The Fox on the Fairway

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THE LYCEUM THEATRE PRESENTS THE ARROW ROCK PREMIERE OF KEN LUDWIG'S THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY

ARROW ROCK, MO – The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre presents Ken Ludwig’s unforgettable round of comedy, The Fox on the Fairway, August 6 through August 13, 2016.

From the playwright who brought us Lend Me A Tenor, The Fox on the Fairway turns the Lyceum into “the clubhouse” as the audience is taken on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy members of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, The Fox on the Fairway is a very funny show about an even funnier game – golf! Two rival golf clubs square off in an annual competition with fortunes on the line, and everything depends on the fragile psyche of a promising young golfer.

PETER REYNOLDS returns to the Lyceum to direct The Fox on the Fairway. The production features JEFFREY ZICKER as Justin, BETSY HELMER as Louise, MICHAEL MCKENZIE as Bingham, JUDI MANN as Pamela, WHIT REICHERT as Dickie, and ANNE MARIE BILLS as Muriel.

JEFFREY ZICKER plays Justin, the eager-to-please assistant to Mr. Bingham, the Executive Director of the Quail Valley Country Club. Jeffrey’s previous Lyceum credits include Les Misérables, South Pacific, Funny Girl, Oliver!, 1776, and Murder on the Nile. National Tours: Shrek The Musical (Shrek)/(Shrek U/S, Lord Farquaad U/S, Papa Ogre, Straw Pig). Regional: West Side Story (Tony), Hairspray (Link Larkin), The Witches of Eastwick (Ogunquit Playhouse Production – Homer Perley), Assassins (Balladeer), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker). Recently having made her Lyceum debut as Christina Grant in Murder on the Nile,

BETSY HELMER plays Louise, a waitress at the Quail Valley Country Club. She recently played Rosalind in As You Like It at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Other Theatre Credits Include: King Lear, Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, Broken Spokes, The “T” Party, and Sweeney Todd.  TV Credits: Shadow of Doubt and American Supernatural.

MICHAEL MCKENZIE plays Bingham, the Executive Director of the Quail Valley Country Club. Michael’s Lyceum credits include Funny Girl, Oliver!, 1776, Murder on the Nile, My Fair Lady, And Then There Were None, Meet Me in St Louis, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Nerd. McKenzie has been seen on Broadway in Waiting in the Wings, The Man Who Came to Dinner and Eastern Standard. Film and Television credits include House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Blacklist, Law & Order, One Life to Live.

Playing Pamela, the vice-president of the country club, is JUDI MANN. Judi most recently played Mrs.Sowerberry/Mrs. Bedwin in Oliver! She is an award-winning actress and writer, (2014 Critics choice – Best Actress in a comedy). Judi briefly appeared Off Broadway, toured the country with Carol Channing in Hello Dolly, and in St. Louis, she has appeared at most of the Equity theaters. Judi has appeared in or voiced numerous television & radio commercials, and films, most recently, a horror feature, The Nameless.

WHIT REICHERT plays the cocky and arrogant Dickie, Bingham’s rival and the Executive Director of Crouching Squirrel Country Club. Whit was last seen in Murder on the Nile as Dr. Bessner and in 1776 as Ben Franklin. Other Lyceum credits include J. B. Biggley in How To Succeed…, George Macmillan in Big, The Musical, Osgood Feilding in Sugar, Max in Sound Of Music, Grandpa in Meet Me In St. Louis and Al Lewis in The Sunshine Boys.

Playing the part of Muriel, Bingham’s wife, is ANNE MARIE BILLS. Anne’s favorite performances at the Lyceum include roles in Murder on the Nile as well as last summer’s Spider’s Web and Rumors, along with And Then There Were None, The Man Who Came to Dinner, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, and Hairspray. Though Anne has performed in theatres across Missouri, Georgia, Michigan, Iowa, and Tennessee and teaches middle school students at Gentry Middle School in Columbia.

PETER REYNOLDS, a Lyceum regular, directs the production. Mr. Reynolds most recently helmed Oliver! as well as the 2015 Lyceum productions of Les Misérables and Rumors. Peter serves as the Artistic Director for Mauckingbird Theatre Company in Philadelphia where he is the Head of Musical Theater at Temple University. Peter has worked at many Philadelphia area theaters including Act II Playhouse, Media Theatre, Hedgerow Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Walnut Street Theatre, Curio Theatre, Cape May Stage and the Lenape Regional Performing Arts Center in New Jersey. Regionally: 6 years as Artistic Director of HealthWorks Theatre-Chicago, winner of the Award of Excellence in Prevention Education; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, HotCity Theatre-St. Louis, Chicago Dramatists, Theatre Building Chicago, Maples Repertory; Villanova Theatre, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, Drexel University, Arcadia University, and Southern Illinois University.

Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer RYAN J. ZIRNGIBL. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at the Lyceum including Les Miserables, A Christmas Carol, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Lighting Design is by Resident Lighting Designer  RANDY B. WINDER, who previously designed Les Miserables, South Pacific, Spider’s Web, Cats, The King and I, The Producers, and Spamalot among many others at The Lyceum. Costume Designer MEGAN HARSHAW recently graduated with her BFA in Costume Design from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Resident Sound Designer RYAN MATTHEW HALL returns for his eighth season where he has designed Les Miserables, The King and I, Spamalot, The Producers, To Kill A Mockingbird, Fiddler on the Roof, and many more. TONY DEARING returns for his 24th year as Production Stage Manager and IVAN DARIO CANO serves as Assistant Stage Manager.

Single Tickets for The Fox on the Fairway are priced at $36.00 for adults. Senior, military, public safety, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are August 6 – August 13, 2016, Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets: www.lyceumtheatre.org, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 56 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 408 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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