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Noises Off

by Michael Frayn - July 2010

Sponsored by Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman in honor of their anniversary

  Meet the Cast:

Dotty Otley - Beth Ashton
Beth is a working actor, and therefore recognizes her good fortune. (Albeit tongue in cheek!) She studied a BA/MA at The University of Winchester, and has worked with some of the world's most dynamic practitioners, including The Living Theatre and Augusto Boal. Besides the Theatre, she has many other frivolous passions. Some of which include her joy for music and travelling, good food, books, and being politically incorrect at every moment possible. Beth believes Theatre is a tool for education as well as entertainment, and has enjoyed working with Alabama's youth through various programs - including MCAT's Summer Workshops.  Some of her accolades include roles in Steel Magnolias, Romeo & Juliet, Machinal, Under Milk Wood, Top Girls, Mother Courage, and most recently in MCAT's The Laramie Project at The Virginia Samford Theatre, and Much Ado About Nothing with Park Players. Beth would like to dedicate this performance to her Great Gran, Jessamine. We miss your laughter, Little Gran, and your pots of tea.

Lloyd Dallas - Lee Fowler
Lee is excited to be making his return to Park Players in the hilarious Noises Off. Lee has recently been seen on Birmingham stages in Bus Stop at Birmingham Festival Theater (Carl), The Spitfire Grill with Theater JCC (Eli), and in Taming of the Shrew with Park Players (Gremio). Much thanks to Clay and this hilarious cast for the chance to laugh and make others laugh as well!

Garry Lejeune - Cris Morriss
Cris is excited to be working with Park Players for the second time after appearing in their last show, Much Ado about Nothing as Claudio. A graduate of Homewood High School in 1998, Cris went on to get his BA in Theatre from Jacksonville State University (2004). Recent credits include The Wizard in Wizard of Oz, Colonel in Play to Win: A Jackie Robinson Musical, and Professor/Aslan/Father Christmas in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, all at Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Other local credits include Pa Joad/Jim Casey in Of Grapes and Nuts and Boyd Graham in The Big Bang, both at Terrific New Theatre. Cris would like to thank his family for all of their support, and would like to dedicate all of his performances to his daughter, Madeleine.

Brooke Ashton - Hannah Wilkerson

Hannah is excited about getting to play onstage again, having just wrapped her directing debut with Much Ado About Nothing for Park Players.  She most recently appeared onstage in MCAT's production of The Laramie Project.  Other acting credits include Proof (Claire), The Sound of Music (Maria),  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), The Taming of the Shrew (Bianca), Pride and Prejudice (Charlotte) and Parade (Aide). This is Hannah's 2nd time to appear in Noises Off, previously playing the role of Poppy in ACTA's production.   She holds a BFA in Theatre from William Carey University and serves on the Park Players Board of Directors.  Hannah sends her thanks to Drew, this terrific cast & crew and YOU for supporting theatre in the Birmingham area.

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Poppy Norton-Taylor - Rebecca Yeager
Rebecca, a vegetarian and active supporter of sardine rights, feels so blessed to be able to end her Birmingham area theatre career by sharing the stage with sardines and some of her most talented friends in Noises Off! Rebecca received her BA in Musical Theatre from Birmingham-Southern College and will begin graduate studies in acting at The University of Southern Mississippi this fall. Rebecca has preformed such roles as Aricia in Phaedra, Kristine in Dollhouse, Catherine in Boston Marriage and The Mute in The Fantastiks, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Sophie in The White Rose, Eva in Kindertransport and Theresa in Boy Gets Girl. She also enjoyed performing in Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Into the Woods, Young Zombies in Love, The Importance of Being Earnest, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, and Children of Eden. She would like to thank God for the gift and joy of theatre, Charles for his constant love and belief in her dreams and talents, and Mom, Dad and Marla for their never-ending support and level-headedness. Thanks to her teachers, directors, and mentors: Jack and Suzanne Mann, Roy Hudson, Michael Flowers, Alan Litsey, and Patti Manning for believing in, challenging, and guiding her. Thanks to Clay and Park Players for this opportunity to spread the word about the plight of defenseless sardines worldwide!

Frederick Fellows - David Coker
David loves doing theatre in the summertime (and other times as well).  He considers himself blessed to be a part of such a talented cast/crew and to work again with his great friend Clay Boyce.  This is actually David's debut with Park Players, although he has worked previously under Clay's direction in Over the River and Through the Woods at BFT.  Coker has been seen on and off again for several years in the Birmingham theatre community, working with various different companies in a variety of roles.  He last appeared at the VST in Norton Dill's production of The Buddy Holly Story, and David's next turn will be in Red Mountain Theatre's production of The Drowsy Chaperone this fall.  Holding both BA and MEd degrees from the University of Montevallo, Coker is a 6th grade Language Arts teacher with Hoover City Schools.  He wishes to give thanks and praise to God, his family and friends, as well as give big ol' hugs to his theatre buddies.  "It's so important, to make someone happy." 

Belinda Blair - Amanda Kramer
Amanda Kramer is a little bit in love with this show and so glad to be a part of it. She is an alumna of Birmingham-Southern College, and has enjoyed acting in several shows around town. Some of her favorite recent credits include Crimes of the Heart (Babe, South City Theatre), The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (Susan, Birmingham Children's Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena, Texas Players), You Can't Take It with You (Penny, BSC), Our Town (The Stage Manager, BSC), and Alan Litsey's Miss Julie (Kristin, BSC). She has also worked as Production Stage Manager of Texas Musical Drama and as a Historical Interpreter at American Village. She supposes she has come a long way since understudying Juliet in Park Players' 2006 production of Romeo and Juliet!

Tim Allgod - 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 five 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. 

Selsdon Mowbray - Jesse Bates
Jesse Bates is fortunate to be back with Park Players. His last role with them was C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands. He has also enjoyed showing the world his Bottom in Midsummer and playing yet another dotty old man - King Lear - in, well, King Lear. He is Chair of Theatre Arts at Alabama School of Fine Arts. If you want to see what he does, your sitting in it as you read this. This year has been a full one. He directed the musical Runaways and assisted with Raisin in the Sun. Usually, though, he can be found in the scene shop. He considers himself very fortunate to be this past year's recipient of the B'ham Area Theatre Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award, to have a production of Thoroughly Modern Millie in his honor at his alma mater, Samford Univ. (sponsored by that generous couple Mike and Mary Ann Freeman) and to have an annual award established in his memory - wait, his honor - in their Theatre Arts Department. His lovely and talented wife, Mary Lynn, is suffering through another summer of listening to him repeat lines. His proudest claim to fame is being "Ba-ba" (granddaddy) to Sofia Anastasia Panayotopoulos. 

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Director - A. Clay Boyce  
Clay will be scared of sardines now until the day he dies!  He is the president of the Birmingham Area Theatre Alliance (BATA) and the Community Theatre Chair for the Alabama Conference of Theatre (ACT).  He just finished directing Driving Miss Daisy for South City Theatre in March and was last seen on stage as Don Pedro in Park Players production of Much Ado about Nothing.  Some of his favorite roles have been George in Of Mice and Men, Hamlet and the Beast in the Leeds Arts Council's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  He would like to thank his wife, Vicki and his daughter, Victoria, for all the love and support they give him and this cast for letting him put them through hell during the rehearsal process for this production!  (No sardines were harmed in the making of this play.  Ok, maybe we harmed a few of them...)

Asst. Director - Victoria Boyce
Victoria thrilled to be back with Park Players.  Other shows she has done with Park Players are Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, and  A Midsummer’s Night Dream.  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.  

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