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Topic: Favorite roles
Posted By: red diva
Subject: Favorite roles
Date Posted: 10/17/06 at 12:45pm

Maybe this has been done in the past, but I haven't seen it.  Please forgive if it's already been posted.

I thought it might be fun to ask the Board members what their favorite roles have been.  I know we all might be able to go on and on listing roles, but let's limit them to the 5 top favorites.

Also, directors:  what are your top 5 favorite plays that you've directed?  The most fun, the most meaningful to you, the best, etc.

And yet a third list:  what role or show have you done more than once?

To show that I'm not all talk and no action, here are my contributions:

Acting:

Bella in "Lost in Yonkers"

Amnesia in "Nunsense"

Amanda Prynne in "Private Lives" (you think I'M a diva!)

Sara Goode in "The Sister's Rosensweig"

Charlotte Hay in "Moon over Buffalo" (another diva!)

Vera Charles in "Auntie Mame" (yet another diva....ok, so I come by my user name honestly.  I guess Marty was right. You don't hear me say that too often!)

OK, so I broke my first rule and listed 6.  Couldn't choose between them. So feel free to list 5 or 6.

Directing:

"Assassins" (sorry, Marty)

"Agnes of God"

"A Shayna Madel" (by far my top favorite and the most meaningful one I've done)

"Twelve Angry Men"

"Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grill"

Done more than once:

Veta Louise in "Harvey" (2 times)

Abby Brewster in "Arsenic and Old Lace" (2)

Florence Unger in "Odd Couple, female" (2)

"Nunsense" (Reverand Mother, Amnesia)

"Something's Afoot" (Miss Tweed, Hope)

"Working" (various roles)

Hope others think this will be fun, too!  Looking forward to your posts.

red diva

 



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"I've worked long and hard to earn the right to be called Diva!"



Replies:
Posted By: Shatcher
Date Posted: 10/17/06 at 2:32pm

Hey now let the techies play too:

Top 5 fave shows as SM:

5 1776, had a great time 26 guys in the cast who love me. what could be better?

4 Nunsense, Those nuns crack me up

3 Tis Pity Shes a Whore, Great title

2 Noises Off, so much fur I almost wet myself...

And # The Rocky Horror Show, Had the best cast and the show rocked for 35 preformances...

Now most fun I ever had on Stage: I once played all the dead bodies in Arsnic and Old Lace. I think I still have brusies from that one

 



Posted By: tristanrobin
Date Posted: 10/17/06 at 3:04pm
Acting:
Barrymore in "I Hate Hamlet"
Tom in "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls"
Man in "Travelin' Show"
Emcee in "Cabaret"
Chance in "Sweet Bird of Youth"

Directing:
"Who's Happy Now?"
"On Tidy Endings"
"Little Shop of Horrors"
"Oh, Coward!"
"Assassins"

More than once:

"Who's Happy Now?" (Directed 3 times)
"The Gnadiges Fraulein (Directed 2 times)
"Mame" (Directed 2 times)
"Working" (Directed 2 Times)
"Midsummer Nights Dream" (Directed once, Acted once)
"Brigadoon" (Directed 3 times - ugh)
"Under Milkwood" (Directed once, Acted once)
"Our Town" (Directed once, Acted twice - ugh)

some of that is very depressing LOL


Posted By: red diva
Date Posted: 10/17/06 at 4:02pm

Sorry, Shatcher....had no intention of discriminating against techies!  Just had my mind in the actor/director mode. Enjoyed your choices....and that's one of the reasons I liked "Twelve Angry Men"....all that testosterone on stage and me the only female!

And tristanrobin.....wow!  Another person in the world who loves "Assassins"!  (See, Marty, it's not just my warped sense of theatrical judgement....there are people out there that LOVE the show.)  Seriously, though, isn't it the neatest show, and isn't the music great?  The first time I listened to the cast recording, I spent the whole time wondering "where is Oswald?"  And then, the moment that he entered the show.....BOOM!  Like a bomb going off in my head!  Saving him for the end was brilliant!



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"I've worked long and hard to earn the right to be called Diva!"


Posted By: KL Murphy
Date Posted: 10/17/06 at 4:55pm

My favorites

Nicely-Nicely - Guys and Dolls

Done more than once..

None but I may audition for Joe Cable in South Pacific again this Spring, if I get it then that'd be twice.



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www.klmurphy.com


Posted By: eveharrington
Date Posted: 10/17/06 at 5:08pm
I only have two so far I would categorize as favorites.

Roz in "Moon Over Buffalo" and Sister Rita in "The Runner Stumbles". Completely different but both have great "actress-appeal"

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"If nothing else, there's applause... like waves of love pouring over the footlights."


Posted By: Shatcher
Date Posted: 10/17/06 at 5:10pm

Red diva,

I also love Assassians I have not had the chance to do that one yet. I don't really go for the typical musical faves of all time Sweeney Todd, Little Shop(did that one 3 times forgot to add that), Assiassins and sunday in the park with george

No worries we techies are used it I just like to play along with everyone! What a fun post whos next?



Posted By: castMe
Date Posted: 10/17/06 at 5:20pm
Favorite roles
   Nathan Detroit    Guys and Dolls
   Scarecrow   The Wiz
   Jake    Jake's Women
   Victer LePew    Drop Dead
  
Favorite Directing
   Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
   Belles
   Amateurs
   Drop Dead
   The Farndale Avenue Housing Estates Townswomen's Guild's
         Dramatic Society's Production of "A Christmas Carol"
   The Dining Room
    I would love to do Rainbow Bar and Grill again with a lead who
          learns his lines !!

Multiple Plays
   Drop Dead    directed twice acted in one     would do it again in a
          heartbeat!!
   Bye Bye Birdie    Albert Peterson twice 30-some years apart
   Fiddler on the Roof    scenery carpenter for a professional company
         and played Perchik for CT



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Investigate. Imagine. Choose.


Posted By: TonyDi
Date Posted: 10/18/06 at 11:37am

Holy Cow this would be hard to select only 5.  I have so many I've loved doing but if I had to choose 5 (and if I can indulge the 6th) they would have to be as follows:

  1. TEVYE - in Fiddler (the TOP all-time fave)
  2. TITO MERRELLI - in Lend Me A Tenor
  3. CHARLEMAGNE - in Pippin
  4. ARTIE - in House Of Blue Leaves
  5. ARCHIE CRAVEN - in The Secret Garden
  6. GEORGE HAY - Moon Over Buffalo

As for directing - it would have to be

  1. BUS STOP
  2. 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD
  3. ON GOLDEN POND
  4. SLOW DANCE ON THE KILLING GROUND
  5. NUNSENSE I & II

Multiple involvements have been with the following:

  1. Nunsense I - Directed I three times, II twice
  2. Bus Stop - Directed twice
  3. Pippin - was IN the second, consulted as magician on first and second and music directed the second time too
  4. You're A Good Man, Chas. Brown - directed both times
  5. On Golden Pond - directed both times

So many shows so little time.  I've been doing multiple jobs in most of the shows I've been involved with - as I'm sure many of you have as well.  I have directed, designed sets, sound, costumes and run sound, lights and built or helped build most of the sets I've worked on, in or around.  It just never stops.  ALTHOUGH in the last 6 months I've done nothing - and you know what?? I don't miss it much at all.  NEEDED the break.  Doing two or three things at the same time is too much for THIS old phart - need to slow down and enjoy doing what I want, when I want and IF I want.  And if I don't do anymore well being involved in nearly 90 productions in the last 18 years is enough.  Do the math.  90/18= 5 roughly more or less.  Some years more, some less but average.  Too dang much.  Time to have a life apart doing other creative things I've not had the chance to pursue but wanted to.   

Tony Di



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"Almost famous"


Posted By: suzecue1
Date Posted: 10/18/06 at 12:04pm

Favorite roles:

Emma in "Over the River and Through the Woods"

Olive in female version of "Odd Couple" 

Favorite shows I've directed / been involved with / more than once (just because I loved the shows):

"Fiddler on the Roof" 2X

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" 4X

"The Christmas Schooner" 2X



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Sue
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So many hats.....so few heads!


Posted By: tcpmatt
Date Posted: 10/18/06 at 2:22pm

Nunz in "Over the River and Thru the Woods"

Gustav  in "The Christmas Schooner" (2x)

Grandpa in "Meet Me In St. Louis"

 

Directing:

Cheaper By the Dozen, Best Christmas Pagent, and The Hobbit



Posted By: Playwright
Date Posted: 10/18/06 at 5:09pm

I haven't done a lot of acting in the past few years.  I've mainly concentrated on directing, writing & stage managing.

Here in order are my favoirite shows that I'v directed:

1- "Memory Shadows' (written by me)

2- "Slow Down And Look" (written by me)

3- "Here On The Flight Path" - Norm Foster

Will be directing "I Hate Hamlet"- opens in the spring so that will probably move into the number three spot.

 

Shows I want to direct-

"The Miracle Worker"

"Diary Of Anne Frank"



Posted By: jphock
Date Posted: 10/18/06 at 5:17pm
Well, since I haven't been doing this very long-I'm not sure I can come up with 5 roles that I've loved. Most of my involvement (until recently) has been in some variety of ensemble.

Favorite Roles
1. Alfred in "Sullivan & Gilbert"
2. Father Virgil in "Nuncrackers"
3. Capt. Albert Lennox in "The Secret Garden"

Shows I've done more than once:
Ragtime (ensemble both times...and loved every minute of it!) And I'd do it again in a heartbeat!


Posted By: teridtiger
Date Posted: 10/19/06 at 6:43pm

Favorite roles:

1.  Sylvia in "Sylvia"

2. Ten roles in "The Laramie Project", including Reggie Fluty

3. Maggie in "Dancing at Lughnasa"

4. Jonesy in "How to Succeed in Business..."

5. Ruth Hoch in "Book of Days"

I've only directed one show, and loved it dearly: "The Vagina Monolgues".  We raised over $3,000.00 for a local woman's shelter.



Posted By: Gaafa
Date Posted: 10/19/06 at 8:58pm
Being mainly a Techie I have no desire to be a Galah! Although I have trod the boards on a few occasions, I prefer to be just a Black Duck on the pond.
Favourites;-
Roles;- [I have played]
Arfa [Arthur] Kipps ?Half a sixpence([Perth)
Work House Urchin  ?Oliver? (London)
Nicely Nicely ?Guys & Dolls? (Perth)
Governor ?Man of La Mancha? (Perth)
 Steve ?Instant Marriage?(Perth)
Gangster ?Gang Show - (Newcastle, London & Perth)
Productions;-
{Director *- Mise en scene Designer # - Crew + - Performer !}
Man of La Mancha [*  # + !]
A Chorus Line [* #+]
Alfie [+ # !]
Gang Show [* #+ !]
The Magic Show [Like to direct it]



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      Joe
Western Gondawandaland
turn right @ Perth.
Hear the light & see the sound.
Toi Toi Toi Chookas {{"chook [chicken] it is"}
May you always play
to a full house}



Posted By: DWolfman
Date Posted: 10/19/06 at 11:07pm

Favorite Roles:

Roy Caulder "Lone Star"

CS "Jack" Lewis "Shadowlands"

El Gallo "The Fantasticks"

Gaylord Ravenal "Showboat"

Dr. Astrov "Uncle Vanya"

Favorites I've Directed:

"Going to See the Elephant"

"The Speed of Darkness"

"Blood Ties"

"Scotland Road"

"Darkside"

Thanks for (the chance to revive) the memories!!!



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Even a man who is pure of heart...


Posted By: MartyW
Date Posted: 10/20/06 at 7:52am

Act: Mortimer, in Arsinic and old lace (three times), Whiteside, in man who came to dinner, Atticus, in To kill a mockingbird, Chet, in Over the tavern, Don , in Rounding Third... (Also loved Charie in Y.G.M.C.B and the Minstrel in Once upon a mattress, but that was MANY moons ago..)

Direct: Scrooge, the musical (three times and running), Hello Dolly, Forum, House for Sale, Octette Bridge Club...

Tech:  Annie, Sound of Music, Nuts, The Shadow Box, Harvey



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Marty W

"Till next we trod the boards.."


Posted By: Juror #3
Date Posted: 10/20/06 at 2:56pm

Red Diva would never forgive me if I didn't respond to a topic she started; therefore my favorite roles are:

Juror #3 - Twelve Angry Men

Sheraton Whiteside - The Man Who Came to Dinner

Elwood Dowd - Harvey

Drummond - Inherit the Wind (which I've never had the opportunity to do)

George Hay - Moon Over Buffalo

Only a couple of director favorites:

Wally's Cafe

You Can't Take It With You

No techie favorites.  I'm not a good techie person.

Kudos, by the way, to Playwright.  I like a man who writes his own parts.  I did it once myself.



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Juror #3


Posted By: Playwright
Date Posted: 10/20/06 at 4:53pm

HeyJuror $3,

     I only directed my own plays.  If I were to be in my own play, then I would be playing the female lead.  A lot of her 'inner demons' are loosely based on my life, though the situations she faces are purely fictional. Strangely enough when I started writing the plays (I'm now writing the last scene of play number three) I fully intended for the female character to dominate the story thread in play number one & play number three.  And she did in the first play. And he did in the second play.  But when i wrote the third play, the male character sort of 'took over' the plot line so I wrote it as it came.  It turned out to be a much better play.  I wonder if the fact that my 'muse' is a male character I invented means I need help!!!! 

 

Side bar- If I could play the female character when we do the third play, I would.  Especially to play out the 'steamy' but very tastelful (a lot of double entendre lines) Scrabble scene.  A couple of good fight scenes as well. But my three leads who played in the second play are returning to reprise their roles when we do the third play. 



Posted By: Gaafa
Date Posted: 10/22/06 at 1:15am
Originally posted by eveharrington

I only have two so far I would categorize as favorites.

Roz in "Moon Over Buffalo" and Sister Rita in "The Runner Stumbles". Completely different but both have great "actress-appeal"


I would have thought the role of ?Margo? in ?Applause? would have been a monty  to be on your list Eve?
{Or is this a sore piont - because you keep getting sent up because of your name sake?}


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      Joe
Western Gondawandaland
turn right @ Perth.
Hear the light & see the sound.
Toi Toi Toi Chookas {{"chook [chicken] it is"}
May you always play
to a full house}



Posted By: eveharrington
Date Posted: 10/22/06 at 6:29pm
Originally posted by Gaafa



Originally posted by eveharrington

I only have two so far I would categorize as favorites.

Roz in "Moon Over Buffalo" and Sister Rita in "The Runner Stumbles". Completely different but both have great "actress-appeal"


I would have thought the role of ?Margo? in ?Applause? would have been a monty to be on your list Eve?
{Or is this a sore piont - because you keep getting sent up because of your name sake?}
It was a lovely time on stage, but I'm afraid all the ensuing offstage drama left me with a bad taste for it.

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"If nothing else, there's applause... like waves of love pouring over the footlights."


Posted By: tristanrobin
Date Posted: 10/22/06 at 10:28pm
Originally posted by eveharrington

I only have two so far I would categorize as
favorites.

Roz in "Moon Over Buffalo" and Sister Rita in "The Runner Stumbles".
Completely different but both have great "actress-appeal"


wow - I had completely forgotten - I played Father Rivard in "The Runner
Stumbles" years ago. I liked that play. Though, I can remember thinking at
the time that there were just too damn many words LOL.


Posted By: Gaafa
Date Posted: 10/23/06 at 3:58am
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[/QUOTE] It was a lovely time on stage, but I'm afraid all the ensuing offstage drama left me with a bad taste for it. [/QUOTE]

Strike a light Eve!
Did you get it on video?
(You could write your own take on Applause)
Sounds as though it is a possibile take  on the onstage drama!




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      Joe
Western Gondawandaland
turn right @ Perth.
Hear the light & see the sound.
Toi Toi Toi Chookas {{"chook [chicken] it is"}
May you always play
to a full house}



Posted By: eveharrington
Date Posted: 10/24/06 at 1:41am
TristanRobin, didn't you love performing the last scene of Act 1? With the slapping and the knife and everything? If we had to list our favorite scenes that would definitly be on mine.

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"If nothing else, there's applause... like waves of love pouring over the footlights."


Posted By: tristanrobin
Date Posted: 10/24/06 at 8:08am
yes! all that melodrama is such fun!

frankly, what I remember most about our production was the conveyor belt
that had the jail scene on it was constantly getting stuck LOL.


Posted By: red diva
Date Posted: 10/24/06 at 5:10pm

After reading tristanrobin's additions to his original list of favs, I realized that I had left off some plays that I had worked tech on one version and performed in another.  I'm sure this isn't as fascinating to you as it is to me, but I'm having fun!

Another directing favorite, close to the top of my list:

 "1940's Radio Hour"

 

Plays done more than once:

"Gypsy" 4x - each of the three different strippers and Dainty June,  plus I directed/choreographed it one of the times I stripped.

"Arsenic and Old Lace 5x - directed it 3x, played Abby 2x

"Charlie Brown" 2x - directed and choreographed both times

"The Curious Savage" 2x - directed 1x, played Mrs. Savage 1x

"1776" 2x - designed set once, played Abigail once

"LaMancha" 2x - lights once, make-up once

"Working" 2x - in cast both times, directed and choreographed once, and only choreographed once

"Story Theatre" 2x - directed both

Thanks for indulging me!



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"I've worked long and hard to earn the right to be called Diva!"


Posted By: falstaff29
Date Posted: 10/25/06 at 12:11am
Acting:
Pepe in A Bicycle Country
Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew
John Barrymore in Barrymore's Ghost
Malachi Stack in The Matchmaker
Orin in Little Shop

Directing:
Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Krapp's Last Tape
Juliet
The Mandrake
After the Fall

More Than Once:
Rumors
Oliver
Grease
Romeo & Juliet


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 10/25/06 at 9:51pm

Acting:

Lady Bracknell - The Importance of Being Earnest

Senor Leonato - Much Ado About Nothing

(OK, I'd have to do Leonato as a cross-gender role, but I love it in Act IV)



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Posted By: jayzehr
Date Posted: 10/26/06 at 3:54am
Acting:
Mitch--Streetcar Named Desire
Martin--Fool For Love
Juror Number Three--Twelve Angry Men
Gooper--Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
George--Glengarry Glen Ross
Slim--Of Mice and Men

I guess that's six.


Posted By: MartyW
Date Posted: 10/26/06 at 8:33am

How about a yet to do, like to do list....

Although I am too old, too tall and for that stage of HIS life too fat, I have always dearly wanted to do John Adams in 1776.... Just a dream, but I do dream it..

How about you??? Whats your dream role?



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Marty W

"Till next we trod the boards.."


Posted By: castMe
Date Posted: 10/26/06 at 5:31pm
Dream roles

    Mr. McAfee    been Albert twice.........wanna be the dad now in Bye Bye Birdie
    Ben Franklin or John Hancock (with Marty as J. Adams)  in 1776 (a show I bet Gaafa's never done)
    Billly Flynn in Chicago
    Fagan in Oliver
   
   I would also like to do "The Devil and Billy Markham" and "Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll"
  


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Investigate. Imagine. Choose.


Posted By: POB14
Date Posted: 10/27/06 at 9:52am

I tried to chime in on this while the board was being bipolar, and it got lost, so I guess I'll try again.

Favorite roles:

  • Norman in Boys Next Door
  • Sir Toby in Twelfth Night
  • Kholenkov in You Can't Take It With You
  • Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler
  • Father in Twelve Angry Children -- oops, I mean Cheaper By The Dozen

Favorite tech shows:

  • I'm Not Rappoport
  • 42nd Street
  • Here We Come Gathering

Favorite directing gigs:

  • T Bone N Weasel
  • The Shawl
  • A Walk In The Woods
  • Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

There's only one show I've done twice: Of Mice And Men, playing the Boss both times.  The first time was a wonderful experience, a near miss on the favorites list above; second time was a disaster of Biblical proportions.

Dream roles:

  • Falstaff
  • Willy Loman
  • Buddy or Ben in Follies (except I'd have to learn to sing and dance first )
  • The Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz (ditto)
  • Lear (yeah, right)
  • And about six hundred others that I'll never have time, talent, or opportunity for .


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POB
Old Bugger, Curmudgeon, and Antisocial B**tard


Posted By: falstaff29
Date Posted: 10/29/06 at 5:55pm
Originally posted by jayzehr


George--Glengarry Glen Ross


Took me a minute to figure out which one you meant.  I've never heard anyone call them by their first names.  :)  Love the show though.  Hope to do it someday.


Posted By: Tom_Rylex
Date Posted: 10/30/06 at 8:04pm
I couldn't think of any dream roles, but I've had a few favorite off-the-wall roles over the years:

Dracula - Dracula, the Musical? (The comedy, not the drama). Funny show, and a lot of holding my eyes really wide for several hours at a stretch.

5 character roles (including Bert Healy and the laundry man) in Annie. Oh, all in the same show. Between the quick-change and the character development, that was more fun than it should have been. I never checked, but I might have had more stage time than Annie!

-Tom


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The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
-R. Frost


Posted By: pdavis69
Date Posted: 11/30/06 at 5:53pm

As everyone else from our theatre has chimed in, I guess I will also.

Favorites that I played:

Sancho - LaMancha

Nicely Nicely - Guys and Dolls

Charlie (x2) - The Foriegner

Sam Byck - Assassins (Yes now there are at least three of us that like the show)

Now my Tech Favs:

Somethings Afoot - Special Effects, set design and construction

The Forienger - set design & construction

Scrooge - Set Design and construction (the Director tricked me into doing the job by saying that we probably didn't have the ability to do all the play required and dummy me, I took up the challenge)



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Patrick L. Davis
Fort Findlay Playhouse


Posted By: teridtiger
Date Posted: 11/30/06 at 7:39pm
Originally posted by pdavis69

Sam Byck - Assassins (Yes now there are at least three of us that like the show)

Ah, yes... "Assassins".  I had the pleasure of swinging the role of Squeaky and performing it for two weekends.  Awesome, awesome show!!!  If I was a guy, I'd totally use Sam's monologue for auditions!

 

 



Posted By: red diva
Date Posted: 11/30/06 at 7:58pm
Originally posted by teridtiger

Originally posted by pdavis69

Sam Byck - Assassins (Yes now there are at least three of us that like the show)

"Assassins".  I had the pleasure of swinging the role of Squeaky and performing it for two weekends.  Awesome, awesome show!!! 

Aha!  Well, Patrick, there are now at least 4 people on this Board that like the "A" show.  Nyah, nyah, Marty!



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"I've worked long and hard to earn the right to be called Diva!"


Posted By: ComebackKid
Date Posted: 3/09/07 at 2:05am
Ooh, fun topic!
 
Favorite roles:
Rolf in "The Sound of Music"
Charlie Dalrymple in "Brigadoon"
Burt Healey in "Annie"
Skimbleshanks in "Cats"
Asparagus in "Cats"
 
Never been a director!
 
More than once:
Brigadoon (once Harry Beaton, once Charlie Dalrymple)
Anything Goes (tap-dancing sailor both times)
Cats (see above)
The Fantasticks (Three times--and every time I was "The Man Who Dies!"  I wanted so badly to be The Boy, which is why I kept auditioning--and I was beaten out by the same actor twice at two different theaters!)
 


Posted By: Stageman
Date Posted: 5/23/07 at 3:27pm
Acting:
Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol"
Macduff in "Macbeth"
Lenny in "Rumors"
Pellinore in "Camelot"
Owen in "The Foreigner" (fairly small role, but bad guys are always fun, and he is NASTY!)
 
Directing:
 "Spitfire Grille"
"In Good Spirits"
"Steel Magnolias"
"On Golden Pond"
"The Good Doctor"
 
More than once:
"A Fiddler On The Roof" (Lazar Wolfe, Reb Morchka, Rabbi)
Brian in "No Sex Please, We're British!"twice
Eugene in "Grease" twice
"Hamlet" (various roles in two productions)
"A Christmas Carol" (Scrooge & Cratchit - go figure!)
"Zoo Story" (Peter & Jerry)
"Rumors" (Lenny & Officer Welch)


Posted By: MartyW
Date Posted: 5/24/07 at 11:49am
Hey Bonnie.... PIPPEN  PIPPEN PIPPEN!!!!!

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Marty W

"Till next we trod the boards.."


Posted By: red diva
Date Posted: 5/24/07 at 5:16pm
Marty - picture me making a cross with my fingers and screaming.  Loved the show, it was really very good, but getting to opening night was hell.

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"I've worked long and hard to earn the right to be called Diva!"


Posted By: biggertigger
Date Posted: 5/24/07 at 8:55pm
Hey Red Diva,
Here is a little saying I like a lot:
The two happiest days in a theater person's life:  The day you start on a new show and the day the damned thing closes.
 


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The two greatest days in a theater persons life, the day you start a new show and the day the damn thing closes.


Posted By: B-M-D
Date Posted: 5/24/07 at 11:52pm
Oscar Madison- The Odd Couple
Louie - Lost In Yonkers
Ira Stone - Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Mordred - Camelot
Doc - West Side Story
Frank - The Memory of Water
 
Ok so that's six favorites.


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BD

"Dying is easy, comedy is hard."


Posted By: red diva
Date Posted: 5/25/07 at 1:38pm
Originally posted by biggertigger

Here is a little saying I like a lot:
The two happiest days in a theater person's life:  The day you start on a new show and the day the damned thing closes.
 
A profound philosophy of life simply stated, Tigger.  Well said! 


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Posted By: bobbyd
Date Posted: 6/30/07 at 8:57pm

Just joined this site , so I'm just responding to this now .

Favorite roles :
 
                         Charley Gordon in Flowers for Algernon (My dream role ! )
                         Evan Wyler in As Bees in Honey Drown
                         Algernon in Importance of Being Earnest
                         Picasso in Picasso At the Lampin Agile
  Does The Complete Works of Shakespeare , Abridged count as 1 role ? Smile
 Only Directed twice ( so far) and they both have been memorable :
                       
                          Three Days of Rain
                          An Act of the Imagination
 
Roles I've played more then once ( they also are my favorites ,  so I kind of cheated with the 5 too.Smile ) :
 
                          Robert in Don't Dress for Dinner ( 3 times )
                          Stanley in Run for your Wife ( 2 times ) and in Caught in the Net ( once )
 
Can  you tell I like farces ?


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Bob , Willow Grove , Pa


Posted By: tdsands
Date Posted: 6/30/07 at 9:39pm
Ok so I've only directed once but it was a great experience. Had a dream cast that did everything I asked of them. (I'm directing again this coming winter and can only hope it goes half as well.)
 
"Over the River and Through the Woods"
 
It was my Grandparents House!
 
Favorite roles.
 1. Norman Bulansky  "Boys Next Door"
 2. Don                   "Rounding Third"
 3. Cameron             "The Foursome"
 4. Howard               "Cheaters"
 5. Nick                   "A Businessman's Lunch"  
 
 
 


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Posted By: teridtiger
Date Posted: 7/17/07 at 4:23pm
My personal all-time favorite was Sylvia in "Sylvia" - performed while I was living in the Philadelphia area (Langhorne Players).  I doubt I will be able to top that one for a loong time - and this was nearly ten years ago!
 
Since moving back to California, some new favorites have been added:
 
Reggie Fluty/Ensemble in "The Laramie Project"
Ruth Hoch in "Book of Days"
Maggie in "Dancing at Lughnasa"
Miss Jones in the revival version of "How to Succeed in Business..."


Posted By: bbpchick
Date Posted: 7/18/07 at 7:49pm
I just joined yesterday so I'm gonna join in the fun Big%20smile
Favorite Roles:
Spring Overton in "No Mother to Guide Her"
Karen Andre in "On the Night of January the 16th"
A Squirrl, a mouse and part of a stone dragon in "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" (My first play ever.  I was 9)
And last but not least: The Mute in "The Fantasticks"  What could be better?  No lines or music to memorize, AND I'm on stage the entire show! lol
 
Directing:
I've only done two so far:
"Lady Sophie's Secret" (my directorial debuet)
And "Stop the Presses! Or...She's Not My Type!" The one I'm doing now and I'm having a blast!
 


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You are NEVER too old to dress up!


Posted By: imnotcre8v
Date Posted: 7/25/07 at 10:43am
I have to say that I am amazed that I did not see any of my own personal favorite roles listed by anyone else in here.

Favorite Roles I've Played to date:

6) Danny Zuko in "Grease!"
5) Tom in "Fat Pig"
4) Little Harp in "The Robber Bridegroom"
3) The Baker in "Into the Woods"
2) Leslie Arthur in "Love, Sex, and the I.R.S."
1) Lt. Dan Kaffee in "A Few Good Men"

I have never played the same role twice while performing in over 40 shows (I'm still kinda young), though I will be reprising my role of Leslie Arthur in a reunion show of Love, Sex and the IRS next winter....I do about 5-6 shows a year..I also have no interest in directing, though I admire those of you out there who do.

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Posted By: bbpchick
Date Posted: 7/26/07 at 11:54pm

I Love "Love, Sex and the IRS"!  I can't believe I forgot that one...add Connie to my favorite roles.  We did that show spring of 2006.  Definately a good playBig%20smile



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Kendra
http://www.murphysblackbartplayer.com - www.murphysblackbartplayers.com
You are NEVER too old to dress up!


Posted By: Unclepeter
Date Posted: 10/15/07 at 11:51pm
Gotta add Henry/Lord Dudley in the fabulous play "Play
On".  What a blast!


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"Good judgement comes from experience - and a lot of that comes from bad judgement." (Will Rogers)

Uncle Peter


Posted By: Gaafa
Date Posted: 10/16/07 at 12:30am
isn't that the sequel to 'Nioses Off' Uncleper?

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Western Gondawandaland
turn right @ Perth.
Hear the light & see the sound.
Toi Toi Toi Chookas {{"chook [chicken] it is"}
May you always play
to a full house}



Posted By: SherrieAnne
Date Posted: 11/11/07 at 9:20am
Oooh, fun!  How did I miss this topic before?
 
Faves I've Done
 
Anna (The King & I)
Peggy (Godspell)
Maria, Duchess of Dene (Me & My Girl)
Rev. Mother (Nunsense) & Sr. Amnesia (Nunsense II)
Big Mama (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)
Sybil Birling (An Inspector Calls)
 
Faves I Haven't Done Yet, But Want To Someday
 
Sally Durant (Follies)
Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd)
Eleanor of Acquitaine (The Lion in Winter)
Miss Mona (Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)


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There's a little bit of diva in all of us. Some just have a larger helping than others.


Posted By: dancesingdrama
Date Posted: 1/13/08 at 12:15am
I can clearly pick a favorite role I've played and that would be the baker's wife in into the woods, which really is just a great show all around. as far as dream roles, i would love to play evita, belle (no, i haven't lost my love of disney yet), mrs. lovett, eponine, amneris and cathy from the last 5 years. so that's a lot of dream roles... i enjoyed reading everyone's lists!

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Posted By: eveharrington
Date Posted: 1/13/08 at 3:53am
If we are doing dream roles now then I will have to add Sylvia in "Sylvia", and I've always wanted to play Fairie May in "The Curious Savage"

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"If nothing else, there's applause... like waves of love pouring over the footlights."


Posted By: JohnnyOneNote
Date Posted: 2/09/08 at 3:45am
As always I am late but HEY I have been involved in shows either acting or directing since June 07 and just closed a show last weekend.. I have a month off until the next one. :)
OK this was really hard for me since I have been acting since I was 10 and directing since I was 18 and I am OLD now.. ;)
So I am bending the rules and doing Musicals and Straight Plays. :)
 
Favorite Roles - Musicals
Balladeer/Oswald - ASSASSINS (that makes FIVE OF US!)
Ben - Follies
Barnum - Barnum
Franz/Dennis - Sunday In The Park W/George
Alban - La Cage Au Folles
 
Favorite Roles - Straight Plays
Ben Hecht - Moonlight And Magnolias (just closed - love that show)
Brian - Shadowbox
Father Flynn - Doubt
Norman - The Dresser
Rosencrantz - Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
 
Directing - Musicals
A Little Night Music
Into The Woods
Company (DO WE SEE A PATTERN HERE?)
Little Women
A Christmas Carol Broadway
 
 
I will soon be adding SWEENEY TODD to my Favorites Directing as I am directing that starting in March!
 
 
Directing - Straight Plays
Dancing at Lughnasa
Lettice and Lovage (no I didn't spell it wrong)
Picnic
The Exact Center Of The Universe
Miracle Worker
 
More Than Once Acting
Linus - Charlie Brown (2)
Harrod - Jesus Christ Superstar (3)
Doody - Grease (2)
Our Town (George once - Narrator twice)
 
More than once Directing
Grease
 
I try to never direct anything twice - but I would direct ANY Sondheim show more than once if given the opportunity!
 
 


Posted By: John Luzaich
Date Posted: 2/27/08 at 6:18pm
OH, Johnnyonenote, I'm jealous.... You played Father Flynn.  I'd love to play that role sometime.  Philip Seymore Hoffman baby, just wait til Oscar '09.
John


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Posted By: Ray Faiola
Date Posted: 3/11/08 at 10:57am
Favorite Role - Boniface in HOTEL PARADISO

ps - new to the Board


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Posted By: notmyshoes
Date Posted: 4/18/08 at 4:52pm
Favorite Acting Roles:
1. Electra
2. Robin in Sophistry by Jonathan Marc Sherman
3. Emily in Bang Bang You're Dead by William Mastrisomone
4. Nadia in Scatterbrain by Jason A. Vales
5. Kim Kutledge in Gray Matter by Josh Weckesser

Favorite Shows I've Directed:
1. Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg
2. Down the Road by Lee Blessing
3. The Author's Voice by Richard Greenberg
4. Patient A by Lee Blessing
5. Collaboration by Kellie Powell (me!)

My Dream Shows to Direct:
1. Angels in America by Tony Kushner
2. The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman et al.
3. Two Rooms by Lee Blessing
4. Within the Shadows
5. Amateurs by Tom Griffin

My Dream Acting Roles:
1. Any role in A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro
2. Mary Girard in The Insanity of Mary Girard
3. Trish in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball
4. Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd
5. Joanne in Company


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Posted By: Ken W
Date Posted: 4/18/08 at 11:28pm
O.K. favorite roles
All time has to be Ebenezer Scrooge
Second is Bill Starbuck
of course Bill Sykes has a certain panach as does Potter in "It's a Wonderful Life"
I like the edge.
My best response from an audience , Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside in "Auntie Mame"


Posted By: sdiehl
Date Posted: 4/21/08 at 11:47am
Favorite Roles:
Amnesia in Nunsense
Samantha in Sorry! Wrong Chimney
 
Dream Role:
Dolly Levy ...someday...
 


Posted By: Onstage
Date Posted: 8/22/08 at 11:19am
Highlight your favorite roles and experiences on the character archive site - its fun & free!

www.iwascast.com


Posted By: theatremonkey
Date Posted: 8/23/08 at 4:06pm
dream direct                                         dream roles
wizardd of oz                                         wicked witch of the west
little mermaid                                         dolly levy
moby dick the musical                              patsy cline
a year with frog and toad                       edna turnblad
hello dolly                                               tevye
 
yes i am a male but the best roles are for women
                                                      


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Posted By: Goldberry
Date Posted: 11/05/08 at 1:16pm
Hands down my favorite role to play was Abigail in The Crucible. I'd still love to play Mary Warren and someday Elizabeth. It's my favorite play ever ever ever.


Posted By: SherrieAnne
Date Posted: 12/13/08 at 7:43am
Originally posted by Goldberry

Hands down my favorite role to play was Abigail in The Crucible. I'd still love to play Mary Warren and someday Elizabeth. It's my favorite play ever ever ever.
 
Too bad it's so historically inaccurate...  Speaking of playing Mary Warren, some of the worst scenery-chewing I've ever seen was a portrayal of her at the Witch Dungeon Museum up in Salem about 13 years ago.  They supposedly reenact the trials there - the day I went, it was Elizabeth Proctor's, Mary Warren was testifying...  I thought she'd be spitting splinters by the end.  I was laughing so hard...!
 
(And BTW - Tituba wasn't black.  She was a Carib Indian.)


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There's a little bit of diva in all of us. Some just have a larger helping than others.


Posted By: wrenmarston
Date Posted: 12/26/08 at 11:37pm
Favorite Roles (i'm a supporting role kind of guy)
"The Mousetrap" (Chris Wren)
"Wait Until Dark" (Sam)
"Godspell" (Ensemble)
"Ten Little Indians" (Marston)

Directing
Steel Magnolias
The Crucible
Dearly Beloved
Christmas Belles
Lying in State

Dream roles:
The Lion in Winter (Geoffrey)
The Foreigner (Charlie)
Twelve Angry Men (any role)
The Desperate Hours (any role)
The Boys Next Door (Jack)



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Guyz4SteelMagnolias


Posted By: Spectrum
Date Posted: 12/27/08 at 3:08am
It was many moons ago, but I loved being the fiddler in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.  First, I was in almost every scene and I didn't have one line to memorize.  Second (probably BECAUSE I had no lines), I actually sought out and got tutoring from a professional violinist on how to play (bowing and fingering) the music I was supposed to be playing.  During performances my bow was soaped, so nobody but me could hear what I was playing, but I played right along with the professional in the pit.  After each show people would come up to me and comment they had no idea I was such a wonderful violinist.  That was proof enough for me that the details do count (and that I got the details right).
 
By the way, you should know, I'm a "techie" at heart.  I prefer the dark side of the lights, making technical magic happen in a show.  Acting is so BORING and routine to me during the actual performances (no more "experimenting" once the show goes public), but that part of the fiddler was pure fun for every show.


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Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.


Posted By: jaytee060
Date Posted: 12/28/08 at 1:05pm
      I feel the need to comment on misconceptions made about The Crucible.  I think you have somewhat missed the point of the play.  While it is indeed based on a historical event, it is important to remember that historical accuracy was not Arthur Millers intent.  Mister Miller was well aware of the inaccuracies.  Instead the playwright meant for his essay to speak to  bigger issues of the time.  Those issues related to McCarthyism, Hollywood blacklisting and even his own personal persecution caused by his marriage to Marilyn Monroe.
     Maybe it is best to dismiss the errors in history and simply enjoy the greatness of the words.  Many experts consider it one of the greatest American plays ever written.


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