Footlighters kickoff spring show Thursday

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Amy Cherry
Staff Writer

Showtime is right around the corner for The Footlighters of Elk County as they prepare to open their spring comedy, “The Fox on the Fairway”, on Thursday evening at Aiello’s Cafe in Ridgway.
The play, written by Ken Ludwig, is a tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. It takes audiences on a hilarious romp, which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club.
Mike Ames and Katie Makufka are co-directing the play.
“The comedies of Ken Ludwig are very popular in community theaters right now and are seeing many productions around the country,” Ames said. “We also chose this particular play as it featured roles that fit several of our veteran Footlighters actors."
Ames said one of the reasons they chose this play was due to the group’s success with another Ludwig play, “Moon Over Buffalo,” which they performed last March at The Highlands in St. Marys.
“Our audiences really enjoyed a great night of laughs with that show and we hope they get the same from ‘The Fox On the Fairway’,” Ames said.
The storyline “takes audiences on a hilarious romp, which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with...golf.”
Included in the cast are Ames, who portrays Henry Bingham, Val Kucenski as Pamela Peabody, David Carr as Justin Hicks, Karen Carr as Louise Heindbedder, Rob Garner as Dickie Bell, and Marie Goode as Muriel Bingham.
The play is also acting as a stepping stone for Makufka to work alongside Ames, one of the Footlighters’ most experienced actors and directors, to prepare to take on the challenge of directing future shows on her own. Makufka is also responsible for the play’s costuming.

For more on this story, see today's publication of the Ridgway Record. (Wednesday, March 20, 2019).

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