MEREDITH — When The Winnipesaukee Playhouse opens Neil Simon's hit comedy Barefoot in the Park on Wednesday night, a familiar local character will be making his Playhouse debut in the cameo role of the "Delivery Man". Alex Ray, owner of The Common Man, is just one local "celebrity" who will be taking on this part. Each performance, a different guest star will feature in the role.
Guest stars include local leaders (Ray, Meredith Selectman Nathan Torr, Mill Fall's Rusty McLear, NH Commissioner of the Arts Van McLeod), media personalities (WLNH's Pat Kelly and NH Magazine's Rick Broussard) and local actors who are Playhouse favourites (Jim Rogato, Charles Fray, Steven Richmond, Ken Chapman).
Perhaps the only guest star with opening night jitterswill be the Playhouse's Board Chair, Christopher Boothby. Boothby, a self-proclaimed "non-actor" was the auctioneer at the Playhouse's Opening Gala. One of the live auction items was the opportunity to play the Delivery Man for one of the performances. Boothby was happily upping the bids when he discovered that a friend in the audience was bidding on the item in order to put Boothby in the role. He will make his stage debut on Saturday, July 20.
Commissioner McLeod reported that he already played the role of the Delivery Man when he was in college and is therefore excited to do it again, "now that I'm finally the correct age for the role."
Performances start July 17th and are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Monday. Tickets are $27 for seating in the orchestra, $22 for seating in the first row of the balcony and $15 for seating in the second row in the balcony. Tickets can be ordered by calling (603) 279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winniplayhouse.org.