Brooke Hills Playhouse opens ‘Fox on the Fairway’

COMEDIC RELIEF — Connie J. Wendel, from left, Mishelle Ross and Walt Warren rehearse for the Brooke Hills Playhouse’s production of Ken Ludwig’s “A Fox on the Fairway,” a comedy about the country club set. Performances are Friday and Saturday and June 22-23 at 8 p.m. and Sunday and June 24 at 2 p.m.

WELLSBURG — When the Brooke Hills Playhouse opens its production of Ken Ludwig’s comedy, “A Fox on the Fairway” this weekend, it will be with a cast that co-director Rob DeSantis of Follansbee calls “… one of the most unified, agreeable and punctual groups I’ve ever worked with.”

“A Fox on the Fairway” is Ludwig’s farcical look at the sillier side of golf, in which the stuffy members of the Quail Valley Golf and Country Club repair to the club’s Tap Room for a tale of mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic hijinks.

The show runs Friday and Saturday and June 22-23 at 8 p.m. and Sunday and June 24 at 2 p.m. Reservations are available by calling or texting the playhouse at (304) 737-3344.

DeSantis is co-directing the show with fellow playhouse veteran Evan Oslund of Wheeling. They have co-directed with others in the past, but “A Fox on the Fairway” is their first co-directed effort with each other. Oslund said the collaboration was DeSantis’ idea, “… asking if I would come in and help block the show and take care of some of the physical elements,” Oslund explained. “After the show was blocked, Rob asked me if I would like to stay on as co-director, to which I gladly agreed,” he added.

DeSantis called on Oslund’s knowledge of golf for the show. “Evan is a regular golfer, while I haven’t golfed for 20 years or more,” he recalled.

“A knowledge of golf is totally unnecessary to be highly entertained by the comedy in the play, but knowing the game will take the show over the top for audience members,” Oslund said.

After “A Fox on the Fairway,” the second musical of the season, “The Full Monty,” is scheduled for July 6-8 and 13-15. Adapted from the 1997 hit British film, the American stage adaptation by noted playwright Terrence McNally, with songs by David Yazbek, moves the story to Buffalo, N.Y., where some unemployed steelworkers decide to put on a Chippendales-inspired strip show, in which they promise to give their audiences “the full Monty.”

The playhouse’s annual show for younger actors and audiences will follow, with performances July 27-29 and Aug. 3-5. This year’s youth production will be “Charlotte’s Web,” Joseph Robinette’s funny and poignant stage adaptation of E B. White’s children’s classic about the unlikely friendship between a pig and a spider.

The 47th season will conclude Aug. 17-19 and 24-26 with “Farce of Habit,” Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten’s sequel to last summer’s popular playhouse production of “Farce of Nature.” This time, Arkansas’ Reel ‘Em Inn is invaded by a group of nuns on a nature retreat, a severe storm and an axe murderer on the loose.

Reservations for all performances are available by calling or texting the playhouse at (304) 737-3344. Ticket prices for individual shows are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and students and $7 for children for non-musicals, and $13 for adults, $11 for students and seniors and $9 for children for musicals.

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