New Castle Playhouse

Fiddler on the Roof

directed by Mike Cavalier

July 2009

Role - Lazar Wolf

This is the show that got me back on the stage after a nine year hiatus. We took my father-in-law to see a show at NCP and they were advertising the auditions. I grew an epic beard for auditions and landed the role of Lazar. Poor Lazar is put upon. He's a nice guy and just when he thinks things are going his way, the rug is pulled out from under him.

I played Lazar with a deep gravelly voice which was difficult to sing with and left my throat raw most nights. Most of the cast had no idea that wasn't my voice. We closed after a Sunday matinee and I went right home and shaved before going to the cast party. A lot of my cast-mates didn't recognize me.


To Life

 

New Castle Playhouse

Beauty and the Beast

directed by Rick Hudson

November 2009

Roles - Baker, Gaston Crony and Dancing Dinnerware

Not one of my favorite experiences in theatre. I think it was at this point that I realized that I was getting too old to take parts in the ensemble.

I somehow managed to play most of the bit parts that had lines in the crowd and I got to dance dressed up like knife... or was it a fork?