Second Samuel, August 2012

Meet the Cast in order of appearance

B Flat  - Wesley Glass

Wesley is thrilled to return to the ever changing Park Players stage for the production of Second Samuel. He was last scene in the company's production of The Taming of the Shrew as Tranio. Favorite credits include Hamlet (Player Queen, Priest, Francisco, Osric), Almost, Maine (Phil), Torch Song Trilogy (David), and Dog Sees God (Beethoven). He would like to thank his family and friends for all of their support as he pursues his next toot in Washington D.C. Wesley is a proud graduate of the University of Alabama where he was the pledge master of the theatre honor society Alpha Psi Omega. Most recently, he finished a year of service as an Americorps VISTA at the West Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross. He hopes you'll enjoy the show, his overalls, and the complicated drive away from the theatre.


Frisky - David Coker

David is incredibly grateful to be a part of this production, being under the direction of and playing alongside such an all-star cast of great friends.  David has appeared off and on again for many years in a variety of different character roles with many different theatre companies.  He would love to share stories with you about them sometime.  He last appeared in Theatre Downtown’s production of The Normal Heart, and David will next be in the VST musical A Christmas Memory.  By day, David is a 6th grade teacher with Hoover City Schools.  By night, who knows?  Thank you for coming out and seeing this production – hope you have fun.  “It’s so important, to make someone happy.”



US - Ken Moorer

Ken is excited about his debut with Park Players. He has been away from the stage for 2 years and was last seen in the production Acting Out at the Carver Theatre. Prior he performed onstage for Theatre Downtown’s production of 12 Angry Men where he portrayed Juror #12. His past roles have included Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird, Mr. Gower in It’s a Wonderful Life and Bobo in Raisin in the Sun all at South City Theatre. He’d like to thank his wife Nikki for being patient with his acting journey and allowing him to come out and play.




Mansel - Steven Ross
Steven is a fixture of Park Players since the beginning of time, or at least the beginning of Park Players. A Birmingham Native Steven fell in love with theatre in high School. After a fifteen-year absence in theatre Steven returned to the stage with the Canterbury players, playing Tito Mereli in Lend me a Tenor in 1997. Since then he has been part of several Canterbury productions and has also been seen on stage with LJCC, Garden Variety Shakespeare, South City, Theatre Downtown and six Park Player Productions. Steven favorite role was Nick in Birmingham Festival’s production of  Over the River and Through the Woods. Steven made his directorial debut with Park Players’ A Midsummer Nights Dream in 2004, and directed Comedy of Errors in 2007. He has worked as Assistant Director in Park Players The Complete Work of William Shakespeare (Abridged!), South City’s Driving Miss Daisy and Leeds Arts Council The Odd Couple (female version). When not on stage he can be seen running lights, sound and more often behind a camera taking scene shots and headshots. On the board of Park Players Steven has worked as Location Manager, Publicity, Box Office, Actor, Grip, Sound tech, Lighting and all around Gofer. 

Mr Mozel - Scott Nesmith

Scott Nesmith has learned that "What goes around comes around" is not just a saying - it's true. Having once made a statement about not liking people, he is now playing a character who "don't like nobody." Nevertheless, he is enjoying working with old friends and making new ones. His favorite roles include Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap, Dub Dubberly in Christmas Belles, Banjo in The Man Who Came to Dinner and Baylen in Glengarry Glen Ross. He also enjoyed his time as the Foreman in 12 Angry Men, Mr. Gilmer in To Kill a Mockingbird, and Victor Pryne in Private Lives.






Omaha Nebraska Madison - Dianne Daniels
Dianne is active in the Birmingham area theatre scene as an actor and director, and is thankful and excited to be part of this production. Favorite roles include Dinah in The Dixie Swim Club with the Fultondale Arts Council/Park Players,  Sissy in Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean with Theatre Downtown,  Mrs Shinn in The Music Man and the Widow Corney in Oliver!, with CenterStage Productions, and Adriana in Comedy of Errors, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Eppie Lederer in The Lady with All the Answers, and Dr Martha Livingstone in Agnes of God, with South City Theatre. Next up on the theatre calendar is directing The Graduate for Theatre Downtown in September.

Dianne would like to thank Clay for the opportunity to work with this amazing group of actors, her theatre family for always being there, and her ever-patient employers at the Mega Agent Real Estate Team of RE/MAX Advantage. TESSIE!

Jimmy Deeanne - Becky Thomas Johnson

Becky fell in love with Second Samuel quite awhile back when she saw her father-in-law portray June Cline in the Wetumpka Depot Players production. She is blessed to be playing the part of Jimmy Deeanne and working with some of her favorite theatre friends. You may have recently seen Becky as Vernadette in Dixie Swim Club (Fultondale Arts Council/Park Players) or as part of the ensemble in Cyrano de Bergerac (Park Players). Some of her most memorable past roles include Lucy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (LJCC), Ernestina in Hello Dolly! (Red Mountain Theatre Company), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (JSU), Snow White (Taste of the Town), Lady Macbeth (JSU), Kate in Shake'N'Bake (Savannah Shakespeare Festival), and Germaine in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (JSU). Her favorite role is that of wife to Robby and mom to Christian, Zylayah, Malik, and Kayden. She would like to thank the cast and crew for making this show a joy to work on. She would like to thank her family and her friends at WaterStone Church for their support. Most importantly, she would like to thank her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for everything.


Marcela - Amy Light
Amy lives for the stage!! The last show she was a proud participant of was The Dixie Swim Club, also directed by Clay Boyce. Other past performances include Lenny in Crimes of the Heart at South City Theatre, Mrs. Rogers in Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians also at South City Theatre; Claire in Fuddy Meers at B'ham Festival Theatre, and Queen in Jack and the Beanstalk at B'ham Children's Theatre...just to name a few!! She took a long break from the stage right after her honeymoon...and has been trying to make up for lost time ever since!! She and her husband, David, just celebrated their Fifth Wedding Anniversary...and he is just as proud to see her up on that stage as she is of being there!! Amy would like to thank Mr. Clay Boyce for casting her in this hilarious and poignant show. Thank you all for coming and supporting the Arts!! God Bless. 

Ruby - Karen Marie Black
Karen is thrilled to be working with Park Players once again! Her most recent roles include the Orange Girl in Park Player's production of Cyrano De Bergerac & Muriel in BFT's Holy Ghosts, as well as several roles at The American Village. Karen would like to thank Clay for this opportunity, & the talented cast & crew for being so welcoming & making this process tons of fun!







Doc - Greg Hively

Greg is very excited to be making his debut with Birmingham Park Players for the production of Second Samuel.   His most recent roles include Mr. Hyde in I Remember Mama, Jack in The Christmas Toyshop and Salesman #5/ensemble in The Music Man.  Greg is humbled beyond words to be working with such an amazing cast and would like to thank Clay for the opportunity. When he is not on stage, he is working as an optometrist in Moody, where he has practiced for 12 years now.  He would like to thank his lovely wife Suzanna for her support, his daughter Julianne for the constant laughter, and his children Sara and Taylor for introducing him to acting in the first place!  They are his inspiration!  Most of all Greg would like to give thanks to God for continually putting him in new places and situations to meet new friends and experience new challenges.





June - Howard Green

Howard is thrilled that his first production with Park Players is this very special work and with this wonderful cast! He was most recently seen in the VST production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Other favorites include VST’s Wit’s Other End, Holiday Cabaret and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, RMTC’s The Music Man in conjunction with the Alabama Symphony, the Dane Peterson Series’ production of Grey Gardens, MCAT’s production of The Laramie Project and BFT’s Rabbit Hole. Howard works for the railroad…all the live-long day!








Director - Clay Boyce 

Clay is the Managing Artistic Director and founder of Park Players. He is thrilled to be working with this talented cast and crew.  He hopes that the Avondale community and the surrounding area finds the same love for theatre that he has held in his heart for 33 years.  He was last seen on stage as Ragueneau in Park Players production of Cyrano De Bergerac.  Some of his favorite roles have been George in Of Mice and Men, the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the title role in Hamlet and Victoria's dad. He would like to thank his wife, Vicki, his daughter, Victoria and all his close friends (you know who you are!) for all the love and support they have given him through the years!  I couldn't have done this without you!  Remember cast: Tessie and Kerfuffle!




Asst. Stage Manager -
Nicole Sturgeon
Nicole is resurrecting her absence from the theatre in this production of 2nd Samuel. Previously she gained her theatre experience at Clay Chalkville High School where she served a variety of positions behind the scences. Some of her productions include : HONK!, The Curious Savage, and Once on This Island. She would like to send a gracious thank you to the cast and crew for their warm welcome back into the world of theatre.







Stage Manager - Mike Oakes

Mike 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 Odd Couple - the female version for the Leeds Arts Council. When not being the roadie for Park Players he works at UAB as a network administrator.






Set Designer - Josh Roberts

Josh built this set through blood, sweat, and... well, more blood. Normally seen on stage, Josh decided to take a summer break and take his first crack at set design for Clay Boyce and Park Player's Second Samuel. He would like to thank Clay and all the wonderful cast and crew for their input, help, and support. Up next, Josh will be returning to the stage and taking up the mantle of Jack Worthing in the Bards of Birmingham's production of Oscar Wilde's timeless classic, The Importance of Being Earnest.







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