Bare Foot In The Park 2012

Meet the Cast (in order of appearance)


Paul - Tanner MaCracken

Tanner is thrilled to be back with Park Players, having played Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac  last year. Other Park Players credits include Much Ado About Nothing,  The Tempest ,  Comedy of Errors,  Shadowlands, and  The Taming of the Shrew. Outside of Park Players, he has  appeared in  Dragula: the Musical  at Theater Downtown, You Can't Take it With You  at South City Theater, Grandma Sylvia's Funeral  at LJCC, and  Take Me Out  and  Screwups  @ BFT . He would like to thank Jesse for giving him the easiest role in the whole world - being in love with Noelle Gunn.







Corie - Noelle Gunn

Noelle is a musical theatre major at the University of Montevallo, and positively through the roof to be playing Corie!. She's always been a fan of the stage and has been actively doing theatre for the past several years. She was most recently seen as Julia Simmons in A Murder is Announced at Leeds Arts Council. Favorite past roles include Pride and Prejudice-Caroline Bingley, Pirates of Pinzance- Mabel understudy (both at Crossroads Christian), Grease-Frenchy,Musical Comedy Murders of 1940-Nikki, Rodger and Hammerstein's  Cinderella-Portia,(All at Leeds Arts Council), and A Christmas Carol- Belle (ACTA).  She has also competed in numerous vocal/talent competitions over the years, where she has placed up to international levels. She is also a member of the improv troupe, Positively Funny, Inc., and proud to have been cast in the 2010 season of Atrox Factory. Noelle would like to thank Jesse for this opportunity- I've so enjoyed getting to work with you, and I can't thank you enough for letting me play opposite my sweetie!To Lysa and the rest of the cast for making this such an enjoyable experience, including Steven for the headshots and programs. Many thank yous also go out to her friends and family, who have shown up time and time again to support her love of the stage. Last but certainly not least, Noelle would like to thank her boyfriend Tanner. Here's to many more just like this one, sweetheart. I love you so much. God bless, and enjoy the show!




 Mom - Mary Lynn Bates

"In her first appearance with Park Players, Mary Lynn makes her acting "comeback" after 25 years.  After getting a degree in theater, she chose to go to law school and leave the theater business to husband, Jesse.  At age 6, their daughter stated  that when she grew up she wanted to have a job like Daddy's instead of Mommy's because "Daddy has fun!"  Now that both their son and daughter and their respective spouses are lawyers, Mary Lynn has decided it is time she had some theater fun too. 

When Brad Waters asked Jesse to direct Barefoot in the Park, he had no idea that the play had special meaning to Jesse and Mary Lynn.  They first saw it on Broadway on a New York theater trip while college freshmen.....the beginning of a LONG romance.  While watching the New York production and holding Jesse's hand, Mary Lynn was sure that someday she would play a role like Corie and be a  Corie-like person in a real life romance like the one she was watching.  Instead, she become the lawyer, is the one who "looks first" instead of just "jumping into life", and it seems has been type-cast as the Mother, a role she is grateful to be able to play onstage and in life.  She looks forward to future grandmother roles.  In real life, nothing is more fun than being grandmother to Sofia and Alex.

Mary Lynn is a member of the Alabama Bar; a volunteer mediator;  former President and current Vice President of the Alabama League of Women Voters; President of Positive Maturity Inc., an organization dedicated to improving the lives of seniors through civic engagement; and a former Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives."


Valesco - David Gauntt

David is glad to perform once again for Park Players with his wife Yvonne.  A long time regular with Park Players, his favorite roles have been Le Bret in Cyrano deBergerac, Baptista Minola in Taming of the Shrew, and Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night. He has also appeared as The Notary in Opera Birmingham's The Barber of Seville, Abner Dillon in Centerstage's 42nd Street, and Parchester the Family Solicitor in Me and My Girl.  When not appearing onstage with Yvonne, he helps raise four daughters, designs x-ray machines at UAB, and teaches middle school students how to design and build robots.  Like Victor Velasco, he climbs mountains and skis, but has never cooked for the King of Sweden.









Telephone Gal - Yvonne Gauntt


Yvonne Gauntt has been following in her mother's footsteps, doing community theater off and on for most of her adult life, starting with most of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, proceeding to her mother's love: musical comedy, and finally settling on Shakespeare and other classic theater. Her most recent shows have been The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Misanthrope, Cyrano de Bergerac, Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and Taming of the Shrew, all with Park Players.She is excited to be able to do another show with her husband, David, and would like to thank her daughters, Bianca, Maggie, and Patricia, for letting their parents play.






Delivery Man - Len Ward

Len is a long-time resident of Shelby County, Alabama and enjoys the theatre very much. This is his first appearance with The Park Players and is very excited to have been cast in The Misanthrope (Basque). Thanks Brad! His other appearances include Holy Ghosts (Cancer Man) with Birmingham Festival Theatre, Arsenic and Old Lace (Officer Brophy), The Boys Next Door (Mr. Klemper), Nunsense (Priest/ Stage Manager) and Blithe Spirit (Dr. Bradman) with Montevallo Main Street Players. The Rainmaker (Sheriff Thomas) and You Can't Take It With You (Mr. Kirby) with South City Theatre. Len has served in other theatre productions backstage as stage manager, set design and construction.





Corie (understudy) - 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 Midsummerís 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. 





Director - Jesse Bates

Jesse Bates is fortunate to be back with Park Players, this time as a director. His last role with them was Selsden, the dotty old actor in Noises/Off. Clay also gave him the opportunity to play C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands. He enjoyed showing the world his Bottom in Midsummer and playing yet another dotty old man - King Lear - in, well, King Lear. He has also performed with Red Mountain Theatre Company (Herr Shultz in Cabaret), with City Equity's  Stage Door (another grouchy old man) and with Samford University's All My Sons.   For 30 + years he was Chair of Theatre Arts at Alabama School of Fine Arts. He directed ASFA's Runaways and Tartuffe ,and the Mountain Brook Baptist dinner theatre production of The Curious Savage. He is the recipient of awards from Ala.Conference of Theatre, the Birmingham Area Theatre Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award, and has a service award in his honor at his alma mater, Samford. His lovely, long-suffering and talented wife, Mary Lynn, is in this performance of Barefoot in the Park (For once, he gets a chance to tell her when she misses a line.) His proudest claim to fame is his two great children (even though they have strayed into the world of law instead of theatre, but he's not hurt. He doesn't get hurt by things like that) and  being "Ba-ba" (granddaddy) to Sofia and Alexander Panayotopoulos. Brad Waters who offered him the opportunity to direct this play; the cast and crew all hope it does honor to his memory.


Stage Manager - Lysa Carter

Barefoot in the park marks the second show with Park Players that Lysa has stage managed. Her theatrical career spans the country and includes every theatrical job you can imagine. Her varied resume lists productions of Steel Magnolias, House of blue leaves, Peter Pan, zop, Oliver, Les Miserables, Barber of Seville, Aida, Etta James, Johnny Lang, Willie Nelson, and the list goes on...    Lysa would like to thank Her very large  family, Jesse Bates & Thomas Cavano, who taught me about theatre & what it takes to make a living in the business of show. also a profound" Thank You" goes to all of those neglected during the creation of this play, you know who you are. And finally Brad Waters for including me in his dreams & projects which led me here, to this incredible group of thespians.  





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