Lama as Santa

 at MusicalFare’s Elf

Dec 3–19

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus 

at O’Connell and Company

oconnellandcompany.com, 848-0800

 

What’s your relationship/introduction to this show? Are you worried about being typecast haha?

This was my first hearing of it; of course, when you think of the original book’s author, L. Frank Baum, you tend to think of the Oz series. If this was the type of role that I fell into being typecast as for the rest of my career, I think I’d be okay with that!

What’s the best acting advice you were ever given?

Among the countless words of advice, one thing that stuck with me I learned from Steve Vaughan during a stage combat class. He said to each of us, and I’m paraphrasing, “I don’t care about you; I care about your partner.” I took that as you want to make your scene partner, or partners, look the best that they can, so I take that mindset into any project.

What’s your best “the show went on” moment?

During the Kavinoky production of the Mystery of Edwin Drood, there’s a point we go out into the audience to get their votes for a killer, lovers, and a detective. One night, the votes came back that Charmagne Chi’s character was the killer but when it came time for the reveal, Marc Sacco’s character was accidentally called out. You could hear the band behind us flipping pages to find the song for his character, all while the cast stood there wide-eyed as Marc expertly continued without skipping a beat. I would have been a wreck if that happened to me. Very glad I was just a witness.

What’s the role that got away?

Freddie in Second Generation Theatre’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Auditioned, nailed it, got the part, but, unfortunately there were some work conflicts that arose. The role was amazingly taken over, but it’s definitely one of those I think about often.

 

What line from a former play have you never forgotten and why?

“The farthest away you can be from somebody is if you’re sitting right next to them.” From Almost, Maine. This line has so much weight in both the show and how it can be viewed in life. In the show, it was in regards to the couple on a park bench; in life, though, you never know what someone sitting next to you might be going through. Especially in past eighteen months, it makes me stop and think about everyone I come in contact with. 

What “against type” role are you dying to play?

Hamlet

What’s your classic actor nightmare dream?

It’s the night of a performance, but for some reason it’s a completely different show and completely different venue. Have that dream too often.

What audition would you love to do over?

Would love to redo the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels audition over again and not give up on the role this time. 

What’s your biggest takeaway from the past eighteen months?

Art in so many forms available if you seek it. While the stage may have been gone from my life for that time, I did find voiceover work and did work for upcoming video games. 

Plugs?

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus at O’Connell and Company, Puffs with O’Connell and Company at Shea’s Smith in January, and the biggest plug is my upcoming wedding on Halloween 2022. 

 

Dec 3–19

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus 

at O’Connell and Company

oconnellandcompany.com, 848-0800

Playwright Donna Hoke writes about theater for SPREE and FOREVER YOUNG.

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