Robinwood Players cast a perfect fit for 'The Fox on the Fairway'
Daniel Bohrer plays the leading role in Robinwood Players’ production of “The Fox on the Fairway,” which runs Friday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 4 at Hagerstown Community College.
Bohrer, 22, of Hagerstown, said the show is set at a modern country club and revolves around the “poor decisions and dumb mistakes” of his character Henry Bingham.
“Bingham is a middle-aged man who is very quick to anger and quick to really just making rash decisions without thinking, and it causes turmoil for the rest of the characters,” Bohrer said. “He bets a lot of money. Now he has to win a tournament between his and a rival club.”
A theater major, Bohrer has done five or six shows with the HCC Players. Bingham is in his second leading role. Director David Dull gave the script to Bohrer for a read and he “fell in love with it.”
“It’s a really funny script,” Bohrer said. “We don’t do a lot of comedies here, so it’s a lot of fun to do a less serious show.”
Pulling off the role of Bingham has been a welcome challenge to Bohrer, he said, as the two are “exact opposites.”
“I am quiet and reserved, an introvert,” Bohrer said. “Charlie is a big, angry, yell-y kind of guy, which is new for me and kind of hard at times. But it’s been great fun.”
Also among the cast of three males and three females is Sierra Saunders, 23, of Hagerstown. Saunders acts as Pamela Peabody, the love interest of Bingham, who assists him in his efforts to win his bet.
The character of Peabody is different than those Saunders typically has portrayed in the past.
“I’m used to playing boisterous characters. Pamela is very straight, not over-the-top but still comedic,” she said.
Saunders is trained in ballet and uses that classical background to help pull off the character.
“(The character) is very formal, and I use my ballet training as I think about how she moves and how she interacts with people,” she said.
In addition to Saunders playing a different type of character than usual, the production will be her first time acting in a farcical play. Her past experiences have been with ballets and musicals.
“Daniel (Bohrer) and I have been running lines, trying to go into the back story of the characters to help us figure the dynamics. I’ve learned a lot about character study and character development,” she said.
Like Saunders, Kaylee Cantler, 19, of Waynesboro, Pa., has a dance background and is making her debut in a play.
“The dance and theater worlds kind of blend, so this is something I’ve been wanting to do,” Cantler said. “It’s been nerve-wracking but I’ve totally gotten more used to being on stage and to working with the other cast members and I’ve started to have a lot of fun with it.”
Cantler described her character Louise Heindbedder as being “very sweet and kind of in her own world.”
“She treats everyone the same. She is not really a judge-y person. She is kind of silly, tries not to take anything too seriously, but at the same time, the little things can kind of get overwhelming,” she said.
Christopher Leatherman, 20, of Hagerstown, is a veteran of the HCC stage. His character, Justin Hicks, is engaged to Heindbedder.
“I start out asking her to be my wife. I was just hired by Bingham,” he said. “He offers to pay for my wedding and to let me play at the country club for free if I win the tournament. I make wrong decisions and mess up my relationship with Louise.”
Leatherman said “The Fox on the Fairway” is “a fun-filled play” by Ken Ludwig, the playwright who wrote the well-known, Tony Award winning comedy “Lend me a Tenor.”
Saunders said audiences will be surprised by an unexpected twist at the end of the show.
“I think the audience is going to be in for a lot of fun. They will leave feeling happy and feeling like, ‘Aw. I really can find love.’ It’s uplifting and hopeful.”
The show is rated PG-13.
Top photo: Daniel Bohrer and Christopher Leatherman are among the six-member cast of Robinwood Players’ cast of “The Fox on the Fairway” at Hagerstown Community College’s Kepler Theater. (Submitted photo)