‘Fox on the Fairway’ opens Saturday

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ A scene from the upcoming Marshalltown Community Theatre’s presentation of “Fox on the Fairway,” which opens Saturday. Cast members, left to right: Stacy Heil, Scott Lindborg and Amy Van Holland. Additional showtimes are Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m., and May 7 and 14 at 2 p.m.

Mistaken identities, long-lost relatives, slamming doors, romance and golf are just some of the elements of “Fox on the Fairway,” a farcical play set at a private country club. It opens Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Martha-Ellen Tye Playhouse, put on by the Marshalltown Community Theatre. Additional showtimes are Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m., and May 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. for Sunday matinee showings.

Written by Ken Ludwig, the play is being co-directed by father/daughter team David and Vanessa Engel.

“There are so many laugh lines in it, we forget how funny it is during rehearsals,” Vanessa said. “It’s a fun play, merely for the audience’s amusement, where you don’t have to think.”

This is the first full-length show Vanessa has directed. She is an XLP facilitator at Lenihan Intermediate School. After graduating from Marshalltown High School, she moved to New York City and attended several acting schools, earning her BS degree with a specialization in direction, film and television. David is a professor of speech/theater/film at Marshalltown Community College. He holds a BA degree in speech and dramatic arts and an MA in theater and directing. He has directed and appeared in several plays at MCC and the Martha-Ellen Tye Playhouse.

The play stars Scott Lindborg as Justin, Zoe Harris as Louise, Stacy Heil as Henry Bingham, Amy Van Holland as Pamela, Matthew Gilgen as Dickie Bell and Nicole Lynch as Muriel.

“This cast is the next generation of leaders in the community theatre,” David said.

Play attendees can enter for a chance to win one of two golf packages for four people to play a free round of golf from the American Legion. Winners will be announced after the Sunday matinees, and do not need to be present to win.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for students and kids 12 and under are $5. This play is on the season ticket. The box office is open from noon to 2 p.m. Monday-Saturday by calling 641-752-4164, and one hour before each show starts. To learn more, visit www.marshalltowncommunitytheatre.org.