Under the direction of Darren Lee, the cast of MCP’s The Foreigner is focusing all its efforts on fun! The cast is working hard to ensure peals of laughter throughout every performance of this Fall’s production.
The ensemble is comprised of MCP veterans of many years, those who have joined the troupe within the last few years and two actors who are joining the family for the first time.
Amongst the MCP veterans is Gail Rudolph who will bring to life the character of Betty Meeks. Betty is the owner of a small fishing lodge in rural Georgia, which is the setting of the play. Gail is an accomplished, award-winning actress having experience on stage with multiple theatre groups. MCP is honored to call her their own. Gail joined the group in 1997 and has not only served as a performer but as a costumer, set decor coordinator, properties coordinator, stage manager, set designer and director. She has also served on the Board of Directors and is a mainstay in the areas of committee membership and fundraising. No stranger to principal roles, she has appeared in lead roles for MCP in Our Town and The Girls of the Garden Club and in major roles in Oliver!, Chamber Music, My Fair Lady, The Women, Inspecting Carol and Pride & Prejudice. She recently directed the critically acclaimed The Curious Savage, which garnered multiple Orchid Awards from ACT Cincinnati.
The role of Reverend Davis Marshall Lee will be portrayed by Randy King. Also a veteran of MCP, Randy began his association in 2000 when he appeared in the group’s premier production The Song of the Nightingale. Since that year, he has appeared in the ensembles of Our Town, The Lion in Winter, Once Upon a Mattress, The Crucible, Of Mice & Men, Imagine, Mason! and Comedy of Errors. Most recently he appeared in last year’s Fall production of The Curious Savage in the complex role of Jeffrey.
Jay Fultz can also be counted among the veterans of MCP. Jay first joined the group in 2005. For MCP, he has appeared as the Father in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as Hannibal in The Curious Savage and as Mellersch Wilton in Enchanted April. He is also one of only three members of the cast of the Tuna series having appeared as multiple characters in Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas and Red, White & Tuna. We look forward to his performance in the final installment of that series next Fall. Jay is going to bring his talent to bear for this show in the role of Owen Musser.
David Pendergraft joined MCP last year, but has lost no time in making himself a valued member of the troupe. David, who will appear as Froggy Lesueur, was Senator Savage in The Curious Savage last Fall and Fredrick Arnott in Enchanted April this past Spring. David comes to the area from Texas where he was a mainstay at his local community theatre.
The role of Catherine Simms will be portrayed by Mary Beringer. MCP is glad to have her back sharing her talents after her wonderful performance of Mortimer in the troupe’s February production of The Fantasticks. Mary comes to MCP with many years of experience despite her young age. She has been involved in theatre since her high school years at Ursuline Academy and has a degree in Theatre Arts from Hanover College. She has also performed with Kentucky Shakespeare Company and as a cast member with the Original Renaissance Pleasure Fair and the Ohio Renaissance Festival. No role intimidates Mary … not Teddy in Arsenic and Old Lace, Jesus Christ in Fist, Gun, Jesus or a Fairy for your local Renaissance Fair.
MCP is excited to welcome two new members to the family as they appear for the first time with the group.
Justin Bourne is the youngest member of the cast, portraying Ellard Simms, the seemingly dim-witted brother of Catherine, who is so much more than he is given credit for. Justin is a student at Lebanon High School and recently appeared there as Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also appeared with Acting Up as Big Bad Wolf in that troupe’s production of Shrek, the Musical. Justin also has an interest in film and is improving his acting skills through workshops and improv studies as he continues his high school career.
The Foreigner centers around the character of Charlie Baker and MCP is thrilled to have the experience of newcomer Pat Germano to bring the role to life. Pat has appeared in community theaters in the Southwest Ohio Region, but the skill he possesses most critical to this show is his talent with stand-up comedy and sketch comedy. Pat spent more than a decade in Los Angeles and Hollywood plying his trade in comedy successfully. MCP is very glad that he has returned to family and roots in this area and that he is willing to share his considerable talent with our audiences.
The cast is being supported by Producer Robert Terry, Assistant Director Tess Catlin and Stage Manager Jess Bunn. Darren and Robert have gathered together a great team of MCP members on their technical staff.
You don’t want to miss this talented group of people in this very funny show. Tickets are available now! Just click here!