MURFREESBORO, TN – When Nancy Phillips isn’t working for the Murfreesboro City School Board, she puts on a show for the community in the form of Murphry the Rabbit.
It’s a dream come true for her, far from what she originally intended though.
“I just knew I was going to be a serious actress,” said Phillips “Maybe Shakespeare, great things like that.”
After seeing the programs PBS offers for kids and how Murfreesboro is preparing children in the classroom, Nancy thought up of an idea that brought all those elements together on a local level.
Her show, Adventures in Murphry’s Burrow, is in it’s 12th season and Nancy is far from being done.
It follows the character of Murphry the Rabbit who takes you around the community to introduce you to local people and the jobs they do. It also serves as a platform for being as Nancy says, “By the kids and for the kids.”
“Every episode we try to have kids participate, they might show us an art project or a science experiment,” said Phillips.
Over the years, Nancy has made many fond memories on the show having people such as former Mayor of Murfreesboro Tommy Bragg on the program.
People who work close with her, like Multimedia Producer John Padgett, say it’s always a fun experience.
“You never know quite how the story will turn out until you are finished with it, and that’s what’s exciting to me about it,” said Padgett.
Nancy hopes to make the show a non-profit program in the future as it is all volunteer work right now. She lives by the show’s motto, “Dream big and work hard.”