Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo production takes Markay stage this weekendFree Access



Pictured are the zany cast members of the Apple City Players’ production of Moon Over Buffalo, which will be presented this Friday and Saturday evenings, Oct. 14 and 15, at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m. at the Markay Cultural Arts Center in downtown Jackson. (Photo from the Apple City Players Facebook Page)

The Apple City Players (ACP) will be performing their 10th production this coming weekend. The cast will be performing three productions of Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo.

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend Me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s.

At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf, old stage-manager mother, who hates every bone in George’s body.

George Hay is a traveling actor. Charlotte Hay is George’s wife and actress in his company. Rosalind (Roz) is George and Charlotte’s daughter, who left the stage to lead a “normal” life. Howard is a TV weatherman and Rosalind’s fiancé. Paul is stage manager for George’s company, and Rosalind’s ex-fiancé. Ethel is Charlotte’s nearly-deaf mother. Richard is a love-sick lawyer who is courting Charlotte. Eileen is an actress in George’s company who was George’s “one-night stand.”

The cast includes Julz Stewart as Howard, Courtney McManus as Eileen, Matthew Wilson as Paul, Brittani Potter as Ethel, Ryn Spriggs as Rosalind, Bethany Sayre-Penix as Charlotte Hay, Doug Sharp as George Hay, and Andrew Bennett as Richard Maynard. Running the lights and sound for the production are Race McLaughlin, Mikayla Schuyler, and Dakota Ross.

Here’s a little more about the cast:

Although Stewart stays busy as the owner of The Ivy Social Salon in downtown Jackson, and part-time director of The Markay, she has had a passion for acting and theatre since she was young. This is her first time performing on stage with Apple City Players, but she has been a member and helped with sound and lights on their productions for the last year. Stewart is excited to share the stage for the very first time with her friends in ACP and can’t wait to make the crowd giggle as Howard, the nervous weatherman.

McManus is excited to be part of the acting community again and for her first role with Apple City Players. Previous roles include Meg March in Little Women and various roles with Spring Valley High School. She keeps busy as an 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Jackson Middle School and mother to her two children, Jensen and Parker. McManus would like to thank her husband for his love and support and the cast and crew of Moon Over Buffalo for being such a fun and welcoming group.

This is Wilson’s second acting role with Apple City Players. When he isn’t playing pretend with other adults, he is busy with the duties of being the President of the Southern Hills Arts Council. And if you still don’t know who he is, you may recognize him from Kroger Pharmacy where he is the Lead Pharmacy Technician. He is a visual artist that creates most of his work with acrylic paints. In his little down time, he likes to spend time with his adopted children, Lily and Luca. He hopes that you have a great experience watching the show and that you laugh at all of his funny scenes.

Potter received her bachelor’s in Graphic Design and has worked in that field for the past three years at Jackson’s local print shop, Zip Printing. When she is not working, she loves playing with her pug, Hercules, doing photography, and taking long walks on the beach. This is her first time performing with ACP. She is excited that her very first acting performance ever will be playing the role of a grouchy old lady who cannot hear, named Ethel, which is a role she feels she has been conditioning for her whole life.

Spriggs was born and raised in Jackson, and this is her second on stage venture with ACP. She serves as the box- office attendant at the Markay and is excited to see all of the future projects in the works come to life.

Sayre-Penix is excited for her fourth production with Apple City Players. Her past roles include Thelma/Scrooge in Farndale Christmas Carol, Mavis in Hallelujah Girls, and Muriel in Fox on the Fairway. When she isn’t on the stage, she is Vice Chair of Apple City Players, occupational therapist, and care coordinator for NaviHealth, wife to Kris, and mom to Lily and Luke.

Sharp has been with ACP since its very first production, Four Weddings And An Elvis back in 2017 and has been involved with every show since. Notable roles include Gordon in the Farndale Shows, George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life and Henry Bingham in Fox on the Fairway.  His directing credits include Kitchen Witches and Hallelujah Girls.  He currently serves as Chairperson of Apple City Players and is excited about the direction the group has taken over the past few years.  He dedicates this show to his wife, Stephanie, and his kids, William, Adrian, and Brianna.

This is Bennett’s first experience with theater and he is excited for his role as Richard.  Offstage, he is a husband and proud father of his 2-year-old daughter. He currently works as the Fish Hatchery Manager and an Aquaculture instructor for Hocking College and serves as chairman for Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District. He is looking forward to performing for the first time and would like to thank everyone for supporting the ACP.

The production, directed by Kelcie Stewart, will be performed on Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. each evening and Sunday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m. at the Markay Theatre in Jackson. Come and support your community theatre. Tickets are available at markaytickets.org.

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