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Star: Dr. Mary Murdoch

Mary Murdoch is grateful for DWTRVS’s momentary lapse in judgment in allowing her to participate in this year’s events. The last time she graced North Medford High School stage was in 1986, singing out of key.

Mary was born and raised in Medford. She worked in Los Angeles as a dancer in her 20s and then moved to Seattle for medical school and pediatrics residency. The dancing happened over 20 years ago, so she is interested in how this will all play out. She will give it her best shot. Mary met her fabulous husband at Microsoft and lured him to sunny Medford where he helps keep her from destroying her desktop. They have two boys who are polite and funny. Mary would like to take credit for this, but knows better.

Mary is honored to be able to care for children throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California with her strong team of partners and staff at Southern Oregon Pediatrics. She is humbled by the numerous hard-working individuals and organizations in Medford, such as Sparrow Clubs, which are devoted to helping others. She is thrilled to join them now—both in supporting Sparrows’ families and teaching children the joy of giving.

Partner / Instructor: Payne Smith

Payne Smith was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. After moving to Southern Oregon to pursue a Theatre Degree at SOU, Payne realized that Ashland is an actor’s dream and decided to stay a bit longer. He has done several shows in Medford, Talent and Ashland over the last few years. Most recently, Payne has been seen in Camelot Theatre’s “Sweet Charity” and “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Randall Theatre’s “A Chorus Line,” and in Thanks for the Memories Theatre’s “Music Man” and “Rent.” Payne has also served as Thanks for the Memories’ Season Choreographer in 2015, choreographing “Rent,” “Music Man,” and the Christmas variety show.

Payne started dancing 5 years ago because he thought it sounded fun. He did start with a bang: 6 classes a week until the school closed two weeks later. Since then, Payne has been taking classes on and off again, usually during winter and spring terms at SOU. However, despite not focusing his performing life around dance, Payne managed to gain experience in many different forms, such as ballet, belly dancing and tap. He enjoys dance and loves the beauty it brings to the art of theatre.