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The Hills Are Alive!

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Alan M-L Wager
June 21, 2013

What is your job on this show?
actor.

What is your show about?
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE describes the trials and tribulations of that titular family once they climbed that mountain on their way to Switzerland.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I'm originally from Southern California (actually 3rd generation). I was raised behind the Orange Curtain in Fullerton California where I graduated from California State University, Fullerton. I didn't study theatre or music at school. I did that all privately starting at the age of 15, I also started doing theatre at that age...that was a great education. I have a degree in Linguistics.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
I've had the good fortune to work at all levels of theatre...all across North America. On Broadway and Tour in DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. On Tour with CAMELOT starring Michael York, JUNO at New York City Center Encores. Regionally, I've appeared in a variety of diverse roles and shows (some multiple times) including Ravenal in three different productions of SHOW BOAT, The Padre in three different productions of MAN OF LA MANCHA, Pirelli in three different productions of SWEENEY TODD, plus many many others. THREE seems to be a lucky number!

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
Social Media is an amazing thing! While on Facebook. Eric Thomas Johnson (Author/Producer) popped up on People You May Know. Being a Producer/Casting Director myself he looked familiar (I think I may have called him regarding playing an audition). So...I sent a friend request, he accepted. We started chatting about this and that. He mentioned THE HILLS ARE ALIVE. I've been in for the Captain in THE SOUND OF MUSIC many a time and this show sounded like so much fun. He invited me to audition. The rest is, as they say, history!

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SPOOF! But only in the best possible way. Don't you often wonder what happened after Rhett left Scarlett or how Laurey and Curly settled into married life? Well, THE HILLS ARE ALIVE answers that VERY important question...what happened to the family once they went up the mountain!

Why are theater festivals so very important?
As a theatre producer, writer and actor, I'm a firm believer that festivals are terribly important to the development of new works, new talent and new ideas. It's easier for "names" to get produced...but for the little guy, it's not always easy to be heard. That's the great thing about NYMF and other festivals throughout the country. They give the opportunity to writers from all over to display their work and get feedback.