also include Machinal, Day after Daddy, Antigone, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Risen Chris and Grapes of Wrath. She wishes to thank her family for their love and support. She also would like to wish her boyfriend, Jeremy, a very happy birthday on opening night. I love you and feel so blessed to have you in my life! What a wonderful cast!! It has been such an amazing experience getting to know and working with all of you. Thank you all for everything…including the birthday cake! Oh, and thank you to Clay for not replacing me with a puppet. I can’t wait to do this again!


Timothy Page - Frank Thompson
Frank is happy to perform alongside such a talented cast! Last seen onstage as Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop Of Horrors, Frank has performed such roles as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Thurston Howell III in Gilligan's Island:The Musical, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate, Mr. MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, Bill Snibson in Me And My Girl, Julian Marsh in 42nd Street, and The Governor in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. As Artistic Director for CenterStage, he has directed numerous productions, including the world premiere of Lloyd J. Schwartz's The Phantom Of The Opry, Hair, Jekyll & Hyde:The Musical, A Christmas Carol, and Anything Goes. Frank is also active with other theatre groups around Birmingham, having appeared as Dave Dooley in Dolly Dooley's Big Break and Bob Cratchit in Scrooge (BCT), Captain Brackett in South Pacific and in the 2-man show, Greater Tuna (VST) and as Clifton Feddington in The 1940's Radio Hour and Narrator in Side By Side By Sondheim (Hoover Library Theatre.) Many thanks, as always, to family and friends and Clay. I’m glad you didn’t have to use the puppet!


Adam Blackpool - Daniel Walker
Daniel is no stranger to...well you know. He is happy to be back in a Park Players production after a two year hiatus from Park Players. He was last seen as Bobby Lee Turner in The Next Stage's World Premiere production of “The Summer Bobby Lee Loved Me” (formerly “And They Heard the Thunder of Angels”) written by local playwright Ryan C. Tittle. Some of his most recent roles include Edmond in “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” with DP Theatre Series, Adam in “The Shape of Things” by Neil Labute for Southside Stories Productions, and Peter in “Diary of Anne Frank” with ACTA directed by J.J. Marrs. He would like to thank his parents for their continuing support; I love you all more than you will ever know. Last but not...well you know. I would like to thank Clay for this opportunity to work with such great people once again and he's very grateful for Clay not replacing him with a puppet.

 


Tiffany (Tiff) Parrish - Krissy Warren
Krissy Warren is proud to be returning for her second show with Park Players. She made her debut with them back in 2003 with Romeo and Juliet. Krissy then took off to NYC for a few years, where she appeared in the off, off Broadway production of Spoon River Anthology. She would like to take this chance to publicly (and for the last time) apologize to Clay, Mike and Steven for not telling them when she left for NYC. Not even an email. It was very rude. And she is very sorry. Thanks, guys, for letting me back in. Krissy would also like to thank her family and friends for all the line runs, for laughing at her even when she wasn't funny, and for the constant encouragement and support. And remember Clay, I can’t be replaced by a puppet!

 


The Director - Clay Boyce
Clay is the artistic director and founder of Park Players. He was last seen on the stage as Harry the Horse in Centerstage's Production of "Guys and Dolls" and as Mark Transom in last year’s production of David Belke’s “That Darn Plot!” Before that he directed "Over the River and Through the Woods" for Birmingham Festival Theatre. Some of his favorite roles have been George in "Of Mice and Men", Fagin in "Oliver!" and the title role in "Hamlet". He would like to thank his wife, Vicki and his daughter, Victoria for all the love and support they have given him through the years! He would also like to thank this incredibly talented cast. Thank you for keeping me afloat and not replacing ME with a puppet! That puppet can’t direct anyway…

 


Stage Manager - Mike Oakes is one of the founding members of Park Players. Unlike the rest of his fellow board members he has no desire to be on stage and act. Although he can be persuaded to act like a Klingon now and again. He is much happier being behind the set in his role as the 'strong back - weak mind' of the group. He has Staged Managed for Garden Variety Shakespeare in "King Lear" and "Hamlet". For Park Players in "Romeo and Juliet", "The Merry Wives of Windsor" "Othello" and "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" and the recent production of "Over The River and Through The Woods" at Birmingham Festival Theatre. When not being the roadie for Park Players he works at UAB as a network administrator.

 

 

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