All the world's a stage...and I've forgotten my lines.
Playhouse - My primary place of performing since 1992. I've done over 23 shows there. I don't always agree with their choices, but I still enjoy working with them on occasion. My favorite roles there have been the Will Parker in Oklahoma!, and Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof.
DLOC - They treat me well up there. Though it's a trek to get to rehearsals, it's hard to beat performing in the Regional Center for the Arts. If you ever need to lose a few pounds, try rehearsing in the "Firehouse" during the summer. It's so aptly named.
Positas College - Here's where it all began many years ago. I took about every acting class they had to offer (some several times). After that, I did a number of shows with them. Every now and again, I wander out to the college to audition once more. It's always different with many new faces.
Church - I joined their drama team in 1988. Been doing sketches there ever since. The drama director has changed a few times, and many of the actors. There are a few of us originals who still remain though. It's a true blessing when we get a script with more than one week to memorize it. Yes sir. A blessing indeed. On occasion, I'll direct the skits--much less memorizing that way, but you still have to show up at 7am, Sunday morning.
Asbury Church - Just one show, many moons ago with a small stage and a small team to act upon it. I had a good time. A lot of heart went into that production of Ah, Wilderness.
CTA - Only one show with them--Peter Pan a while back. I played an Indian dancer. Simple enough part.
Stage One - Crazy for You -- that's the only show I\'ve done with them (2002), but it was certainly one of my top 3 favorites.
Neighborhood Theatre Group - Beauty and the Beast -- yeah, that was a blast. Terrific way to spend a summer and made some great friends out there.
Mystery by Design (1998 - 2002)
Fiesta - My first gig with them (and it paid). I was Manuel Labor - the guitar-playing mariachi. Fun show. After a three month run, I I really enjoyed the short break afterwards.
Maltese Crow Murder - I was Billy Club - the kid with the attitude in this 1940\'s style dinner theatre show. Fun part and I even got to die. Ah, no lines to worry about after you\'re dead. Truly, the best parts are the terminal ones.
Place, or Murder! - Okay, this one was tough. Here, I had to portray two characters. And the first one was quite heavyset. I wore a body suit for that one. And I don\'t think I fooled anyone except of couple of kids who still happened to point out my fake mustache.
Screen - Charlie Toledo was my character\'s name. This 30\'s Hollywoodish mystery was an interesting one. I had a few songs to sing as well. We had a few gigs with this show - including the infamous K101 Christmas Party fiasco.')">Silver
Screen- Mystery By Design
of Alcatraz - Bullwhip, leather coat, boots, old syle hat, and an ancient urn. Those items lended themselves to my favorite character - Indiana James. Actually, the character is Mort Abord - famed 1930\'s archaeologist.
GibsonHouse (2001 - present)
For a Gangster - A simple little part: Joey Marzetti. The small parts are the fun ones. Few lines to worry about, yet the pay is the same. This was a great show and performed only a mile from my house. Hard not to like this one. I played a dumb gangster who never seems to fully understand his surroundings. No jokes, please.
Are Murder - Ack! This part was much larger than any of my past roles. And I had props to worry about as well. In this show, I played Robert Wright, also known as Mr. Wright. However, he's the best man since the bride ended up marrying Mr. Wrong, otherwise known as Ambrose. It's a funny show, but too many lines make preparations a nightmare.
Slight change: I play Ambrose now. Got tired of playing Robert Wright.
Murder by Election - I play Newt Trawl. The sript only gets done around election time. It's a fun role with some great chances to overact.
Murder by Bingo - Good script, but not my favorite role. He's just a whiny bellboy.
Murder on the High Seas - I portray the nervous Frenchman, John Disse. It's a decent part and easy to do.
Murder on the Sea of Love - Joey Carmine, that's who I play. He's a slimy guy on his honeymoon.
Shadow of a Murder - Let me see...I play Jack Grissom. He's a 40's detective.
Murder in Morocco - I started with Noah Braines, but didn't really enjoy playing the character so I switched to Seymohr Behines. It's a lot more fun.
Positas College - That's the place where I learned to tap dance after I failed to get into a few shows. I went from one dance production to another out there. The director was a nice lady and treated me well since I was a guy. She always was kind to any guys willing to join the dance production. Well, except for Brett. She didn't care for his smart mouthing.
Dance Theatre - Can't even remember how many shows I've done with them. Now, they even let me emcee the productions - yeah, bad jokes and all. They're just too nice to say "Shut up and introduce the next piece!"
Gibson Dance Studio - Each year, we'd put together a huge production number. And each year, we'd take 3rd, 4th, or 5th place. Hard to compete with others when they were doing serious tributes to dead dance leaders and terminal illnesses, and we were doing excerpts from West Side Story. It was there that I first coined my "It's not like somebody died or anything" phrase (yeah, someone had died--cruel joke but the laughs and shock were priceless). The studio is now closed - but NOT because of my line. At least I don't think so.
Positas College - Here's where I took the Chamber Choir classes, the Jazz choir classes, the Music classes, a piano class and so forth. I had a great time learning music there. It was well worth the time. Jim Heiner made the classes fun and informative. On occasion, I'd even memorize the words for the concerts. Yeah, what can I say? I'm a trooper!