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September 8, 2010

Becoming Penny Lou Pingleton, by Charleston Stage Resident Actor Stephanie S. Faatz

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 8:44 am

Playing the role of Penny has been both a challenge and a lot of fun!  I think the key to success in playing Penny lies in remembering that, while she says some ridiculous things, she genuinely means every word.  What others might think is silly or common sense, she thinks is a brilliant idea! 

She is that awkward, diamond in the rough that we all knew in high school.  At the start of our story, she has one friend and a strict mother and not much else going for her.  However, by the end of the show, she undergoes a pretty drastic transformation.  She grows from the “Ugly Duckling” into a swan.  I think her friendships with Tracy and Seaweed allow her to see a world outside of what her mother has created for her and she is finally free to blossom.  Penny is there to remind us all to never judge a book by it’s cover!

 

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Cathy Ardrey as Mrs. Pingleton and Charleston Stage Resident Actor Stephanie S. Faatz as Penny Lou Pingleton.

 

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Front left to right: Charleston Stage Resident Actors Ira Lindberg Harris as Seaweed J. Stubbs and Stephanie S. Faatz as Penny Lou Pingleton.

 

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