Tell us a little bit about your past theatre experience. Ever performed at Centre Stage?
I’ve been fortunate to appear at Centre Stage numerous times over the last few years – favorite roles include “Harry Percy” in Explorers Club and “Daniel Kaffee” in A Few Good Men. When schedules permit I also enjoy working at other Greenville theatres including Greenville Little Theatre and The Warehouse Theatre.
Tell us about your character in the show. What was your process in getting prepared for the role?
I play Sam Wheat in our production. With any primary role like this one one of the biggest aspects of preparation is wrapping my brain around the character’s arc in the show. Any well written part in a show like this is going to start in one distinct place, end somewhere entirely else, and have a logical (if at times, chaotic) journey to get there. Understanding every aspect of that journey – why, where, when, and how it happens – and how the character feels about all those elements – is key to be able to “breathe” life into the role. For Sam in particular I spent time considering the aspects of his “life after death” and how he mentally and emotionally works to grapple with the new reality that he finds himself in.
“Ghost: The Musical” is based off the hit 1990 movie with Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. What’s it like recreating such a loved story and characters?
Of course it’s nice to be able to work from source material that so many people have a familiarity with as that certainly draws people in to revisit a story of which they already know elements. It was particularly refreshing to find that this musical version “stands on its own” as a piece of storytelling – so at no time does it ever feel as though we have to rely on people’s knowledge of the movie.
This show takes place in the 90’s, which seem to be making a huge comeback lately. What is your favorite 90’s fashion trend that is coming back today?
I’m going to have to take a hard pass on this question. If “90s Fashion” came up as the category for Final Jeopardy, I’d just put down the buzzer and walk away. I know nothing.
Centre Stage is producing the Regional Premiere for “Ghost: The Musical”. What is it like working on and bringing a brand new show to the Upstate community?
I tend to think of every show that I work on as a brand new show – even if it’s a play or musical that’s the audience has seen before somewhere else – they’ve never seen our version. That’s the real magic of live theatre.
Anything else you’d like our audiences to know about you?
The best part of rehearsal has been making sure people DON’T look at me on stage (ghosts are invisible, duh). I wanted to keep a jar that people had to put a dollar in every time they made eye contact with me when I was a ghost but I never got people to actually contribute. If only.