Opening night for “The Foreigner” in Franklin, Tennessee was an evening of huge laffs for the community theater production at Bethlehem UMC running through March 8 and this just in – FREE PANCAKES – shut up! – on Fat Tuesday before the March 4 show.
Written by Larry Shue, the well-rounded cast includes area favorites Johnny Peppers in the lead role of “Charlie” with his real-life bride, Kandace Peppers, as the B&B owner, “Betty,” with the menacing “Owen Musser “portrayed spot-on by the production’s director, Dietz Osborne, a trifecta of talent and popular area playwright taboot.
“The Foreigner” is the Bethlehem Players 20th production for the community theater outreach program and this year, they have chosen as their benefiting charity, Love On Wheels. The ministry was recently begun by Bethlehem UMC member local vet Dr. Kathy Kunkel to help children taken into Department of Children’s Services custody with more than the typical garbage bag for their possessions. The ministry works to provide suitcases and needed toiletry items. Donations are accepted throughout the play’s run through March 8 as well as monetary donations.
Back to the play, the BPAC, as the performance space is cleverly called, now has risers and professional lighting which plays a cool role with lightning effects and a period of play lights out. Seth Robinson, a professional lighting designer, has lent his talents in helping the program, begun in 1997, perfect this huge capital investment. The Bethlehem Players hit black in 2007 with their production of Fiddler On The Roof and have earmarked a portion of their net each year for this investment which has really paid off for the audience members.
So here’s my disclosure, and really it’s my blog, so there ya go. I’m SO proud Mark McNulty, known in the cyber world as “hubs” “weather boy” and “cabana boy,” is taking to the stage to portray “Froggy,” the Brit who drops the foreigner off at the Georgia fishing lodge. I have a thing for Brits like most good Southern girls and was deeply concerned over this development in our lives. Pleased to report, he has not ruined my affection for the accent or him! He does a great job and I love that he has taken on a serious challenge with his most dialogue to date and comes off utterly charming.
So now, onto the free pancakes offer. On Tuesday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m., Bethlehem UMC is flinging open the doors of their kitchen and providing a scrumptious Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner with music by a six-piece jazz band. Immediately following will be a brief communion and then a Dixieland Band escort into the BPAC. Be sure you have your reservation for the Tuesday night play or any other night cause this is an evening of “Must See Entertainment” in your own backyard!
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, high school and younger. Go to TicketsNashville.com or 615-669-BPAC (2722). See what they did there? Pretty darn cute.