I had my first taste of theatrical performing in the autumn of 2001, in the small role of "Spider the Pimp" as a member of  the troupe, Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts, aka PPTOPA.  I always shout them out with fond memories!

It's TRUE...acting does get under your skin and runs clear through to your bloodstream.  Over the course of the next several years I was either auditioning or performing in one community playhouse or another.

     Below is a list of those shows and the characters I portrayed:

         Show/Role                                                                Company                          Opening Night

  • Jekyll & Hyde - Spider/Gabriel John Utterson US                      PPTOPA                                          November 1, 2001
  • My Fair Lady - Chorus/Alfred P. Doolite US                                   PPTOPA                                                 April 5, 2002
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner - Associate Director                PPTOPA                                              August 2, 2002
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel - Chorus/Percy Blakeney US              PPTOPA                                            October 25, 2002
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum          Broward on Broadway                   March 8, 2003                   Hysterium
  • OLIVER! - Fagin                                                                                       Broward on Broadway            November 29, 2003 
  • Guys & Dolls In Concert - Narrator                                                Broward on Broadway              February 19, 2005
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel - Ozzy, League of the Pimpernel      Birmingham Village Players   September 9, 2005 
  • A Christmas Carol - Londoner Chorus/Fezziwig US                                                                                                                             I was deeply honored to be the understudy to the legendary and delightful Arthur, J. Beer and actually peformed the role a couple of times when Mr. Beer took ill from food poisoning; the first shows he missed in 15 years of playing Fezziwig for The Meadow Brook Theatre Co.  The show runs annually from 11/25 - 12/24!  I performed in the 2006 run at this prestigious and renowned theatre in Rochester, Michigan.  
  • Working - Ironworker, Mike Dillard                                                Birmingham Village Players        January 13, 2006 
  • 1776 - John Hancock of Massachusetts                                       Birmingham Village Players            May 12, 2006
  • The Last of the Aztecs - Walter                                                      Birmingham Village Players         August 11, 2006     
  • Working - Ironworker, Mike Dillard                                                                                                                                                                The Theatre Company University of Detroit Mercy College on the Marygrove Campus          November 17, 2006
  • Wait Until Dark - Harry Roat, Jr.                                                   Birmingham Village Players             July 14, 2007                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A large part of the fun of community theatre is that at one point or another you're involved in every facet of putting on a play or musical; from set building, managing props, singing in the chorus, performing a character, operating the spotlight, you name it!  You can see how, under that kind of familial environment being affiliated with such a close-knit group has you chomping at the bit until your next audition!                                                                                                       

The Silver Screen is a Whole Different Ballgame

When it Comes to the Performing Arts!

With stage performing, mistakes are a standard part of the show that "must go on!"  You don't have the benefit of a director yelling CUT in order to reset yourself for another take.  A LOT of the process of making a feature film, or a short film for that matter, is based on the HURRY UP & WAIT principle.  One scene in a film in which I assisted directing, Garroter, took two days of filming to capture less than thirty seconds of celluloid.  And, I'm not talking a gigantic budget for Special FX either.  However, if, especially as an actor, you use the time you're spending sitting around - to really pay attention to the things that are going on around you; from watching the sound and lighting folks prepare for a scene, to focusing your attention on what the director does at all other times when he or she isn't calling ACTION, to marveling at how the continuity leader and script supervisor do their thing...you basically have the opportunity for a free education on what it takes to produce a movie.  Rather than introducing clips and information right here I figured it best to link you to our production company website. Simply click on the image below.  Thanks!

                                               




In no particular order, I invite you to have fun watching some of these video clips of the aforementioned productions.  Try to consider the technology, or lack thereof, at the time of filming in several cases.  THANKS!