Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Actors of The Freedom Players Part VI

Meet Jenifer Rifenbery

Jenifer Rifenbery has done it all — acting, music, dancing, musical directing.

She’s been in Romeo and Juliet (Lady Capulet), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Queen Gertrude), and she was Mrs. Nightshade in Something Wicked This Way Comes at Lakewood Playhouse. In Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story at Tacoma Little Theatre she was Vi Petty (“convincingly so,” according to my review at the time), and she played piano and sang backup with the Snowbird Singers. One of her more memorable roles was as Nurse Rached in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Lakewood Playhouse opposite the great Scott C. Brown as the irrepressible R.P. McMurphy.

I wrote of her performance as the “very self-contained and supposedly compassionate Blanche” in Night Watch at Tacoma Little Theatre that she played her part with “restraint and dignity.”

As Rooster’s dumb-blonde girlfriend, Lily in Annie at Tacoma Little Theatre she was “delightfully animated and sexy” and her dance moves were smooth and catlike.

You may also recognize her from the "Made in Washington" commercials.

Rifenbery read the part of the movie star Jasmine Jones and other parts in the full reading of my screenplay for The Backside of Nowhere and read the part of Marcia in the reading from my novel Return to Freedom (book two of the Freedom Trilogy) at Kings Books in Tacoma. In the reading from the trilogy she will read the parts of Sue Ellen as a teenager and Beulah.

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