It’s been discussed in previous posts that some actors take a long time ‘finding their character’ while others seem to become them in the first read through. This show is no different, but some cast members provided some interesting insights…
The owner of the Cactus Flower, Miss Julie, welcomes all patrons (audience members) to her saloon, and Diane Brosius who plays Miss Julie is just as welcoming and sweet as her character. But, like all the misfit people of Whiskey Flats, this saloon owner has another side to her. Diane says, “having a questionable past of my own where I spent a lot of time in bars helped me get into character.” I guess it’s true, you have to watch out for the sweet and innocent looking ones. She may keep a close eye on her saloon girl, Cherry Jubilee, and contribute to town functions, but she also fights to keep what’s hers.
Sagebrush Sal is a well-known stagecoach driver in the Whiskey Flats area and is played by Bridget Yeager. Bridget had no trouble turning into this tomboy character having grown up a tomboy herself, but the similarities stop there. Sal is loud and isn’t afraid to out-wrestle, out-drive, and out-shoot any man, varmint, or Avon Lady. While Bridget is quieter and calmer than her character Sal, she loved getting a chance to yell, spit, and just plain carry on. Both actor and character are great fits for Whiskey Flats, which is filled with misfits of all variety and interests.
Maybelle Macgillacuddy is a school teacher originally from Ohio and played by Meredith Weber. Meredith found no problem getting into character being from Ohio herself and also working in education. While others worked on western/southern/and other accents, Meredith lets her ‘Ohio-ness’ shine right on through. Maybelle’s questionable past took her around the world and back again, but now she walks the straight and narrow…or so it seems. Could there be more to this cliché-quoting, vocabulary-drilling schoolmarm? Meredith likes that Maybelle has a ‘sharp’ edge to her and ‘shoots’ some witty remarks to her fellow actors.
The bumbling Sheriff, Tom McCoy is played by Eric Armstrong. It was early on that Eric found an ‘accent’ for Tom and the character just developed from there. Not all Whiskey Flats’ townspeople feel Tom is smart enough…I mean qualified to be Sheriff, but most give him the benefit of at least trying. Actor and character seem to remain calm in all situations and go with the punches. You can be sure that both have never been more sure that you’ll surely like this show.
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