Tell us a little bit about your past experience. Ever performed at Centre Stage?
It’s been a few years, but I had my first stage experience at Centre Stage in 2005. I was just wrapping up my undergraduate degree in music and Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story required a dual actor-musician for the drummer role, so I got the call. Most of my time in a theater has been spent in the pit as part of the orchestra, but it’s certainly a fun change of pace to be on stage in a supporting role.
Tell us about your favorite moment in the show!
I get a kick out of the scenes between Carl and Jerry Lee early in the show. My favorite is when Carl tries to put Jerry Lee in his place by having him play maracas. Even when “demoted” to a backing instrument, Jerry Lee still manages to show off and have fun.
What do you do to get ready before a show? Any funny/weird superstitions?
I tend to get very serious before any type of performance. I’ll do a lot of stretching and then spend about 15 minutes playing musical warm-ups while thinking through tricky parts of the show.
If you could sit down to have lunch with any of the guys from MDQ, who would it be and why?
I would want to sit down with Sam Phillips and learn more about the early days of recording rock and roll. It just seems like such a huge endeavor to record the music and then hustle for airplay on the radio stations, market the actual record, and then promote the live shows.
Anything else you’d like us to know?
Enjoy the show!