Comedy of Errors, August 2007

Meet the Cast:

Antipholus of Syracuse/ Ephesus - Grey Tilden
Grey knows it's summer when he's on stage with Park Players. He is thrilled to be making his Sixth appearance in five years with the company. Other roles with the "Players" include Fenton in "Merry Wives of Windsor", Claudio in "Much Ado about Nothing", Hammett in "Headset: a View from the Lightbooth", Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet" and various other roles in "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged!". Pleased to be working with yet another fine cast and crew, he would like to give special thanks to his family and lovely fianc for all of their support.



Dromio of Syracuse/Ephesus - Frank Thompson
Frank is happy to perform alongside such a talented cast!  Last seen onstage as Page in this years Park Players production of "Blackpool and Parrish", 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.

Adriana - Gabrielle Metz
Gabrielle is thrilled to be performing her 8th play with the Park Players along such a talented cast and crew. Last summer in this very spot, she had the amazing honor of portraying Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet.! “ Her first foray into the Bard's work was with the Park Players' 2002 inaugural season performance of "The Taming of the Shrew"  (Pedant) and she has returned every year since -- "The Merry Wives of Windsor" (Host of the Garter), "Much Ado About Nothing" (Margaret), "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Hippolyta and Titania), "The Tempest" (Ariel), "Twelfth Night" (Olivia)  and that little known title character in "Romeo and Juliet". Other favorite roles include Mollie Ralston in "The Mousetrap",  Venticello in "Amadeus", a tribe member in "HAIR", Sylvie in the female version of "The Odd Couple", Susan Johnston in "The Heidi Chronicles", Candy Star in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", Pheni Rosensweig in "The Sisters Rosensweig", the mother in "A Christmas Story", and Rachel in "Judge Roy Moore is Coming to Dinner".  She was last seen on the Birmingham stage, or rather historic monument, in Muse of Fire’s “Henry V” at Sloss Furnaces.   Gabrielle sends thanks and congratulations to Herr Director Steven Ross; and peace, love, & happiness to all! 

Luciana - Jessica Walston
Jessica is happy to be returning to the Park Players for the third time after playing Miranda in "The Tempest" and Helena in "A Midsummer Night’s Dream". She graduated from the theatre department at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in 2006 and is currently a sophomore theatre major at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as a member of the university honors program. She has most recently appeared in UAB’s "The Playboy of the Western World" as Nelly and "The House of Bernarda Alba" as Adela. She would like to thank Steven and Clay for letting her play in the park again, and her insanely dedicated family, her love and best friend David, and her puppy Ophelia for all their love and support


Egeon - David Gregson
David minored in theatre at Penn State, but left his dramatic bent behind when he graduated. It was 25 years before he decided to try community theatre and got a small part in Carousel at ACTA. Over the past four years he has appeared in various area productions, most recently, "Taming of the Shrew" at ACTA and "Veronica's Room" at the Playhouse. He is pleased to be included in his first production for Park Players, an important addition to anyone's resume.  He lives in Irondale and works at EWTN, the Catholic Cable Network.



Abbess - Jeannine Pope-Carter
Jeannine is thrilled to be acting in her first 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.  A writer by trade, she has completed her own novel, which she is now in the process of editing.  Likewise, she is an avid film enthusiast and has crewed on several small productions as well as writing and directing her own short.   She just completed three years in seminary and year in a Pastoral Care Residency and is now combining her past and present professional skills by
utilizing her decade-long experience as a facilitator, peer counselor and writer to focuses on religious and non-profit program direction and facilitation. Jeannine would like to thank Steve and Clay for casting her in this production of "Comedy of Errors".  Her re-entry into Birmingham Theater has been a true joy for her.

Duke Solinus/ Balthasar  - Todd Ponder

Todd is thrilled to be back in his third show with Park Players after having played Antonio in "Twelfth Night" and Lord Capulet in "Romeo & Juliet". He was last seen in the comic role of Corporal Nym in the much hyped MUSE of Fire production of Shakespeare's "Henry V" at Sloss Furnace. Todd also appeared in film footage of Theatre Downtown's "The Pillowman" and he has also been a regular at South City Theatre having played Jonathan Brewster in "Arsenic & Old Lace", the Attendant in "Dracula" and Mr. Sawyer in "Miracle on 34th Street". Todd would like to thank Clay and Steven for all their hard work, for giving me the fun role of the Duke, and for bringing me and Lisa together! I love you so much, sweetie! Love to Mom & Dad & my little sis, Meredith, who will be having a baby girl in October!! 




Angelo - Scott Nesmith

After an absence of many years, Scott is happy to be returning to Park Players for his first production since "The Merry Wives of Windsor". He’s glad to be working with a great combination of old comrades and new faces. Prior to this, he was seen as Mr. Gilmer in South City Theatre’s production of "To Kill a Mockingbird". Other roles he has played have included Banjo in "The Man Who Came to Dinner" (his favorite role so far), Carlson in "Of Mice and Men", Bardolph in "Merry Wives of Windsor", Peter Quince in "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" and Judge Pearson in "The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge". Scott dedicates his performance to his late aunt, Billey Jones, who loved to laugh and would have truly loved this show.



First Merchant - Steven Alaric Allen
This is Steven’s second play with Park Players, he was seen last year as Benvolio in "Romeo and Juliet". He has been seen all over Alabama: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" and "Rip Van Winkle" at the Birmingham Children’s Theatre, "The Amen Corner" at The Carver Theatre, "Broadway Our Way" at Alabama State University, and "West Side Story" with the Jewish Community Center. He was also seen in a film called "Collection" with Park Entertainment, and he supported his school’s plays by performing as the character Elmer in Thornton Wilder’s "The Happy Journey" and the leading role of Phineas Flatworm in "Wash Your Troubles Away". Now at the age of seventeen he attends Indian Springs School as a senior and enjoys acting, the piano, and the guitar. He is very happy to be a part of this wonderful Park Players family.


Second Merchant - Victor Spezzinni
Victor was born almost 24 years ago in the Hospital San Lucas within the municipality of Asuncion, Paraguay (it's in the Deep South). His theatre credits include Fred Delacroix in "The Lottery", Ian Dussel in "Diary of Anne Frank", Henry Albertson in "The Fantasticks", Schroeder in "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown" and wrote and directed "El Divino Hidalgo Don Quixote De Tormes", all in Asuncion. This will be his first full Length play since his early yet temporary retirement from the stage in 2000, Besides watching really weird foreign and independent films, he also enjoys dreaming about his favorite Paraguayan Dessert: "Dulce De Guayaba con quero Paraguay" (Farmer's cheese). He is a Bilingual ESL Aide at Riverchase Middle in Pelham, and will name his first born son, Brando Browne Garbanzo Spezzini.

Doctor Pinch - Tanner McCracken
 After a year hiatus from the Park Players' stage, Tanner makes his triumphant return in the role of Dr. Pinch - the smallest role Shakespeare ever wrote. Previous Park Players shows include "The Tempest", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Much Ado About Nothing", and "The Merry Wives of Windsor".  Other credits include "Cravings", "Take Me Out", and "Arcadia". When not acting, he spends his time working in a customer service call center, practicing his craft by pretending to care about other people's problems.


Luce - Victoria Boyce
Victoria has been helping Park Players since they opened their "doors" six years ago. She has served as an assistant to the director (her dad) and head usher. She appeared as a fairy in "A Midsummer Nights Dream", was a bathing beauty/ bargirl in "Twelfth night", Townsperson in "Romeo and Juliet" and with the LJCC she was a skater girl in "High School Musical". She is thrilled to be back on stage again because she loves to act.  She would like to thank her mom, Vicki, and her dad, for all their love and support.  She would also like to thank Steven Ross who gave her the first chance she had to be on stage and for welcoming her back this year for Luce. 



Courtesan - Sheila Snoddy
Sheila played the role of Jil Friday, mid-day on-air personality at Magic 96, for seven years and hosted two seasons of "Outdoor Alabama" on APT before leaving for her greatest production - her four wonderful children. Now a full time Mom and part time freelance voice talent, she is thrilled to be making her second appearance with Park Players after playing Lady Capulet in "Romeo and Juliet" 2006. She was honored to be on stage with her son last year in the CDF StageDoor production of "Searching for David’s Heart" (Enid). Thanks to Steven for this opportunity and to the cast for a great experience! Thanks to David for nights with the girls and Brandi and Blake for all your support. Thanks to God for my many blessings!


Officer/Jailer - Shawn Reese
Shawn is thrilled to make his Park Players debut with this production.  He was most recently seen as Teen angel in "Grease", Tony in "West Side Story", and Benjy in "My Favorite Year".  Prior to that, he spent many years in New York City honing his craft onstage, while also serving on the board of two theatre companies, where he produced both "Cloud Nine" and "The School for Scandal".  Previous credits include: "Holiday", "Oklahoma", "Arsenic and Old Lace", "1776", "Cabaret", among others.  He dedicates this performance to his mentor and friend, Katherine Sergava.



Mother of the Dromio twins - Kristin Johnson
Kristin is exceedingly and exuberantly excited to join the Park Players cast!  This production is Kristin’s return to stage and theater since high school days (she won’t admit how long).  Back then she  portrayed what she calls “screaming lady” roles such as Rose Benjamin in Neil Simon’s "God’s Favorite", Petronella Van Dann in "The Diary of Ann Frank" and a prize-winning performance as Marge Brown in "Louder, I Can’t Hear You" at the Alabama Trumbauer Acting Competition, as well a singing role as “Rona Bear-ette” in a Bubblegum Playhouse production of "Goldilocks".  Since then Kristin spent time as a campus activist, lived in a convent for a while, managed a massage therapy school, worked several years as a legal secretary and ended up in law school.  Now Kristin is an immigration lawyer working locally and is a regular volunteer at First Light Women’s Shelter. 



The Director - Steven Ross
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, SouthCity and four 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 sense worked as Assistant Director in Park Players “The Complete Work of William Shakespeare (abridged) and SouthCity’s “Inherit the wind”. On the board of Park Players Steven has worked as Location Manager, Publicity, Box Office, Actor, Grip, Sound tech, Lighting and all around Gofer. He would like to thank his cast and crew for the great experience especially Clay Boyce for his vision and insight. 

Assistant 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!” He just finished directing "Blackpool and Parrish" for Park Players (and wishes to thank the 4 people who saw the show!) and before that he directed "Over the River and Through the Woods" for Birmingham Festival Theatre (and thanks those same 4 people for coming to that show as well!). Some of his favorite roles have been George in "Of Mice and Men", Fagin in "Oliver!", the title role in "Hamlet" and Victoria's dad. 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. Great work everyone, especially Steven, and at least I can guarantee you four audience members!

Stage Manager - Lisa Weaver
Lisa is thrilled to be working on her second show with Park Players and is even more excited to be working with many of the same people from last year's "Romeo and Juliet". Most recently she was Stage Manager for South City Theatre's "To Kill a Mockingbird". She has appeared in various production, including "Miracle on 34th Street" and "Inherit the Wind" (at South City Theatre); "Hello Dolly" (Carl Albert College), and "The Real Queen of Hearts Ain't Even Pretty" (the Library Theatre). Lisa would like to thank Steven and Clay for this opportunity. She would also like to give a special thank you to Shelia for going out of town during "Romeo and Juliet". "Without you, Todd and I wouldn't have danced." Much love to Todd, "Isn't it amazing we are celebrating a year in the spot where it all started!"

Production Assistant - 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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