Meet Eric Russell a.k.a. Murray, the cop in “The Odd Couple”

Posted by Eric
Mar 24 2014

e russellMeet Eric Russell Norcross a.k.a. Murray, the cop

Where were you born? Boulder, Colorado

At what age did you get involved in community theatre? Well past my teenage years – and my ’20s – and… .

What was your favourite role or show to be involved with? I’ve worked with several groups since initially getting involved in community theatre with PCP. They have all been wonderful and unique experiences. Portraying Dr. Grimwig in PCP’s “Oliver!” was a great onstage initiation. And I really enjoyed playing Igor Sullivan in “Cactus Flower” with ITOPA as it was my first substantial role in a play.

What is your dream role? In a musical, I’d love to play Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” – or Professor Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady”. I’m writing my own dream role in a play I’m working on!

When did you join PCP? 2011 in the production of “Oliver!”

Your thoughts on this production. I’m really impressed with the talent of my fellow cast members – and the professionalism of the crew. I hope I can live up to the high standards everyone else is presenting.

About Perth County Players:
In our 5th season, Perth County Players is thrilled to present their first play at Stratford City Hall, ‘The Odd Couple’, directed by Aaron Kropf. ‘The Odd Couple’ is known internationally as the hit comedy play by Neil Simon, later adapted into the infamous movie starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, followed by the Emmy winning TV show starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.

Many members of the community will be happy to see John Butcher back on stage with PCP after many years as a part of their dinner theatre cast as well as performing as Mr. Fezziwig in their latest production of A Christmas Carol this past December. Perth County Players welcomes Stratford newcomers from Toronto George Bertwell and Alex Stephens who will be playing the roles of Oscar and Felix respectively. George and Alex were both involved in community theatre in Toronto having crossed paths over the years. Both moved to Stratford last year not knowing the other had moved to the area. They met up again at the audition for The Odd Couple, very surprised to see the other one there. The cast also includes PCP favourites Leasa Barclay and Tania Harvey, the Pigeon sisters who live upstairs from Oscar and Felix. Rounding out the cast of 8 are Eric Russell Norcross as Murray the cop, Gary Horst as Vinnie, the mild-mannered, hen-pecked husband, and Bill Miller as the acerbic Speed.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at perthcountyplayers.com or in person at Sinclair Pharmacy, 12 Wellington Street, Stratford. Performances are at City Hall April 4, 5, 11 & 12 at 7:30pm and April 6 & 12 at 2pm.

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